“When I’m behind the board, Music is my voice, my way to connect with the crowd. When everything clicks, nothing beats the synergy that’s achieved.”
He grew up in an environment where Motown, R&B and Gospel were ever-present. His musical tastes evolved in high school to include Rock, Alternative and Pop music. By that time, he also discovered a special affinity for House. “It was on the radio every Friday night; the ‘Friday Night Dance Party.’ DJs like Julian ‘Jumpin” Perez, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk and others would be on every week. Those beats were infectious; I still have fond memories of many of those tracks today.”
College was where Steve caught the bug to actually get behind the board himself. “It started my first year of college; not because I wanted to be a DJ, per sé, but because I really enjoyed dancing. One of my suite mates was a club DJ; I’d invade his room every week as he practiced his set for the weekend. One day, he decided to show me how it works; it stuck.”
Fourteen years and over 900 events later, Steve has decided to embark on his own journey as an event DJ full-time. He’s taken what he’s learned over the last several years and is endeavoring to improve and expand on it. “There’s always room for improvement. Improving means checking my ego at the door and learning as much as possible to become better at what I do. Technology has made things much easier when it comes to the gear that we use, but those are just tools; the Entertainer is the key.”
When it comes to his personal style of engagement, Steve describes himself as “hands-on.” “I thoroughly enjoy playing the director’s role when doing these events. From the first announcement over the microphone until my ‘See ya!’ to send everyone home, there’s a lot of pleasure that goes with commanding the room. While these events are serious business, there’s nothing saying that you can’t have fun with it.” It’s not uncommon to find him dancing along to the music while in his booth. It’s also quite common to see him join the crowd on the dance floor.
“Generally speaking, guests at these events need a little coaxing in order to have a good time. If I need to serve as the catalyst, I’m going to relish it. If I’ve done my job, they’re not only looking to me to determine how much fun they should have, they’re also jumping at the chance to have fun WITH me. It doesn’t hurt that I’m okay on the dance floor, either.”
Steve lives with his wife and two children in suburban St. Paul, MN. Comic book enthusiast and aspiring writer, he can be found engaging in hands-on learning of some of his most recent “tools of the trade” acquisitions while obsessing over how to improve and expand on the services that Behind the Board DJ Entertainment provides.
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