I’ve worked under my own name and as DJ Paisley Babylon behind the decks in one form or another since 1987. I got my start working in radio as a midnight-to-6AM disk jockey in central Illinois, and briefly ran a mobile DJ service before I joined the Air Force in 1991.
In the military I worked as a DJ in Japan, Iceland, and South Korea. I did events, on-air spinning, live mashups and on-air megamixing for audiences that didn’t always appreciate the cutting edge approaches I was taking at the time. Back in the 1990s, the phrase “mash up” hadn’t happened yet and I wasn’t aware of anyone doing live remixes on FM radio.
From 1999 to 2000 I was involved in an Internet-only radio station called F.A.K.E Radio, doing more insane live mashups, sound collage and straight DJing of sounds ranging from Bauhaus and Coil to New Order, Trans AM and The Orb. It was an interesting experiment which couldn’t last after the funding ran out, but was great fun while it lasted.
I did some DJ work in San Antonio from 2001-2003, but not much. I picked up more DJ work when I relocated to South Korea, spinning for the American Forces Network on-air and for events. After leaving the military in 2005, I took some time away from the DJ decks but came back to do sets at Chicago Horror Society events like Zombie Disco.
I am back in the game as of 2009, happy to spin sounds ranging from disco, New Wave, electronica, Chicago industrial and 80s/90s derivatives, strange genre-bending combinations of all of the above. I also spin soundtrack sounds from the 60s and 70s–you haven’t lived til you’ve heard Morricone, Bruno Nicolai, Goblin, Claudio Simonetti and other luminaries mixed with Big Audio Dynamite, Beck, Clash and others.
I am currently available for bookings–call (312) 504-1264 for details or drop me an e-mail to jwallace (at) turntabling d0t net. I am available for events, club bookings, parties, etc. I have an extensive library of the above genres and also have plenty of rare vinyl–especially the horror-related material, new wave, and what I call “unheard” music.
I’m based in Chicago but am available to travel. My schedule does require some notice for cross country travel–for best results on either coast, please call at least seven days in advance. Midwest-based gigs are easier to schedule with short notice.
I have PA gear suitable for medium-sized rooms–typical club/band performance spaces or smaller. Please contact me directly for rates and availability. Thanks much for having a look at the bio, I look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, please feel free to download this DJ mix I did as a promo giveaway for HorrorHound 2009 in Indianapolis at the Turntabling.net booth.
Joe Wallace/DJ Paisley Babylon