DJ Resume

Musical Style - House, Tech house, Deep House, Breaks, Techno, Progressive House & Trance

Upcoming Events
May 20, 2018 - TBA

Past Events
May 4, 2018 - Cielo - NYC
April 7, 2018 - Nublu 151 - NYC
February 9, 2018 - Sunnyvale - Brooklyn NYC

December 2, 2017 - The Paper Box NYC
November 23, 2017 - Drom - NYC
September 9, 2017 - Native Noise Festival - Echo Lake NY
June 2, 2017 - Studio 299 - Brooklyn NYC
May 25, 2017 - The Gallery at LPR (le) Poisson Rogue - NYC
April 20, 2017 - The Gallery at LPR (le) Poisson Rogue - NYC
April 1, 2017 - Schimanski - NYC
February 3, 2017 - Cielo - NYC

November 17 2016 - The Gallery at LPR (le) Poisson Rogue - NYC
November 5, 2016 - REMIX Lounge - NYC
October 13, 2016 - The Gallery at LPR (le) Poisson Rogue - NYC
August 27, 2016 - Dreamstate NYC - The Brooklyn Hangar - Brooklyn NYC
August 25, 2016 - The Gallery at LPR (le) Poisson Rogue - NYC
August 12, 2016 - Cielo - NYC
July 15, 2016 - 37 Greenpoint - Brooklyn, NYC
June 5, 2016 - Margarita Island - Brooklyn, NYC
March 25, 2016 - 37 Greenpoint - Brooklyn, NYC
March 21, 2016 - The Bunker - South Beach Miami, FL
March 17, 2016 - Repour - South Beach Miami, FL
February 14, 2016 - Woodland - Brooklyn, NYC

December 26, 2015 - Pacha - NYC
December 4, 2015 - Cielo - NYC
October 10, 2015 - Warehouse - Newark, New Jersey

Dec 2008 - June 2006
December 28, 2008 - China Club - NYC
Pacha - NYC (2 Year Residency)
Images - New Jersey (2 Year Residency)

Musical Influences - Paul Van Dyk, Armin Van Buuren, Above and Beyond, Tiesto, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Sander Van Doorn, Thrillseekers, Aly & Fila, Sasha & Digweed, Danny Howells, Sander Kleinenberg, Danny Tenaglia, Sven Vath, Richie Hawtin, Deep Dish and so many more. 

 

This is my story

THE PAST

It started around 2001 clubbing with friends. I quickly fell in love with underground dance music and the club scene. It only took one night out in a major New York City nightclub, at club Exit, for me to want to experience more. The sound that pumped out of the speakers, the atmosphere and vibe that it created, it was something I never experienced before and I was instantly hooked. It was a different world that I discovered. It was a place to escape from the troubles of the real world. Clubbing turned into a weekly adventure hopping around in different NYC clubs like Exit, Roxy, Sound Factory, Vinyl/Arc, Spirit, etc.. to hear the likes of Paul van Dyk (my first big show in 2002 at Sound Factory), Tiesto, Sasha & Digweed, Danny Tenaglia, Danny Howells, Sander Kleinenberg, Richie Hawtin and Sven Vath to name a few. Not only were these extremely memorable events, they heavily influenced me then and still do until this day. Due to these influences from all genres, I like to think I am a well rounded mix of electronic music. I enjoy listening to and playing deep house, tech house, techno, progressive house and trance, highly influenced by the aforementioned artists.

Club Exit, circa 2012. You may now recognize it as Terminal 5 in New York City.

Club Exit, circa 2012. You may now recognize it as Terminal 5 in New York City.

Music was a drug to me. The more I listened, the more I embraced, and the more I wanted to discover. I found myself being able to get lost in the music very easily. That is when I was in my happy place. I could forget about everything else and focus only on the music. Around 2003 is when I first started to mess around with vinyl records, strictly as a hobby with my close friends who were my clubbing buddies. They were the experienced ravers and I was the newbie. They showed me the underground world, a world I knew nothing about. With gradual progression, we had gotten our hands on some used Dj equipment to have fun with. It was always innocent fun with no aspirations of doing anything more than playing the music we heard when we would go to a club so we could recapture the feels. Then it turned into hunting for new releases and realizing we just heard these records in the club. Browsing through vinyl and getting the limited editions turned into a serious business for us. Those days are long gone and nothing will ever compare to shopping for vinyl but that’s another story. 

The first Dj gear I purchased for myself was in 2003. I bought a pair of Technic turntables (which I still own) and a Numark 2 channel mixer. From learning on vinyl – my first record purchased was IIO – Rapture, I then started to learn to use CDs during the digital change over around 2004-2005, I was in a constant mode of searching for new music and pumping it out on my own system. I spent years of pounding out beats, annoying my family and neighbors with no care in the world because music made me happy (well until pops would tell me to knock it off!). Granted I really still had no idea what I was doing, but it was fun. For me, it was more than learning to DJ, I was expressing myself through sounds and emotions that the music made me feel, it was my escape from reality just the same as when I would go clubbing. 

