Smart Bet: DJ Equal

Asheville native Elliot Heller (aka DJ Equal) is based in New York City, but makes regular visits back to his hometown where he not only catches up with family and friends, but throws dance parties. In an interview with Xpress last year, Heller said that he got started as a drummer. Then, “One day I happened upon a turntable at the back of Hip Replacements and asked if I could take a spin and they said sure. It immediately felt comfortable and I loved it.” These days, DJing has him traveling the world. “I think Berlin has impressed me the most as far as the local nightlife scene,” he says. “My other top places, if I had to choose, would probably be Tokyo and Iceland. Iceland is a must. It feels like being in outer space.” He plays The Millroom on Sunday, June 1, at 9 p.m. DJ Audio also performs. $10. ashevillemillroom. Photo courtesy of DJ Equal


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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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