New York electro-house producer Aiden Jude is less than half the legal age needed to enter clubs like Marquee, The Attic, and Supperclub, all hotspots where the 10-year-old DJ has recently graced the decks.
This week, Jude released his debut single, “Tonight,” exclusively on Beatport. The tune is a slice of epic big room energy that lead top dance music fan site Dancing Astronaut to call Aiden, “An inspiration to aspiring producers still in grade school.” We couldn’t agree more, with its addictive melody and slamming drop.
Jude credits his uncle, DJ Coleman, for inspiring his seemingly unnatural ability, one that developed while spending studio time with his elders, and experimenting with his own copies of Ableton and Logic at an age when most kids are playing LEGO video games.
“A solid musical base is worth gold in your future career,” said Dmitri Vegas, when asked for advice to give an aspiring elementary school producer. That’s a sound lesson, learned time and time again by pint-sized protégées whose talent far outpaces their rides around the sun.
Here’s a few other notable young DJ talents, whom AJ may be joining someday.
The Dutch super-producer was named the World’s #1 DJ by DJ Magazine at the age of 25, but his career began over a decade earlier, when the then 13-year-old jock signed with his first record label. By using that math, Aiden Jude should top the revered readers poll by 2025.
A true veteran of dance music, A-Trak made his first mark at the age of 15, when he became the youngest contender to ever win the DMC World DJ Championship, beating out turntablists with more than twice the experience.
The now 32-year-old head of Fool’s Gold Records told Beatport: “I think the best way to get taken seriously when you’re a teenager making music or DJing, surrounded by people twice your age, is to not even make a big deal about your age and just act like you belong there, at the grown-up table!”