DJ Dossier

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AKA: DJ Tsunami

Club Nights: Tuesdays at Charlie's, Fridays at Z Girl Club, Saturdays at Incognito.

Preferred genres: Rhythmic pop urban dance

How did you get started DJing? Ever since I was born, my family raised me on music. I began making DJ tapes when I was 8, doing voice-overs on Top 40 countdown shows. At 14, I began going to raves and fell in love with the music. I started doing house parties in my twenties, and also got my first club gig in 2004. It was truly my passion and endurance that has introduced me to, and kept me going in the industry.

Explanation behind your DJ name: I used to be DJ Tsunami, "The Wave of the Rave." I thought when I started out, a tagline would be cool, then it just stuck. I like to think my DJ sets are like a tsunami, slowly build and build and build until by the end of it, you are wiped out and wet!

Favorite experience as a DJ: Anytime there are smiling faces and dancing bodies I feel good knowing that people are absorbing the music I spin.

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