Chapter 1 – In the beginning. How my DJ career began.
I grew up in Agincourt (in Toronto) and as a kid, I used to spend hours in my basement playing my Mom’s old records. She had such an amazing collection of 50’s and 60’s music, from rock & roll to Motown, mostly on 45’s. I fell in love with the music from that era, it had such a “rawness” to it. The way the vinyl crackled, and the sound the needle would make as it kept jumping once it hit the label in the middle. One by one I would play a song. Manually removing each record and placing the next on the turntable. Hours and hours I would listen, and loved every minute of it.
In grade 7, I would go to Music World at Scarborough Town Centre and would spend a good chunk of my allowance buying albums and 45’s. My musical taste had no boundaries and my collection included everything: Prince, Bon Jovi, Roxette, Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, New Edition, Bobby Brown, Def Leopard, etc. You get the hint. While many of my friends were making the move to cassettes, I stuck with vinyl.
My grade 8 music teacher at Sir Alexander Mackenzie, Mr. Gene, thought it would be a great idea if instead of hiring a DJ to play the school dances, that the students should have the opportunity to DJ them. He would hold “DJ auditions” to determine who would perform. So, the morning of the audition I packed my backpack with all my favourite tracks and set off for school.
As a kid, I was extremely shy. To the point that I couldn’t even look you in the eye when speaking. I vividly remember walking into the cafeteria that afternoon and seeing the other kids on the stage getting ready for the audition. I froze and was mortified. As fast as I walked in, was as fast as I walked right back out and straight home. This was my first foray into the DJ business.
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