DJ shAde is THE DJ for setting the musical vibe of your party, special event/reception fashion show or art opening. From his humble beginnings in community radio at WMHB at Colby College in Waterville, ME, shAde has consistently and constantly strived to achieve more and more with each passing year. Past corporate events include working for Macy’s in Burlington, MA and Shipyard Brewery of Portland, ME as well as Estate Properties and Ann Taylor in the greater Chicago, IL area. DJ shAde was also recently hand-picked to be the onboard “celebrity” DJ for Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Jewel liner.

DJ. shAde has rocked sets all over the country from New England to Austin, TX and Chicago, IL. His style covers genres from Pop, Top-40 to House to 70s Boogie Funk, 80s Rock and 90s Hip Hop with some turntablism sprinkled throughout the mix.

He’s a perfectionist, whether performing a live set or laying down the cuts in the studio. shAde’s in it to win it… Locally, he’s entered and won battle titles in his former homebase of Portland, ME as well as appearing in DMC regional heats in Boston, MA.

Moving on from his role as the host of Portland, Maine’s most successful and long running hip-hop open mic night at the renowned Big Easy Nightclub (Infact, the NY Times’ AHEAD section has featured this night in their publication), shAde oversaw the re-invigoration of the hip-hop scene in Portland, Maine through his Wednesday night event known simply as SPEAK YO CLOUT!

Now shAde is calling Chicago home and has been holding down two monthly parties, including the renown BYOBeats event at Jerry’s in Wicker Park. He’s also had a monthly at People Lounge and performed guest sets at Empire Liquors, Swig, Cole’s, Citizen Bar, Crocodile, Sub-T Lounge, Bar DeVille and more!  The long list of those with whom shAde has collaborated includes Spose and Paranoid Social Club. Artists shAde has opened for include Pete Rock, Mixmaster Mike, Jedi Mind Tricks, Mr. Lif, Immortal Technique, Maino, DJ Q-Bert, Slick Rick and even Karl Denson. Genre-wise, I cover Top-40, hip-hop, rock, mashups, baile funk and latin-inspired music and electro/Indie-dance music whilst making selections that share musical arrangement, instrumentation or something of a more thematic nature. Basically, I read the crowd, rock the turntables and keep the party moving and create the vibe to let the patrons/guests let loose, drink, dance and enjoy the night, all night!I hope we can further this conversation to see what could be worked out.

I have also recently been selected as a Norwegian Cruise Lines “Celebrity Guest DJ” and want to set the musical vibe for you as well!!

I’m also represented by Scratch Events of Chicago, New York, Miami and Los Angeles (Devon Stein is the Events Director and Paloma Collantes-Hansen is the Miami Regional Events Coordinator) and have recently been selected as a Norwegian Cruise Lines Celebrity Guest DJ.

Here’s some more info on me below of places I’ve played at recently:

Macy’s, (Various locations), Chicago, IL
Details Magazine, Nationwide
Ann Taylor LOFT, Orland, Square Mall (Orland Park, IL) and Loop, Chicago
Sutton Place Hotel/Whiskey Bar & Grill, Chicago, IL
Adler After Dark, Adler Planetarium (Chicago, IL), Mobile Activation Events DJ (Chicago, IL)
Thread Lounge, Chicago, IL (Fashion Sample Sale)
XBox 360/Dance Central Launch Parties in Suburban Chicago
Between Lounge, Chicago, IL
People Lounge, Chicago, IL
Swig, Chicago, IL
Empire Liquors, Chicago, IL
Division Ale House, Chicago, IL
Sub-Terranean, Chicago, IL
Bar DeVille, Chicago, IL
Cole’s, Chicago, IL
Crocodile, Chicago, IL
Citizen Bar, Chicago, IL
Wax Lounge, Chicago, IL
Darkroom, Chicago, IL
Innjoy, Chicago, IL
Jerry’s, Chicago, IL
Division St. Bar & Grill, Chicago, IL
Estate Property Management BBQ, Hyde Park, Chicago, IL
Macy’s Burlington, MA (fashion show)
The Enormous Room, Cambridge, MA
Phoenix Landing, Cambridge, MA
Karmaloop, Boston, MA (in-store DJ)
The International, Boston, MA
Bishop’s Lounge, North Hampton, MA
Envy, Boston, MA (DMC DJ competition)
Carmen Verandah, Bar Harbor, ME
The Sunday River Brewing Co., Bethel, ME
Three Tides, Belfast, ME
Bull Moose Music, Bangor, ME
University of Maine, Orono, ME (various events)
The Bear Brew Pub, Orono, ME
Club Ushuaia, Orono, ME
SPACE 351, Portland, ME

DJ for the WMPG – community radio station of the University of Southern Maine – Annual Fashion Show / Fundraiser, Portland, Maine

Flask Lounge, Portland, ME
Una wine bar, Portland, ME
Casco Bay Books, Portland, ME
The State Theater, Portland, ME
Station 272, Portland, ME
Asylum, Portland, ME
Zoot’s, Portland, ME
Free Street Taverna, Portland, ME
Mercury Lounge, Portland, ME
Cake, Portland, ME
51 Wharf, Portland, ME
Shipyard Brewing Co., Portland, ME
Liquid Blue, Portland, ME
Cream, Portland, ME
University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME (freshman welcome event)
The White Heart, Portland, ME
The Big Easy, Portland, ME (weekly hip-hop open Mic resident DJ)
The Red Door, Portsmouth, NH
Stone Church, Newmarket, NH
Dover Soul, Dover, NH
Ioka Theater, Exeter, NH
Club Toast, Burlington, VT
Metronome, Burlington, VT
Flirt, Austin, TX (Fashion Show)
Sub-Zero, Anchorage, AK
Bernie’s, Anchorage, AK
The North Winds, Homer, AK
Club Caliente, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Norwegian Cruise Lines (Global)


I have mixes available via these direct download links:

Baile Funk Mix -
Party Classics -
Top40 –
Dance and Funk -


Personal References:

Stacey Daniels of Thread Lounge, Chicago, IL:
Kimberly Ferris of Estate Realty Group:
Mark Ohlson, of Local Ink,





Ajay J. Harding – aka D.J. shAde

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