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About Me

I’ll keep this brief because it’s always boring and nobody really cares. In fact, I’m not even sure why people put this sort of stuff on a website. Oh well, here goes.

I was never one for conforming to the norm, especially if the norm consisted of listening to (and actually liking) whichever musical band/artist happened to be popular at the time. I guess the same could be said for a lot of things – my taste in everything can be a bit weird at the best of times. But when it came to music, I generally hated it. Well not so much hated it, but I never liked anything that I heard. And at the time, all I heard was whatever everyone else heard, which was basically limited to Top Of The Pops and Radio 1.

If you like pop music, then that’s fine. I guess the reason it’s called ‘popular music’ is because it’s just that – popular. But for those who didn’t like it, there wasn’t really a lot else to listen to. Or so I thought.

I’m going back to 1993 for this story. All those moons ago, the charts were dominated with rubbish boy bands and solo artists that were managed by the same few companies and individual managers. What that meant was that most of these ‘artists’ produced similar material, and so it was likely that if you didn’t like one or two songs of the era, you probably wouldn’t like most of them.

But one song that I heard (on the Radio 1 Top 40 chart, ironically) was by a group called The Nightcrawlers. The song, called Push The Feeling On, was awesome. Although I didn’t know it at the time (being only nine years old) it was a classic house tune that was doing the rounds in all of the underground house clubs. In the aftermath of the 1970’s ghey-ifying of house music and the clubbing scene, club music was only starting to make a comeback, and was certainly not heard by the masses.

Now, I loved that tune, but most of my family and friends thought that is was a poor excuse for a song. I guess they’d all been brainwashed into thinking that pop music was actually good by that point, so all hope was lost. Still, I liked the tune, but thought nothing more of it. As the years went on, the house music scene built a stronger reputation, and a few other house tunes made it into the public eye. By 1997/1998, various new styles of club music were emerging, and breaking into the pop music world.

After a few years of not really involving myself with music, I started to hear the familiar beats and melodies that I’d heard as a wee nipper. One or two school mates at the time were heavily into club music, and after showing an interest in the odd club tune played on the radio, they introduced me to more underground tunes.

By 1999, club music, and trance in particular, were gaining a massive following, and a lot of trance and house that had been produced for the new ‘super-club’ dancefloors were just as popular in the mainstream media. Various other local styles of underground music, such as UK garage, were also becoming popular, although they never quite reached the popularity of other dance music styles.

That was the point at which I decided to get into DJing. Having been an avid fan of, and regular visitor to, one or two popular trance websites I knew my stuff when it came to music. It was all very well hearing hundreds of new tunes, but it was much more fun being able to play them in the traditional ‘club’ style.

So I bought my first set of decks for a poultry sum. I feel as though I was a bit of a pioneer of the day, as during 2001/2002 CD decks were still rather new, and it certainly wasn’t the norm for clubs to have CDJ’s as part of their setup. Most DJs still used vinyl, and many still do to this day. However, due to the cheap cost of CDs, I decided to go for some CD mixers. And for basic use (which is all I would manage as a beginner) they were great. They featured dual channel CD players and a mixer, all combined into one unit. There were very few features of the decks aside from the +/-10% pitch bend and treble/bass filters.

So I used those for a few years. I say years, but in reality my education got in the way, and after shipping off to uni for a while, my music started to take a back seat. After four or five years, I rarely kept up to date with the music scene I had once kept a keen eye on.

Having come back to the homeland, and having been here for a year or two now, I decided that I wanted to try and get back into my music a little more. I’ve never had any plans to DJ out in the pubs and clubs of the local area, as much as people have tried to convince me to, but I’d never rule out that possibility. I recently bought a new setup, involving two of the most awesomest decks in existence – the CDJ-400. Take a look on the Setup page of my website to see a few pictures of them. I went for those for a few reasons, but apart from being CD mixers the main reason was that they have USB connectivity – which means I can hook up iPods or USB memory sticks filled with MP3s and mix with those.

And so here I am. I’ve recorded a couple of sets recently that I’ve posted on the net, and a lot of people (which surprised me really) have come back to me and said that they’d like me to do more. Being a person of the ‘giving’ nature that I am, who am I to argue?! So that is why this site is here – to give me a place to upload my DJ sets to, and to let people give me feedback on them.

OK, maybe that wasn’t as brief as I thought it might be, but still…