By Eric Noel Roman
I love music. It is the center of my life. So much that I turned my love for music into my career. I am not a professional writer, I am a professional DJ. Everywhere I go I have a pair of headphones nearby. I never skip a beat. Music has been my best friend since I was a child. Every memory I have, I can tie a song to that moment.
I remember growing up, every morning my mom would wake me for school and have some sort of quick breakfast ready. Along with the quick eggs and toast or bowl of cereal, I got a dose of Latin grooves provided by a boom box that was barely holding together. The mixtape of choice? A small collection of Juan Luis Guerra. This would be the routine for the span of my elementary school days. Every morning I would eat my food and think, “my goodness I hate this.”
My teenage years were tied to typical rebellious music. I found myself listening to the happy tones of such bands like Marylin Manson, Korn, and Type O Negative. I related to the emotions expressed within the lyrics coupled with the aggressive instrumentation. I expressed myself with this angry presence. As time passed my favorite bands used synthesizers to make music. Usher in the Electronic Era of my life.
At this point my band attempts failed and becoming a Disc Jockey had never crossed my thoughts. However, I tripped over a pair of turntables and a mixer; this became the tool of expression. I gained the ability to manipulate the mood of every environment with my creativity and records. I channeled my feelings through other creations. I learned to talk through these electronic sounds. Some tones were deeper and darker, while other sounds were happy and melodic. Either way, I gained the ability of expression. I fell in love.
In turn, I have discovered that if you love what you do you will find some form of happiness. In my case, music was my love from an early age, even if I have it attached to an irritating moment. It was still my best friend through thick and thin. I expressed myself through it. Now I feed myself with it. You can do the same. Take a hobby you enjoy, turn it into your escape. Express yourself with it. Soon enough you might become an expert and have the ability to tell others your story.
Eric Noel Roman DJ, obstacle racer, motivational writer from North Miami Beach, living life one day at a time, and making a difference one person at a time.