Dave Mass has been actively involved in the underground art and dj community since 1992. As the founder of TOOWUNPHYVE, one of the longest running dj collectives in Philadelphia, Dave has been instrumental in the growth of Philly’s nightlife scene through dj appearances at events up and down the East Coast and abroad. From Hartford to Miami and SF to Korea, he has figured out what makes people move through his relentless djing over the last 2 decades. Considered by many a “DJ’s DJ,” his sets typically run through several genres when he’s behind the decks while having his roots firmly planted in party rocking
Dave is a member of the prestigious 611 Records camp which was the hub for electronic music in Philadelphia for many years and includes many notable djs including Nigel Richards, Dieselboy, Derrick L. Carter and Frankie Bones to name a few. He also served as a buyer for CUE Records, Philly’s underground hip hop and funk authority, as well as holding down a brief stint at his own record store with fellow TOOWUNPHYVE members Jonathan Williams and Tommy Hogunz.
Throughout the mid to late 90’s Dave held down residencies and frequent guest spots at many of Philadelphia’s most famed underground and mainstream venues. Club 1415, Skyline, Eden Roc, Shampoo, Fluid, Transit, Silk City, Egypt and the legendary Space Nightclub (later known as Motion) which was responsible for bringing countless international, national and regional acts and djs to Philly.
While at Space, Dave brought names such as Paul Oakenfold and Dave Ralph to Philly for their first visit to the city. One of his most notable appearances was his 12-hour set as co-headliner during Tiesto’s first visit at Transit. Dave maintained relevance into the 00’s by constantly evolving as a dj and playing every gig like it was his last…which made sense since he reenlisted in the US Army in 2007 as a combat medic and was quickly deployed to Iraq as an infantry line medic.
Now as a husband and proud father of two having recently been honorably discharged from the US Army, Dave manages to keep pursuing his love for bringing his brand of music and art to the people. In 2016, his sets span a variety of top 40, hip hop, underground and bass music which involve his signature style of turntablism and mixing. Dave’s background and reputation led to opening for the legendary DJ Shadow for his ALL BASSES COVERED TOUR at District 9 as well as performing at other northeast venues like The Paradox (Baltimore) alongside Jungle icon DJ SS. Dave has also teamed up with longtime friends and fellow djs, Ricky Lee and DJ React to form the BSMNT crew, a 6 turntable 3 mixer dj act which must be seen to be believed.
You can now find Dave Mass at his many residencies; Raven Lounge (Philly), Bally’s Mountain Bar (Atlantic City), Bally’s Beach Bar (Atlantic City), Shenanigan’s (Sea Isle City), Valley Beach (Valley Forge), Kiss Kiss A Go Go (Atlantic City) and Eden Lounge (Atlantic City) as well as regular guest appearances at Lucky’s Last Chance (Manayunk), Triumph Brewery (Princeton), Infusion Lounge (Philly) and wherever else his craft takes him.