Rebel Disco's Edward Navarro on How Phoenix's DJ Scene Can Be Territorial

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Edward Navarro of Rebel Disco
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.

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

AKA: Eddie.

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.

Location Info


Bar Smith

130 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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Territorial?  C'mon guys, you play other people's music (and I'm using the term play pretty liberally here). Get over yourselves.


@nowayjose1 Probably not the best choice of words and sort of taken out of context but thanks for your feedback. As a DJ of 16 years I got over things a long time ago. Have you been to our night Push Push? If not, I'd like to invite you to attend. I'd love to hear what you think of it. We don't just play other people's music, we mix and layer the tracks in a way not heard like the original to create a unique experience. There's also live "blending" and "remixing" (if you're not a DJ, I don't expect you to know those terms). Some of our DJs produce and play their own music as well. We've even had bands play along with us. If you make it out, the first drink is on me. Best regards.


@edward.m.navarro @nowayjose1 Generally "getting over" something implies you're not making a big deal about something; going against the notion of being so worked up you're "territorial" with other players.  I've not been, and I'm sure your beats are phat, as the kids like to say.  The main objection I had to this piece (and well the DJ thing in general) is the gravity you want to lend your, lets face it, hobby.  You do basically just play other peoples music(and with less effort than a lowly cover band). Yes I understand there are subtle nuances, but I expect you'd find hardcore beanie baby collectors out there that say there's just so much more to stuffed animal hoarding than you think, too.  I'm no stranger to your "craft".  I've been dragged in and out and back in under the new name to every club in this town for as long as you've been around, by many big name crowd drawers.  Most of whom were well aware that what they did was pretty much like riding a bike: something most people can do with a little practice that can still be a lot of fun!  I'm not saying there isnt some skill to what you do, or that its not a good way to share a good time with good people.  Just don't go gettin' all gang war over your little pond, big fish.


@nowayjose1 @edward.m.navarro I wasn't making a big deal, it was just a question asked to me in the interview. Again, probably not the best word choice and I certainly didn't know it would be used as the title of this piece but that's beyond my control. There are many forms of DJing and unless you've practiced them your statements hold no credibility. They are just your opinion, which you are entitled to. The difference in skill level between a DJ who just presses play (typically done at weddings/graduations) and one who simultaneously mixes 3 tracks (an instrumental, an acapella and one for cutting/looping/scratching in effects) all in the same key signature and tempo to create a "live" remix are not subtle. Just as the difference between taking a stroll through the park on a bike and BMX pro landing a 540 on a vert ramp are not subtle. Both can be a lot of fun but require different skill sets. Now, I'm not claiming to be on the BMX pro side of DJing but I do continue to progress my skills. As for getting gang war, I book all local guests (some of which are my competitors) at our night and in some cases sacrifice playing so that the other DJs can play. That's far from being territorial (or a big fish as you would say). I do this because I want the DJ scene or "pond" to grow. I can't do it alone. And not just the DJ scene but Phoenix in general as I am a native. I like that you've been supporting all the establishments for years even when under new names. And if you decide to give us a try, like I said, first rounds on me. I hope this gave you some more insight about me as that title is misrepresenting. At any rate, you are entitled to your opinions. Your feedback is valued and welcomed by me. Best regards.

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