Renowned for his distinctive turntable skills, Jay Valdez, better known as Akshen, is one of the best in the business. His love for the “Perfect Beat” has helped him develop his very own, versatile style. Akshen has been a music enthusiast since his teen-age years and mastered the art of musical fusion. His unwavering passion for music alongside his immaculate sense of professionalism makes him stand out from the crowd.
Akshen has the ability to seamlessly blend a diverse range of musical genres. His engaging stage presence and a knack for sensing the musical pulse of his audience, guarantees an unforgettable experience. Through constant experimentation, Akshen continues to push the boundaries of his craft.
Through hard work, dedication and adaptability, Akshen has become one of the finest DJ’s in the industry. He continues to light up nightlife scenes across the country and overseas. Having performed for massive crowds, corporate events, nightclubs, bars, charities and cruise ships, Akshen can trigger the perfect mood for any venue.
Want to treat your crowd to an extra-ordinary sense of thrill and excitement? Then just ask for lights, camera... DJ Akshen!
-Disney Cruise Lines
-2017 Phoenix DMC Regional Finalist
-2016 QSC Rock & Soul DJ Battle Vice Champion
-2015 Phoenix NewTimes Best Turntablist
-2015 Red Bull Thre3Style US National Finalist (Top 5)
-2015 Red Bull Thre3Style Phoenix Regional Champion
-3 Time AZ DJ Spin-off Champion
°Academy of Radio and TV Broadcasting, Phoenix AZ
°Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale AZ
~Adviser for SCC DJ & Turntablism Classes
°Cyphers The Center for Urban Arts, Phoenix AZ
~Program Director & Instructor for DJ Classes.
°Next Level Hip Hop Diplomacy & Cultural Exchange, Washington, DC
~Artist Educator for Team Sri-Lanka.
-DJ Akshen was awarded "Best Place to learn How to DJ" in 2013 by
The Phoenix NewTimes for his "Turntableolgy 101" class and workshops that
he teaches at Cyphers The Center for Urban Arts
-DJ Akshen is the Father of DJ Yeah (considered by DMC & Thud Rumble at the time as the worlds youngest scratch DJ)
-DJ Yeah was featured in the 2004 DMC US Finals DVD, 2005 DMC World Finals DVD, and Turntable TV Deluxe DVD.