Anyone can call themselves a DJ. But the magic is in the music…and in the mind of the one putting it all together.
As the guy in charge of mixing the soundtrack at professional sporting events, downtown clubs and corporate events, DJ Step has his fingers firmly on the pulse of today’s culture. He gets paid to be the life of the party but, for awhile, Step’s life was much more pity than it was party.
Thankfully, family and friends stepped up to pull the aspiring DJ through the lowest of lows, ultimately catapulting him to his dream gig…and to being named one of NPR’s “Five Chicago DJs to Watch in 2019.
“I’ve always been someone who likes to move and dance. I like weddings and parties and stuff…but I definitely have a little bit of social anxiety too. I got a regular 9 to 5—I was in advertising—and absolutely hated every second of it. But I still chased after the goals and dreams of DJing at that time.
You get to a point where you feel like is the only reason people are recognizing that I am actually here or existing is if something goes wrong. It’s a dangerous path to go on…where you start feeling as if maybe if I don’t show up today or maybe if I’m not around no one will actually notice that I’m gone.
I quit my job, broke up with my significant other, had a lot of financial ramifications of doing all those things at one time. But to say that didn’t make me better or stronger as a human being would be a huge lie.”
From rocking mainstream clubs like Studio Paris in the heart of the Chicago to leading the music direction for the city’s professional soccer team, the Fire, DJ Step turned his love for creating mix tapes at 16-years-old into a full-time career. So much so that Step has been named by NPR to their list of Five Chicago DJs to watch in 2019.