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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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DJ Intel performing at a Furious Styles Crew anniversary event in 2011.

Why do you keep coming out to Phoenix for the Furious Styles anniversary? I love b-boy crews and they're one of the best. They have a real good time, they love to party. The b-boy scene out here is really good. And then the guys come out to Chicago every once in awhile too and its good to see all the interchanging scenes. And then Arizona's always fun to come to. It's November in Chicago and its cold. And its like 75 degrees here. So that's always a bonus. But everybody gets down, so its always fun to come out here. It's like wall-to-wall music.

So there's plenty of perks of coming out the Furious Styles' anniversary, like hanging out with half-naked models. Yeah. There may be photos of that. And the warm weather's nice (laughs). Not bad. Now if I can only find a 4 a.m. slice of pizza I'd be really happy.

It is easier for b-boys to dance to hip-hop versus house or dubstep? It's weird. It's completely a personal thing. Like everyone can dance to different things. I think as long as there's a beat, then you can dance to it. That's kind of my rule of thumb.

What's the craziest thing that you've seen at a Furious Styles event? There's been some really crazy stuff that I've seen. I actually saw two b-boys battle it out last year to "Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison. That was pretty awesome. They went full-heart in a b-boy battle to Roy Orbinson, which is not the usual b-boy jam.

It's been said that the DJ is one of the four elements of hip-hop culture along with b-boys, graf art, and rapping. Do you agree? I think the DJ is definitely the backbone of everything because we kinda provide the rhythm and everything goes based off of that.

What's your favorite track of the moment? I really like the new track from Dan the Automator and Kid Koala, its called "Pillowfight." It's so R&B and is just sick.

Will you be dropping it at any of the Furious Styles events? I actually might play it this weekend.

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