DJ Dossier

DJ Intel on the Furious Styles Crew's Anniversary and How He Wanted to Be Obama's Mixmaster on Election Night

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Name: Jason Deuchler

AKA: DJ Intel

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Preferred genres: I started out as a hip-hop-curious kinda guy and then I got into downtempo-like electronica, like just beats, and I'm from Chicago so I have a love for house.

How long have you been DJing? Oh man, I think I started in 1992-93, so almost 20 years. I was a hip-hop guy who started doing raves in Chicago in 1993-94, the rave scene has always been kinda big in Chicago. I got into drum 'n' bass also. I kinda love everything, but mainly its downtempo, hip-hop, drum 'n' bass, and house for me.

What's the significance of your nickname? I got it in high school. I started a group called Chicago Tribe -- we were like a party/DJ crew and a b-boy troupe. And I was like an honor roll kid and the other members made fun of me, called me Intel Pentium Chip. There you go.

What are some of the bigger clubs you've played in Chicago? I do The MID on a regular basis, I do Smart Bar on a regular basis too. They're probably the biggest ones. I also do a bunch of small monthlies as well.

How long have you been involved with the Furious Styles Crew? I've been coming here for probably the last five years or so. There's a graf-art crew called CMW and House is from the CMW crew and I've kinda known him that way. House was a member of Chicago's Most Wanted.

When performing at the Furious Styles anniversaries, do you spin all hip-hop? I play everything. It's definitely an open styles event to be sure. They do a separate event called open styles and I think I've DJ'd at it every year. I've played everything there: Heavy metal, dubstep, hip-hop, house, it all happens. It's a fun battle.

Have you ever been a b-boy yourself? I've dabbled here and there, but definitely not coordinated enough to give up DJing.

Do you create special mixes for the Furious Styles Anniversary? I have a few times. This year I'm kind just out here having a good time playing whatever I want to play. Its always a good time when I come out here. I never know what to expect, but its always fun.

Do you typically plan out your mixes or spin on the fly? Depends on what I'm doing. Sometimes I pre-plan, sometimes its all freestyle. For b-boys it's hard to pre-plan because you're playing for dancers, so you have to keep em dancing and kinda have to go freestyle sometimes and spin the right sound. Or at least for me that's how it is.

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