HOUSE. TECH. MINIMAL. ACID BOUNCE. TRIP HOP. with a foot in genres I haven't even heard the trendy name for yet. Been a vinyl dj forever and have incorporated cdj's, and controllers in the last year. Whatever is available...not a purist.

My earliest work that could be acknowledged as the beginning of the path I am on was when I was 12, in the 8th grade and began remixing songs by my favorite bands. I had a Fisher dual-cassette bookshelf stereo in my room. I managed to break the clip that holds the PAUSE button on the recording tape deck. I remember playing a song and recording on the 2nd deck. when it got to a part where I didn't like the change or direction I would hit pause and hold that button in until I had found the part of the song that "should have" come next and on the down beat would release the pause button [sort-of like punching in...] and I remember how much better that song was to listen to.

Suburban Ghetto Sound itself began to manifest at a time dating back to my selling off 2 acoustic drum kits and combining that money with an insurance claim made when my Haro freestyle bike was stolen right out of my own house (The Hensley House) in San Jose, CA. the electronic and digital studio began to take its' earliest form.

My great friend, Courtney Nielsen was building his studio at that time too. He played keyboard for a semi-glam rock band and I was working with 2 other crazies on drinking late and then sitting in a basement working on Industrial Music. Courtney had started working on some dance beats with his Roland R-8 and the 808 sound card. He let me mess with it a bit. Now back in the other studio, once these guys passed out, I found myself using all of the shared equipment to program techno-stylized beats.

Back story to be continued.....On to today!

Still a house music junkie. Plan on doing more dj'ing in SF and Chicago. Big fan of trip hop when it is done right [thank you Markie of SF scene fame for introducing that style before anybody else!!!] Always followed both Chicago and New York producers and artists. 2 flavors, one world. Made a pilgrimage to Chicago a few years back and learned what it means to Jack. I spin vinyl. I own a cdj but it doesn't see much action. I write music. I've played drums since I was 5 or 6 years old and got into electronic music around my senior year in high school...that is unless you go ahead and count the rap and hip hop scene from way back in the day [I'm talking Run DMC, 7A3, Eric B and Rakim, Stetsasonic and all of those other originators] as electronic artists. Then I actually started in this scene in 1983 when I bought my first record: a Run DMC single for $1.49.

I like collaborating on tracks...that will be essential considering where I live in relation to where I like to go out.

If you've got something to say, come right out and say it. If you've got something to hide, don't. Nobody likes finding out you're a douche bag, and especially if they are publicly associated with you. I mean, really? An accessory to a douche bag? That just sounds wrong.

JamesGarcia   James Garcia, Chicago via San Francisco, United States

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