Greenie was literally born into the beat, raised on the booming bass of disco and early electronic of new wave. There was never a moment where the magic of music wasn't providing movement to his life, from his endless hours in headphones to performances as a classically-trained vocalist. Disappointed in radio play well before the birth of MTV, Greenie was a seasoned crate-digger in his early teens, constantly seeking out the sounds to feed his soul.
A manic maker of mix tapes for friends, Greenie longed to share not just songs but the emotions and experience of a sonic journey. This passion was shifted into full-blown obsession upon hearing full-length mixes from Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles, and with a primitive crossfader in hand his DJ adventure was underway.
Performing under the name J3, Greenie built a reputation in the early 1990s by mixing together disco classics, new wave electronica, latin samba, classic guitar rock and ambient excursions. Never losing touch with or focus on the crowd's energy, Greenie was inspired by the likes of Green Velvet, Carl Craig, Aphex Twin and The Orb; no mixes or transitions would ever sound the same, no set would ever be predictable.
From the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, Greenie would seek out a wide a variety of musical styles and nightlife cultures, playing as many different cities as possible throughout North America and Europe. From Las Vegas to London, Atlanta to Amsterdam, New York to Newcastle and Chicago to Cabo, this ever-broadening exposure to different musical styles and cultures had a gradual effect on his performances.
House music took over Greenie from head to toe. Smooth, harmonic mixing of melodic elements using three and four decks took the place of turntable tricks, synth stabs and sampler loops. Careful preparation replaced impromptu exploration. Close observation of the crowd supplanted wild experimentation. The voyage became one of clear intent, rather than a meandering excursion. Yet the core aspects never changed: every set remained different, every journey unique, and the music was always close to Greenie's soul.
After taking a year off from performing (still traveling to experience music around the globe), Greenie returned to the decks in late 2005 at the height of the "mash-up" club explosion. Performing under the name FunkyGreenie, the very same style that he had explored in the Boston underground 15 years earlier was suddenly bringing him to some of the biggest mainstream rooms in Las Vegas, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco and Denver.
Sensing the opportunity to make a unique mark on the mash-up scene, Greenie would eschew the common "top 40 mixed with rock" formula and instead blend house grooves and hip-hop, progressive trance with classic rock, and electro bangers with dance-pop. Greenie "released" dozens of bootleg blends and remixes among fellow colleagues and on the Web, and his reputation and fan base exploded By early 2007 Greenie was playing 5 nights a week in Denver with residencies at LoDo hotspots Tryst, Below and Slim 7. In 2008, Greenie accepted a Friday residency at the recently-opened Beta Nightclub, performing under his own name for the first time in his life.
After a twelve-year whirlwind of producing and performing in the mainstream, Greenie returned in 2009 to the pure grooves of house and driving rhythms of techno that first attracted his heart and soul in. A relentless travel hound, Greenie has since since made over 170 appearances in 44 different cities throughout North America and Europe. He is the founder of The Elements, now celebrating 4 years of weekly and monthly parties.