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Name: Beej Ryan
Marital Status: Patheticly single
Born: Actally hatched
Years spinning: 12 +
Music types:

A dash of Techno and a dash of Trance, sprinkle Linkin Park for seasoning.

Influences: JamX / Dumonde / Tracid Traxx / Nukleuz / Caba Kroll

Resident at Southern California's infamous Club Rubber, Beej is one busiest and most successful DJ's in the state. Residing in Orange County, Beej got his start by simply trying to find a fun and different way to pay his way through college while majoring in architecture. As of now, Beej has one album out entitled "DJ Beej-Club Rubber" which has been in stores nationwide since 2001, and he is set to release his second album, "The Big Bang" which will be on his own record label, Velocity Records, this May.

Beej has played alongside some the heaviest hitters in the industry and can definitely keep up if not run them over with his unique style. Simply put; Beej is a DJ Superstar. His down to earth attitude keeps him grounded and humble, and his love of music keeps us up every other Saturday night dancing like there is no tomorrow. From his elaborate onstage costumes to his wickedly dark tracks, seeing Beej live is an experience that will never disappoint.

Annalee: How did U get started?

Beej: I was looking for a primary source of income whilst going to college. Funny how I switched from a degree in Architecture to becoming a full fledged DJ!

What was the 1st record you ever bought?
I think it was a picture disc of Send Me An Angel although it could've been ACDC - Back In Black or Depeche Mode's A Broken Frame?

What/Where was your 1st gig?
The resident at an all ages club I had frequented quit on the spot and they had nobody to fill in. All my friends (imaginary lol) told me I should do it. One thing led to another and I was up there rockin it! I really had no idea what the hell I was doing but I looked good? haha

How did you end up in Los Angeles?
Grew up living in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. I'll never leave! Love it here! Diversity and beautiful weather helps out tons =)

Do you currently have any residencies?
Club Rubber is my heart and soul. Ironicly when I was a throwing clubs, John & Joey (Rubber Promoters) used to work for me, now I'm their biotch hehe. I also have residencies at Naked in LA and Glo in San Diego.

Do you currently have any albums out?
"DJ Beej - Club Rubber" has been in stores nationwide since '01. It's on 4Play records. Dave Aude was kind enough to be the executive on that release and I will be indebted to him for years to come. I think you can get it on amazon.com or any other store for that matter =)

Are you in the studio now, do we have anything to look forward to in the near future, maybe some collaboration with someone else?
I have a new CD titled The Big Bang due for release in May of this year. That thing was a monster to put together. I'm just not at the point yet where I can get everything up front from all the labels I like. Needless to say, I bought everything in advance for this upcoming release. I would love to bang something out with Dave Aude but that kid never has any free time. I just started a label with a good friend Khoi Nguyen called Velocity Records. Look for great releases from that and its sister offshoots including the infamous Kazelle and guys like Scooter & Lavelle.

What do you think about all this mainstream techno on the radio these days?
Do you think it is good for the scene or are you 100% against it selling out? God I wish we had as much electronic music played on the radio as crap rap genres in the states. Funny how we even have survived without radio play in the first place?! 15 years of house music and not enough venues in radio & television to express it to this day!

What type of music do you listen to when you are not spinning?
I love it all, really. Hard Rock, Butt Rock, 80's & Goth. Frank Sinatra was a pimp! I even listen to George Michael & Sade for chilling out to. It dosent mean I'm homosexual =P

Have you ever worked on a Movie Soundtrack?
No, but how I love artists like Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Hanz Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard who do. I've been a fan of Lisa since Dead Can Dance & This Mortal Coil.

What are your thoughts on the scene right now locally?
Well being that there seems to be a lull in the "Underground" scene I guess we'll focus on the Club aspect. I have the highest amount of respect for the clubs that are paving the way forward with progressive trance and house. I genuinely think Hard House as we know it is going thru a major change and I look forward to hearing what becomes of it in the future. To hear it at every club spun by every "Johnny Come Lately" drives me crazy. You shouldnt have to play it fast and hard to capture your audience. Build it up to a climax as if your participating in a sexual act hehe not a constant pummel!

Do any favorite moments in your career come to mind?
Last years Pimp 'N Ho was definately a high point looking out on a sea of 10,000 + people who are following your every tune! It's always a blast to dress in theme too. I like to take advantage of it as much as I can. Special shout to Dog Pile and Catwalk for their support in clothing me recently. Check 'em out! I look forward to this spring break in Arizona. I hear thats going to be a blast. Had to throw a special shout to Valerie of The Vibetribe, who has an eloquent way of words. Thanks so much for the support....I'm eternally in your favor.

In the many places you have performed, which venue is your most favorite?
Not really a venue but more like a city....Everytime I play in San Diego! I love it when Rubber goes down there. Such a beautiful city and the nicest people. On Broadway is a great venue as well though I wish it stayed open later! My "house" (Rubber OC) is still the greatest too.

How has your creativity changed over the last 12 years?
Do you tend to stay with your own styles/ideas or do you allow the mainstream to influence you and your work? I go thru cycles. Last year I was really trying to take an effort to push the progressive house sound to no avail, particularly at after-hours venues. I tend to try and educate with new releases as well as please the crowd with familiarity these days. Just not enough great harder stuff out there recently without diving into Velveeta Cheese once in awhile. It's hard to please everyone too! Sheesh, it's great we have so many diverse styles and tastes out there though. Somehow I end up favoring the darker stuff like what artists Shockwave and Marc La Cruz are doing but even more fun to bring the back into the light.

What is your current Goal as a DJ?
To help provide a geniune good time to anyone that comes and wants to shake their ass! Don't ask me to juggle though hehe. And perhaps enlighten anyone through music thats willing to open their ears =)

Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
Hopefully still doing what I love which is DJing hehe...I'd love the label to go over well! Anyone interested can check the progression at www.velocityrecords.com and last but not least an explosion of my creative side to bang out a ton of tracks!!

What would you be doing right now if you never bought that 1st record and became a DJ?
I'd probably be involved in club life somehow..some way. It's so enriching to learn all aspects of electronic music from the retail floor, to purchasing for a chain of record stores, to advertising and promoting....you name it! Exciting times..I count my blessings.

OK: Last question and the silliest of all…. What, in your opinion, is the greatest aspect of being a DJ?
Its a constant learning experience everytime I step up to the plate. One that I will never stop loving. Picture yourself in my shoes as an artist painting a picture but instead of oil and canvas its music and an unlimited audience. You can do anything your imagination sets forth...follow your dreams!

-- written by Annalee Stone





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