DJ Dossier

Byron Fenix on Why Phoenix Isn't Ready for Real Jazz Music

Byron Fenix is a bit different than your normal DJ or selector. First off, you normally won't find him performing at some glitzy club, as he generally prefers to spin at far funkier venues and events, such as The Lost Leaf, Djentrification's Civic Space Jam, or at his monthly gig Cosmic along with RMC and Joseph Mercardo at SoChu House in CenPho.

Plus, Fenix typically spins musical selection that offer more of a "soulful vibe," ranging from funk and jazz to disco and Afrobeat. You can hear the dude doing his thing every Saturday night during his weekly show "Soul Deluxe" via online station Radio Phoenix or later tonight when Cosmic holds its latest session. In the meantime, Fenix took time recently to share why he digs the genres that he does, as well as why he believes the Valley scene isn't ready for true jazz.

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