Music has always been a huge part of my life. During the summer going into fourth grade as usual I rode my bike to the local music store that I would constantly visit / annoy and landed myself a job cleaning it on Sundays after hours. Sure, it would only take fifteen minutes to vacuum and throw the trash out, but I spent hours in there playing all the instruments (Thank you Mal for trusting a fourth grader in the store alone and allowing me to be surrounded by what I loved).
I knew I wanted to be a DJ around fifth grade when I started going to the skating rink every weekend. If you think about it, the skating rink is a little night club for kids. There is music, lights, a snack bar, and new people to meet. Saving up enough money from birthdays and working my once a week cleaning gig I slowly started to buy equipment. I DJ’d my first event by myself when I was 14 and continued from there. My parents would drop me off at gigs and pick me up (thanks Mom and Dad for the support).
Going into freshman year of high school I went to an under 21 event at an adult night club and when I walked in it was like I had gone to heaven. I will never forget that night watching the two DJs, being surrounded by the lights, and standing next to the enormous stacks of speakers. It was magical.
Throughout high school I would try to play music for people anywhere I could. At the same time another professional in the industry who I bought equipment from would pick me up and bring me to his events so I could learn the proper way of doing things (thanks Bill). When I was able to drive I started playing music regularly at the same place that started it all – the skating rink. After high school I moved to the beach to DJ during the summer at two under 21 nightclubs and an after hours club. Once I was of legal age (or even maybe a bit younger), I moved into the bar and nightclub scene. Playing in front of hundreds to thousands of people on a regular basis. I was getting my feet wet with weddings and booking more private gigs as well.
Getting older is a funny thing. By my mid twenties the focus was a lot less on clubs and mostly on weddings. After all this time I can’t even begin to imagine the number of events I have done, how many people I have spoken in front of, and how many happily married couples I have been fortunate enough to be a special part of their day.
I truly love entertaining and could not imagine ever stopping. This is what I was born to do. – Mike Simmons