Who the Hell is "DJDood?"
Name: Will McCammon
Location: Suburb outside of Seattle, WA USA
Day-Job: Technical Designer for The Boeing Company
Lacking another place to explain it, here
is the story behind my rather inane dj and online handle.
My online handle was given to
me. I use DJDood for everything, my domain (djdood.com), my LJ, yahoo, just
about anywhere I don't want to have my given name spammed out of existence.
Way back, I used to draw a cartoon in a monthly newsletter for the
pool I was in. Lacking a name for it, the editor and I just started calling
it DJ Dude (cause that's what he was). Later when some friends and I wanted
to start throwing raves, we all needed pseudonyms (since nobody used their
real names in that scene at the time). My pals decided I HAD to be DJ Dude
but they tweaked the spelling to DJDood (with the "O D" in it). Why they
felt my name needed a drug reference, since 2 of the 3 of us were full-time sober (me
being one of them), is
beyond me. The name stuck, and I've been DJDood ever since. It's cheese, but
it's mine and it's almost never taken.
Eventually, I'll put up something better
and more profound here.
For now, here is the bio I submitted to seattledrummer.com .
A Montana native but
long-time Seattle resident, Will McCammon has been a drummer since 1982.
Starting as many do with snare drum in grade school band, Will eventually
begged his parents enough that they picked him up a flimsy "Maxi Tone" drum
set from a garage sale. He never looked back from there. Trying to teach
himself to play kit was very frustrating but a few lessons from a friend of
his Father set him straight. Turns out, Will is partially ambidextrous with
the left-hand dominant. Flipping the arrangement of his drums suddenly made
everything "click" and he's played a "backwards" kit ever since.
A life-long music fan, Will fell deeply in love with the drum machine-driven
music of the 1980's and the more organic and aggressive rhythms of punk
After several high-school garage bands, Will eventually formed 'Four Basic
Imbeciles' with schoolmates and friends of friends. F.B.I. went on to tour
youth events around the Pacific Northwest in the summer of 1987. The breakup
of this band for college, etc. was very disappointing, as it had much
promise. Lacking other band-oriented contacts, Will took up dj'ing to keep
close to music. He eventually hosted a club music radio mix-show on college
radio and spinned at several local nightclubs and warehouse rave parties.
Will also began experimenting with remixing/re-editing of songs for his dj
In 1992 Will was picked-up to be a dance-remix consultant and touring
drummer for 'Jordan & the Jazz Cat Cairo' a Bellevue-based synthpop/rock
band looking to gig. Playing with J&JCC was Will's first opportunity to use
electronic drum pads. Having lugged a double-kick acoustic drumset around on
tour with F.B.I., Will decided it was going to be electronic drums for him
form that point forward.
Following the break-up of J&JCC in 1993, Will was drumming and programming
in several different electronic and industrial music projects (usually with
former members of J&JCC) and continuing to refine his remixing skills. Among
these projects were 'DJDood', 'Direct Effect', 'Cult Of Reason', and
Currently Will is remixing songs for several different bands, preparing
continuous-mix CD's, and producing re-edits for his own dj use. He is also
drumming in rehearsals with the same long-time set of friends from J&JCC for
a more acoustic/organic project, with the intention of playing out sometime
in the Fall of 2005. An electronic "acoustic" band... who'd have thunk it?