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StandardTapes 18: DeadlyVanity
"The sounds in this mix reflect the emotions we've been going through as we move from summer to fall"

DeadlyVanity is James MacGregor on the left and Joel Waznicky on the right. Photo courtesy of Tara Noelle.

Despite being relative newcomers to Toronto’s electronic scene, DeadlyVanity have quickly made a name for themselves with their eclectic mixes and live sets. A favourite of DJ Jeff Button, the duo are set to capture the imagination of Toronto’s party-going public. Below you will find a mix DeadlyVanity was kind enough to craft for us and a short Q&A in which the duo tells us about themselves. 

Tell us a bit about DeadlyVanity. 

DeadlyVanity is two guys from Port Perry, Ontario – James MacGregor and Joel Waznicky. We’ve both played in several bands, including one we started together, before making the switch to deejaying and producing two years ago. We have a bi-monthly radio show called “DeadlyVanity Presents DEAD AIR.” It airs every other Wednesday on dubplate.fm from 9-11pm. We recently won Platform’s Sharks With Lazers podcast contest, which led to us playing Footwork (one of the city’s most influential electronic music venues) twice – the first time was opening for Robert Babicz, and the second was closing for Satoshi Tomiie.

Where and how was this mix made? 

We recorded this mix at our studio with Traktor.

What was the idea behind the mix? 

It’s a mix inspired by the change of seasons. The sounds in this mix reflect the emotions we’ve been going through as we move from summer to fall.

In your own words, can you describe the sound of DeadlyVanity?

Our sound goes from feel-good party vibes to deep, dark introspective grooves. It all depends on the setting and our mood.

Where can Toronto Standard’s readers see you perform next? 

As we said, we do our radio show every Wednesday. In addition, when not avoiding ping-pong balls, Joel plays every friday at SPiN Toronto from 10:00pm to 2:30am. As for DeadlyVanity shows, we don’t have another show booked right now; we’re focusing on producing new music, but you can stay informed on our upcoming shows by “Liking” us on our Facebook page and following us on Twitter at @deadlyvanity.  

  1. The Heat – John Monkman
  2. If You Have a Doubt (Mario Basanov remix) – Hollis P. Munroe
  3. My Love For You (Toucan remix) – Nobody Knows
  4. Turning Point – Karmon
  5. Can’t Decide – Fabo
  6. Old Man’s House (Martin Dawson remix) – Mercury
  7. Spending All Her Money – Lee Webster
  8. Since You’ve Been Gone (Dana Vox) – F3 & Dana Bergquist
  9. Tonight (Walker & Royce remix) – Pammin
  10. Cold Calling – Jouhl
  11. Habo Letki (Alex Dimou remix) – Siopis

For even more music jams, check out our Standard Tapes archive.


Igor Bonifacic is a simple intern working for the Toronto Standard. You can follow him on twitter at @igorbonifacic

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