John’s love for music and the eventual start of his work as a professional mobile DJ can be tracked back to a little basement with a big sound system and small pool table back in the mid 1980s. John and his eventual business partner Werner Buttweiler would meet after football practice to shoot a few games of pool while listening to the latest releases from Huey Lewis & The News and Van Halen. Their love of music and their ever growing collection of albums led to the next eventual conclusion: they could DJ for their school’s dances and make a few extra dollars in the winter months!
From those early performances in 1986 until 1993, John and Werner performed around the entire state of Minnesota for various events while completing high school and college. John graduated from St. Cloud State in 1993 and taught in the public school system for 3 years before the DJ business growth took him from a full time teacher with a part time DJ business to a full time disc jockey.
In the early 2000s, John connected with a group of DJs from the Twin Cities area and became involved with the Minnesota Association of Professional Disc Jockeys. This group went on to produce multiple disc jockey meetings and conferences in Minnesota which John was instrumental in organizing.
John stepped away from the MAPDJ group in 2004 and started the Disc Jockey News in October of 2004.
In 2006, the Disc Jockey News started to produce educational conventions with first year shows under the Disc Jockey News banner in Dallas, TX and Minneapolis, MN. The shows featured great content from industry leaders and were a reflection of the passion for improving the DJ industry that consumed John since the early 2000s.
Through the years, John has guided the Disc Jockey News from a print version paper, to an online digital version and a social media/online resource for disc jockey information.
Today the Disc Jockey News portals reach thousands of DJs each month with online educational information, new product introductions, and general information from the disc jockey industry.