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DJ Area4 on Being a Jedi and How Hip-Hop Culture Helped Saved His Life

Of the many pearls of wisdom that Yoda dropped on Luke Skywalker's ass in The Empire Strikes Back ("Size matters not," "Wars not make one great") it was the green-skinned Jedi guru's Zen-like mantra of "Do or do not...there is no try" that probably resonates the most with Joe Maldonado.

That's because the local turntablist and selector, who performs as Area4, was at a major crossroads in 2005 when he hit an emotional rock bottom. He was unsure whether or not give up on the world or to instead suck it up, endure through the drama, and push forward with his life and DJ career. Essentially, whether to do...or do not.

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