DJ Dossier

DJ FLNGN Talks Hipsters, Felix Cartal, Interpol, Toro Y Moi, Duck Sauce, and More

Name: Adrian John Flanagan


Current schedule: This weekend I have private gigs, but next weekend I am playing Axis/Radius on Thursday, Afterlife on Friday and School of Rock in Tempe on Saturday. My schedule constantly rotates.

Genres spun: I mostly spin electronica and techno. Those are my faves. But I also play hip-hop and Top 40, depending on the venue or club. A lot of DJs stray from mainstream music, but I welcome it. The more gigs for me, the better. That's how I look at it.

How did you get started as a DJ? I dabbled in DJing with my neighbor's very old gear. In 2005, I went to Hot Pink! (remember that). I asked Denny [Le Nimh] if I could play a set and he said yes. From there I became friends with Dirty Dave, William Reed, and several other guys who are now well established DJs in the Valley.

What's your opinion on the hipster scene? Most hipsters appear to be very artsy and indie, especially with music. But I think they're just like everyone else, they'll dance to a good, catchy beat. A few weeks ago at Bar Smith I played a Benny Benassi remix of Katy Perry and it flooded the dance floor. Hipsters included.

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