The DJ - I started out about five years ago newly stepping into the dance music scene. Formerly, I was a guitar player and played other things like bass, and keyboard. I first Discovered dance music when my 3 female friends dragged me to a club one saturday night. The club was a large multiplex, and had many clubs within the building. I thought it was great allready as I stepped in, and heard the beats shaking everything inside. When I got into the first club it was amazing. Lights everywhere, the loud thud of the 909 kick drum booming into my chest. A sea of people wailing around, dancing, and pumped up by the music that was being played by only one person. The DJ. As the night went on, all i could do was look around and see what was going on. Everyone was having a blast, and the DJ was the king of the room, guiding people's motion. From that moment on, I knew what I had to do. I went out the next day to a local pawn shop and picked up an ancient "Technics" turtable for about forty dollars. I then started to buy records and eventually a real needle. I practiced cueing the record even though I did'nt have a mixer or another turntable, and i'd play cd's and try to match the beats. Later on, I broke down and bought a set of Gemini XL 600's and a Gemini BPM 150 Mixer, from there on, it was history. I listened to my first Mix Cd entitled "Transport" from Kinetic Records featuring Paul Oakenfold. I did'nt know how he did it at first, I thought he was a god cause I could'nt figure it out. Then I started listening to the mix a little closer, and ended up buying some of the tracks on the cd. I learned how he did it by trial and error. Many (well spent) hours were dedicated on figuring out how to mix. I developed a simple formula and kept to it. I then bought myself a PA system to hook everything up to (and shake the house) so I could feel what I was playing and make it seem like I was in the club again that first night. a few years later I started dabbling in remixing on my computer. I bought some simple programs like "Acid DJ 2.0" that retailed for about $49.99 at the time and went to work learning how to sample things and make loops, then blend everything in on a grid. My remixing got better as my vynil mixing did. then it got even better. I went out and bought some CD mixers "Pioneer CDJ 100S" was the pair I chose. This enabled me to expand my mixes along with my vynil, and really get things moving.
The Producer: I started making my own tracks this year, and I can say that it's comming out nicely and I still have allot of work to do. I've allways wanted to make my own songs, after listening to so many on vynil (which exeeds my CD collection now and sums up around 1,000+ records)I became enchanted with creation. It's a feeling that is hard to describe when your out spinning live, and you pop in a cd of your own work, and see how the crowd reacts.
Overview: I'm a 26 year old Producer/DJ from New Hampshire that spins a wide variety of trance, house, jungle, breaks, speed garage, basically whatever I can get my hands on that sounds hott. I try not to limit myself as a DJ saying that I spin just trance, or just house, cause I don't, I like to spin from the heart and whatever I like comes out in my mixes. If I'm out live spinning, then it's spinning with the heart of the crowd.
DJ Chris Boncoddo