Miguel Ivery: DJ Seduce and Founder of Afro:Baile Records

Miguel Ivery, aka DJ Seduce and founder of Afro:Baile Records and Brazilian Day Arizona, photographed at his home in Gilbert, by Nicki Escudero

Miguel Ivery, aka DJ Seduce and founder of Afro:Baile Records and Brazilian Day Arizona Festival, photographed at his home in Gilbert, by Nicki Escudero

Miguel Ivery
www.afrobaile.com

Miguel Ivery is at the forefront of bringing Brazilian music to the masses, as founder of Brazilian music-focused Afro:Baile Records and the annual Brazilian Day Arizona Festival, whose sixth event will happen at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts September 19. He also spins records as DJ Seduce, specializing in world music that gets crowds dancing.

Ivery, a 37-year-old Gilbert resident, talked about what inspired him to start his own label and what he strives for as a DJ. Keep reading to see him name his five favorite reasons for loving living in the Valley in a video.

What brought you to Arizona?

Actually, I’m a native, one of barely any left or living here in the Valley. I attended high school at Saguaro High School and continued to community college before leaving to pursue music. Continue reading

Mr. P-Body: DJ and Bassist for Elvis Before Noon

Mr. P-Body, Phoenix DJ and bassist for Elvis Before Noon, photographed at his home in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Mr. P-Body, Phoenix DJ and bassist for Elvis Before Noon, photographed at his home in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Mr. P-Body
www.mrpbody.com

Mr. P-Body is a Valley music veteran, playing around town for more than 20 years in various bands and hooking up venues with dance-worthy tunes via his DJ sets. The Scottsdale resident currently plays bass in power pop band Elvis Before Noon, and you can catch him playing music at events and spots around the Valley, including Hotel Valley Ho and private parties.

Mr. P-Body talked about his musical beginnings, what he wishes crowds would keep in mind when it comes to DJs, and what he thinks of the Valley’s music scene. Catch him naming his five favorite reasons for loving living in the Valley in a video, too.

What brought you to Arizona?

My parents moved out here when my dad got a teaching job in Phoenix. I was born in Louisville, Kentucky and moved here when I was 5.

I went to Alhambra High School. I went to college at Dillard University in New Orleans and ASU to acquire a business degree. I’ve been here since and love the city. It’s nice visiting other places, but I like living here because I like the fact it’s always changing and growing. Continue reading

Sean Watson: Phoenix DJ for Bar Smith, Crescent Ballroom

Sean Watson, Phoenix DJ at Bar Smith, Crescent Ballroom and around the Valley, photographed at Lux Central, by Nicki Escudero

Sean Watson, Phoenix DJ at Bar Smith, Crescent Ballroom and around the Valley, photographed at Lux Central, by Nicki Escudero

Sean Watson
Facebook.com/DJSeanWatson

It’s impossible not to dance at a Sean Watson show. The professional DJ, a 42-year-old Phoenix resident who has commanded the masses to move for more than eight years, plays a mix of electronic dance music and popular hits that make anyone a fan. He’s just as energetic as his music, smiling and bouncing up and down to the beats, as a stunning visual show lights up the dance floor.

Catch him at his rowdy Friday night parties at Bar Smith in Phoenix every week from 9 p.m.-2 a.m., at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix Saturday’s from midnight- 2 a.m., and at Civic Space Park in Phoenix Thursday’s and Friday’s from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. He also plays special shows and will DJ a new Thursday night residency at new Phoenix venue The Local, starting at the end of April.

Watson, who’s also a music producer, talked about what it takes to become a professional DJ. Keep scrolling to watch a video of the longtime Arizonan name his five favorite reasons for living in the Valley, too.

What brought you to Arizona?

My family. I was born in Walnut Creek, California and came here when my parents moved here when I was 1 year old. I went to Brophy (college Preparatory) High School and to Northern Arizona University for a couple years. Continue reading