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The art of the DJ: Keeping the melody in-tact at all times while in the mix.

DJ/Artist Name: DJ Operator (DJ OP)

Music Style(s): House (hard, tech, minimal), Techno (hard, deep, minimal, tribal, electro)

Skills: DJ and Music Reviewer.

Currently: Spinning at a party near you- see calendar...

Background: DJing since 1995, Tom started DJing house parties playing Booty-House. Eventually moved into the Techno "scene" in 1999 by joining the WNUR 89.3FM crew in Evanston. Moved out to Ames, IA, to go to school and spun at numerous house parties and La Boheme for a year. In the fall of 2001, Tom stayed in the Chicago area and played at the Give Thanks benefit parties while keeping a bi-weekly residency on WNUR 89.3FM. In January, Tom re-located to Madison, WI to attend the University of Wisconsin. While there, he picked up a residency at WSUM 91.7FM spinning on the air from 2am until 3:30am Friday mornings which ended two months after it started. Back in the Chicago area, Tom is looking to pick up a residency or two.

Influences: Richie Hawtin . Ben Sims . Luke Slater . G-Force . Matthew Dear . Isolee

History: Initially inspired by the sound of house music blaring at many Evanston parties, Tom took up a liking to DJing at any party he could find especially YMCA parties for the youngins until 1998. At that time, he discovered Techno and the Rave/Club scene. Wanting to learn more, Tom joined WNUR after a conversation with Serendib, who was an Industrial DJ for Streetbeat. After joining and apprenticing for a year, Tom was given his own radio slot during the summer of 2000 on Wednesday nights from 1-2am. It must be mentioned that the ladies call him "the guy with the sexy voice". It is unknown why, they just do. Through these experiences and countless trips to the record store, he has gradually developed an ear for the sounds of Tech-House, Techno, and Minimal Techno, which he perpetuates through every set on the 1s, the 2s, and even the 3s.

Top 10 releases OF ALL TIME! (subject to change)
Richie Hawtin - Decks, Efx, and 909.
DieselBoy - System Upgrade
Stereolab - Emperor, Tomato, Ketchup
Boards of Canada - Geogatti
Paul Simon - Graceland
User (Dean Cole) - 13
Warp Compilations - 10+3 Remixes
Radiohead - Hail to the theif
Jeff Mills - Kat Moda EP
James Cotton - Mind Your Manners