New Bedford Nightlife: The End of an Era for This Downtown DJ
The time has finally come for the announcement I’ve been holding a secret for quite some time. By the end of 2022, I will be retiring from DJing at bars and clubs and focusing on my family.
As much as I enjoy the nightlife, especially playing Downtown, I’m entering a new chapter in my life and moving on.
From the very early days at Pier 37 (when they were open), getting an opportunity to spin at The Vault for the very first time, and even holding a residency at Rose Alley Ale House for 2022 (Thank you Howie Mallowes). Every one of you who came out to dance and support me over the years has given me an incredible boost in confidence and overall growth within the DJ scene. For that, I am forever grateful.
It’s bittersweet, to say the least, and I could not be any more grateful for the opportunities that have presented themselves over the years.
I’ve worked and learned from some of the best around the SouthCoast… Brendan Lafferty, Scott Reiniche, Gregg Petitpas, Jesse Martin, Jonathan Wiley, DJ Fresco, Darien Fortes, Peter Rockwell, Pat Long, Jason Dera Madeira, Louise Johnson, Adam Estrella, Matt Oliveira, Adam DeMelo, and of course local legend, Mr. “Freakin’ Awesome” himself- Junior Jay, just to name a few.
Finally, to the staff at Rose and Greasy/Vault for always making me feel like a rockstar and treating me with the utmost respect (Kevin Dean, Marc Dean, Tyler Dean, Lori Dean, Mark Oliver, Courtney Barrigas, Michelle Pimentel, Renee Nicole, and every bartender/bouncer/staff member I may have forgotten)- I’m proud to call you family.
You see, music has always been a passion of mine. Since day one, I've always danced to the rhythm of my beat. Unafraid of who was watching, unfazed at who was listening. I was playing Backstreet Boys and N'Sync before they even became socially popular again. Music is music, and if it makes you feel good, then go with the flow.
My style has always been unique and I've never mimicked any other DJ but myself. Sometimes people just want to go out and dance. That was my job, and boy did they dance.
In all honesty, I am sad to say goodbye to the night owls of New Bedford and the surrounding areas. You made me feel like a king with a purpose and for that, I'm forever grateful. I only ask that you keep on dancing. Find your rhythm and channel your happiness. I'll see you on the other side- of the stage that is.