Alkemé: "If It Were Up to Me, Everyone Would Go Home and Make Babies After My Sets"

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Aaron Wallace
Alkemé wants you to get busy, on the dancefloor or elsewhere.
Dancing, as famed poet Robert Frost once wrote, is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire. In other words, when some couples take to the dance floor at your average club night, it's not only from a desire to show off some sweet steps and fancy moves. More carnal intentions might be afoot, which is something that Alkemé is more than happy to help facilitate.

The right song or groove can certainly heighten any sort of mood, especially those of an amorous nature, and act as audio aphrodisiac of sorts -- its pure chemistry, or, in her case, alchemy.

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Mayra E. on Hip-Hop's Bias Against Female DJs and Giving Crowds What They Want to Hear

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Mayra Sias (a.k.a. DJ Mayra E.) in the spin of things at the Diamond Lounge.
When Mayra Sias got into the DJ game about five years ago, she probably couldn't have asked for a better instructor -- namely, her husband Les, who's renowned around the Valley hip-hop scene as turntablism guru LES735.

Getting schooled on the ones and twos by her better half, who placed seventh at last year's DMC nationals, certainly had both its benefits and drawbacks. For instance, Mayra says, some folks assumed that she'd be able to melt wax and scorch turntables right out the box. Not quite.


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2ToneDisco on Their Chiptune Sounds, Crazy Performances, and Reasons for Moving to L.A.

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Omni Rutledge (left) and James Campbell of 2ToneDisco.
Remember that old chestnut from your Psych 101 days about how the whole being greater than the sum of its parts? Well, it happens to be totally true, and not when it comes to gestalt psychology. Its also can be easily applied to the music world, whether we're talking about supergroups, package concert tours, or the mash-up work of such greats as Z-Trip or Girl Talk.

On the local level, the axiom also is applicable to the geektacular Phoenix-based DJ/producer duo known as 2ToneDisco. Comprised of chiptune fiend Omni Rutledge and British-born indie disco wizard James Campbell, the two blend their respective sonic specialties into quirky and chirpy tracks that are of an electro/nu-disco nature and evoke both an 8-bit aesthetic and a four-on-the-floor energy.


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DJ Squalor on This Weekend's Fight Club Sadisco* and Fighting Cancer With Food

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Jeremiah Toller
Toby Tyler Heidebrink (a.k.a. Squalor and Mess)
Despite all it's nihilistic, anarchistic, and pugilistic leanings, Fight Club is actually a tale of hope and redemption. No, really. Strip away all the brutality, bedlam, and bathing products, and the overall message of both Chuck Palahniuk's original novel and David Fincher's flick is that one can attain salvation, albeit through extreme and unusual means.

Fittingly, the M.O. of the latest edition of infamous industrial dance party Fight Club Sadisco* on Saturday is similar in a sense, as it aims to help save the ass of one its instigators -- Toby Tyler Heidebrink.

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DJ Organic on His Love of Soft Rock and How He Used to Buy Old Ladies' Record Collections

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DJ Organic spins at Rips Ales & Cocktails.

Despite the fact he sports snapbacks and Coolin' Out T-shirts, spins at the Blunt Club, and has a new project with Phoenix rapper Very G., local selecta Dominic Khin Htay doesn't consider himself to be purely a hip-hop DJ.

The 35-year-old, who performs as DJ Organic, prefers to be versatile with the sounds he spins and the gigs he puts on around the Valley, which is why you'll find him dropping yacht rock tonight at Rips during the latest edition of his club night Mellow Heat.

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DJ Thomas James on the Most Important Skills That Every Club DJ Must Master

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DJ Thomas James at El Hefe in Scottsdale.
Drop by El Hefe in Scottsdale on any given Sunday afternoon and you'll find yourself in the middle of a party, and quite the epic one at that. The Saddlebag Trail spot is a bit infamous for its weekly 4-2-10 Sundays affair, which is one the wildest club events in Scottsdale on that particular day, and offers mass decadence, rowdiness, over indulgence, and revelry by those staying up late on a school night. Oh, and there's also inflatable zebras.

And pretty much every weekend, the man priming the party on Sundays at El Hefe is Thomas James. Besides serving at the bar's creative director, he is tasked with getting the crowd going and energy flowing as the event's resident DJ.

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Michele "Roya" Chinichian on Tongue Tied's Silliness and One-Year Anniversary Party

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Benjamin Leatherman
Michele Chinichian (a.k.a. DJ Roya)
Michele Chinichian knows a thing or three about throwing a boffo birthday bash. For proof, look no further than the magically delicious affair she threw in honor of her own b-day in January, which overflowed with unicorns, balloons, rainbow-colored party favors, and other playful revelry.

Chinichian, who performs as DJ Roya, will attempt to one-up herself with another birthday blowout, this time in honor of Tongue Tied's One-Year Anniversary (subtitled "A Night of Love") on Saturday at Apollo's.


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DJ McBoy on How He's Prepping for His Big Gig at Wet Electric

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It's going to be a big weekend for DJ McBoy -- and a very "electric" one at that. The 21-year-old is scheduled to perform at tonight's Summer Electric party over at the Arizona Event Center in Mesa, followed by a gig on the local stage during the first day of Wet Electric on Saturday.

And while McBoy, known to his mom and pop as Danny McMahon, is naturally thrilled to be pulling back-to-back sessions over the next 36 hours, it's the latter performance that he's most excited about. And maybe even a little nervous to boot, considering it's the biggest opportunity thus far in his seven-year DJ career.


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The Black Madonna: "Dance Music Needs Some Discomfort With Its Euphoria"

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The Black Madonna prays at the altar of disco and house.
The members of Rebel Disco are being tight-lipped about their newest hangout. Though they haven't dropped dime on its location just yet, however, they've ecstatically announced the headliner and inspiration for tonight's "We Still Believe" party, The Black Madonna. Per Rebel Disco's Facebook: "We are excited about our new venue and even more excited about our special guest."

Such anticipation is warranted, given that the Chicago-based artist (also known by such monikers as the "Avenger of Comiskey Park" and "Patron Saint of Abandoned Daughters") is one of the more unique DJ/producers to come from the Windy City in recent memory. A resident at Chi-Town's trendy Smart Bar, The Black Madonna's intoxicatingly synthy and sample-heavy sounds (which trip between the realms of nu-disco, old-fashioned disco, and soulful house) have been released on such influential labels as Home Taping Is Killing Music and Classic Music Company.

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Listen to Z-Trip's Takeover of BBC Radio 1Xtra

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Benjamin Leatherman
Z-Trip performs at Yucca Tap Room earlier this month.
Call us huge nerds for making such a comparison, but local superstar DJ export Z-Trip has a few things in common with Doctor Who. Stick with us on this one for a moment. Both, for instance, scamper through the annals of history in pursuit of their raison d'être via equipment that's a bit on the obsolete side -- which in Z-Trip's case involves laying down vintage hip-hop and R&B gems on a turntable rather than bombing around in an old school police call-box.

Plus, there's the fact that both Z-Trip and the fictional Gallifreyan time lord took over the airwaves of the BBC over the weekend.

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