Aaron Michelson is the Director of Green House Record Pool, occasional rotating Twine resident at Hollywood‚s Knitting Factory, a regular at The Derby‚s Twister night, The Room‚s Wank night and featured resident at the monthly Unit E parties (sshh, keep that one to yourself). Who is to say that this one-time music journalist turned Pittsburgh mixshow jock would end up on the West Coast slinging records? Tell that to the same kid ten years ago as he chopped together mixes on his father‚s Denon turntable using a slipmat made of stacked Kleenex.
Just a few days after moving to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the fall of 1997, Michelson walked into WRCT-FM and signed up for a radio show. He was taken under the wing of prolific local DJs Sean Goller and Matt Drown (a.k.a. The Techno Terrorists), and with their guidance (the same proffered years earlier to a young Damian Higgins who would later lead the drum Œn‚ bass siege on America as Dieselboy) Michelson developed his new show ˆ the now legendary BleepbloopRadio - into one of Pittsburgh‚s leading progressive electronic mixshows while building on his identity and style as a DJ. Week to week, BleepbloopRadio offered the latest in techno, house, drum Œn‚ bass and experimental sounds. There were no guidelines ˆ just keep it fresh and diverse. The show aired until Michelson‚s move to Los Angeles in June, 2001.
Outside of radio, Michelson promoted several intimate club nights during his tenure in Pittsburgh. The first, a six month weekly residency at Zythos called Grounded saw him spinning deep house music and techno Wednesdays through to early 2000. The following summer, joined by Pittsburgh techno stalwart DJ Stream, they promoted a short-lived tech-house night at Pluto‚s called No Red Stopping (rumours of the club‚s closing range from drug dealing to an in-house escort service). And up to his move to Los Angeles, he dominated the Thursday night afterhours Liquified by repeatedly pounding techno into the floorboards, despite fierce competition in the after hours circuit.
Outside of his regular gigs in Toronto, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, Michelson swears that his favorite gig was an appearance in Moscow, Russia during the summer of 2000. „They love the music there,‰ he says grinning. „And they really know their tunes.