DJ Dossier

Luke Romero on The Psychology of Club Nights, Star Wars Jokes, The Plight of Newbie DJs, and His Gig at This Weekend's Identity Festival

Luke Romero probably has been hard to get ahold of over past few days, likely due to the fact that he's prepping for one the biggest gigs of his embryonic DJ career this coming weekend.

A little over 48 hours from now, the 23-year-old will take over the Relentless Beats side stage at the Identity Festival during the nationwide summertime EDM tour's stop at Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion on Sunday afternoon. Romero and a handful of other DJs (including PastriesWithTeeth, Alpha1 and Blakeland, and Brett Ortiz) won the opportunity to perform at the event at last weekend's Hometown Heroes battle.

And just like when he impressed the judges during the recent DJ battle, Romero plans to wowing the crowd at Identity Festival with his potent electro-house mixes. He recently discussed his plans for the set with us earlier this week, as well as the difficulties that newbie DJs have with breaking into the club scene, and why he's gotten used to dumb Star Wars-related jokes because of his name.

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