Four words: Passion, romance, adventure...love
Four words minus one: Friend, lover, partner
More words: Nurture, respect, reciprocity...fun
Words of wisdom: Om is where the art is
Password: Kiss me
The last word: Seeking a woman fluent in the lexicon of love
"I am a DJ, I am what I play".
I enjoy a deep appreciation for being my age. I love it. There is so much creative experience and history from which to draw. I've been thinking recently how autobiographical the emotional narratives of my DJ sets have become. I love connecting the dots. Resurrecting moments in time, recognizing the echoes of those moments in contemporary music and blending them all together to explore and reveal fresh emotional possibilities. Truly satisfying.
My story in a nutshell:
The 60's born
The 70's razed
The 80's born again
The 90's raved
The 00's rocked
The 10's rebel, reboot, redefine
Physical: Kansas City
Spiritual: Lawrence, Kansas
Artistic: New York City
Inspirations and influences:
The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, John Peel, Lester Bangs, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Saturday Night Live (1975-1980), Woody Allen, Peter Sellers, Burt Bacharach, Henry Mancini, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Tony Wilson, Joy Division, New Order, Factory Records, The Hacienda, Steve Jobs, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Ghandi, Jackson Pollack, Andy Warhol, The Factory, Jean-Michel Basquiat...
I've had the honor of sharing a stage or DJ booth with such luminaries as New Order, Public Image Limited, Killing Joke, Suicide, Paul Weller, Primal Scream, Mixmaster Morris, Hybrid, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Moev, Nine Inch Nails, Legendary Pink Dots, Genesis P. Orridge of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, Die Warzau, David Holmes, Bebel Gilberto, Gotan Project, Jazzanova, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Fila Brazillia, Chari Chari, Nuspirit Helsinki, Yukihiro Fukutomi, Nouvelle Vague, and Ben Watt to name a few.
But perhaps my most surrealistic DJ performance occurred when I was commissioned to program the music for the wake of William S. Burroughs. I actually DJ'd behind the open casket of the iconic Beat Generation writer on the stage of a 19th century opera house in Lawrence, Kansas.
The rest of the story:
I am a very social person. I enjoy meeting new people, making new friends, and nurturing my relationships. I also enjoy engaging conversation.
I love going out. Although I'm in the nightclub business, I prefer pubs, intimate lounges, and dive bars to mega-clubs. I dig classic cocktail culture.
After 15 years living in New York City I recently moved back to Kansas City. While living in New York I was a downtown guy. I frequented the East Village, the Lower East Side, Soho, Union Square, and the Meat Packing District, as well as my neighborhood Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn where I felt a strong sense of community.
I am a passionate supporter of liberal politics. I love to meet people who share that same passion.
I enjoyed sharing normal, everyday life experiences and activities like exploring Manhattan, attending the cinema, theater, concerts, performance art, museums, dining at a favorite restaurant. And I loved sharing the experience of listening to music. I have a split headphone cable for my i-Pod so that a full stereo signal plays through two sets of headphones simultaneously for romantic musical bonding while enjoying a stroll near 30 Rock and Radio City Music Hall, or a lengthy subway ride.
Now that I have returned to Kansas City, I'm becoming reacquainted with the city of my birth. It seems to have grown into the cultural jewel of the Midwest.
I enjoy losing myself in the blissful ache of romance. I may be a hopeless romantic, but I am not a helpless romantic.
I also value the opportunity to enhance my life and the lives of those around me through music, art, culture, and kindness.
Music? Tough one. Here goes: The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Velvet Underground, Burt Bacharach, John Lennon, Paul McCartney & Wings, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Henry Mancini, Joy Division, New Order, Depeche Mode, Gang Of Four, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Cure, A Certain Ratio, Ultravox, Visage, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Jazzanova, Badfinger, The Embarrassment, The Au Pairs, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, Bauhaus, Killing Joke, The Buzzcocks, The Comsat Angels, The Cramps, David Bowie, Delta 5, Elvis Costello, The English Beat, Essential Logic, Gary Numan, Iggy Pop, Mile Davis, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Thelonious Monk, Frank Sinatra (The Capitol years), The Jam, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Kraftwerk, Love & Rockets, The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine, Pink Floyd, Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark, Public Image Limited, The Pretenders, The Ramones, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Specials, The Slits, Ike Yard, Suicide, Talking Heads,Tones on Tail, U2, Wire, XTC, Bill Evans, Art Of Noise, B-52's, Echo & The Bunnymen, Fad Gadget, Slowdive, The Embarrassment, Kate Bush, Sisters Of Mercy, The Teardrop Explodes, Television, Yazoo, Young Marble Giants, Xymox, Arthur Russell, Bush Tetras, Fila Brazillia, Thievery Corporation, Cantoma, Calm, Koop, Bliss, Nicola Conte, Gerardo Frisina, Roxy Music, Neu!, Efdemin, Lawrence, Ricardo Villalobos, The Field, XTC, T-Rex, Big Star, Badfinger, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Ride, Oasis, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, The Eagles, Electric Light Orchestra, Steely Dan,
Massive Attack, Irresistible Force, Global Communication, The Orb, The KLF, Orbital, Underworld, Leftfield, Moby, Omni Trio, Gotan Project, Tosca, Photek, PFM, Aphex Twin, Cocteau Twins, Kyoto Jazz Massive...
Movies: Cinema Paradiso, Basquiat, A Hard Days Night, Help, Three Days of The Condor, The Magnificent Seven, West Side Story, The Great Escape, The Party, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 24 Hour Party People, Almost Famous, Pollock, Caddyshack, Enter The Dragon, Die Hard, Our Man Flint, In like Flint, Sean Connery James Bond Movies, Singing In The Rain, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, Serpico, The Godfather, The Godfather II, Animal House, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Camelot, Blade Runner, The Court Jester, To Sir With Love, Blackboard Jungle, The Wild Bunch, Lawrence Of Arabia, Planet Of The Apes, Beneath The Planet Of The Apes, Scareface, Amadeus, Quadrophenia, Arthur, Tootsie, High Society, Guys and Dolls, Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Wall Street, Taxi Driver, Billy Jack, Thomas Crown Affair (Steve McQueen version), Bonnie & Clyde, The Graduate, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, Monty Python and The Holy Grail, Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life, Monty Python's Life Of Brian, Big Night, My Beautiful Launderette, City of God, and many more...
Food: Mexican, Thai, Kansas City BBQ, classic American diner menu, Sunday brunch...