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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: what's going on everybody Darrel Frater the club CEO here and we have another amazing episode of the my DJ story podcast brought to you by the club APP.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: That number one Community for live DJ and virtual parties, today we have my brother, DJ darion on the show brother, can you please introduce yourself to the people who you are and where you're from.
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DJ Darion: hey what's up Darrel yeah I am DJ darion originally from Carmel California right now i'm reciting in sacramento and I will be moving to Daytona beach Florida by summer.
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Darrel Frater, TheClub CEO: off of our super excited to have you on the show we're gonna jump right into this man where did you start with your DJ career what sparked your interest in being a DJ and talk to us about the beginning days.
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DJ Darion: yeah totally so I grew up in Carmel by the sea California it's a nice little.
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DJ Darion: kind of beach town right on the coast of California right in the middle smack DAB in the middle of California so it's right near like Monterey pebble beach big sur lot of very picturesque places.
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DJ Darion: there's also kind of a retirement area, so I didn't really have a lot of kids my age growing up, so I spent a lot of time by myself by the beach.
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DJ Darion: um I was also involved in some church youth groups and that's kind of what sparked my DJ career um when I was probably in between eighth grade in.
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DJ Darion: freshman year of high school um we had a function, where we had a DJ common set up and play CDs and Latin music and.
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DJ Darion: I was just drawn to it, for some reason it just it just wow to me seeing this guy up on stage playing you know loud music, a lot of fun hits everyone's dancing.
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DJ Darion: So I really get up on stage and i'm like hanging out with this guy and this guy had like you know, a huge mixer and a couple portable CD players and like.
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DJ Darion: crates of CDs and I was like this guy's like mixing between songs like this looks like a lot of fun, this is like way different than when you hear on the radio.
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DJ Darion: And so what I did was I actually went out like soon after that and got a radio shack mixer.
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DJ Darion: And I had a couple portable CD players and just a few CDs that I had in my arsenal.
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DJ Darion: And I would literally just go up whenever I could just for even a couple hours and just try and mix songs be you know together and try to buy within get the whole beat matching down.
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DJ Darion: um I pretty much taught myself from the ground up, I mean there was no YouTube or anything like that, back then, this is like you know 1996 1997.
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DJ Darion: So um you know I started I started way back then kind of thing so um flash forward a couple years later i'm in high school around I think sophomore year.
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DJ Darion: And my best friend was Armenian and he would do a couple functions was with his family.
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DJ Darion: Especially over new years, so he would actually go and play music with his like surround sound homes speakers his Harman kardon speakers and stuff like that.
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DJ Darion: And we'd run like hundreds of feet of like liar and you know set up this like huge system.
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DJ Darion: At at his new year's Eve party and we play a lot of our music and then we'd like to incorporate some like the fun stuff that we knew.
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DJ Darion: And so that kind of like started something in our minds thinking man, if this went off really well why not due to our school dances so we approached our.
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DJ Darion: High School principal I think around, I think it was like the middle of our sophomore year and we're like hey.
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DJ Darion: We want to DJ a school dance because we start getting into school dances and being social and stuff like that um.
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DJ Darion: I was playing sports and stuff like that so um and then also I was also into musical theatre as well, so I kind of did that on the side as well too.
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DJ Darion: So the DJ was just kind of more of like a way to entertain in a way, I was always like an entertainer growing up, I always loved making home movies and stuff like that.
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DJ Darion: um do really have a lot of friends like I said so, like my best friend growing up was like a video camera.
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DJ Darion: And then also, I would like you know record my voiceover like the radio and just kind of pretend, I was like the DJ.