DJ Dossier

Aaron Taylor Talks KISS FM, DMX, Bob Marley, Usher, Masters At Work, and More

ame: Aaron Taylor

AKA: Vanilla Gorilla (not really)

Current club schedule: Thursday at Jackrabbit Lounge, Friday at Suede, and Saturday at Myst.

Genres spun: Hip-hop, Top 40, old school, electro, reggae, or anything else you might tip for.

How did you get started as a DJ? Back in '94, a buddy had one Technics turntable from a garage sale, one Realistic turntable, and a Radio Shack mixer in his basement connected to a house speaker. We'd buy old break records and try to beat match for hooked, the rest is history.

Best experience as a DJ: Being able to DJ at KISS FM events/concerts for 15,000-plus people, open for famous acts like Nelly, E-40, Nas, The Game, Jon B, Tony Toni Tone, George Lopez, Dave Chapelle, etc.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.