Ask any of the whippersnappers who make up the majority of electronic dance music's current fanbase to name some of the superstars of EDM's previous heyday, more a decade ago, and you'd likely get nothing but blank stares in return. Their heads are filled with the names of today's biggest tastemakers: Deadmau5, Avicii, Calvin Harris, or Duck Sauce. As for the producers and DJs who dominated the clubs during electronica's last big era, from the mid-'90s up until the early Aughts? Meh. Russell Ramirez, however, remembers those years as he ran the Valley's best outlet for DJ culture, Swell Records. For the better part of 13 years, his bygone sTempe hop, which closed in 2006, was the epicenter of the local scene, offering the latest wax (both import and domestic), turntable gear, and info on all the hottest club gigs and underground shows. On Saturday, October 20, Ramirez will resurrect Swell's glory days with Eclec'tech, a one-off DJ, EDM, and BPM extravaganza featuring a lineup of local old-schoolers as well as some more recent favorites, at The Monarch Theatre, 122 East Washington Street, and the neighboring Bar Smith. Former Swell regulars like Pete "Supermix" Salaz and Radar (who both served as record buyers) are scheduled to perform at either venue, as is a laudable list of venerated turntablists, selectors, and mixmasters from Phoenix's past, including Kevin Brown, Sonique des Fleurs, Fact, and Robbie Rob. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $10. Call 602-229-1265.
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