DJ Kyko on getting Phoenix's Latin flavor going

DJ Kyko keeps it on the level.

The Latin DJ holds two residencies at clubs in the Valley. Not that it's going to his head. His down-to-Earth perspective makes him a man of few words, and maybe that's a good thing. He's all action, little talk.

We talk beginnings, vintage vinyl and dance floor tacos in this week's DJ Dossier.

DJ name: DJ Kyko

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Real name: Miguel Morales Jr

Genres spun: Hip-hop, electro, Latin

Regular gigs: Resident DJ for Surgenights Privileged Fridays at Club DWNTWN [and] resident DJ for Latin Ladies Saturday Night at Sky Lounge.

What's the best way to get a crowd going? I usually start off with a couple of mellow songs and then hit the crowd with some heat. Throwing in some Pitbull, LMFAO, YC. Rack on racks on racks. [Laughs]

Who are you listening to and spinning these days? Well, I normally listen to ESPN Radio all day long. I love sports. Go Dallas Cowboys! But in the club I play a majority of hip-hop and Latin music to give my nights more of that urban Latin feel.

Tell me about the weirdest gig you've ever played. I've never really had any weird gigs. I try and make the most of the gigs I spin at.

What's the strangest thing you've seen while DJing? The strangest thing I saw while I was DJing was in Mexico. Some guy was dancing and had a plate with tacos in his hand while dancing with some chick.

How did you become a DJ? How did you first start out? Well, I've always loved music. So when I was younger I saw a DJ at my junior high school and I decided I wanted to DJ, so I would save up my allowance everyday and go to Circles [Records in Phoenix] and buy a record, one at time. My first record was Juicy by Notorious B.I.G.

What's the last album you purchased? Kanye West and Jay Z's Watch the Throne.

What's the last song you downloaded? The last one... Man, I download hundreds at a time! Gotta bring the heat at the club.

What's the song that's currently stuck in your head? The song that catches me is "I Can Only Imagine" by David Guetta featuring Chris Brown and Lil Wayne. Good track!

Where's the best place to buy vinyl in Phoenix? Since every DJ on Earth is most likely on Serato by now (hopefully,) I still shop at Tracks in Wax for old vintage records [like] Earth, Wind and Fire, Gap Band - stuff like that.  

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