Back in the day at Images.

Back in the day at Images.

By mid 2006, I had done some house parties and low key events with friends. By low key I mean we did free parties at the local V.F.W. to jam out with friends. I had met some cool friends in the scene and it seemed that we all were growing together in our DJ and clubbing experiences. A friend and local DJ, Anthony Nero, who spun all of the major clubs in NYC approached me about working on a gig together. He had listened to some of my mixes and felt I was worth a shot. To have anyone believe in me and feel confident enough in me to hold my own at an actual event felt amazing. I jumped at the opportunity to have my name on a flyer for the very first time. It was a small club, Images in NJ, but it was a HUGE moment. We packed the place out with 200 people. I got to play in front of a crowd of family and friends which was amazing. I played from 12-2AM and closed the party. It was such a thrilling experience, it was everything I could have hoped for and exceeded all of my expectations. This was the real beginning of my journey and me feeling like this was my purpose. 

More opportunities started to follow.  I formed a partnership with Nero. We started to do parties together. Things were heating up and we held residencies in NYC/NJ from Pacha (monthly residency), to China Club to Images (weekly residency). The support from our friends was amazing. I cannot thank them enough for being a part of all those events. They were truly very special moments in time. Having a chance to play vinyl records at Pacha multiple times is something I will never forget. That was such an incredible time for me. 

We're about 2+ years into residencies and the unimaginable happened. Only those really close to me know about this. It was a really tough and dark time for me and my family when I had received news in early 2009 that my father had cancer. He was going to need lots of treatment. At the time, I didn't think twice about what I had to do, to be there for my family above all else. I would do it again in a heartbeat if needed. I didn’t understand the impact it would have on my music career. My world changed and was quickly consumed by doctor visits and making my father comfortable. One of the things needed to make him comfortable since he was mostly bedridden as he slowly fell apart, was not to annoy him with loud music. This really limited what I was able to do musically, so much so that I took a break and put my Dj life on hold. At the height of it all when I felt like I was making a name in the scene, I had to step away for a larger purpose. I had no concept of time, a week turned to a month, a month turned to a year, a year turned to 5 years. Along that time, he fought very hard but slowly slipped further and further away, one complication after another until he ultimately lost his battle and passed in July 2013. God rest his soul for putting up such a hard fight. I was in a sad place for some time, but I was able to turn back to the one thing I could always count on to lift my spirits, music. During my dark time, I was 100% removed from gigs and only went to a few events over the course of that 5 year span to escape my reality.  I did continue to buy some music (digitally at this point) to occasionally  make some CDs to listen to while driving and keep my mixing sharp, but I was extremely limited to the times in which I could spin. I usually only had time to spin when pops was at a doctor appointment but with having a day job, he was usually back in bed before my work day was over. Finding a little bit of time on the decks here and there is what really kept me going. 

A long time removed from vinyl DJing, all clubs were now using CDJs and most DJs were using laptops with Ableton, Traktor or Serato. I myself had been using Traktor since early 2013 (in my bedroom only) and was making a full transition to the digital age of DJing. The way people had shared music had changed too. Everyone was using Soundcloud or Mixcloud or YouTube to share music. I invested in a Soundcloud account to share my music with friends and anyone else who cared. It was in 2013 when Cats Like Trance was born and the first mix I posted was very well received, as were the next few. This gave me confidence in continuing to make mixes and pursue my passion of getting back behind the decks.

About a year after my fathers passing, around June 2014, I discovered an NYC group called TUNE (Trance Union North East) which was all about trance music. I don't even know how I stumbled across it to be honest. It was a growing community on Facebook that talked music, especially trance which I had a great passion for. Talking music everyday for months made me feel like it was where I belong. The constant talk of music made me realize just how much passion I had for clubbing and dance music even after being away for 5 years. Talking about classic trance and exchanging clubbing stories, it was really what I needed. This was when I had the great idea of rebuilding my vinyl and CD library digitally. I hunted for every song I ever bought so I could buy a digital copy. By the end of 2014, I had recouped most of it so I could work on some classic trance mixes. I wanted to bring back the feelings I had when I would go out clubbing. I had a fire inside me to make mixes with songs I loved to hear.

RECENT HISTORY tO THE PRESENT

In 2015 I started to go out clubbing a lot. My first big event in Feb 2015 was to see Paul van Dyk. Fitting how he was the first for me again! It was a Brooklyn Warehouse event - 6 hour set. He blew me away like he always did. He is a special talent. One show after another, I would go out. I started meeting more like minding music lovers in the scene. I was back in the heart of it all basically out every weekend, not making up for lost time, but just trying to enjoy life again.  I met the leader of TUNE and based on our similar interests in the scene and love for trance, we formed quite the friendship. It wasn't long after that he asked me to take on an admin role with the TUNE FB group. I accepted. While things progressed with TUNE where I was now involved in hosting events, bringing in the likes of Neptune Project, M.I.K.E. Push, Manuel Le Saux, Adam Ellis; things also progressed with building a following as a DJ.

