Music News

R.I.P. Rick Martinez, a.k.a. DJ Essential

Lately, we've had to report on far too many deaths in the Arizona music scene. But alas, it's our terrible duty to report that Rick Martinez, better known as DJ Essential, passed away on Thursday, March 21, around 2 p.m. due to complications from cellulitis.

Martinez was 43 years old, and widely recognized as one of the first DJs to bring drum and bass and jungle to Arizona.

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Melissa Fossum
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