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.

Cover Image Credit: Live for Live Music

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1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

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5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

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7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

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9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

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13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

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I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

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23. Esoteric

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24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

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26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

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It's like stepping into Hollywood!

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I am constantly so enamored by the world of Hollywood and by going to visit places I have seen on screen. It's always such an unreal feeling to see where my favorite pieces of entertainment were shot. Here are 10 places from some of our favorite movies to see and visit in the real world!

The High School from "10 Things I Hate About You"

If you have ever wanted to dance on the same stairs as Heath Ledger or just stand in the same courtyard as Julia Stiles then you're in luck! Along the water in Tacoma, Washington, Stadium High School is located which was used both inside and out as the high school from one of the greatest teen movies of all time. This school is massive and so beautiful it's almost Hogwarts level stunning.

Pacific Coast Academy from  "Zoey 101"

Growing up I always dreamed about going to Pacific Coast Academy and being best friends with Jamie Lynn Spears and one of those things can (kinda) become a reality! Located in Malibu is a beautiful campus called Pepperdine University and it is the school they used to shoot scenes of Zoey and the gang at PCA. It is a christian based college and is prestigious in it's own right so if unlike me you are smart enough you can live out my dreams.

Central City Police Department from "The Flash"

Have you ever wanted to show up to Detective Joe West's place of work? Well head to the Vancouver City Hall in Vancouver, Canada and you will recognize your surroundings as the Central City Police Department! If you are lucky enough to show up on a filming day, you might even seen the man himself — Barry Allen.

Forks High School from The Twilight Saga

Personally, I am more invested in Bella and Jacob but for all my Team Edward ladies (and gentleman) you can visit the real-life school where Bella and Edward first met and their love blossomed into whatever obsessive weird thing it was. They also used the parking lot at this school to film the infamous scene where Edward saves Bella from getting crushed by a car. The school is called Kalama High School and is located in Kalama, Washington

Max And Dani's House from "Hocus Pocus"

Anyone with taste loves the movie Hocus Pocus — that's just facts! And I have some good news for fans of the film...you can visit the infamous Denison house! Located in none other than Salem, Massachusetts you will find this beautiful home where my favorite siblings once lived.

Silent Hill from "Silent Hill"

I will say before talking about this place that visiting it is EXTREMELY dangerous as just like in the movie the town as been burning from below for years and years. This small town is called Centralia and is located Pennsylvania and has a roaring population of about four people.

Hobbiton from "Lord Of The Rings"

I am personally not a fan of Lord of the Rings but I know a lot of people are so I wanted to include this super cool place on the list. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand you can visit Hobbinton from the movies and spend a day living like your favorite characters.

Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Series

Now this place will unfortunately be packed with muggles of course but you can find it at King's Cross Station in London! If you are anything like me and are obsessed with these magical movies this is a dream destination just don't run too hard at the wall if you're a muggle it will probably end in a concussion.

East High from the High School Musical Saga

Located in Salt Lake City Utah is the real life East High that was used in the filming of all three High School Musical movies. It is my absolute dream to attend this high school and walk the halls of the greatest high school of all time. They used both the outside and inside and the school so every inch of the school will remind you of these great teen movies.

Gus and Hazel's Bench from "The Fault in Our Stars" 

If you ever wanted to visit the site of this kiss between star crossed lovers you're in luck! Located along a canal in Amsterdam is a bench that is clearly marked by all the fault in our stars graffiti. Recreate this cute picture with your significant other and use a quote from the movie — then you'll just win in life.

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