DJ Dossier

DJ Mastamonk Talks Hipster Fans, Bar Smith, Silver Medallion, Patrón, and More

AKA: DJ Mastamonk

Current club nights: Friday at Vintage in Tempe or Dirty Pretty in Scottsdale, Saturday at Whip Lounge in Tempe, and a Sunday monthly residence at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale.

Preferred genres: Man, there's waaay too many things I like playing genre-wise right now. Really diggin the funky disco-type electro that some people are puttin out.

How did you get started as a DJ? [In] 10th grade, me and a few buddies had a B-Boy crew called D.O.A. in Tucson, we thought it would be dope to have a crew DJ for shows, so I assumed the role. Really liked doing it and started gettin into the Tucson battle DJ scene. A couple years later won a battle put on by a local radio station and had weekly mixes on their mixshows, all while still a senior in high school.

Best memory as a DJ: Favorite experience hands down has to be a tie. Both happened at the age of 17: first live on-air radio broadcast and my first club gig. The tension that I had building, the excitement, the anxiety, and eagerness to just go out and have fun playing. Sometimes I miss that because it forces you to be on top of your game, forces you to step it up a notch.

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