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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'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Is NOT About Date Rape, It's A Fight Against Social Norms Of The 1940s

The popular Christmas song shouldn't be considered inappropriate.

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The classic Christmas song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" has recently come under attack. There has been controversy over the song being deemed as inappropriate since it has been suggested that it promotes date rape. Others believe that the song is another common example of our culture's promotion of rape. You may be wondering, where did they get that idea from?

The controversy has led to one radio station, WDOK, taking the song off the air and banning it from their station. Some people believe that this song goes against the #MeToo movement since it promotes rape. However, people are not considering the fact that this traditional Christmas song was made in the 1940s.

People are viewing the song from a modern-day cultural perspective rather than from the perspective of the 1940s. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was written in 1944. Many people have viewed the song from the perspective of our cultural and social norms. People believe that the song promotes date rape because of lyrics that suggest that the male singing is trying to stop the female singer from leaving, and the female singer is constantly singing about trying to escape with verses like "I really can't stay" or "I've got to go home."

When you first view the song from the perspective of today's culture, you may jump to the conclusion that the song is part of the date rape culture. And it's very easy to jump to this conclusion, especially when you are viewing only one line from the song. We're used to women being given more freedom. In our society, women can have jobs, marry and be independent. However, what everyone seems to forget is that women did not always have this freedom.

In 1944, one of the social norms was that women had curfews and were not allowed to be in the same house as a man at a later time. It was considered a scandal if a single woman so much as stayed at another man's house, let alone be in the same room together. It's mind-blowing, right? You can imagine that this song was probably considered very provocative for the time period.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is not a song that encourages date rape, but is actually challenging the social norms of society during the time period. When you listen to the song, you notice that at one part of the song, the female states, "At least I can say that I tried," which suggests that she really doesn't want to leave. In fact, most of the song, she is going back and forth the whole time about leaving stating, "I ought to say no…well maybe just a half a drink more," and other phrases.

She doesn't want to leave but doesn't really have a choice due to fear of causing a scandal, which would have consequences with how others will treat her. It was not like today's society where nobody cares how late someone stays at another man's house. Nowadays, we could care less if we heard that our single neighbor stayed over a single man's house after 7. We especially don't try to look through our curtain to check on our neighbor. Well, maybe some of us do. But back then, people did care about where women were and what they were doing.

The female singer also says in the lyrics, "The neighbors might think," and, "There's bound to be talk tomorrow," meaning she's scared of how others might perceive her for staying with him. She even says, "My sister will be suspicious," and, "My brother will be there at the door," again stating that she's worried that her family will find out and she will face repercussions for her actions. Yes, she is a grown woman, but that doesn't mean that she won't be treated negatively by others for going against the social norms of the time period.

Then why did the male singer keep pressuring her in the song? This is again because the song is more about challenging the social norms of the time period. Both the female and male singers in the song are trying to find excuses to stay and not leave.

On top of that, when you watch the video of the scene in which the song was originally viewed, you notice that the genders suddenly switch for another two characters, and now it's a female singer singing the male singer's part and vice versa. You also notice that the whole time, both characters are attracted to one another and trying to find a way to stay over longer.

Yes, I know you're thinking it doesn't matter about the genders. But, the song is again consensual for both couples. The woman, in the beginning, wants to stay but knows what will await if she doesn't leave. The male singer meanwhile is trying to convince her to forget about the rules for the time period and break them.

In addition, the complaint regarding the lyric "What's in this drink?" is misguided. What a lot of people don't understand is that back in 1944, this was a common saying. If you look at the lyrics of the song, you notice that the woman who is singing is trying to blame the alcoholic drink for causing her to want to stay longer instead of leaving early. It has nothing to do with her supposed fear that he may have tried to give her too much to drink in order to date rape her. Rather, she is trying to find something to blame for her wanting to commit a scandal.

As you can see, when you view the song from the cultural perspective of the 1940s, you realize that the song could be said to fight against the social norms of that decade. It is a song that challenges the social constrictions against women during the time period. You could even say that it's an example of women's rights, if you wanted to really start an argument.

Yes, I will admit that there were movies and songs made back in the time period that were part of the culture of date rape. However, this song is not the case. It has a historical context that cannot be viewed from today's perspective.

The #MeToo movement is an important movement that has led to so many changes in our society today. However, this is not the right song to use as an example of the date rape culture.

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Board Games Are More Important Than You Think They Are

They've become a defining part of my family.

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Remember when you were a kid and you'd have a family game night? Or your friends would come over and you'd open the game cabinet and play at least three different games together?

Maybe it's just me, but those are some of my best memories from my childhood. My family loves games, board games, and electronic games.

Of course, as I got older, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Wii became more and more popular. That meant that the game cabinet was opened less and less, collecting dust.

Thankfully, I live in New Jersey near the shore and Hurricane Sandy left my family with no power for five days. Sure, it was scary not having power and walking around my neighborhood seeing fallen trees or roof shingles, but we were inland enough to not have had any flood water damage.

No power also meant no PlayStation or Wii games. The gaming cabinet was opened again, this time with vigor. Now, four years later, and I still think about sitting in the dark with a flashlight playing Scrabble with my family.

That was also the week I learned how to play Yahtzee and dominated my dad in every game. My sister constantly was looking for someone to play her to Battleship. We exhausted Rummikub.

The game was already a family favorite, and that's including extended family. Family barbeques had been ending with late night games of Rummikub for at least a year by the time Sandy hit.

We were ready to strategize and crunch numbers, but after day three, we never wanted to a number ever again.

This semester, there's been a surge of board game love again in my family. My sister bought Jenga, which we are currently trying to exhaust ourselves with. My favorite board game also had a comeback: Life.

I loved this game so much that I had the SpongeBob version as a kid. I would play it with my best friend, just the two of us, playing game after game of Bikini Bottom themed Life. Now, I have a car full of "kids" that I've started to make pets in my head. I can handle having five pretend dogs, but not five pretend kids.

I don't know what it is about board games, but my family has always had an affinity for them. We've gone through our cycles of playing video games and card games, but we always come back to the classics. Maybe it's more a defining part of my family than I originally thought.

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