DJ Funkface Talks Steve Aoki, Beatport, Sex in the VIP Room, Club Freedom, and More

Name: James Edwards Hammerschmidt III

AKA: DJ Funkface

Genres spun: Whatever is on Beatport's Top 10.

Current gigs: My cousin asked me to work her wedding next weekend. I'm also dating one of the go-go girls at Axis/Radius, so I'm hoping to get a guest slot there sometime soon.

How did you get started as a DJ? I'm hot. Constantly surrounded by sexy women and I love sick beats. It was a no brainer. Plus, I've been going out to local clubs almost every weekend for years and have seen enough DJs, so I figured I'd be really good at it. (Anyone can be a DJ, it's not like you have to go to school for it, right?) My mom and dad helped buy me a laptop and a copy or Serato Scratch Live and I was set.

Explanation behind your DJ name? It took me awhile to come up with a really good one. I'd considered stuff like DJ Premiere, DJ Pussy Slayer, and DJ Fingerbang, but they just didn't fit. Then this one night I got into a drunken fight with my ex and she screamed at me, "You're such a fuckface!" Since I like checking out the funk section at Zia's I switched it up. And the rest is history.

Bygone club you miss the most? Definitely that place Freedom in Tempe that everyone always talks about. Sure, I was only 15 years old during its heyday, but I heard it was off-the-hook.

What do you usually drink when DJing? PBR or a vodka cranberry.

When not DJing, where can you be found? At the mall. Usually Scottsdale Fashion or Kierland Commons. 

Best experience as a DJ? Getting to work the same club with Steve Aoki. It was at PCL earlier this year and was amazing, brah. He was doing the actual DJing and I was hauling a garbage can of empties out to the dumpster, but he was totally feeding off the positive vibes I was sending his way.

And the worst? Watching another DJ walk off with this girl I was hitting on all night.

Who are your personal and professional heroes? Pauly D. from Jersey Shore is a big influence. Locally, I'd have to go with Z-Trip. He's a pimp.

What do you like best about the local DJ scene? The scene is great here, everybody lifts everyone up and provides support. Like the other day, I downloaded some mixes by Tricky T, M2, and Pickster One that I'm gonna use in my next set. I'm sure they wouldn't mind.

What would you change if you had that power? I would make every club like a Scottsdale club!  

What's something about yourself that might surprise others? I drive a Cadillac Escalade with 24-inch spinning rims, dawg. Holla!

Craziest shit you've ever seen at a club? This time I got down in a VIP room. It was dark, I couldn't really see her face, and her stubble kept making me itch. Caught a nasty case of crabs as well, but it was worth it.

What is your mantra when it coming to DJing: "Pimps up. Hoes Down."

What's the worst request you've ever gotten? I keep getting requests for "Duck Sauce." I don't even know what the fuck that is.

What sites do you use for music? iTunes.

Where do you shop locally for your music? Best Buy, Swell Records, and Fry's Electronics.

What else have you been listening to lately? I've really been wanting to get into this whole dubstep thing.I heard that one Britney Spears track and it was shitrad. 

Favorite artists to spin: LFO, Aqua, Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West, and Millionaires.

Last album you purchased: Femme Fatale (Deluxe Edition) by Britney

Song currently stuck in your head: Rebecca Black's "Friday"

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