DJ Dossier

DJ Melo Talks Moombahton, SXSW, House Parties, Toy Selectah, KMD, and More

Numerous local bands and artists are headed to South By Southwest over the next week to represent our fair city, including Random, Kinch, and the boys of Gospel Claws.

Turns out you can also add DJ Melo to that esteemed list, as the 36-year-old Karamba resident will be travel to Austin for guest appearance at renowned DJ Dave Nada's moombahton massive next Friday night.

Before he sets his sights on SXSW, however, Melo took time out of his busy schedule to visit with us for this week's edition of DJ Dossier.

Name: Jorge Melo

AKA: DJ Melo

Current schedule: I spin at Karamba at Wednesdays and Saturdays, or wherever I can get a spin gig.

Genres spun: Latin, pop, and dance music. Whenever I can get another side gig I bring everything from disco to funky stuff on 45s to moombahton. It depends if I'm playing vinyl or Serato.

How did you get into the DJ game? I've been DJing probably since the early '90s when I was really young, doing house parties. Then around 2000 I started doing club gigs.

Are you a mellow guy? Yeah, I'd say so.

Why do you dig moombahton? When I heard it, it just seemed like something that was sorta tailor-made for me. It's basically a mixture of reggae, reggaeton, Latin music, house music, and electronic music around 110 B.P.M. that was developed by Dave Nada. It's kinda all the stuff I've been into the last few years. It seemed perfect for me.

DJ Melo - Star Time (110 bpm) NOW AVAILABLE ON MOOMBAH ORIGINAL! by azdjmelo

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