About Me

In Halifax in the 80's there was a club called Crossleys Bar. It was based in Dean Clough and featured three distinct floors, now from memory, and bearing in mind this is nearly 35 years ago, it had three huge floors, one floor was for pop music, one for indie/rock and the third and by far the most popular was House Music.
This was my first introduction to house, and that music could be mixed to create a seamless continuation. It blew my mind. There were a few cock-ups and the mix didn't go too well, but 95% of the time, you could hardly tell the music was being mixed.

I did work in the pub trade for a few years, this managed to put me very close to the DJ's and what they do before and after the clubs opened, but I never had much confidence and never dared ask for a demo or a quick lesson. Then also life got in the way.

Roll on 35 years and here I am in November 2019 finally learning to do what they did in the mid 80's. The truth is it's easy to learn, though hard to master, but once you get the basics down the rest comes naturally through time and experience. And a lot of mistakes!
A huge thank you to Crossfader in Leeds for making this new skill easy and intuitive to learn. Be warned though, the gear can get quite expensive, even the beginner stuff can set you back £500, but once you have it you won't stop learning.

I am also a carer for my elderly mentally handicapped uncle, David takes up the vast majority of my time as I need to sit with him when he's at home. With the few hours I get to take a break, I continue to learn to DJ. It's hard and it's time consuming being a carer, so my path to being a good DJ, wanting to be a great DJ, is going to be a long one. But I am making progress, more than this though, I am enjoying it too.

I've spent (borrowed/loaned)... £250 on a DDJ 400, £180 on an XP1, £100 on speakers, £150 on headphones and a stand that was £20. That's so far a whopping £620 and I now want a DDJ 1000 (£1100).
Edit. I know have the DDJ 1000! So add another £1140 to the total, though I sold the DDJ 400 for £200, so take £200 from the total.

It's taken me a couple of years to learn, I could have spent more time learning, but I also care for my mentally handicapped elderly uncle. He takes up an enormous amount of my time. I can spend more time than I do learning, but I have other things to do as well, you know, things like cleaning, shopping, doctors and hospital appointments and the like, then I have to try to look after myself, I can't care for David if I don't care for myself, so I have to try to walk and cycle as much as possible. Had I not been a carer, I probably could have got to this level in 6 months or less.

Take care,