During the day, you can catch me in your local clinic or hospital diagnosing and treating patients as a medical student. At night, you may see me playing hot tracks at your local lounge or nightclub. Life – it's a balance.
I started DJing on New Years Eve of 2015 going into 2016. My younger brother had invited his friends to our house for a house party. I decided that I wanted to be the one playing the music. I bought two Harbinger speakers, connected them to my USB interface, and connected that interface to my laptop. All of a sudden, I was the person able to navigate the vibe of the party and it felt very natural to me.
A few weeks later, I bought my first DJ controller, the Pioneer DDJ SX2, and I started playing around with the buttons and effects. I had no idea what I was doing, but it didn't matter as I was practicing in my room learning what it means to be a DJ.
My first gig was a 15 year old birthday party in Miami Springs; my cousin connected me to the birthday boy. I wrote about that experience in a blog post. I did a few more gigs during the summer of 2016 including a 50th anniversary high school reunion and a small wedding party.
It was August of 2016 when I arrived at Dartmouth College to study medicine. During the first year, I gained a lot of experience by playing music for my class parties after exams. The best piece of advice I received from a fellow student was "mix in and out of the songs quicker". In my second year, I connected with a local nightclub and community event organizers.
I'm now in my third year at Dartmouth College's medical school. My current goal is to obtain a residency position in a general surgery or vascular surgery program. However, I hope to continue DJing wherever I match for residency as it is truly a passion of mine.