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DJ Adam Osuna Talks Lady Gaga, House Music, Asher Roth, Lawnchair Generals, and More

Name: Adam Anthony O'Suna, Sr.

Nickname: Suna, brah!

Current club nights: I play out when the opportunity presents itself. On guest rotation at Skyline on Fridays, Solstice on Saturdays, and Retro Hi-Fi about every month or so.

Genres spun: Real house, jackin and good deep with a solid groove (but up-tempo), as well as underground hip-hop, '80s funkiness and some indie shizz on occasion.

Other clubs you've performed at: I've played at Myst, Six, Suede, Pussycat Lounge, plus a bunch of venues no longer around. I frequent Cooperstown with a rock kinda thing.

Which bygone club do you miss the most? Probably Freedom.

How did you get started as a DJ? As a kid, my best friend and I would pretend to have our own radio station and do every thing from the music to the commercials. As we got older we would make mixtapes by dubbing cassettes. Music was always a big part of my life and over time DJing just felt like the way for me. By 15, I got my first turntables and mixer never looked back.

What's your mantra when it comes to DJing? Just want to rip the roof of this place and represent for house music. I love to feel [that] everyone in the room is listening and I'm in total control.

Best experience as a DJ: It was when I was invited to play at Red Monkey's Work That Turkey -- Thanksgiving Edition 2009. The vibe was incredible and I feel it reintroduced me into the Phoenix house scene as a "house music souldier."

And the worst? Playing at a private party for a corporate gig where everyone had requests while shoving their iPhones in my face demanding "Whatcha Say," screaming "Jason DeRulo!" at me.

Craziest shit you've seen at a club: I was at this one spot when, out of nowhere, fists were flying, the turntables were flipped over, and the whole dance floor erupted into a giant brawl. Crazy times. I don't miss that.

What do you dig about house music? A freedom to play and speak through music.

How will the genre continue evolving? With the popularity of electronic music and mainstream culture I feel it will cycle back to its roots. It's the same as any music, it all goes in cycles. The progression of the music is to capture what has been done in generations past.

Where can you be found when not DJing? Guitar Center at Metro in Phoenix. I'm in charge of the pro audio department. My whole day is big speakers, DJ gear, recording equipment, and dealing with musicians. Other than that, basically been working on my family life at home, taking care of my three sons and my beautiful wife.

 

Worst request you've ever gotten: At an event I had the lady in charge scream at me, "If I don't hear 'Electric Avenue' right now I'm going to freak out! Somebody needs to give me priority!" She was a little pushy, but I ended up playing her song.

Artists you've been championing lately in your sets: I've been on this Chicago, San Francisco funk tip. Some Mark Farina styles, Lawnchair Generals, Sonny Fodera, Fred Everything, J.T. Donaldson, Giano, Wattie Green, plus old school like Paul Johnson.

Which local artists do you dig? I got to give props to Pickster One, Drunken Immortals, Anglo Saxon, Cut Throat Logic, M2, Benjamin Cutswell, Element, DJ Soulman, plus too many to list for holding it down for P-Town.

What sites do you use for music? My favorite is Stompy. They have the best selection for the type of house I like to play. Plus, most of the money for the songs goes to the artist. I also frequent Beatport as well as Traxxsource, [which is] pretty much standard.

Last album you purchased: Joshua Heath featuring Colette, Call On Me.

Last song you downloaded: Asher Roth's "G.R.I.N.D. (Get Ready It's A New Day)." I've been feeling this track.

Track currently stuck in your head: "Dancer in the Dark" by Lady Gaga. Her concert blew me away! Speechless.

Other projects you've got going: I've been working on some stuff with Soul Management, putting together some shows still in the works. Always working on traxx at the spot, all the music I make sounds like it belongs in Breakin.

Sample mix: 

Adam Osuna presents woulda coulda shooda by DjAdamOsuna


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