At a time when headline "DJ's" shamelessly play pre-programmed, pre-recorded sets and the masses mindlessly embrace the charade, Dieselboy (aka The Destroyer / aka Damian Higgins) stands out as a rare virtuoso of the art and craft of live DJ'ing. His complex, high voltage, take no prisoners performances, have created legions of die-hard fans around the world. Arguably no other DJ mixes live on four decks with more precision, imagination, intensity, energy and finesse.
In the history of electronic dance music, no one comes close to matching his legacy of epic, dramatic mixes. As one of the world's finest technical DJs, he elevated the themed DJ mix to the realm of fine art. For over two decades as one of the world's most influential ambassadors of drum and bass, Dieselboy is America's most iconic underground bass music curator and pioneer.
Dieselboy's DJ career began in northwest Pennsylvania DJ'ing high school dances. While a student at the University of Pittsburgh, he learned to beat-match vinyl live on college radio and played trance, happy hardcore and breaks at house parties. His 1994 mixtape "The Future Sound of Hardcore" led to out of town bookings and his expanding popularity led to the honor of being the first American asked by a British drum and bass label to mix a compilation ("Drum & Bass Selection USA," 1996). His steady stream of mix CDs and
mixes, including the highest selling American mix CD "The 6ixth Session (released on Palm Pictures) were listened to around the world.
In 1997 Dieselboy moved to Philadelphia to be the dnb buyer and T-shirt designer for seminal rave culture/record store 611. In 1998 he was the first American to be nominated for Best Drum & Bass DJ at the Global DJ Mix Awards and tied with LTJ Bukem. From 1998 to 2004 Dieselboy hosted North America's premier drum and bass weekly "Platinum" at Club Fluid in Phila