DJ Quivver spins for two nights in Vail this weekend |

DJ Quivver spins for two nights in Vail this weekend

Charlie Owen
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

He may not be number one, but he’s not far from it.

John Graham, aka DJ Quivver, sits at No. 24 among the top ranked DJs in the world according to the Web site That’s miles away from the bottom of the list, which ranks more than 210,000 DJs.

“That’s cool, it’s really cool,” the L.A.-based DJ said. “We were surprised when we started going up the ranks in the list.”

But Peter Blick, house DJ for Samana Lounge in Vail, knows the achievement is something more than just a number on a list.

“Yeah, that’s huge,” Blick said. “There’s several different kinds of ratings and obviously he’s got fans in a lot of different markets … but to be on that one is pretty big.”

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DJ Quivver returns to Vail to spin at the Samana Lounge Saturday and Sunday night.

The Bridge Street club is a venue he is familiar with since he spun there in August.

“I’ve been buying his music for like seven years,” said Blick, who is set to open for DJ Quivver Saturday night. “Last time we had him it was great ” great music and a great crowd. They were super into it.”

DJ Quivver is known for playing a broad selection of music during his sets, but he said lately he’s been focusing more on one or two genres.

“I’ll kind of browse through all genres and just pick out the bits that I like. Mainly, the last year or so I guess I’ve been playing more on the techno side, from progressive to tech-house and techno,” Quivver said.

He also sings on many of his tracks, but doesn’t sing during his live DJ sets, he said.

“Singing during a DJ show, I wouldn’t want to do that. I just think it would look weird,” Quivver said.

Quivver’s debut album, “Dirty Nails and Vapour Trails,” which was released in July of 2008 on Quivver’s own Boz Boz label, combines many styles, including drum and bass (“Chasing A Feeling”), techno (“2 Notes ‘n’ a Beat”) and progressive house (“Ghosts”), and he drops all the vocals on the album as well.

DJ Quivver moved to Los Angeles a year and a half ago from Coventry, England because of a girl, he said. He was also bored with DJing in the U.K., he said. Things have been going well for him since he moved to America as he’s been well-received in the DJ scene here, he said. But having DJed in so many places during his 15-year career, he said things are pretty much the same everywhere he goes.

“I wouldn’t say there’s any major difference in DJing from one country to the next. There’s certain places, certain regions I guess where the scene is a little bit fresher and newer and people are more excited,” Quivver said. “Places like South America is always great. The vibe in South America is always amazing. It must be in their blood to be party animals in South America.”

Having played the venue before, DJ Quivver said he’s aware of what the crowd at Samana Lounge will likely be looking for musically.

“I’ve been hunting for a lot of new tunes lately for Christmas and New Years and I’ve got a lot of good music at the moment,” Quivver said.

High Life Writer Charlie Owen can be reached at 970-748-2939 or

What: DJ Quivver with opener DJ Blick on Saturday and opener DJ Hal on Sunday.

When: Saturday and Sunday night at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Samana Lounge in Vail.

Cost: $10 on Saturday and $5 Sunday night.

More information: Call 970-476-3433 or visit

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