by Ryan Snyder

DJ handle: DJ Alvin Shavers

What it means: Ha!

Real name: Alvin James Shavers

What I play: Deep, soulful house music

Catch me at: I’m headlining Electric Summer on the Greene Street Club rooftop this Saturday afternoon and then playing Brewski’s that night for the Gate City Getdown, presented by Psyoptic Records. I’m also playing Aug. 11 in Charlotte at the Soul Gastro Lounge, and then Greene Street again on Aug. 18 for the Electric Summer finale.

On air: I also have a weekly radio show on 90.1 called “The Saturday Nite House Party” from 9 to 12 a.m. It is also be syndicated on

Got in the game: About three years ago.

Why I do it: Because I collected an incredible amount of good house music and I wanted people to listen to something other than what’s being played on the radio or other popular music right now.

Influences: Wow. Osunlade, Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Atjazz, Louie Vega, Kenny Dope, Armand Van Helden, Timmy Regisford, Quentin Harris, Julius the Mad Thinker, DJ Spinna, Karizma, Terry Hunter, Kaskade and Black Coffee. All of these art ists are worldwide legends of house music and they all influenced me deeply.

First pro gig: Oh man, it was three years ago in a Youngstown, Ohio place called Baily’s Pub. The place rocked!

Studio work: I’m currently working on releasing my tracks on house music labels like Salt Shaker and Large Music.

Signature mix: I have a mix titled “Is It Okay to Get LOUD??????” My mentors always believed that being a DJ is simple as mixing a song in as soon as another one ends but blending two or three songs together is magical.

Personal playlist: Coming from Cleveland, I listen to a lot of soulful music and rock. I also like bluegrass and country, believe it or not.

My gear: Two Denon DN-S3500s and a Behringer DDM4000 mixer. I’ve been using Traktor Scratch Pro 2 a lot recently because burning CDs takes a lot of time!

Favorite albums: I’ve got two favorites! De La Soul — Stakes Is High and Incognito — Tokyo Live 1996.

I’d like to add: It’s okay to listen to something new!

Contact:,, Facebook: House90.1FM, Twitter: @thecat3895