Jake Hensarling

NE student and retired Disk Jockey Jake Hensarling is getting back in the mix since moving back to Texas.

Hensarling was introduced to the DJ scene after high school while attending raves in the late ’90s. He started off as a coat checker and worked his way up learning from established DJs.

Hensarling saved up enough money to buy some basic equipment.

“I had a cheap belt-driven turntable and a Radio Shack mixer doing my thing,” he said.

He became involved in party promotion and did shows at the old Bronco Bowl in Dallas and at the Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth. One show at Dallas Market Hall set an attendance record and made more than $4 million.

Hensarling said the rave scene cooled down and the money wasn’t as good.

“It’s been a hobby since 2002,” he said.

He moved from Dallas to Florida and to Colorado before moving back to DFW. He took up DJing again when he moved back to the area.

“In Colorado, I was bored in life,” he said. “The only time I was really happy was when I was doing this stuff.”

Hensarling began working again in the music scene and is currently pursuing an associate degree in radio, television and film and would like to transfer to the University of Southern California or Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla.

Hensarling said he is trying to promote himself for his next gig at The Door in Dallas by uploading his work on SoundCloud. He would eventually like to do an Internet radio broadcast of every gig, he said.

— Eric Poe, Mario Montalvo, Ashley Johnson

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