DJ Dossier

Jen Deveroux Talks Björk, '80s Music, Wye Oak, and the Challenges of Becoming a DJ

If you're a member of the trendy dance music scene, chances are likely you've seen the name Jen Deveroux before. Most likely on a flier for any of the myriad club events, fashion fetes, and hip parties that she's helped promote over the past five years or so.

In recent months, however, Deveroux's made the jump from promoting to performing and stepped behind the mixers to take a stab at selecting. Sometimes its alongside her longtime squeeze Tricky T, like at Red Revolver or the Firehouse in Scottsdale, who's helped school her in the art of DJing. Other times, like tomorrow night at the Rogue for the Shake! seven year anniversary, she's holding it down on her own.

Up on the Sun recently spoke with Deveroux about why she got into the DJ game, the challenges involved, and what she digs spinning.

Name: Jen Deveroux

Where have you performed? I've been at Sticky Fingers and Party Foul. I've also DJ'd with Tommie [Laurie, a.k.a. DJ Tricky T] at Firehouse, Revolver, and Dirty Pretty. And I'll be at the Shake! anniversary on Saturday.

What do you primarily spin? I love the 80s. Anything obscure 80s, indie rock -- of course -- and a lot of electronica.

How long have you been DJing? Around eight months, I'd say.

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