I've been a DJ for 22 years. Here's how that happened: I'd been singing in metal bands throughout the late 80's and early 90's. After about 8 years of it I got kind of discouraged with the business and took a break from bands. I tried to branch out a little musically, and started hanging out at nightclub dance parties, which was what most of my friends were into at the time. After 8 years doing live shows, I was fairly familiar with nightclubs, so I started doing doorman/bouncer type stuff. I began to get really turned onto the mid-90's Industrial/EBM scene and the Gothic subculture. New Year's Weekend, 1996, I was at a Science Fiction convention called EveCon, and a friend was booked to DJ the Ballroom Dance Saturday night. Trouble was there was a show downtown he didn't want to miss. So he asked me to cover for him. I knew my way around a mixing board, and I'd been wanting to try the DJ thing. Plus, I just got dumped and I figured it would cheer me up. So I gave it a whirl. Turns out, I didn't do too badly, in fact it was a rush and it was as big a rush as any gig I did as a singer. People said nice things, the promoters asked me back, and I never looked back.
Since then I've spun over 100 venues in 16 states, including a 9 city midwest Tour in 2002. If you can name a nightclub in Washington DC, I have probably spun a gig there at some point in the last decade and a half. I've had long residencies at a lot of infamous DC parties like Catacomb, Alchemy, BOUND, Resurrection at The Roxy, and Spellbound. I have held residencies in Washington DC, Charlotte, North Carolina, Baltimore, Maryland, and toured the Mid-Atlantic and the midwest.
Musically, I'm a total geek and my tastes run the gamut, but as a DJ I cut my teeth on Gothic/Industrial club sets, with an emphasis on EBM, 90's Techno, and dark 80's. I've been into New Wave since I was in High School, so I spin a lot of 80's/New Wave (at least once a month!). I've adored the idea of Yacht Rock ever since that became a thing so I like to spin it as often as I can. My ideal sets are when I try a bit of everything to make people move: Breaks, Electro, Techno, House, and all the variations thereof.
I use a laptop to DJ. No disrespect to vinyl DJs (I will never lose my crate), but I started with CDs and progressed. Being a child of the 80's, I went through my teenage years building a big pile of cassette tapes and wishing I could afford a bigger pile of CDs. Presently my collection stands at over 2500 CDs with at least 15,000 tracks,and it's still not big enough.
To your right there you can link to my podcast. There is a new episode posted every Thursday night. I've stuck mainly to nightclub parties for the past decade because I like a good dancefloor, but I'm a Mobile DJ at heart and I've set up at every type of party you can name. As long as there is room for people to dance, I'll spin the party. This is a passion first and a business second, but I pride myself on being a professional. If you're curious, mail me and ask.
I don't fileshare and I don't battle. Don't bother asking about these things. All other inquiries are welcome and encouraged.