DJ Dossier

Big Beats, Big Parties, and Big Pimping: Local DJs Share 16 Years of Axis-Radius Memories

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DJ Soloman Resident DJ for Republic Fridays at Axis-Radius In the Presence of Greatness: I played a set opening up for Z-Trip when the DJ booth at Radius was on the second floor. And the only way you could get there was up this ladder. And we carried big boxes of records and had to push 'em through this little rabbit hole.

So I'm up there doing my thing and all of a sudden I'm like, "Wow...Z-Trip." He shaped what a lot of us do today. I just kinda hung back and watched him. He was the king of the mashups and -- it was literally the first time I saw this -- he took "Music Sounds Better with You," which was a relatively instrumental song, and drops "It's Tricky" by Run DMC right on top of it. It blew my mind. Two vinyls, no laptops, none of that. I'll never forget it long as I live .

Down the Rabbit Hole: Calvin Harris, when he played there, all 8-feet of him had to duck through to get into the DJ booth that's there now. There's like a little cutout in the bottom and you have to dip down. And then the speakers are hanging right about your head. But if you're like 8 feet tall, your head hits the top of the ceiling there. That was pretty amusing. And then everyone started tweeting about it. Gabriel & Dresden tweeted about it, Fedde Le Grand tweeted about it. You just sorta went through this thing.

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