Name: Richard Branco
AKA: DJ XXXclusive
Current club nights: Saturday at Sangria, Tuesday at Crave, and I do a lot of guest spots at Cream and Martini Ranch
Genres spun: Anything up beat and energetic, from old-school Miami bass to new electro.
How did you get started as a DJ: I started going to big raves when I was 15 and got exposed to it that way. I moved out when I was 16 and me and my roommate bought a set of turntables together, and that's when it all started. I was always passionate about music though.
Explanation behind your DJ name: I thought about how I wanted people to feel when they saw me DJ, and I wanted them to feel like they where getting something exclusive. As far as the XXX part, I have always been about keeping it sexy, and anyone who knows my DJ style knows I'll get as dirty with it as I can.
Best experience as a DJ? I have had so many good experiences, anytime people are going nuts for the music and I get a reaction song after song!! Bad? Anytime I do an 18 and up club.
Preferred poison when DJing? I start every gig with a sugar-free Red Bull, and sometimes progress to vodka cranberry or vodka tonic.
How do you get a crowd going? Playing hits, then surprising them with classics or songs that I know get a good reaction.
Worst request you've ever gotten? I have gotten them all! The worst song you can think of, I've gotten a request for it.
What's the craziest shit you've seen at a club? BJ's in the VIP!
What do you like best about the Scottsdale scene? I like playing in Scottsdale the best 'cause I feel like that's where I get away with playing the best music, in my opinion.
What would you change? More culture, music that innovates, and more out-of-town headliners.
Best DJ-related joke you've heard lately: Same shit, different DJ.
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What sites do you use for music? I'm part of DJ City MP3 pool and I love it. Everything else I dig all over the internet.
Song currently stuck in your head: Bad Boy Bill - "Fast Life"
Current projects: I'm really working on learning to do my own remixes and production, because I want to define my style (which is going to be a Miami bass, breakbeat, electro-rock kinda style. I also have a clothing line that I'm going to get going, called XXXclusive Apparel.
Anything else you'd like to add: I'm riding this dj thing till the wheels fall off!!