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January 3, 2008

DJ Dan Finkelsburg?

I realize catchy, creative DJ names are hard to think up.

And I understand why some DJ names are just the DJ's real name. Example: DJ Sam Sessa.

But if my name were, say, Phill Schaefer, I don't know if I'd make that my DJ name too.

No offense Phill, but it's not a catchy or funny DJ name.

It's actually kind of a limp name.

Maybe there's a story or a reference behind that name I'm not getting.

But it's kind of like DJ Dan Finkelsburg, or DJ Joe Smith. 

(Photo by me) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 9:46 AM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Local music, Random stuff


It is endearing to see that you have taken the time to acknowledge my presence, let alone inform the rest of cyberspace your opinion of my DJ name. With your help I shall conjure up decent DJ name, one befitting of your exacting standards and taste.

Since you as such an authority on everything relating to the music industry, what is an acceptable name? Should I have a name that is meaningless or disingenuous? No, I will not. There is no other moniker, title, or epithet that I am more proud of than my given name.

If you need further evidence of other DJs that use thier real names, please feel free to contact the following DJs: Christopher Lawrence, Richie Hawtin, Mark Farina, Paul Van Dyk, Armin Van Buuren, or Ferry Corsten.

Who are you to scrutinize my DJ name and not the dozen or so CD's I have released over the past seven years? How about the hundreds ofshows and events I have hosted or performed in the past years?

Much like most bloggers these days, setting foot outside the bedroom into the real world has adverse affects. Or maybe I am completely wrong to believe you are sheltered since you did have three posted blogs on Mr. John Mayer or a riveting 3 sentence piece on ESPN Zone's birthday.

As a long time reader of the Sun, as well as a listener of WTMD, could you even be considered a true contributor to either of those media outlets? Hardly, in humble opinion.

As you spew your rhetoric from the Sun's pulpit, the real pulse of the Baltimore nightlife has been beating strong. Sadly your musical barometer has strayed from the thriving scene in Charm City, as reflected in your most recent article on Palma.

Music is more than a DJ name or a hot new venue. Maybe the next time you actually come out to Baltimore you should check out any of the stellar local bands, DJs, or other performers. Then, maybe, you could have a valid opinion about Baltimore music scene. Until then, just report about what you really know about; Chipotle and John Mayer.

Dang...I think someone just got put in their place.

sorry, "the thriving scene in Charm City"? are you kidding me? name one place to hear techno, and crappy two-step drum n bass doesn't count. More or Less was doing great parties for a while, but attendance was weak, and that ended. Bedrock's coming around, but they also have crap like Sonic Soul, hardly interesting.

More or Less is still happening.
Last weekend we had Simon at the Talking Head.

This month we are doing a night at the Hexagon (Lo-Fi). August 29th.

Check out the message board:

Come on, Sam Sessa, what's in a name? Hard to believe that your yardstick for an acceptable DJ handle is "catchy or funny", especially as the host of Baltimore Unsigned, where you've hosted or played music by many instantly-forgettable bands with "limp" names. If "catchy or funny name" is a programming rule of thumb for your show, then my already-low opinion of WTMD is now even lower. This post is either an "F" assignment in Trolling 101, or a weak joke by a rank outsider. Next.


Sonic Soul is not crap thank you very much. They have thrown great events and they continue to at Bedrock. they are one of the few crews actually providing real house music in the area and have been doing so for some time.

No I am not part of their crew but I have been to many of their events and people have a great time. That could be due to the people attending having a good attitude, which seems to be lacking by some people today.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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