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28 Nov 2016
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Various local DJs and EDM artists have come and gone in recent years—and all the while, DJ Day has continuously been turning in fantastic performances both locally and around the world. Palm Springs native DJ Day—aka Damien Beebe—is the winner of the first Best of Coachella Valley Legacy Award. During an interview in 2013, Beebe said that he grew up as a latchkey kid in Palm Springs, raised by a single mother. He learned how to DJ on a one-piece turntable from Kmart he got for Christmas one year. Locals who have watched DJ Day for years will tell you they remember that one-piece turntable setup, which he rigged so he could scratch while a boombox played a cassette in the background. During a recent interview, Beebe explained what made him want to become a DJ. “Going back to like 1988 or 1989, hearing people like DJ Jazzy Jeff was…
28 Nov 2016
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When I called to let the members of Venus and the Traps know that our readers had voted for them as the 2016-2017 Best Local Band, they were surprised, to say the least. The East Valley-based band beat out War Drum, The Myx, Brightener and the reigning champ, The Flusters. I headed to Indio to speak with the band members: James Montenegro (bass), Perla Martinez (vocals, guitar), Eddy Lazcano (guitar) and Moy Sanchez (drums). “I was in shock,” Montenegro said. “I was like, ‘Really?!’ … I was sure The Flusters or Brightener were going to get it.” Venus and the Traps may be a little more mysterious than those other finalists. I’ve only seen the band play a couple of times—yet the sound is unforgettable. “We started in October of 2014,” Montenegro said. “Perla had written some songs, and I knew she wanted to start a band after her previous…
20 Nov 2015
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It’s been quite a year for The Flusters. The band formed in January. Soon thereafter, the group was booked to play its first live show, at Doo Wop in the Desert on Valentine’s Day. Now, just months later, The Flusters have been voted the Best Local Band by Coachella Valley Independent readers. Frontman Doug VanSant said The Flusters came together after he carried around broken and busted love songs in his head for six years; those songs are now being pieced together to form The Flusters’ debut album, A Bird Named Chaos. VanSant is originally from Philadelphia and lived in Seattle for several years; he had been in the desert for a year before he began to seek out band mates to join him an indie surf-rock band. During a recent interview in Palm Desert, VanSant (guitar, vocals), Danny White (guitar), Chris O’Sullivan (drums) and Mario Estrada (bass) discussed their…