Best Resident VJ

Cagan Yuksel and Chris Biggins, Pacha, New York
Chris Biggins and Cagan Yuksel club-hopped to Pacha this year, after taking home the disco globe in 2007 for their work at crobar. The pair creates their own visuals, and incorporates live video feeds of the crowd and whatever else they can snap. Superstar DJs arriving for their gigs via Pacha's back entrance, for example, sending the crowd into orbit before they even took the decks. The dynamic duo nurtures the VJ-ing talent of tomorrow through teaching gigs at New York club training camp DubSpot, and is also nominated for their design and installation work on Pacha's brand-new permanent video system.

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ChristianJude "Eyeball" Zacharka, Mixx, Atlantic City
At Borgata's Mixx, repeat nominee ChristianJude Zacharka, aka Eyeball, is constantly upping his game to match the headliners and corresponding crowds, "at all costs," he says. With a High End Systems Catalyst media server and 500 GB of content, plus four IR cameras, Pioneer DVJ-1000 decks, an Edirol V-4 mixer and other video toys, Eyeball controls the visuals for the 12,000-square-foot venue. A massive video screen at the center of the club is his stage, and Eyeball is proud to have filled it for Ferry Corsten, Tiesto and DJ AM. But the real reward, Eyeball says is, "seeing YouTube videos in several languages of my vids taken by the crowd." -CM

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Marc McCall, Avaland at Avalon, Hollywood
Apparently, Avalon expects just a little bit more from the person they call resident VJ, since their house visualist Marc McCall chooses not to rely on the usual VJ gear to sequence and screen his work. Rather, he's written his own software - the Xnth video synthesizer - to play his video clips to the music like a musician, rather than a DJ. "People need to think outside the Arkaos box," he says. But never fear: A mix of brightly lit hoochie mamas and abstract visuals keep the beat perfectly, albeit from a very unique visual drum. -JH
Ray Rhodes, TigerHeat, L.A.
You would think Ray Rhodes would have his hands full managing two club nights in L.A. and Vegas, and programming radio station KBIG's Disco Saturday Night. However, Rhodes also decided early on to pair up each pop song he spun with its corresponding music video for weekly global pop party TigerHeat. Nowadays, Rhodes displays and pitch-shifts videos from around the world to create a comprehensive and kinetic display of mainstream cool. And if the song doesn't have a video, Rhodes will make his own, using live concert footage and CD-quality audio. "I feel like the modern-day Dick Clark," he says. If he can keep the wrinkles off, he's well on his way. -JH
Roonie G, Jet, Las Vegas
The traditional VJ is often relegated to the hidden corners of the club, just like the high school A/V geek. But, DJ Roonie G prefers center stage and the title of "DJ" before his name. A previous Club World Award winner, Roonie never ceases to push boundaries and take his performances on Pioneer's DVD turntables (which he helped develop, and now demos regularly at industry events), and the art of VJ-ing, to the next level. This year he continues his energetic live video mixing performances all around the world, all while maintaining residencies at Jet's A/V party, Atlantic City's Casbah, and Saddle Ranch Universal in California. -RL
VJ Psyberpixie, Set, Miami
Observers of last year's CWA ceremony will remember 2007 Best Resident VJ nominee Marina Rao, aka Psyberpixie, for her "micro" cuts and technospiritual montages of ancient cultures, cyberpunk and psychedelia. But after four years in the game, Psyberpixie hasn't been sitting still: She's moved operations from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami, where the Opium Group's multi-nominated Set has given her a balcony from which to command her audience. And since taking on new management, she's also brought her imitable style to Mexico City, Los Angeles, and any other venue searching to have its consciousness and visual decor properly expanded. -JH