Introducing DJ Funsize!
Updated: Jun 3, 2019
Going out around the Jersey Shore, you come across a lot of different entertainers -- from comedians, to DJs and bands, etc. It just so happens that one of the Jersey Shore's top DJs is also a part-time employee of Relish. This week, we were able to sit down with him and talk about his life and how he came to be part DJ, part hot dog.
So, what’s your background? How’d you get into DJing?
I began DJiing when I was about 15. I was a sophomore in high school at the time. My cousin had a private DJ company called, “Just For the Record”, who would perform weddings, birthdays, etc. I was always interested in music and the people behind the tables, so when my cousin asked me to tag along with him, I was immediately hooked. Once college hit, I began doing house parties and local bars. I even had an on-air spot with my college radio station. Once that happened, I began jumping into DJing full-time and producing my own music.
What is your favorite spots/occasions to perform?
My favorite is definitely performing on the big stages. The big crowds, big sounds, big lights, and all of the toys like CO2, confetti cannons, etc. always bring great energy. In smaller clubs and venues, the energy is just on a whole different level. With that said, it is also great to get back to where it all started and DJing at your local Jersey Shore venues that gave me the start. There is no place like the Jersey Shore anywhere!
Any memorable or funny stories from DJing?
Oh man. I could fill a book with all of the things that I’ve seen and that have happened to me. Most recently, this past Memorial Day, I was playing outside at Bar Anticipation. The place was rocking. The emcee was standing on top of one of the speaker towers tossing out t-shirts. He slips and falls back.I quickly reach out and I catch him in my arms. We look at each other, laugh and then go right back to rocking out! Can’t let the party stop!
How did you start working for Relish?
The two owners, Chris and Martin, are good friends of mine. Knowing the flexibility of my DJ schedule, they asked if I would be interested in helping out. Never letting down my friends of course I said yes. I was Born to Bun!
How would you describe your time at Relish so far?
It has been great. They have an amazing product, different than anything else around here. Great staff and energy in the place. Chatting with all of the customers and hearing their great stories really makes it special.
What’s your most memorable/funny story from working at Relish?
My most memorable story is definitely being here for when the restaurant made the top 10 in the state for the best hot dog. But, like I said before, I enjoy talking and sharing the different stories of the customers the most. The older generation telling the old war stories of the town and the young bucks telling me what they did over the weekend, always makes for a great shift. Not to mention, it always makes me laugh when they notice it was me DJing that night.
Has Relish influenced your work as a DJ at all? If so, how?
When I am at Relish, it reminds me every time of how lucky I am to be a local jersey shore guy and makes me proud and appreciate where I come from.
Are you a hot dog person or a sausage person?
Definitely sausage. Huge fan of all them but the chicken sausage is my favorite.
What’s your favorite thing on the menu? Why?
My ultimate combo is the chicken sausage, awesome sauce, jersey tomato relish, and herb aioli. It can do no wrong! I call it the “Funsize Combo”.
If you had to create your dream dog (or sausage) what would it have on it?
The Funsize combo I mentioned before. After late night gigs, I love stopping in and grabbing one. It makes the night so worth it.
Have you ever been recognized working here? If so, what happened?
Yeah, it happens at least a few times a shift when I am at Relish. They recognize me either from DJing the club they were at, or from my own original music on Spotify and iTunes. It always bring a smile to my face when they ask to take pictures with me.
And finally, the most important question- if you could use only one condiment for the rest of your life (ketchup, BBQ, ranch, honey mustard, etc.) what would it be?
This is probably the best question I have ever been asked. I’m going with ranch. It can be used on anything!