DJ Dossier

DJ M2 Talks Power 98.3, Groove Candy, Disney Cartoons, James Brown, KRS-One, and More

Opportunities abound for y'all to catch DJ M2 in action, whether it's during his weekday shift on hip-hop station Power 98.3, or every Thursdays over at Dirty Pretty during Groove Candy

Either way, it's well worth going out of your way to do so, as M2 weaves some mixing magic on the turntables, often showing off his substantial scratching skills to boot. 

Get the lowdown on his history, listening habits, and favorite songs (as well as his opinions about the state of local hip-hop) in this week's edition of DJ Dossier.

Name: Michael McDowell
 
AKA: DJ M2
 
Current gigs: Thursdays I do Groove Candy at Dirty Pretty in Scottsdale, and then I'm over at Disco in Scottsdale on Fridays and Saturdays.

Genres spun: Neo-soul, reggae, funk, classics, old school, and Top 40.

When can we hear you on Power 98.3? Right now, I do 7 to 9 in the morning every Monday through Friday (it's typical Top 40 radio stuff) and then from Noon to 1:00 Monday through Friday I do an Old School Mix. That's 90s and below Hip Hop.

How did you get into the DJ game? I was always into hip-hop and in high school I went to a concert and saw [Z-Trip] DJing for the first time I ever saw Z-Trip. It was the Alkaholiks and Souls of Mischief concert in 1994 or something. I'd never seen a DJ live, and the sound system was a monster system and he was cutting up with records. I was always fascinated with DJing, but never really knew what it was about. When I saw him, I was like, "That's really inspirational, it's cool." So I just started moving toward that direction.

What do you dig about DJing?There isn't any one thing. I like that I can cut a sound, cut a record, and can go in and rock the crowd and make people have a good time. I like taking them on journeys and trips that they weren't even thinking about going on. There are so many roads to go down, I have always loved that about being a DJ.

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