Electronica's Stepchildren

Minneapolis's DJ collective the Steppers Alliance are climbing their way up the local 2step scene

CP: Have you found it difficult to maintain the kind of down-to-earth sensibility that local dance-music fans tend to demand from their DJs, while being recognized on a national level? How have you achieved balance?

JOHN DOVE: I have quite the opposite problem. I wish I was a rock star, but everyone thinks I'm down to earth. Dammit!

SIGNORE VELOCE:I'll be the first to tell you that after that Time article, my head started to grow. I don't have the experience and maturity that my fellow Steppers have, which is why I'm "Baby Stepper," I suppose. If I fail to keep myself in line, they are my first line of defense, and a line I trust immensely.

EASYRIDER: I've been a raver since the first parties around here in the early Nineties, and what I've seen is enough to keep me grounded for life. Pimping yourself out to look bigger than you are just isn't worth it if you plan on staying around for the long term.

NATOSHA: With seven people working together, we don't have room for egos.

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