I remind myself that in order to dive into any art form, I must feel (intently), and remain sensitive to the world around me." -Jeff Izm
 

Jeff Hansen (IZM) was born in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York where music consistently played a big part of his youth.  Whether he was collecting records, tapes, and CDs, making mix-tapes for friends and crushes on his dual cassette recorder, or singing in his High School/College Choir, performing in plays and musicals, singing Opera, heading up his The Cure cover band, “The Remedy”, or being honored as “best singer” in his graduating class, Jeff Hansen was always immersed in music.  In 1995, he furthered his musical journey into DJing.  Around the same time Izm also pursued his passion for performing in bands, curating events, promoting parties, and traveling, which still stays true til this day.  Izm currently holds a 5 year Wednesday residency upstairs at the iconic Pianos in the L.E.S of Manhattan with his “Partysharks NYC" brand, as well as moving dance floors and hyping up dinner/brunch crowds while providing the perfect music backdrop to any occasion at some of the most notable nightlife spots in New York City.  These days, aside from igniting dancefloors across the city, Izm designs and directs the music program for La Esquina NYC, an iconic Soho institution known for great Mexican fare, a vast Tequila and Mezcal list, and a roster of the finest DJs from NYC and around the world. Izm hand picks the best DJs 7 nights a week for the Soho flagship location, as well as several nights a week at each of the taqueria locations.

Influenced by many artists, genres, record labels, and DJs, the list is endless.  DJ AM, Z-Trip, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Craze, DJ Wonder, DJ Scratch, Nightmares on Wax, Sway Calloway, Diplo, Hollertronix, The Cure, The Smiths, Nick Cave, Jose Gonzalez, Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, TV on the Radio, The Shins, Leonard Cohen, Elliott Smith, David Lynch, Joy Division, New Order, NIN, Front 242, Peter Gabriel, Gang of Four, Dave Allen, Travis Scott, ATCQ, De La Soul, NWA, Public Enemy, Mobb Deep, Busta Rhymes, Mos Def, The Beatnuts, Black Moon, Sean Price, RFTW, TKA, Stevie B, Mary J Blige, Drake, Outkast, Eric B & Rakim, Busta Rhymes, Biggy, Jay Z, Mac Dre, Dr. Dre, Aaliyah, Missy, Massive Attack, Tricky, Slowdive, Dead Can Dance, Sade, Red House Painters, Bob Marley, Bill Laswell, Lee Scratch Perry, Prince Fari, King Tubby, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, and the list goes on...