I have no idea why you would want to look at my page when there are so many great people here…however…
OK. Where do I start? lol… I was born at an early age and got older… 😉
I have always had a love for music in one form or another and have always wanted to share that music with people around me. I listen to all sorts, from blues to metal, from opera to rock, some smooth jazz, some classical and many other genres. I consider myself open minded when it comes to music.
My main reason for coming to Second Life in the first place was to hear the music from places and of genre’s that I would not normally be exposed to. I had heard blues prior to coming to Second Life, but I admit this was very limited, almost only to the blues compliation CD’s you buy in the shops with the John Lee Hookers, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolfs of the world. Blues in my part of England is certainly far from center stage.
I found myself in SL roaming around the different clubs, but always seemed to find myself at blues clubs and this is where I “discovered” this is bigger than the few albums I had heard, in fact this was huge and this was good, the more I listened the more I loved it, the more I loved it the more I listened. Yes, it had got me! I was no longer listening to the blues, I was feeling it. It had grabbed me and was fast becoming a part of my very make-up.
It was during this “discovery period” that a friend of mine opened an SL club and was struggling for DJ’s, so one night (after a drink or 2) I agreed to do a set for them and see how it went. Well, to be brutally honest, it was rubbish, I made the mistake of trying to play a little bit of everything that I thought the people would like to hear, it was a right mixed bag of nothings. I could not even use a mic due to the computer being in the main family room of my home.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I decided to only play what I enjoyed and not try to please the whole world. I was still pretty new to blues but I wanted to play it, so I did mixed sets of blues and rock. As time went by my sets became more blues and less rock. Now, and for about the past 12 months, my sets are almost all 100% blues (with odd exception) although most of the blues I play is more blues-rock than pure blues anyway.
My path to the Riverside started one day when I was playing at one of my regular clubs (still no mic) and I was introduced to my new hostess. This hostess is known to you all. Yes, it was Thori. 🙂 I remember asking her if she liked the blues, from that day forward we became best of friends. Thori convinced me to start using a mic to introduce my music. The first time I used the mic live, Thori introduced me to Ray who she had brought to hear my set. To my surprise and honour towards the end of that set Ray asked me if I would come and DJ at the Riverside.
I am certainly not the most knowledgeable DJ of the blues. I am certainly not the most experienced Blues DJ and I am certainly not the most chatty DJ of the blues (in fact I am a shy person really), but I am certainly a very keen DJ of the blues. I am always on the lookout for “new” artists and material. I love to listen to more experienced DJ’s and hear what they play (hey I admit I steal some of their ideas).
So I will end this epic by saying I’m proud to be a part of this great team in this great place. I am honoured to DJ here at the best Blues Club in SL and I will say thank you to all that listen to me and all that support the Riverside. A special thanks to Thori for bringing me here and to the management of the Riverside for all you do.