Timeline ticks on 

Vancouver DJ tests boundaries of house with personal projects, exploring genres and sound


Who: DJ Timeline

When: Sunday, March 28, 8 p.m.

Where: Moe Joe's

Cost: $10 at the door, ½ price for locals with Moe Joe's family member cards

As the saying goes, "time waits for no man." Well, DJ Timeline (better known to friends and family as Dan Wurtele) certainly isn't resting idle; he's been busy in the studio and playing live gigs, remixing and creating tracks to pack dance floors and bring smiles to faces in the crowd.

The dedication and constant sense of excitement he brings to his craft earned him the title of DJ of the Year at the annual ClubVibes Awards in 2007 and has led to a solid residency at Vancouver's popular Celebrities Nightclub, where he plays their weekly Stereotype gig.

"It's a great night! We're coming up on our four-year anniversary and really the night is just growing," he said. "It's diverse, it's kind of what the name Stereotypes means. It's kind of a play-on-words in the sense that we're not stereotyped into a certain sound. We'll go from dubstep to electro house to techno to trip, all within the same month."

Though Timeline calls Vancouver home today he actually has very strong ties to Whistler, moving here from Ontario with his family in 1988 and living in the community for nine years.

"I moved to the city for the music," he explained.

At the time that he moved to Vancouver, he was playing guitar and synthesizer for a band. He only made the switch to DJing in 2000, after discovering house music.

"It was kind of the era, the mid- to late-90s, when house music was really getting big in the city and I was going out to a lot of these events and saw myself being incredibly inspired by the music and the sounds that were being created that I had never heard before."

He found himself surrounded by like-minded people who were simply out to have fun.

"That whole movement, that whole unity with everyone else in the room was something that I really felt akin with."

The band he was playing in at the time had a DJ supplying the beat instead of a drummer and Timeline began keeping a close eye on what he was doing at the decks.

"Of course, watching him was pretty exciting and I would hop on his decks now and then and I started to teach myself how to play."

He was soon confident that DJing was how he wanted to express himself musically, so he went out and purchased his own set of turntables and locked himself in his room, losing himself in the new experimental sound and style.


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