Chadwick was always meant to be a DJ. In the early ‘80s he could be found recording hours of music from the radio on his tape deck. He would then “remix” the songs onto another tape deck carefully extending the breaks by pausing, replaying and recording the parts to create new versions. The explosion of break dancing and hip hop in the early eighties brought DJ battles to the Friday and Saturday night radio shows in his home of Richmond, VA. Amazed at the sound of extend mixes, scratching and tape edits being used, he began buying 12” singles and started to try and figure out how the DJs were making the mixes he was hearing. A concert tour called the “Fresh Fest” in 1983 put him in the arena with Run-DMC, the Fat Boys and Whodini, but it was a set by Grand Master Flash that made it all click. The song was Chic-Good Times and hearing it cut up, juggled and reworked live on 3 turntables presented the world of DJing as an art to the aspiring DJ.
After high school, Chadwick started going to nightclubs and hearing a new sound. It was house music and he knew immediately that it was the sound he wanted to play. The rise of acid house and the rave scene in the early 1990’s provided the perfect storm of warehouse parties and club nights fueled by music that was fresh and the beat never stopped. Chadwick quickly established local club residencies and was booked regularly to play at raves throughout the Mid-Atlantic. This was a time period where Chadwick was able to simultaneously explore vocal house sounds in the clubs and harder beats at the raves. The combination of these sounds has remained with Chadwick to this day in his DJ sets, weaving layers of vocal, percussion and techno beats together to produce his own unique sound.
A trip to NYC in 1993 led him to the legendary Sound Factory and hearing Junior Vasquez on the best sound system created for a DJ at that time. Regular trips to the club up until it closed solidified the power of how and when to play music to guide a dance floor through a night of music. Most importantly, to not define and follow music genres, but to play what you feel at that moment.
In 1995 Chadwick moved to North Carolina and opened Worx Music & Clothing with friends he had been clubbing with in NYC. The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area was supportive and he was able to continue DJing in nightclubs and throw larger scale parties that easily would draw 500 to 1000 people. Chadwick transitioned to sole ownership of the record store in 1998 (renamed Wax Worx Records) and operated the business until closing in 2003.
Chadwick moved to Washington, DC, a city he had traveled to often for clubs and parties in the early nineties. He regularly went out, absorbing the city’s sound and history, but he withdrew from DJing in public. A chance evening led him to FLASH, a new nightclub soon to open. The opportunity to DJ again on a fully customized Funktion One sound system was presented and couldn’t be turned down. Chadwick plays as a FLASH resident and various events around DC.