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As stated in my home page, I first started deejaying back in 1996. I used to do the lights for some of Bryan Pollard's clubs that included Therapy back in '95. Back then Therapy was being held at the Ministry venue across the street from the Sports Arena in San Diego. I have always been a music collector since I was in my single digits. Almost all the music that I collected, I received from online sources from various places like Europe. This was because it was hard to find good music in the States. People who knew me back then also knew I had a fairly large music collection. This usually prompted people in asking me why I did not deejay. As fate would have it... Towards the end of '96, a deejay spot opened up at Therapy. I took a leap and asked Bryan for the deejay spot and now the rest is history. By the beginning of '98, the venue Ministry would be sold, which marked the end of Therapy's days by the Sports Arena and also my first club gig.
For the next couple of years I would help deejay various clubs, which included Sabbat, Vortex, Das Zimmer, Klub Retro, Sin Klub, Paradox and Apocalypse. Some of these clubs were short lived and some were held in different venues. Sin Klub was held in two different venues as was Klub Retro. The first venue for Sin Klub was also the first time I deejayed with Franck from Das Bunker. Alhough I met Franck back in 1996, I was never was able to attend Das Bunker because of my deejay gig at Therapy. Paradox was first held in L.A. then reopened in San Diego. Apocalypse has opened and closed at many venues throughout the years. I've also done many guest spots at various clubs and events throughout Southern California. This hasn't changed since I am more that happy to spin guest spots. If you are interested in contacting me for doing a guest spot at your club or event, then please visit my Contact section.
By the end of '98, Demian Dorrance who was deejaying Sabbat at the time, announced his retirement from deejaying. This started a new era where I would start deejaying Sabbat until the spring of 2000. There were a lot of good times deejaying with Joe Forester at Sabbat. But all good things must come to an end and new beginnings would start. As my days of Sabbat were coming to a close during the spring of 2000, the opening of Luminal with three of my closest friends: Brendan Cahill, Tom King and Daisy Crawford would begin.
Luminal was a venture that consisted of the various dark electronic elements that surround us. Because the deejays were also the promoters of the clubs, this gave us great flexibility and control in what we spun at the club. Although all our styles were different, they mixed well together and gave the club patrons a musical experience that would never be forgotten. Again all great things must come to an end and Luminal was no exception. Luminal closed its doors for the last time on Tom King's and my birthday: September 3rd, 2002.
It seems that I have come full circle in my deejaying career. With the close of Luminal, Bryan came up to me and asked if I would like to deejay some nights at Therapy. I agreed and now spin at Therapy while still doing guest spots at various clubs and events. Will I open up another club? Only time will tell.
Clubs that I have regularly deejayed/promoted in semi-chronological order.
- Das Zimmer
- Klub Retro
- Sin Klub
What developer does not remember their first "Hello World"? I did my first one back in the late mid 90's. Although I would only dabble here and there, I didn't actually start doing web developing until around '98. Back in 1998 each section within my company was responsible for their own sections on the corporate web site. This is where I first started really getting into web developing. I was in charge in creating and maintaining my department's section on the corporate web site. This went on until the year 2000.
I've always been more interested in the IT world and not the RF/Digital Electronics world. In the year 2000, I was able to become my company's first web master. This also marked the first time my company actually had a professional web site that was controlled by a web developer. During this time I created and maintained two corporate sites, four extranet sites, one intranet site and three content management systems. To say I was busy would be saying the least. Again all great things must come to an end and so did my job position at my company. In 2002 my company was having major lay offs and some higher ups believed that web developing was not a full time position. Although I was the only person that was offered another position, it is something that I am not particular found of, which was an electronic technician.
A few years later I landed a position as a Systems Analyst for the NOC group within the company. Although it was not programming all the time, it was a step in the right direction. At least I was developing again, which was better than not doing it at all. Currently I am a Sr. Programmer Analyst at the Q with the FLO TV business unit. I am always looking to do some small web development on the side. If you have any questions about web development, please contact me via the Contact section.
Below is a list of my technical expertise as a Sr. Java Developer, Web Architect, and Software Engineer.
Databases and Application Servers: Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, WebLogic, Apache Tomcat, JBoss, Jetty, and Microsoft IIS
Software Tools: Eclipse IDE, Toad, SQL Developer, Visual Studio, Altova XML Suite, Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Image Ready, Acrobat, etc.), ColdFusion Studio, MS Visio, MS Project, MS Office Suite (Access, Communicator, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, Word, etc.), Oracle Discover and Crystal Reports
Software Build, Version & Release Management: Maven, Ant, Subversion, TortoiseSVN, RapidSVN, Atlassian Tools (JIRA, Bamboo, Confluence, FishEye, and Crucible), and Perforce
Operating Systems: MS (DOS and Windows 95/98/2000/XP), Linux (RedHat and Knoppix), Solaris UNIX