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Introducing DJ Modern Dave

Updated: Jun 3, 2019



How did you get into DJing?

I was always into music from a young age. When I was in college at TCNJ, my fraternity was looking for someone to DJ our parties. I volunteered because I already had a vast music collection. From those parties, I was contacted by Bar Anticipation in Belmar and did my first bar gig there. With the success of that gig, I started getting more bar gigs.. Eventually, I ended up going to a DJ school to craft my skills so that I could do all different types of parties, and it took off from there.


How long have you been DJing for?

My first paying DJ gig was in the summer of 1992. My first bar gig was at Bar A in Lake Como in 1992 as well.


What’s your favorite part about being a DJ?

I enjoy sharing special events with my clients. The smile on the faces of your guests when they are able to let loose and have some fun is worth all its weight in gold.


What is your favorite atmosphere to perform (bar, club, wedding, etc.)? Why?

My favorite type of party is a wedding. The satisfaction I get from helping someone’s special day go well is one of a kind. I also enjoy my gigs with Runaway Tours across the U.S. with major artists. These are challenging and once in a lifetime events for me.


What’s your favorite Jersey Shore venue to play?

I can’t say just one. The venue that sticks out for me and will always be my home, is Bar A in Lake Como. I have performed there since the very beginning. However, I do enjoy all of the venues that I DJ at now, and the majority that I have worked at in the past.


What’s your best DJing story/moment?

I am very lucky that I have so many unforgettable moments in my DJ career. To pick the “best” moment would be impossible in this setting. I would have to say that my favorite steady gig of all time would be Beat the Clock at Bar A. Back in 1998, in my youth, I started working this night and it was a full house every Tuesday, year round. This can never be taken for granted. It helped me make many lifelong friends, contacts, and gave me the experience and background that helped me to adapt to any other bar gig that I have done since. It amazes me that Beat the Clock is still breaking records in the summer, 20 years later. If looking at my more specific gigs, my Runaway Tour gigs are unforgettable. I did a tour for Volvo that was amazing, but it could be just the smile of a bride and groom at the weddings that I DJ’ed within the last few weeks. Honestly, you have a to enjoy it all or what is the point.


If you could work with any DJ or artist, who would it be?

I would love to do a gig with my favorite band, 311, or Billy Joel. I have already done gigs for Runaway Tours with Jon Bon Jovi, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Goo Goo Dolls, Rob Thomas, Florida Georgia Line , and more and they were phenomenal. I am hoping they run a trip with the artists that I mentioned as well, haha.


How did you come to know Relish?

I live here in Belmar and consider myself a Belmartian. I have known Chris and Martin for a long time and have come to know the staff of Relish, too. I knew about Relish before it opened and jog past it almost every day.


What’s your go-to hot dog or sausage at Relish?

I love to get the turkey sausage and then make my own from there. I love the bacon dijon relish and the slaw!


How many hot dogs do you think you can eat in 10 minutes?

Interesting question. I could probably do 5 or 6. I have actually watched and judged competitions before and so I know this sounds easier than it is actually is.


Ever considered transitioning to competitive hot dog eating?

I have always considered competitive eating. Unfortunately , I just don’t have the metabolism anymore for it haha.


Are you pro or anti ketchup on hot dogs?

Anti-ketchup but, to be honest, I have used ketchup before.


Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Yes, I would think so.


If you could make your own signature hot dog, what would it have on it and what would you name it?

My hot dog would have bacon dijon ranch, slaw, and beer kraut. I would call it “DJ Dave’s Bacon Mix”


Most importantly, if you could only use one condiment for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pepper. I am addicted to black pepper.

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