Being a transplant from CA, there’s a lot of stuff that I miss from home: diversity (other asians to be exact!), late-night eats, moderate weather, the sticky icky, courteous & attentive drivers, etc. A lot of people ask what’s actually good out in AZ and one thing that immediately comes to mind is the art community out here. For being a vast, barren desert full of dust and dirt, AZ is actually overflowing with talent, artistry, and creativity. From the canvas to graphic designs, from the bboys and bgirls in the cyphers to the independent crafters, AZ is putting it down in a BiG [artsy] way.
I wanna take this time to shine the light on one of AZ’s Finest: DJ ELEMENT. Not only am I honored to know this guy, he is @ the top of his game and world-renowned. Here are a few quick thangs about Element you should know:
* Started DJing in 1994.
* Born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. (by way of the Salt River Indian Reservation)
* I spin Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul, Raggae, Dancehall, 80’s, Rock, & Electro.
* In 2003 went on tour as the opening act for Perry Farrell’s (Janes Addiction)
LOLLAPALOOZA TOUR (30 cities)
* Phoenix Radio: Power 98 (Friday Night Flavors Guest Spots), Kiss 104.7 (Clear Channel), 101.5 Jamz, currently on 92.7/ 99.3 THE BEAT
* 2002 got down with the Armory Massive (Label, Retail Brand, Stores (worldwide), Events
* 2002 became a member of the Furious Styles Crew. Representing the 4 elements of Hip-Hop, this crew has been part of the Arizona Hip-Hop scene since the late 80’s.
Opened up for: Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest, Lauryn Hill, Slick Rick, De La Soul, Redman & Method Man, Nas, Busta Rhymes, KRS-One, Immortal Technique, Street Sweeper Social Club, The Glitch Mob, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Murs & 9th Wonder, Jabawokeez, James Brown, Digable Planets, Janes Addiction, Strong Arm Steady, Audio Slave, Incubus, Brother J (X-clan), The Gaslamp Killer, Cypress Hill, Method Man, Psycho Relm, Masta Ace, DJ Z-Trip, Bassnectar, Atmosphere, Flying Lotus, The Beatjunkies, Brother Ali, Camp Lo, Little Brother, Cali Agents, DJ Q-Bert, Dilated Peoples, The X-ecutioners, Kool Keith, Ice-T, Triple Threat Dj’s (Vinroc, Shortkut, Apollo), One Be Lo, The Coup, Korn, P.O.D., Jurassic 5, Slum Village, Devin The Dude, Talib Kweli, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Bun B, Mix Master Mike (Beastie Boys), D.I.T.C. (Showbiz & AG, Diamond D, Lord Finesse, O.C.), Kid Koala, Hieroglyphics, Gang Starr, DJ A-trak, Fu- Schnickens, Joe Budden, Chino XL, DJ Jazzy Jay, DJ Swamp, Fat Joe, Black Sheep, Madlib, OhNo, Aloe Blacc, Cut Chemist, Breakestra, Brownout, Grupo Fantasma, Big World Breaks, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Aceyalone, Brother Ali, Bus Driver, 2 Mex, DJ Swiftrock, Living Legends, J-Live, etc…
Heavily involved with the B-boy Community, I’ve done the follow events worldwide:
Rock The Bells X Freestyle Session 2010 US Tour- LA, SF, NYC, DC
Freestyle Session World Finals- Tokyo, Japan
Out For Fame U.S. Tour (all 15 cities)
B-Boy Summit- Los Angeles, CA
Furious Styles Anniversary- PHX, AZ
Massive Monkee Day- Seattle, WA
B-Boy City- Austin, TX
Hip Hop Connection- Roma, Italy
B-Boy Unit U.S.A.- LA, CA
B-Boy Pro Am- Miami, FL
Scribble Jam- Cincinnatti, OH
Freestyle Session Japan- Tokyo, Japan
Freestyle Session Spain- Barcelona, Spain
Freestyle Session Korea- Seoul, Korea
R-16 World Finals- Seoul, Korea
IBE World Finals- Amsterdam, Netherlands
Battle Of The Year U.S.A- Hollywood, CA
Battle Of The Year World Finals- Hannover, Germany
Outbreak- Orlando, FL
As you can see the resume is impressive to say the least. If you happen to *not* know about DJ Element, consider the following a sweet lil’ crash course to this multi-talented DJ. These mixes are listenable + downloadable, too!!! YAY-ER!!!
With all of that being said, if you’re lucky enough to be in Phoenix right now, you’re not going to want to miss out on DJ Element’s CD RELEASE this Thurs 7/7/11 @ the Blunt Club. First 50 people thru the door will receive a FREE COPY of his FREESTYLE SESSION JAPAN mix. (Trust, I was lucky enough to get my own copy in CO and bumped it nonstop — it’s FiYAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!)