DJ Dossier

Mayra E. on Hip-Hop's Bias Against Female DJs and Giving Crowds What They Want to Hear

When Mayra Sias got into the DJ game about five years ago, she probably couldn't have asked for a better instructor -- namely, her husband Les, who's renowned around the Valley hip-hop scene as turntablism guru LES735.

Getting schooled on the ones and twos by her better half, who placed seventh at last year's DMC nationals, certainly had both its benefits and drawbacks. For instance, Mayra says, some folks assumed that she'd be able to melt wax and scorch turntables right out the box. Not quite.

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