Tales From The DJ Booth - Archives

Welcome to all the stuff I’ve written for Exotic under the Tales From The DJ Booth banner. Please keep in mind that many of these articles reflect a young, ignorant writer who had yet to experience the world—this is also what made much of the older stuff so popular. Articles appear in chronological order and may contain blaring grammatical errors, erroneous claims and/or flat-out lies. Absolutely nothing here is to be taken as factual or anything other than made-up fiction, regardless of how true some of it may or may not be. Thank you for visiting and be sure to share my stuff on Facebook so I can validate my ego and further infect the interwebs.

How To Strip Your Way Through College

Published September 2013 in Exotic

I wrote my Master’s thesis in a strip club DJ booth. I’d like to say it wasn’t easy, but it was. Toss around some Marxist jargon, find a way to relate it to the teenager who is sharing your DJ booth due to somewhat ironic liquor laws, and bam...you have an entire dissertation on how underage dancers are analogous to a petit bourgeois when framed through the lens of a micro-economic capitalist paradigm. Yeah, I thought it was bullshit too...(read more)

My Laptop Is 12 Inches

Published August 2013 in Exotic

I have been a career DJ for over a decade. With an additional ten years of hobby-driven interest under my belt, it is with minimal humility and utmost confidence, that I claim paid dues as a disc jockey. While I started on two turntables (like any other recognized dance commander), I have since evolved from samplers, to CD-Js, and eventually, a laptop. Having debated the proceeding statement for roughly half my career, I can safely say the following without an ounce of regret: fuck vinyl...(read more)

Like, I’m In A Band: Ray’s Guide To Dating Strippers

Published January 2010 in Exotic

You did the impossible. You got her real name and you convinced her that you weren’t like other guys. Now you’re going through a stack of Cosmopolitan magazines and Depeche Mode CDs while your newly-acquired stripper girlfriend sleeps quietly under a Powerpuff Girls bed sheet littered with cigarette butts and condom wrappers...(read more)

The Only Theme Night That Matters & You Can Take The Club Out Of The DJ...

Published October 2008 in Exotic

Halloween is the calendar’s gift to strip clubs. On any other day of the year, panhandling candy from strangers while dressed as the gimp from Pulp Fiction would result in public arrest and/or humiliation. I speak from experience...(read more)

Mythbusters: Strippers & Sorry Ladies, Ray Is Taken

Published September 2008 in Exotic

Taking an unnecessary smoke break during a weekend shift, I had the misfortune of eavesdropping on a couple of douche bags in Heineken T-shirts and backwards baseball caps...(read more)

Reality Check & 867-5309

Published August 2008 in Exotic

As Lilly finished up the last set of her shift at Casa Diablo, she sat down next to me behind the mixer while putting her outfit back on.

"You’re a pretty good DJ," she told me while attaching her top from the back. "Don’t take this as an insult, but you kind of look like that guy who does the Exotic article..."(read more)


Published July 2008 in Exotic

We’ve all wasted money on stupid shit, and it is unlikely that consumers will stop doing so in the near future. Horrible technologies usually disappear on their own, leaving nothing but a trail of "Whatever happened to that MiniDisc player?" in their wake. However, this trend has recently been broken by unseen forces of evil whose sole purpose is to anger DJs and increase profits for der Führer, Steve Jobs...(read more)

DJ HazMatt, M.D.

Published June 2008 in Exotic

Every strip-club DJ knows that picking songs and announcing names is the last thing on the list of "shit to do in order to get through the shift." When something doesn’t fall into the explicit realm of duties performed by a bartender or bouncer, it is often the responsibility of the on-duty DJ to step in...(read more)

It’s All In The Name & One-Liners

Published May 2008 in Exotic

Pseudonyms are like euphemisms in that they often defeat their intended purpose. With euphemisms, or "politically correct" language, an unattractive or seemingly offensive term will be replaced with something more user-friendly, only to completely confuse the issue...(read more)

Tales From The DJ Booth...ON DRUGS!

Published April 2008 in Exotic

Gather ’round, chilluns and let uncle Ray tell you a story. Hold on, Billy, don’t sit there...that’s Jessica’s spot. Okay, now—have any of your parents ever talked to you about drugs?...(read more)

Stripper Kombat & At Least Call It A Remix

Published March 2008 in Exotic

Regardless of how many bouncers a club employs (or fails to employ), sooner or later, every strip-club DJ ends up witnessing a fight between dancers. More often than not, something no larger than Biz Markie’s fan base is to blame for the cause of the fight...(read more)

Turning The Tables: Relationship Advice From A Strip Club DJ

Published February 2008 in Exotic

Since every month should be Black History Month and since I’m a fan of ripping through hearts with painful, erect objects, your regularly scheduled programming has been slightly modified this month in favor of Valentine’s Day. Enjoy...(read more)

Bondage Bandit

Published January 2008 in Exotic

Full moons are bad news. Aside from police stations and hospitals, strip clubs are probably the worst places to work during a full moon...(read more)

Milk Money & Mondela

Published December 2007 in Exotic

Most dancers seem to take pride in the fact that they can sell a fantasy without actually selling themselves and this is the defining line between a stripper and a prostitute. However, the line occasionally seems to blur itself...(read more)

Juicebox & Rent Money

Published October 2007 in Exotic

Back when I worked at a smaller club in SW Portland, I would arrive at least fifteen minutes late with minimal repercussions. Normally this was not an issue, as there are typically more dancers than customers at said club. However, on this particularly unlucky evening, I arrive five minutes early. Why? I don’t know. But to make things more bizarre, I am hastily greeted by a pissed-off bartender...(read more)

Tales From The DJ Booth: Volume 1

Published August 2007 in Exotic

Having DJ’d at strip clubs for three years, I’m finally starting to get a feel for the industry. Aside from being morally and economically corrupt, the strip-club scene is home to plenty of tragedy and despair. However, much of this isn’t seen, but rather heard. Here I explore the essential but often unknown elements of strip-club music, the purpose it serves and what you, the customer, can do to help...(read more)