Local Arizona DJs That You Should Be Listening To

Local Arizona DJs That You Should Be Listening To

Here are some of my favorite local DJ's that are killing the scene right now
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Arizona is home to one of the fastest growing EDM scenes in the United States with new festivals and events popping up every few weeks it seems. While most of the festivals boast some famous headliners it is really the openers you should be paying attention to.

Admittedly no one wants to get up early on Day 2 or 3 of a festival to watch some no names play an alright set in the heat, but trust me when I say that Arizona has some of the best up and coming DJ’s in the scene right now. Here are some of my top local Arizona DJ’s that you should be looking out for.

Illcasso

Illcasso is a bass duo that hits hard yet keeps the beat alive in hard rhythmic tone and often incorporating rap to blend in the current trap craze. Illcasso is probably one of the bigger artists on the list and it's no wonder why. Last year Illcasso put out a banger of an EP titled "The Fallen" but didn’t bother to slow down as three months ago they dropped a new song on Circus Records titled KO that is an absolute banger. They have been taking some time to work on their sound and produce new music but when they step on the scene you are in for a good time.

Twitter: @Illcasso Soundcloud: Illcasso


Suspect Zero

Suspect Zero is a perfect blend of upbeat live shows and emotional recorded songs taking their influences from Above and Beyond, Kaskade and Alesso. They took some time off to work on developing their sound and with some of the newest songs they have produced, you are bound to get a little teary eyed. Suspect Zero live is an experience of upbeat and unique tracks that tend to stay away from the Top 40 list making each set enjoyable nostalgic at times.

Twitter: @DJSuspectZero Soundcloud: Suspect Zero


Ryan R3ALZ Buckel

R3ALZ is newer to the scene but has worked hard to establish himself in the scene as an up and coming force to be reckoned with. R3ALZ is mostly known for his killer sets at local bars and clubs like Zuma and Gringo Star. R3ALZ has continued to prove himself in smaller intimate venues showing that he can work for a crowd but it is only a matter of time before he breaks into an opener slot at a major Arizona Festival.

Twitter: @R3ALZmusic Soundcloud: R3ALZ


Good Time Miller

Good Time Miller is a long time dubstep heavy hitter in the Arizona that never disappoints if you are looking for something hard and heavy. Good Time Miller has received support from some of the hardest names in EDM such as Sikdope, Skellism, and Kayzo with a sound that demands to be heard all while pumping you full of energy from the bass and heavy rhythm. Crowds everywhere go wild for Good Time Miller and it is no wonder why when he throws down tracks worthy of the bassPOD. Good Time Miller has recently been playing more into the trap uprising so if you are a fan of trap or dubstep, Good Time Miller is a must see.

Twitter: @Goodtimemiller Soundcloud: GoodTimeMiller


Elwer

Elwer is a unique deep house DJ from Jordan who lays down the groove and makes you want to get up and dance. Elwer has been fairly popular in the local scene by performing at many different clubs and bars on Mill keeping the house scene alive and well. Elwer does an amazing job at blending futuristic sounds with his deep house style to create a consistent flow in his live performances. Elwer will be headlining the upcoming Pitch-a-Tent festival in Flagstaff in July so make sure to catch him up there if you are ready to vibe.

Twitter: @DjElwer Soundcloud: Elwer


Blossom

Blossom is an upbeat pink haired ball of energy that spreads joy through her energetic and upbeat music. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen Blossom at the Monarch Theater, Global Dance, Phoenix Lights, plus much more, but I have yet to be bored by a single one of her sets. Listening to Blossom is an experience that everyone should have to consider her amazing support from big name DJ’s and her new remix of MORTEN- Love on Dim Mak Records. Blossom’s live sets bring back the bubbly upbeat feelings I got from my first Mija show two years ago and that can only mean good things as she continues to grow fast and claim stages left and right.

Twitter: @blossomdj_ Soundcloud: BLOSSOM ❀ 彡


HVRDWOOD


HVRDWOOD takes a very heavy and aggressive take on EDM specializing in hard tracks that leave you wanting to headbang your heart out. HVRDWOOD blends the classic heavy dubstep wubs with authentic guitar sounds worthy of any rock show. HVRDWOOD’s new track with Plain Sight, Blood is a bombastic and electrifying that is certifiably one of the hardest songs I have heard in a long time. I would highly recommend going to see HVRDWOOD at his next show for the heavy experience he provides.

Twitter: @HVRDWOOD Soundcloud: HVRDWOOD


PRVSM


The duo known as PRVSM has constantly been releasing new music over the past few months making sure that there is no shortage of new tracks that prove just how insane the Arizona talent is. They just released his new single Ultraviolet, which is a heavy blend of classic dubstep beats and upbeat back tones with a flavor of authentic guitar riffs.

PRVSM is one of the bigger local names right now alongside HVRDWOOD, who produce together often yet PRVSM brings unique sounds from their tracks to the live sets and performs in a way that is their own. When it comes to new sounds and high energy, Arizona is home to some of the best locals and PRVSM is at the top of their game and dominating the scene; plus having PRVSM on your Soundcloud, means you will never lack intricate, badass music.

Twitter: @PRVSM_MUSIC Soundcloud: PRVSM


Make sure to add these locals on Twitter and Soundcloud to hear their latest tracks and keep up-to-date on where they will be playing next! Remember to always support your local artists before they aren't so local anymore. Next week I will be releasing a full interview with none other than the lovely Blossom to talk about her experiences and influences in the EDM scene.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks

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Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History

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Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year

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Gear Up

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This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like NBA.com, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)

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If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

Fiserv Forum, Home of the Milwaukee Bucks

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Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk

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Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

Are You a Bucks Fan Now?🦌

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I think Giannis would agree!

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