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In 1981, vacationing in Acapulco, Mexico with his family, DJ Dr. Bizarro was only 15, but was fortunate enough to be in Boccaccio’s Discotheque on New Years Eve. Having never been in a discotheque, let alone one as awesome as Boccaccio’s, Dr. Bizarro was amazed by the DJ mixing one song seamlessly into the next. That’s when he knew he wanted to be a DJ.
The next few years, DJ Dr. Bizarro was inspired by the mixes he heard on the radio, mixed by members of the Hot Mix 5 on station WBMX, 102.7 FM in Chicago. The Hot Mix 5 were a group of guys that were heavy players in the creation of the Chicago House Music scene. Mickey “Mixin” Oliver was one of the DJs that heavily influenced Dr. Bizarro’s style. His combination of Imported music and Chicago House Music was the best.
DJ Dr. Bizarro bought his first pair of Technique 1200 turntables in 1984, and started duplicating what he heard on the radio mixes. When he went off to College, he started playing at Fraternity and Sorority Formals, in addition to other college dances at the University he was attending.
After school, Dr. BIzarro got a job at Schooners, a local dance club in the suburbs of Chicago. Running the light show and getting on the platters as much as he could, he eventually got a couple of nights of his own. Dr. Bizarro played a mix of Dance music from the record pool he was in (Independent Record Service), Chicago House music, and a variety of Imports from Europe. DJ Dr. Bizarro was making a local name for himself, even doing various DJ events in the Chicagoland area. In fact, Dr. Bizarro even did a set with Bad Boy Bill in the 1987.
In 1989, Schooner’s underwent renovation tripling it’s size, and eventually ended up being renamed Palmer’s Nightspot. It wasn’t long before DJ Dr. Bizarro was the head resident DJ there, and the club never did better business. Palmers was bringing in 1500 people on a weekend night, and the dance floor was always packed. Dr. Bizarro had finally realized his original dream of becoming a successful DJ. In fact, he returned to Acapulco in 1989, and did a set at the legendary discotheque, Baby’O.
In 1990, DJ Dr. Bizarro started spinning at Mike Ditka’s, City Lights in downtown Chicago. Originally thinking he had made a step up, he soon realized that he did not have the creative flexibility to play what he knew would pack the floor. It was an elegant club, and he was spinning Sinatra. It soon became a job, literally punching in and out of a time clock every night.
In 1991, DJ Dr. Bizarro concluded that he could make more money with his mobile DJ service. So for most of the 90’s, Dr. Bizarro concentrated on his DJ service, in addition to doing some club work every now and then.
After years of playing the same wedding music week in and week out, Dr. Bizarro decided he needed to finish his education and get a “real job”. After graduating in 1999 with his B.S. degree in Computer Science, he embarked on a new career as a software developer. Working full time, Dr. Bizarro scaled back his DJ service and concentrated on his new career. But he could never completly let the DJ in him retire.
So what’s next for DJ Dr. Bizarro? He has some major projects in the works that he’s really excited about. On November 25th, 2005, DJ Dr. Bizarro opened for the Hot Mix 5 (Mickey “Mixin” Oliver, Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, Steve “Silk” Hurley, Kenny “Jammin” Jason, and Mike “Hitman” Wilson). Details have yet to be determined, but DJ Dr. Bizarro will be opening for the Hot Mix 5 tour due to happen in 2006. There has also been talk of opening for the Mickey Oliver when he goes on tour for the release of his new material. Plus, there has been talk of other collaborative work with Mickey Oliver in 2006.
Let’s just put it this way. You haven’t heard the last of DJ Dr. Bizarro. He’s back, and has never sounded better.