WestsideWax - Canada

Ian Elliott, a.k.a. WestsideWax, is in it for the long-game. Taking his first baby steps into DJing in the mid-1980s, Ian came up through the electric warehouse and rave scenes of pre-condo glut Toronto. In the late 90s and early 00s he branched out with gigs in western Canada, and eventually made overseas connections that resulted in a raucous, year-long residency at the now-defunct Kemistry nightclub in Manila, The Philippines. After a life-reorganizing hiatus, he was soon back, curating a new collection of records and organizing quirky one-offs, from rooftop charity fundraisers to the Basemet Therapy series – late-night, intimate affairs for friends and family with all-local talent on decks. He’s appeared twice on Trevor Wilkes’ Fun In The Murky radio show, most recently in 2016 with a live-to-air, 1.5 hour set.

Understanding the importance of improvisation, tension and elements of surprise in quality storytelling, Ian relates DJing electronic music as the Bop Jazz of his era, tracks manifested to move body, mind and soul. The typical WestsideWax set is rich with raw, machine-funk grooves – techno, house, electro, acid, booty, jakbeat, industrial, synth-pop, new wave, freestyle, disco and anything else that gets asses and feet moving.