triad dj profile

by Ryan Snyder


DJ handle: DJ EXQ

What it means: I’ve owned two businesses in the past and they both started with Exquisite, so I decided to keep the “EXQ”-uisite part of my presence in the mix.

Real name: Ryan J. McGraw

What I play: An eclectic mix of drum ‘n bass, electro, breaks, techno and trance.

Catch me at: Club Orion, Brewski’s Tavern, Black Flower, Rum Runner’s and Spy.

Upcoming shows: Aug. 17 — Club Orion (Facebass); Black Flower (TBA); Rum Runner’s (TBA); Spy (TBA).

Got in the game: I first played on a friend’s turntables in 2006 and subsequently began my mission to perfect the art of vinyl turntablism.

Why I do it: As a child, I tried my hand at traditional instruments such as the trombone and saxophone. As I grew older and my environment continued to evolve, guitars and drums were brought into the equation. Once I was introduced to the electronic dance music, it became clear to me that two turntables and a mixer were my preferred choice of music production.

Influences: So, so many. My first and most remembered drum-and-bass party was in Louisville, Ky.

First professional gig: In August 2010 I played alongside of some regional heavyweights such as Wobble Factory, Cloak & Dagger, Digital Rappor, and DigiSoul. Interestingly enough, this happened to be in Greensboro.

Studio work: Currently working on a 13-track drum-andn-bass EP entitled Saturnscapes, due to be released in mid-fall.

Favorite technique: Beat-juggling and scratch techniques (though I can’t claim to be a master of scratching, haha!)

Signature mix: Not to gloat, but my Bassopedia drum ‘n bass/drumstep mix would have to be at the top of the list.

Personal playlist: I am just as happy listening to one of the legendary classic rock songs as I am while hearing a Miles Davis, Pantera or Dieselboy track.

Favorite albums: If I am forced to choose one, I’d say Aphrodite’s self-titled album, which was released in 1999.

My gear: two Technics SL1200MK2 turntables, Pioneer DJM-700 mixer, and Serato Scratch Live SL1.

Website: or

I’d like to add: I feel honored to be featured in such a widely-held publication, here in the Triad! I know that without certain people, none of it would be possible, so I’d like to thank the staff at YES! Weekly, BJ “Cloak & Dagger” Orton, and Jason “Crewless” Honeycutt. Hope everyone enjoys the music!