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Student mixes tunes on the side

 
 

While most eighth graders were worrying about who they would take to the school dance or where they would go to high school, Tim Farmer was dreaming of brighter lights and faster beats.
Farmer, known locally as DJ Roughneck, said it has always been his dream to get involved in music.
I got my first set in eighth grade a starter kit, said Farmer, sophomore petroleum engineering major. It was really horrible, actually.
Growing up, Farmers musical choices and interests were influenced by his DJ uncles in New York and by his pianist father and guitarist mother.
They were all a really big influence, my uncles especially with their music selection, Farmer said. Theyre really big on me listening to all different genres of music.
Farmer began by playing parties at his high school. His first major performance occurred during his freshman year, when a friend invited him to play at a house party.
I was expecting it to be a really small partyit was huge! I didnt know that. This guy had a massive house, I borrowed a few of my buddies speakers and amps, we set a few up inside and a few out around the pool and stuff, and it was crazy, Farmer said of his introduction to a larger performance. It was one of those dream partiesthe kind you imagine every time you think about throwing a party.
Farmer said he was in love with DJing from that moment on.
I was really surprised, and it really stuck in my head, Farmer said. I think if my first gig had been something really small and stupid I wouldnt have gone after it as much. I wasnt bad. I was pretty good, but I didnt have a lot of recognition around the town. I couldnt go to clubs or anythingI couldnt get in, but it went on from there.
And it certainly has continuedDJ Roughneck has played at different venues around Bryan and College Station, to a crowd that is continuously increasing. A lot of this increasing fame has resulted from the style hes developed.
My biggest thing is doing an open-format sort of style, mixing anything that sounds good together and not necessarily keeping to the same genre, Farmer said. My favorite mixes are multi-genre mixes. Rock, hip-hop, rap, electronic, whatever you like, especially if its mixed with something thats familiar.
One of his favorites was a mix of We Will Rock You and Shes Got a Donk.
I just love seeing the crowd react to that, knowing both of the songs and being surprised that theyre mixed together, Farmer said.
Andrew Reimherr, sophomore business administration major, said Farmer is good at mixing a wide variety of music together.
He is a great DJ in the fact that he knows the audience he is walking into, Reimherr said. If hes doing a frat party, birthday, gig for a friend, he can adjust really well to that crowd. The style is obviously more hip-hop oriented from the few times Ive heard him play, but he definitely doesnt just rely on that.
Florence Pickup, a sophomore in the reciprocal education exchange program, said Farmer is good at understanding what the crowd wants.
Id say that thats an important part of a good DJ, Pickup said. They have to know how to read the crowdpick it up if theyre slowing down, that sort of thing.
Farmer said a big part of why he DJs is crowd reactionbeing able to lift a crowds spirits as well as getting them moving. He said he wants to make their experiences memorable ones.
I roughneck during the summerthats why they call me DJ Roughneckand I make way more money working on the oil rigs than I do with my DJing, but my favorite thing is, if I can get a bunch of people together and get them really excited, not just about the music but about their lives in general, thats a good night, Farmer said.
Farmer said he wants his music to be about motivating and inspiring people.
When you think of music, its a huge part of life, Farmer said. Everybody listens to the radio, when theyre walking around campus they have their earphones in, listening to whatever, and theyre just looking for something to motivate them to do the next big thing in their life. I want to bring that to people.

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