Robbie Rivera on New DJs: "Everyone is Starting to Sound the Same"

Robbie Rivera has seen and done plenty during in 17 years in the electronic music biz. You could fill an entire novel with a list of all the gigs the superstar DJ/producer has pulled off during his career -- from his salad days spinning at high school dances in his native Puerto Rico to countless appearances in Ibiza or such mega-events as the WMC in his hometown of Miami.

These days, the veteran guru and Juicy Music czar spins is renowned for his high-energy pastiches of house, tribal, and Latin sounds and the off-the-hook Juicy Beach parties held in his South Florida stomping grounds and more recently at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Vegas. Rivera took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for Up on the Sun via e-mail and share some of his wisdom about the EDM world before he helps provide an equally epic experience at Maya Day & Nightclub in Scottsdale on Sunday afternoon.

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