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Courtesy of Sean Essex
Sean Essex on Creating the Perfect Mix and How Every DJ Needs to Be Unique

If you hear the sound of rowdy partying mixed with slick electro beats emanating from Spanish Fly on Saturday night during the weekly FRWD party, it means that Sean Essex is in control of the turntables at that particular moment. That's because the local DJ knows how to do with aplomb, it's getting people screaming and shaking their moneymakers inside a club.

Essex's been a regular part of the Scottsdale scene for going on a decade and has performed at such noteworthy joints as Axis/Radius, Wild Knight, and bygone favorites like Myst and Cream Stereo Lounge. He's also pulled spin gigs at some big-time spots in Hollywood and elsewhere in Southern California. We recently spoke with the 30something selector about how this wealth of experience has helped hone his abilities at making the perfect mix and taught him why each DJ in the business today needs to be unique.

Read the full DJ Dossier with Sean Essex.

--Benjamin Leatherman


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Melissa Fossum
DJ Roya is a Team Jacob kind of girl.
Club Candids: Obscura's 3rd Annual Twilight Party

Last weekend's cold spell made finding an appropriate outfit for Saturday night shenanigans a bit of a challenge. It was way too cold to rely on go to cute dresses or button down tops, so it was time to dig cozy hoodies and sweaters out of storage.

In spite of the last minute scrambling for snazzy outfits, folks dancing at Obscura's Twilight party still managed to look dapper.

The previous Twilight movies were projected behind DJs Roya and Funkfinger, who had alternating sets. Cut outs of Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner covered in lipstick were propped in front of the DJ booth, so ladies could momentarily put their Team Edward/Team Jacob rivalries aside.

See the week's full Club Candids edition and slideshow.

--Melissa Fossum


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