Byron Fenix on Why Phoenix Isn't Ready for Real Jazz Music
What's your favorite track of the moment
I'll quote High Fidelity's John Cusack: "In the club or at home?" Home is Rhye, "The Fall." Beautiful sound and the video is just as great. Big tune for my radio show. In the club Oliver $, "Doin' Ya Thang." Huge bass and they used a sample from my favorite artist Moodymann.
What's something about you that no one knows?
If I told u then everyone would know. I do like my privacy.
What's the craziest shit you've seen at a gig?
Nothing too crazy, thankfully, but recently [I] filled in for a friend and he forgot to mention it was a drag show. Couldn't make up their minds on what to play and basically called me out on the mic. They forgot I hold all the power of sound and I just shut off the mic as they yelled at me. They weren't too happy. I have love and respect for everyone 'till they treat me otherwise.
Technology is making it easier for anyone to be a DJ now. Is that a good or bad thing, in your opinion?
Both. Turntables are expensive as well as records, if you're buying 12-inch singles. I do believe a DJ should know the basics though. I love my records so I always try to bring a crate with me to gigs cause you never know if the technology (computer) will crash. The good is for seasoned DJs it makes it easier to have all their music on a hard drive. We aren't getting any younger and those records are heavy.
How much work do you put into your mixes?
The work really comes from finding good music after that its a matter of knowing your music. I don't plan what I'm gonna play, you read your audience and improvise from there.