by Michelle Wilding in New Music on Tuesday 1 June 2010

There aren’t too many DJs out there who can spin a fresh and lively set which seamlessly combines multifaceted genres and artists. But Cape Town’s DJ Ashton Abels is an exception to this reality. His art of mixing both local and international artists into his set list — while tightly jumping around genres — actually holds the crowd’s attention, instead of losing it. I recently saw him mix live at the Smirnoff Johannesburg Experience and his innovative style really impressed me.