"I strongly feel that it's my calling in life to show the world that there's an art to turntablism and there's more music out there than what's played on the radio. I got my first Fisher Price record player around the age of five and was…
"I strongly feel that it's my calling in life to show the world that there's an art to turntablism and there's more music out there than what's played on the radio. I got my first Fisher Price record player around the age of five and was completely hypnotized by it. I would play my Walt Disney and Sesame Street LP’s all day long and march around my bedroom."
"I grew up listening to the radio, playing guitar and trumpet. I got a Casio SK1 Sampling keybord in middle school. I would sit around for hours writing beats and playing along to them. I could record my home made tracks live on a cheap stereo cassette deck. In High School I discovered the sounds Herbie Hancock, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. I played guitar along to their songs and was completely blown away by the complexity of the soloing. I could play any song on guitar after hearing it once but it took me months to figure out what Miles, Charlie and Herbie were doing off the top of their heads in one take. It totally floored me and I decided to start digging deeper into music to find out why it was so hard to figure these guys out”. Stein took guitar and trumpet lessons throughout High School, majored in Jazz Composition/Improvisation at the University of South Alabama and played in the University’s Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Mike Caldwell.
After two years of college Stein moved to to Nashville in the late 1990's. He quickly dug into the music scene and landed a job DJing with Hank Williams III. "It was a great experience at the time. It was my first exposure to playing on a national circuit, riding a tour bus and getting paid good money to do what I love. I was totally hooked! Williams was really supportive of incorporating the DJ aspect in to the live shows. We played two weeks with the Melvins and did the Vans Warped Tour." After working the DJ circuit nation wide for ten years, Stein decided to pursue his education in audio and enrolled into Full Sail’s Recording Arts program for audio engineering. “Going back to school was an incredible experience. Most of my instructors at Full Sail had Grammy’s and had worked with everyone from Outkast to Madonna. I learned how to work in a multi million dollar studio environment. I also built a solid foundation for drum programming, engineering and producing.”
Following graduation, Stein ended up landing an internship at Black Bird Studio’s in Nashville, TN. “Black Bird was an eye opening experience for me. There were so many talented artists recording there or stopping by. I met Keith Urban, Jack White, Kings of Leon, Martina McBride, Nicole Kidman and Big & Rich.” Soon after, Stein was offered a job assisting multi Grammy award winner, Bob Bullock at Warm Front Studio in Nashville, TN. “Working with Bob was completely intense. I was working eighteen to twenty hour days and sleeping at the studio on the couch. I did everything from set ups, assisting, documenting, chauffeuring, and teardowns. Our client base at the studio included Charlie Daniels, Randy Jackson and Marc Broussard. By far, it was the biggest learning experience of my life”
After fifteen hard working years in Nashville, Stein decided to return to the tranquility of the Gulf Coast and inject turntablism into the local music scene. "I'm having the time of my life right now. I've got an endless bag of new music and more real world DJing experience than anyone in the area. It's been a huge rush watching peoples reactions and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”