Can you remember going to your local buffet?
The aroma, the options, the challenge, the people, the constipation?
My favorite part of any buffet is and always will be the ice cream station.
Any good setup has at least the 3 main components.
Chocolate, Vanilla and muddasuckin Swirl...
When I made the decision to commit to a name I wanted something that encompassed my ethnicity, style and mindset.
My first thought was Jason Williams of the Sacramento Kings.
White boy with handles AND swagger.
The underdog. Mr. White Chocolate.
Apart from the obviousness of the name, I’m not white. I’m mixed…and unusually fair skinned.
Especially by Central Indiana standards of the late ‘90s.
I appreciate good music. Not black music. Not white music.
I’m a sucker for snapping drums, a groovy bass line and melody.
This combination isn’t confined to one thing, but it most definitely comes from black culture.
That’s that soul...
That’s silky smooth handles, that’s aggression, that’s unmistakable intent. That’s White Chocolate.
So all of that…minus the name.
My late older brother was responsible for suggesting Swirl.
Now Swirl doesn’t exactly roll of the tounge.
Not to mention it quickly turns into Squirrel with the introduction of poor listening skills and alcohol.
It does however draw a few parallels I liked immediately.
Obviously my go to ice cream (check)
It’s in a circular design like a record so it ties in nicely with djing and its essential part in urban music. (check)
My style of djing has an emphasis on mixing and blending.
Taking one unique flavor, blending it together with similar or contrasting flavors and creating a moment.
A jolt to the taste buds.
A crescendo of equal parts.
Chocolate and Vanilla.
The idea that each part works well individually, but together is something more. (check)
As much as djing is my main outlet for this creative energy inside me, I’ve always wanted to create content in general.
Whatever form that comes in.
The Truths & Ladders Podcast is a way to utilize the skills I have acquired both in my education at the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) as well as over 15 years of DJing.
As a DJ, it’s your responsibility to not only entertain the crowd with prepped material, but also to read the crowd.
I’m a people pleaser by nature, so my enjoyment is directly related to the enjoyment of those around me.
Swirl to me represents happiness.
So in the pursuit of life’s happiness, I am Swirl.