Rebel Disco's Edward Navarro on How Phoenix's DJ Scene Can Be Territorial
There are many perks to being a member of Rebel Disco. As we've previously reported, the half-dozen or so participants in the local DJ crew regularly engage in group hugs and may have "seen each other's penises." And according to the ensemble's Edward Navarro, who Up on the Sun recently interviewed, it also has a killer 401(k) plan.
Nightfuse Edward Navarro of Rebel Disco
All snarkiness aside, membership in Rebel Disco does have a few bona fide benefits. On of which is getting to spin swank tunes for a typically packed house (and usually with a marquee-level guest DJ) on the rooftop of Bar Smith every Wednesday night. On Wednesday, April 3, they host Tensnake.
Navarro is definitely looking forward to the night and plans on augmenting the experience with tracks from his enormous music collection that Rebel Disco czar Jake Goldsmith says is filled with "old school electro, boogie, and rare disco gems."
"Edward was raised on some amazing music, and his record collection reflects that," Goldsmith says. And so do his sets and mixes, which the DJ told us about for this week's DJ Dossier, as well as how he came about accumulating his enviable cache and how "sometimes territorial" competition in the local nightlife scene makes for better performances.
Name: Edward Navarro
Preferred genres: Disco, house, electro
Current gigs: I am a resident at Push Push every Wednesday on the rooftop of Bar Smith.
Where else have you performed?
SideBar, Crescent Ballroom, Lost Leaf, Bikini Lounge, SoChu House, Brick Urban Kitchen, my bedroom.
What's the craziest shit you've seen at a gig?
A man dancing with an orb -- or possibly making love to it. Couldn't really tell.
What's your biggest claim to fame?
Opening up for Bicep was a real honor and the biggest thing I've done yet. However, I'm most proud of the closing moment of my Resident Love set. Those who were there know why.
How did you get involved with Rebel Disco?
I pay a monthly due to be a member [laughs]. No, Jake asked me if I wanted to DJ at the Nacho Lovers party at Brick Urban Kitchen. I couldn't commit to that, but shortly after, he asked me if I'd like to be involved with future projects of Rebel Disco.
Are there any perks to being a member of Rebel Disco?
Aside from the well-structured 401(k) plan, I'd probably say all the drinks that dudes now want to buy me.
What's your role?
DJ, promoter, partner, talent recruiter, host, therapist, father figure -- let's just say there's lots of work to be done.
How were the Psychemagick and Bicep gigs at Rebel Disco?
Two very incredible yet very unique shows. Both made their Phoenix debut and it was a pleasure to host them.