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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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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After 'Extremely Wicked' And 'The Stranger Beside Me,' We Now Understand The Criminal Mind Of Ted Bundy

1 hour and 50 minutes, plus 550 pages later.

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Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

Okay, so we all know that Ted Bundy was absolutely guilty as hell and totally murdered those women. 30 women or more. He literally confessed to that, but researchers and authorities believe that number to be way higher.

But... you must know that the movie and the book tell two different stories that lead to the same ending. That's why it's so intriguing.

At one point, I couldn't stop watching the movie. Then, I bought Ann Rule's book and was completely attached to it. I couldn't put it down.

For me, Ted Bundy is interesting to me. Unlike most young girls today, I don't have a thing for him nor do I think he's cute or hot. I know that he used his charm and looks to lure women into his murderous trap. That's why it's so hard to understand why this movie and book created a new generation of women "falling in love" with Ted Bundy.

GROSS: He sodomized women with objects. He bludgeoned women with objects or his own hands. He was a necrophile. Look those up if you have not a clue of what they mean. That could change your mind about your own feelings for Ted Bundy.

After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

The criminal mind is an interesting topic for me anyway, but for Ted Bundy, it was amazing to learn about.

I highly recommend both the movie and the book I quickly read in two weeks! If you want answers, they are there.

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