Whether he is DJ’ing, organizing local art and music event, photographing, hosting or working on visual art, Azul "213" Amaral is a prominent figure on the LA music and art scene. Born in Brooklyn, raised in the Bronx and residing in Los Angeles, Azul developed national acclaim through his soulful DJ sets and his published photo work for publications like magazines Vice, XLR8R, and URB. Musically, his performances reflect this varied upbringing and experience, and regularly run the gamut from Latin dance classics to hip-hop, house, Afro beat, Moombahton and electro.
Azul has been a host, guest DJ and resident at some of LA's most popular nights past and present, including: The Do Over, Firecracker, Bridges, HIT+RUN, Descarga.LA, Afterhours, The Rhythm Section and more. Azul has played alongside and hosted events with the likes of Common, Talib Kweli, Questlove, Maceo, Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Herc, Jazzy Jay, Egyptian Lover, Arabian Prince, Cut Chemist, Madlib, Kenny Dope, Diamond D, Z Trip, The Beat Junkies, 9th Wonder, Dj Spinna, Garth Trinidad, Peanut Butter Wolf, John Arnold, Prefuse 73, Nobody, Daedelus, John Beltran, Daz-I-Kue, Paul Seiji Dolby, N'Dea Davenport, Ozomotli, Quetzal, Jurassic 5 and The Black Eyed Pea's to name a few.
Azul has been managing a blooming photo career. He began capturing images of up-and-coming urban music superstars after working production on numerous sets of music videos. In the years since then, Azul’s photography has grown alongside the culture he so loves, helping to visually define an era of urban music and lifestyle. In 2003, Azul 213 Photography was born and since has built an impressive reputation for producing photographs that are tasteful, timeless and contemporary. Azul has worked for several recording artists, record labels, publications, agencies small and large, startups and those well established.
Azul is also the Creator of the Peace Photo Project, which started 7 years ago to raise awareness about the ongoing war. Started as "Peace in IRAQ" project, it quickly transitioned to the "PEACE" project to fully respect the other conflicts around the world. Music artists, local superheroes and talent have helped raise awareness for this project. It’s 13 shows last year from San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Puerto Rico, local universities, charter schools & Los Angeles’ hottest dance spots received write ups in numerous publications (URB Magazine, Working Class Magazine, etc.) and television appearances. The project is close to 5000 photos and gearing up for its national debut in 2012.