New York, United States
I picked up my first set of 'phones in 1983 ... it was all about the Prelude sound and R&B influenced post-disco then. I was inevitably sucked into Larry Levan's madness at the Paradise Garage where my influential brain was twisted, removed, thrown around, stepped on and put back in my head in one night. Every word you've ever heard about that place is probably less than fantastic as the reality. I can still recall the layout and the lights (which changed every week) like I was there yesterday. *sigh*
It wasn't until 1996 that I began to pursue a career in the dj field -- when I finally relocated to NYC. In less than a year I had become close with Danny Tenaglia (during his residency at Twilo). He drilled deep techy house beats into my head on a weekly basis wrapped up with a ribbon of soul. He was just the inspiration I had hoped for ... and I ran with it.