DJ Dossier

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

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What determines what is played on FM radio? Many things...We use a lot of research tools to gauge what people like and dislike. We check music charts of other radio stations across the country and what works for them, phone/text/email requests, album/single sales, reactions in the clubs, the history of the artist, etc. And finally it comes down to my experience and what my gut tells me.

Does a day job at a radio station make it harder to do club gigs at night? No, because I'm on Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Although after a crazy Thursday night in the club, Fridays mornings can be a lil' rough. God bless Starbucks.

Ever been stalked by a listener? Yes...but mostly they're young girls, so they don't worry me too much!

Craziest shit you've seen at a club: This is a hard one because coming from the Bay Area, I've seen some bad stuff. But most recently a very memorable time for me was DJing DMX's Birthday Party. He's a guy that I've listened to since the start. And playing his songs and having him rap along next to me, with Flava Flav also by my side was memorable!

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