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Meet James Zabiela: Not Your Average Superstar DJ

James Zabiela @ Coachella | Photo by Drew "Rukes" Ressler (website | email) / used with permission
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James Zabiela (Twitter) plays Electric Daisy Carnival's main stage Saturday (day two) at The Coliseum. Later that night he'll hop on the raveshuttle, and headline Vanguard in Hollywood where Simian Mobile Disco will also play.

James Zabiela’s first visit to Los Angeles in 2002 was intense. Trotting the globe with one of its most in-demand DJs, his job was to make 2,000 Sasha fans loose their minds. Thanks to the 21 year-old Zabiela, that’s exactly what happened at the sold-out Mayan Theater.

That was Zabiela’s (pronounced: Zuh-bee-luh) first trip to America. A few months earlier he had traveled outside of England for the first time. Now a bona fide headlining disc jockey, Zabiela gigs at festivals and nightclubs on six continents annually. Last year he was voted 17th on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ poll, situating him well above some of his favorite DJs.

Los Angeles is one of his favorite places to play too. He’s had legendary gigs at Avalon, Vanguard, and the Monday Night Social. When he’s here he likes to shop for sneakers (”trainers,”) skateboard Venice beach, and once ran into the world's most famous vehicular hot dog. “The Wienermobile was very LA," he told LAist.