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I began my DJ career in 1990 at CKMS-FM, at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. While attending Waterloo, I met a guy named Gary “Toast” Hunter through another friend of mine…Gary had an early morning radio show Thursdays from 6-10am on CKMS. We had similar tastes in music and he invited me to help out on the show. I got hooked on the ability to choose what to play when I wanted it…without having to make a request and wait for the DJ to hopefully be able to fit it in. It became a regular thing and when the station mgmt released the next schedule, our timeslot was renamed to “The Sunny & Toast Show”. The following semester, Gary was on a work semester, and the show became mine, and I kept volunteering until I left Waterloo at the end of 1991.
In 1992, I began attending York University in Toronto, Ontario. After settling into school, I began volunteering at CHRY-FM, the York U station. I helped out on a couple of shows, but spent most of my time volunteering in the music library. The following year, my buddy Squeal and I began DJ’ing at one of the campus pubs, where we started an “alternative” night, and later became the pub’s main DJ team. When school became too busy, I unfortunately had to stop helping out at the station, and had to cut back the pub gig to 1 night per week.
In 1999, I moved to Washington, DC and began attending The George Washington University. Through, one of the student associations I was in, I met the (then) station manager of GWRadio (http://www.gwradio.com) and he offered me a morning slot once a week. The following semester, I moved to Sunday nights and created Asura’s Stuff – a show where I played mostly Goth/Industrial/EBM/Synthpop, but always threw in some other genres to keep things interesting. While in DC, I was also a regular guest DJ at a few of the local Goth/Industrial clubs including Catacomb, Dark City, and [?].
In Austin since 2005, I’ve become a regular guest DJ at Haven on Saturday nights at Elysium, as well as 1/2 of the DJ team behind the monthly 80s/90s New Wave/Britpop night Madchester. Recently, I have joined the volunteer staff of KOOP 91.7FM – a local community radio station.