I grew up a fan of the grunge and rock scene; Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Social Distortion ruled my musical tastes. Soon I found myself drawn into 80's bands like Depeche Mode, R.E.M. and The Cure. Music was more than just listening to the radio, it became an obsession. By the late 90's it was full blown, and an opportunity presented itself to DJ a party in the mountains when a DJ no showed. With the venues terrible equipment and no prior experience, I did well and the party was a big hit. I was hooked, I knew sharing music was that important to me. Mix tapes, equipment and throwing random parties became a weekly routine. As the equipment got better, dances and weddings soon followed. By the time it was 2001, I had enrolled in college for recording arts and live audio mastering - even mastering my cousins band and getting them airplay on northern California radio.
At this point, a new obsession began to take over: electronic dance music. The first mix I ever heard was Paul van Dyk live on BBC Radio 1 from 1999. ATB, Darude, DJ Quicksilver, Gigi D'Agostino, Sasha & Digweed - this was all the early stuff for me. I needed more dance music, more equipment, more events! It happened that I made good connections in college and quickly picked up on dance music mixing. First dance gig was 2004 in San Diego. I played LA nightclubs by early 2007, and OC's biggest venues starting in 2008. Having now been on the radio three times, been featured on podcasts as far away as Boston, and producing over a dozen bootlegs. I do still love to DJ weddings and do dozens per year also!
First DJ ever heard: Paul van Dyk, 1999
First DJ seen live: Pete Tong
First dance song ever downloaded: 1999, Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone
- Andrew Yates
Birthplace: Killeen, Texas
Home: Orange County, California
Training: Certified in the fundamentals of Recording Arts. Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA (2001-2005)
DJ Since: 2001
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