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THE REASON FOR THIS ALL
It's not hard to tell you why I play this music. It just sounds exactly the way I feel. When Techno first started being more widely released, it was "James Brown is Dead" (L.A. Style) and Moby's "Go" that got me hooked on that sound while visiting San Francisco. During the early 90's, the Techno sound was so new and amazing.
I thought this music had to be played somewhere. I never really aspired to be a DJ, I just wanted to hear that music and bring it home. So I talked to a few people who were open to the idea and I got myself a little night at a local gay club, -- the only place that was willing to try this out. And it worked! Later on, I was very lucky to hook up with like-minded souls and I fell into House of Unity Prod. We rented warehouses and studios and staged some of the first Techno events in Calgary. The idea was simple: a warehouse, basic ugly flyers, phoneline, $5 cover charge, mostly no more than 2-3 DJs and a full night of Techno.
In 1993, a small group of us established The Sub-Link magazine and tried to fundraise for it by putting on Sub-Link events. That did not really work and I lost a lot of money trying to make this happen. Nevertheless, we still published the magazine for a while (38 isuues) and put on events, small and large. The magazine stopped in the late 90s, but the events still continue to this day.
Around 1994 I started a Hard-Core Techno radio program on CJSW 90.9 FM called "DNA", which still runs every Friday night at midnight, propagating the hard stuff religiously.
Now, 17 years later, I am still playing Hard-Core, --vicariously venting my joys, frustrations and energy through all you people who dance to this wonderful music. The sound of Hard-Core Techno is powerful and energizing.
Over the years, I have met amazing people in this community. Whenever I am privileged to travel to spread the soothing, serene sound of Hard-Core, I meet great people. I am incredibly lucky to be able to do this. Even though after the weekends, I come back to a day job, -- I can smile while my ears are still ringing... and that's what it's all about for me.
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