Tacoma, Washington-based DJ/producer Devin Kelly (AKA Adlib) has been an unwavering techno activist for over twenty years. Whether it was through his humble beginnings in small town Idaho or his decade-plus residencies with the Shameless (Seattle) and Monkey Do (SoCal) DJ crews, he has long been at the center of the region’s dance music underground. While his sound has evolved over the years, it has always centered around house and techno with a sense of moodiness, headiness and urgency. This unique feeling and and old school, narrative mixing style earn him regular headlining spots at clubs, renegades and festivals across the Western US and beyond.
But he is best known for his co-creation of the legendary Esthetic Evolution music and arts festival and his long career as a political and community organizer. Both center bringing community together to create empowering experiences and lasting bonds, whether through music or shared struggle. These backgrounds bring a sense of collective empowerment, resistance and celebration into all of his DJ sets and into events he touches, and led him to perform at, consult for and directly shape numerous major music festivals in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California. His newest project, “For Love and Struggle,” uses music, community and social commentary to bridge these worlds, because there are 33 revolutions on the turntable and one in the streets.