With nearly 10 years of experience under his belt, 20-year-old DJ Loren Haas eats music for breakfast.
To commemorate his electronic love, he tattooed his chest with a symbol of that devotion.
“I designed a pair of headphones similar to the logo of the Technics brand of turntables I use,” he said. “I turned the cord/headphone jack into a pulse, basically saying that I knew I was going to do this for the rest of my life.”
This love affair began in San Diego, Calif., when Haas discovered a graffiti-covered store that turned out to be a record store. Eleven-year-old Haas worked for “really cool hardcore ex-military cats” in exchange for money to save up and buy DJ equipment.
“They taught me how to DJ, and ever since I played my first record, I fell in love with it,” he said. “Although, I’m pretty sure they were in the mob.”
Almost a decade later and half a country away, Haas has lost contact with nearly every one of his early teachers.
“This tattoo is very important to me because it’s my last kind of ‘link’ to these people who had a very large role in shaping me into the person I am today,” he says.
He attributes much of his current success to those tattooed men. Haas currently has two resident DJ jobs in Kansas City, making music at the Velvet Dog on Fridays and Lucky Strike on Sundays.
Haas and his partner’s group Sick Nifty! are about to sign a contract with Shake Your Ass! Records in Milan, Italy.