DJ Dossier

DJ Dario Talks Pitbull, Latin Music, the Racial Divide at Downtown Phoenix Clubs, and More

On any given evening, you're likely to find Dario Varela inside of a Valley nightclub. If it's during the weekend, he'll be working the mixers at joints like Oceans Seven. On other nights, however, he's usually on the other side of the DJ booth, observing other selectas order to help hone his skills or scope out new songs to spin.

DJing is oftentimes a 24/7 thing for Varela, who's also occasionally performs on 95.1 Latino Vibe or at local high school assemblies as a part of the AZ Party Rockers.

He's also a veteran of the Latin dance scene downtown Phoenix, having previously gigged at such clubs as Sky Lounge and the currently-defunct Club Silver. His musical palette ain't limited to merengue and hype club bangers from Pitbull, however, as he's also a huge fan of house music and electro jams.

Varela recently spoke with Up on the Sun about his musical tastes, life in the Latin club scene, and the racial divide between clubgoers in downtown Phoenix.

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