Wednesday 2004.09.29 11:19 PM CST.
Fifteen years of runnin' my own show.
am very tired as I write this tonight, so I must make this brief.
DOES THE TIME GO?
Exactly fifteen years ago tonight, my friends Kevin and Janet, along
with myself, performed at my high school's homecoming dance. It
was my senior year, and although I had worked with "DJ Dave"
in Mirage Productions for about a year and a half, this was a tremendously
special night. For the first time in my DJ career, I was headlining.
Here I was, this dorky skinny kid who listened to way too much Depeche
Mode, controlling the music for an entire school with a cheap plastic
pair of belt-drive Vector Research turntables. A geek, rocking
the house and moving the crowd. I can't tell you how cool that
years ago today, EKG (Electro Kinetic Group) Mobile Music and Light
Show was officially introduced to the public. Awesome.
Here's something that I haven't mentioned much, aside from occasionally
in private chats with friends. I didn't originally plan to
do the music work. I mean, yeah, it sounded like a lot of
fun to be "the DJ" up there, but running the light board was
my forte', and when Janet and Kevin and I practiced in my garage, I
was hoping that Janet would take over music-mixing duties for the most
part (with my music collection and programming input) and I would get
to run the lights.
that plan didn't last. I did take over the DJ reins, and EKG remained
the constant factor in a long, interesting career. Mobile work,
radio work, magazine journalism, remixing, production, and then - strangely
enough - DJing at some crazy underground club. Life can be mighty
unpredictable sometimes, but insofar as my music career has been concerned,
the changes have often been pretty welcome.
though EKG is all but dead (officially, I'm still saying it's "suspended"),
it will always be one of the most cherished parts of my life.
Where DJ Dave and Mirage Productions helped pull me out of my self-conscious
"shell," EKG helped continue the self-confidence boosting
that I needed to really develop as a person.
live EKG Mobile Music, and thank God for allowing my life to have such
unusual circumstances (and crazy coincidences) to make the whole thing