Once I got a job, almost all of my earnings were dedicated to buying music. I built up a huge library of music.
The first time I heard EDM (Electronic Dance Music) was artists like The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, and Crystal Method. That music totally changed my view on music.
I was still into hip hop and alternative, but this was a whole new world.
The first time I touched turntables was at a friends house who had borrowed them from a friend. By then I was into a much wider variety of EDM. I learned about breakbeats and messed around with the records that were loaned along with the tables. I was instantly hooked.
During the napster craze, I downloaded as many tracks as I could and grabbed a piece of software which is very popular now with many DJs – virtual dj.
I would sit at my computer and just try to mix the songs. The difficult part was almost all of the tracks were ripped from mix cds of dj sets. So when you started the track, the previous track was outgoing. I didn’t understand this until I got a setup of my own and bought records and tried to learn how to mix.
It took me a couple years to get good. I learned the structure of tracks very quickly just by going to clubs and being on the dance floor, but beat matching was an entirely beast.
Once I was ready I started playing at a couple clubs and lounges playing breaks. It was exhilarating, I loved playing music for people to dance to.
Fast forward 15 years and I now have 2 breakbeat podcasts :
Breakbeat Asylum Podcast – Breakbeat Asylum by Not Applicable on Apple Podcasts
Bring Dat Funk Back Podcast – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bring-dat-funk-back/id1235106700?mt=2
I have recently started producing EDM tracks and post mixes regularly on many dj sites. I am starting a new House Podcast soon.
I have turned into a Mobile DJ/MC due to my wife and myself’s relocation to be closer to her family. I was completely out of the club scene and did not want to start from scratch seeing as it took me years of hard work to get into in my hometown.
Now I have music playing all the time, whether it be mixing and producing myself or when I am working on other stuff, I even can’t take a shower without music. In my car all the time, sitting on the back deck in the summer hanging out with my wife having drinks.
Really the only time I am not listening to some sort of music is when I am visiting with friends and family or hanging out with my wife catching up with all our favorite tv shows and movies.