Primary Genre: House Other Genres: Hip Hop, Rap, TechHouse, Drum & Bass, Trap, Breaks Beats, Bass Music
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: what's going on everybody Darrell freighter TheClub CEO here and we have another episode of the my DJ story podcast we have an amazing brother here that's going to share some gems about his story in the DJ industry, could you introduce yourself tell the people where you're from.
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DJ AstralDust: My name's astral guest DJ name and i'm well, I was born in Louisiana my dad is in the military, so he traveled around, so I was raised in Florida Louisiana Colorado Oklahoma and then.
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DJ AstralDust: After I graduated high school and I moved to Florida back to Florida I graduate high school Oklahoma move back to Florida spend some time there moved out to Arizona, and then California.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: wow lot of traveling a lot of traveling.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: I want.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: yeah let's see how that connects to your DJ story and talk to me a little bit about how you got started in the game and then just go from there.
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DJ AstralDust: Okay, so like in in 1991 when I started I graduated high school and in 91 and moved immediately to Florida St and attended St Petersburg junior college.
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DJ AstralDust: And at the time, you know the the electronic music scene hadn't really taken over the United States, yet you know still still new, and so I wasn't really familiar with it, especially coming from Oklahoma So when I was in junior College as part as one of them as part of.
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DJ AstralDust: An electives to do electives I took a bass guitar and because i'll always always been into music I played trombone in high school, and so I I took like three four semesters of bass guitar and got my two year junior college degree moved to Florida state.
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DJ AstralDust: wasn't doing so well kind of flunked out Florida state, you know got a little sidetracked and my buddy at the time was in phoenix Arizona and.
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DJ AstralDust: He was like.
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DJ AstralDust: You gotta move out here and right before I moved out there, I didn't didn't go on, I started going to some of the first initial raves that hit the east coast, the 9192.
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DJ AstralDust: I went to the Zen festival, I think, was the biggest rave at the time in 1992 like 15 or 20,000 people, the central Florida fairgrounds.
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DJ AstralDust: it's where Sasha and dig we'd played for the first time they played in America and all that.
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DJ AstralDust: And I remember it very specifically because it was the first time we'd ever seen those green lasers, you know shoot now and we were like they were shooting out and we were like.
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DJ AstralDust: Trying to touch them and shit and we're like wow This is like far out shit and it was just like it was just like we were on another planet because prior to that when we go to clubs they'd be playing like you know.
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DJ AstralDust: Alternative type music front to for to thrill kill Cole industrial type stuff nine nine inch nails even nirvana at the time.
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DJ AstralDust: Nevada came out with their smells like teen spirit in the year I graduated high school 91 so.
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DJ AstralDust: We seen all this happening we're like in, then you know, obviously, you know the the Ecstasy was part of it, and along with the music, we thought we were on a whole nother planet.
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DJ AstralDust: And that's you know that's pretty much what got me distracted from passing school, if you will.
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DJ AstralDust: And so, my home, my home is out in Arizona he's like come out here, you know I i'm here you sit up here, you can crash here.
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DJ AstralDust: i'm like okay cool because the idea was just to get us closer to California, as we could, and so I got out to Arizona, and I got the Arizona, and I remember selling my bass guitar for my first turntable and so.
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DJ AstralDust: Had a had a little job at a adult boutique, if you will, and you know, took me another six 910 months to save up for my second turntable.
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DJ AstralDust: So started actually learning to beat mix by ear manually in like about 1995 96 and so that in itself is a challenge, because beat mixing by ear is just a whole nother thing it took me two years to I felt comfortable in front of a crowd mixing okay so.
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DJ AstralDust: that's how long it took me to get the beatniks down to where I feel.
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DJ AstralDust: solid enough, where I can go in front of a crowd and do it in and not Fuck it up, if you will, and look like you know I don't know what i'm doing so, there was a learning curve there until you know the digital stuff bought lowers learning curve, but nevertheless.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: yeah it is.