DJ Nova

My story begins back in the 50s. Growing up in the German town section of Philadelphia. My mother and father were always listening to the popular music stations of the day. I grew up listening to Motown, Soul and Rock ‘n Roll. While in high school, my taste in music favored Motown acts like the Temptations, four tops, the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, the Jackson Five etc. On the rock end I loved the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Doors. When I went to parties I was always asked to bring my records and play music. I started collecting 45’s records back in the early 60’s.

As I got older and began going out to nightclubs in the early 70’s, I was a big fan of post disco or the underground sound called Proto Disco, groups like the Equals “black skinned blue eyed boys” Barrabras – “women”, were a main stay
sounds in the early Philly club scene along with the TSOP ( The sounds of Philadelphia). At this point I decided to start a mobile DJ Business. I remember running out to the record shops every Saturday morning to stock up on the latest dance singles.

One night I was out with some friend’s at our favorite club the DJ got sick and had to leave. The manager asked me if I could fill in for the night since we were friends because he knew I did mobile parties. That was way back in 1976. I was scared to death and had no idea was I was doing. I do remember the first song I played, that night it was “I love music” by the O’Jays. The crowd screamed with delight! I was hooked right then and there. I really had fun I played some great tunes I had no idea how to mix music back then. The next day I ran out and bought 2 turntables and a mixer. I would practice every day after work for hours trying to perfect my skills as a club mixed and trying to develop a style. All my hard work paid off. I began to get some attention and began playing at some local clubs and parties.

I’ve had a long and successful career playing in clubs like Pulsations, Egypt, Rock Lobster, Adelphia, 8th Floor, Yellow Jackets, The Barn, the Village Inn, The West Side Club (my first gay club) and so many other places. I’ve had the chance to play with some very popular musical groups of the day like the Trammps, the Village People, White Bridge, Chaka Kahn etc. I’ve even appeared on local TV with Hall of fame star DJ Jerry Blavit.

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