Listen Up! Dainjazone

‘Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ‘tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or, at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

OK, let’s briefly remember LMFAO from a few years ago, the most annoying band in the world that also seemed to be having the most fun. Dainjazone was their deejay. Turns out his club/EDM mixes are superb for working out. Especially if you enjoy the ego-canceling fury of, say, a good spin class.

Not that the nephew of Motown founder Berry Gordy doesn’t have taste or range. He just understands that music is kinetic. Dainjazone (real name Joseph Hampel) spoke with us on the phone between club gigs from Los Angeles. Topics included health, travel and the baffling power of horns.


I don’t know how many people work out to my deejaying exactly, but I know when I do mixes for DJcity those mixes get played in gyms all around the world. Personally, I work out five days a week and play basketball in a league on Sundays. My workouts are pretty intense and not just focused on the beach muscles. You gotta focus on the lower half, which builds the upper half. People don’t know that.

Music while exercising

In Europe, a lot of gyms play house music. And maybe that’s what I was deejaying earlier that night, and I don’t want to hear it anymore, you know? I’ll put on some Hit-Boy or Travis Porter. I listen to albums, mixtapes–I stay in touch with all genres while exercising.


My workout routine was a lot crazier during “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It.” LMFAO was the group in the world, and I caught the middle and tail end of that [in 2011-12]. During that time, a lot of people only saw me through social media. My feeling is you gotta make the most of what you have. Sometimes hotels have immaculate gyms. Sometimes it’s four walls and a treadmill. You just have to carve out that period of time and make it happen. Twenty minutes of abs, ten minutes of cardio.


I know one thing: people love horns. Any trap song that has horns in it, it’s powerful, it’s moving, it grabs a hold of you. Like TNGHT’s “Higher Ground” and those trap producers from Atlanta. When they add horns…people love that epic feeling.

–Andrew Matson