I’m a 30 year old dude from Ohio who is very passionate about exploring the art and science of mixing music. When I’m not turning wrenches on my Trans Am, gaming, or hanging out with my family… I’m likely either DJing, or writing about it. I have a great life, but when the going gets rough, music is my therapy.
I’m not a superstar DJ or platinum-selling producer. I am, however, very confident in my abilities as a DJ and felt like I had a lot to say on the subject.
I became interested in DJing as a byproduct of my interest in producing, which I have been doing on some level since I was a young teenager. When I was a kid, I took piano lessons (for about 10 years) and while I enjoyed playing, I found that my real interest was in composing/producing my own music. Initially I was doing things like making rap beats out of funny things my younger brothers said, or making parodies of more known songs (think Weird Al). But eventually, I started to take it more seriously and it became a real hobby… and eventually, a passion.
My desire to DJ came out of a desire to perform and share music with other people. In my very early 20s, using a pair of ancient Pioneer CDJ-700s, I taught myself the ins-and-outs of DJing (at least, from a technical perspective). Luckily, growing up on the piano gave me an edge when it came to things like counting, phrasing, harmonic mixing, and so on.
Unfortunately, at the time of my piquing interest in the subject, the DJ “scene” in my town was probably most accurately described as a barren wasteland. So, not being satisfied with that, I began to throw my own events. I started with the random one-off show for my buddies at a local dive bar, went from there to a slightly more established nightclub, to starting my own monthly, and eventually to doing somewhat larger scale events. This gave both opportunities to play out, and places for people like me to go.
Nowadays I’m fairly well established in my own city (i.e. – I don’t have to beg for gigs), but I still have a long way to go. I’ve learned a lot, and I’m still learning a lot. I decided that it would be beneficial for others to learn along with me. I’m glad to have you along for the journey.
PassionateDJ.com is an outlet for me to share my perspective in regards to DJing as an art form. I want to show that there are people (though few and far between) who are able to perform in such a way that it exudes passion and purpose. It allows me to give back to my community of fellow DJs and music lovers, providing a place for people to go who are interested in the psychology and the craft, rather than just discussing how to mix from a technical perspective.
I’m interested in the mental process that goes into maintaining a dance floor or providing atmosphere for an event, both from the perspective of the one playing and the one listening.
I also acknowledge the fact that, in today’s modern society, a DJ is rarely just a DJ. In order to be heard, we have to be much more than that. We’re all promoters. We’re all media companies. We’re all PR firms.
This site is dedicated to exploring the art and science of mixing music, learning to promote effectively, and becoming a better DJ through passion and purpose.
Tell Me More!
There are several aspects which make up the whole Passionate DJ picture.
Blog – This is where you can read articles from me (and the occasional guest) which span a variety of topics within the realm of DJing. Though there is an occasional technical post or bit of industry news, most of the articles center around improving your approach to DJing, promoting, and networking.
Podcast – Here’s the audio side of things. The Passionate DJ Podcast is a talk radio style periodical show which features in-depth discussions (and often, interviews) about DJing and all that comes along with it.
The VIP List – A mailing list for my most exclusive readers/listeners, where I send you exclusive content, articles, brain-droppings and bits of inspiration (not spam). For Passionate DJs only! If you’re interested in signing up (it’s free), just enter your email address and first name below.
And, of course, there’s the social media stuff!
I also throw events locally under the name The Re:Vibe Project!
Oh, one more quick thing before I go…
I don’t consider myself to be any kind of authority on any of the subjects I talk about. I realize that there is always someone out there who has been doing it longer, is better connected, or has made more money from DJing than myself.
I provide myself and my thoughts as a resource to other like-minded, passionate DJs… and while I don’t hold a master’s degree in DJ Psychology, I will do my best to provide value to you as a reader and listener.