In October of 2015, I was invited to play a gig at Warehouse in Newark; it was going to be my first gig in 6 years and with my original partner that I did my first show with in 2006. I was nervous but realized in that moment that everything had come full circle; I had a chance to play for a crowd again. I couldn't have been any happier. I played a 6.5 hour set B2B with my buddy Dan Rozum. We had a great time doing it and it was the perfect way to bring me back in after 6 years of being on the shelf. Playing this event gave me the confidence to want to spin events again and put me on the radar for other promoters as a DJ in NYC/NJ. 

In December 2015, a new opportunity arose. Esscala, a well known promo company in NYC, whose events I have been supporting throughout the year, contacted me about opening for a big event at club Cielo in NYC. I didn't even know that they knew I DJ'd. I remember being at my job and when I was asked to be a part of the event, I jumped out of my chair with excitement. I was going to open for Jordan Suckley and Arctic Moon!! I am a big fan of both artists and to have the opportunity to warm up for them put me on cloud 9! I was in shock that I was even considered for the opportunity. I was super nervous and extremely excited at the same time. Having been to the club countless times as a clubber, knowing the amazing Funktion 1 sound system it has and having an understanding for the room, I was very eager to have a chance to be behind the decks at the legendary club Cielo. Lets put things into perspective, I went from not playing any gigs for 6 years, to doing a 6.5 hour gig with friends in October, to opening for a pair of extremely talented and world acclaimed trance DJs and producers within 3 months. My excitement was through the roof. The event was a big success. With the support of my family, friends (old and new) all in attendance, I had the most amazing experience. The opportunity to play a major club in NYC after 6 years of not doing much in the scene was so gratifying and humbling. I'm just truly fortunate to have had that opportunity. The Esscala team giving me a chance was more than I could ask for. I was so grateful to be a part of the event. 

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Later that month, I spun a TUNE hosted event at Pacha, one of the last parties in the club before it closed its doors for good. How amazing it was to get back to playing at Pacha before it closed as it was my first NYC residency back in 2006. The timing of to come back could not have been any better. This was another great event to be a part of. I did a 90 minute peak time set from 12-1:30AM along side Chris Element (Montreal) and Ceaz Amaze (NYC). Then we all went B2B2B 4:30-5:30AM followed by Ceaz and I going B2B until 7:15AM when we closed the place down, still with a crowd on hand. It was an amazing experience to be a part of and felt like everything was meant to work out this way. Truly no words to describe the way 2015 ended for me.

Within 6 months of being back in the scene, I had closed out 2015 with 3 major gigs including gigs at Cielo and Pacha. I guess you could say I came back strong. 2016 looked very bright. I was in talks with promoters about upcoming events. I was coordinating events to host with TUNE. Things were looking great on each front. I made plans to attend the Winter Music Conference (WMC) as a fan and was then invited to play 2 events there with my buddy Aldo Ron Sanchez at RePour Bar and The Bunker. Those events were my first time playing in Miami. I can't wait to go back. A little story just before my flight to Miami, while sitting in the airport, another gig I was working on in NYC was confirmed and announced. The week I returned from Miami, hot off of 2 gigs during WMC, I would be coming back to Brooklyn for an Inoki:Trance event. Inoki is an NYC promo company whose events I had been attending throughout 2015. I was offered the opportunity to play a 3 hour set warming up for The Thrillseekers, a long time inspiration and favorite DJ and producer of mine. How amazing it was going to be to open for the legend! The producer of Hydra – Affinity and Synaesthesia!! What a dream come true. The event went off without a hitch. Truly blessed to have been a part of such an amazing, intimate event. 

THE FUTURE

In such a short time from October 2015 to July 2016, I have truly been humbled and blessed to have DJ'd 9 events. It's amazing to have such excitement around me and my music again, a feeling many will never understand. I am truly fortunate to have this feeling back. I have been given a second chance to do what I love and am not going to waste it. My drive and determination to spread good vibes is at an all time high. I am motivated to get all of the ideas in my head in to my DAW's. Original productions are in the works. The sky is the limit with creativity. My dream is not to be the #1 DJ, or to have top charting songs, I am not in it for likes or to become famous; music is my passion and DJing in clubs is what I love to do. I love seeing people dance to the music I play while they have a big smile on their face. That's my reward and it's how I know that I am being received well. I have always said, you can build a following for any type of music (I think this has been proven already) and that is what I am doing with my style of electronica – a mix of deep house, tech house, techno, progressive house and trance. Cannot wait for what's next. 2016 is has been huge already with much more to come. "Music Makes the World a Better Place!"