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Guest post: Christian G.

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Here's the third one in a loose series of guest posts, this time written by the artist of our current single Pesto 015 "Deep Reflection". Please welcome Mr. Christian G from Sydney, Australia and make sure you follow the provided links in order to learn more about hearing protection.

I am sitting here in awe contemplating where this journey has taken me. The journey began way back in the early 80's. The music was different then as it is different now and continues to evolve. Over time I ended up with a taste for Deep House music.

I appreciate all genres and styles but always come back to deep and moody melodies with snippets of tunes originating from artists such as Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis and a myriad of other ambient and atmospheric artists lurking beneath the sound of the deep.

A very good friend of mine, Paul from Chugg Radio once told me that outstanding music has "separation" where each instrument has its place, every sound has its purpose and above all it has that "Chugg" creating a unique feeling.

Throughout my DJing career I've always played with a passion and a goal to ensure all present have a memorable experience. I've played with percentages holding this basic club rule tucked away in my back pocket that will work for me in years to come. I have always worked in clubs believing in three things that made it all happen for me, the club and the paying customer. They are the bar, the door and the DJ. Break one of these links and it would all come tumbling down. Whether it happened overnight or in a year the persistence paid off. DJing was more than a passion for me. I was passionate about the business side as well as the task at hand in creating a vibe which was rewarded by the reaction of the crowd, acknowledgement and financial gain for all involved.

However the personal downside was a lack of education in protecting ones ears in the skilful art of DJing. I spent 18 years hammering away with perpetual beats week in week out. Now I often wonder what would have been if only I had someone in a similar situation warn me about the dangers of long term exposure to loud sounds leading to Tinnitus. It is quite sad to hear a doctor advise you that you can't play anymore. "It's All Gone Pete Tong" (watch a trailer here) may have been funny to some but I can tell you first hand that it isn't. To all fellow DJs reading this article you have an opportunity to become aware of this condition and protect your hearing with the use of earplugs between gigs, ensure you have annual hearing check ups and learn to relax your ears regularly. I can hear you saying "I have a need to listen to my music loud, to get a feel for the track, ..." but I can talk from personal experience. Been there, done that and I've paid the price for it.

Without going on about it for much longer, the cat is now out of the bag. I have Tinnitus, yet I followed my dream and was fortunate enough to get feedback and support from a true workhorse and ambassador of the Deep House movement ... Jon Silva. He liked what he heard and here we are with Deep Reflection.

Hope you all enjoy the ride !

Christian G