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Box Five Radio | Special Guest Biography – Clay Watkins

Clay loves the Chicago and San Francisco styles of House, which were the basis of his musical influence since starting to DJ 11 years ago. Growing up outside of Chicago, he was sucked in by the mixing of Bad Boy Bill on the radio, but he also found his underground influences in Paul Johnson and Derrick Carter. They inspired him to pursue the music as just more than a fan and promoter.

After his early DJing years in El Paso, he moved to Portland when he was discharged from the Army. His interest and advocacy for non-traditional music began, and he achieved his Music Technology degree from Clackamas Community College (CCC) in 2008. He quickly got into freelance instruction, workshops, and guest instruction at CCC shortly after his graduation. His focus is on the Ableton Live DAW, and his own production work can be found on Serial Sickness, House Call Records, Caboose Recordings, and Sniff Your Ears, with forthcoming tracks to be released on Radda Records.

Clay and his wife, Misha, co-own their own business, Unified Groove Productions. They currently host “A Family Affair Continues,” a monthly event in Portland that has been running strong for over a year. Family Affair hosted a party at the Northwest House Music Conference this year with Grin Trax at Rose Bar. Clay has run the workshops for the NWHMC since it began, and presented his own Ableton Live Music Production class in 2014. He has recently accepted an offer from Clackamas Community College to be on the committee that will be creating a hybrid music program, focusing on the intentional mesh of traditional and non-traditional music programs. He will be working alongside Ron Jones who does all the scoring for Family Guy and American Dad.


Visit him on Soundcloud at DJ Clay Watkins