During the day, you can catch me at the hospital treating patients as a surgical resident. At night, you may see me playing hot tracks at your local lounge or nightclub. Life – it’s a balance.
I started DJing on New Years Eve of 2015 going into 2016. My younger brother had invited his friends from to our house for a house party and I decided that I wanted to be the one playing the music. I bought two Harbinger speakers, connected them to my USB interface, and connected that interface to my laptop. All of a sudden I was the person who was able to navigate the vibe of the party and it felt very natural to me.
A few weeks later, I bought my first DJ controller, the Pioneer DDJ SX2, and started playing around with the buttons and effects. I had no idea what I was doing, but it didn’t matter as I was practicing in my room learning what it meant to be a DJ.
My first gig was for a 15 year old birthday party in Miami Springs; my cousin connected me to the birthday boy. I wrote about that experience in this blog post. I did a few more gigs during the summer of 2016 including a 50th anniversary high school reunion and a small wedding party.
It was August of 2016 when I arrived at Dartmouth to study medicine. During the first year, I gained a lot of experience by playing music for my class parties after exams. The best piece of advice I received from a fellow student was “mix in and out of songs quicker”. In my second year, I got connected to a nightclub in the area and to community members that organize events. I ended up performing about once or twice a month as a medical student at local public and private events, including at formals, birthdays, and bars.
I’m now a vascular surgery resident at Stony Brook University Hospital, eager to grow my DJ business in Long Island.
Feel free to check out my website for information on my DJ services and to view photos from past events.