As told to Susan Mazzeo by Danny “Rocker” Pineiro
Music has always been a part of my life. Before the age of twelve I primarily listened to rap and R&B. I still remember the first rap song that was ever released: Rapper’s Delight by the Sugar Hill Gang. When I was twelve, I purchased my first album, The Cars self-entitled album. I bought it at The Princeton University Record Store while on a school trip. That changed my whole life. I stopped listening to disco and started calling myself Danny Rocker. I loved rock, the steady rhythm, the scale and riffs. I liked how the blues influenced heavy metal and punk rock. I discovered The Beatles, The Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Cars, The Ramones and the Sex Pistols, The Scorpions (my favorite) and little known Sigue Sigue Sputnik. Sigue Sigu plays techno-punk. I highly recommend checking them out.
When I was seventeen I stole my uncle’s electric guitar he made himself. I also bought an acoustic guitar from a local thrift store for $25.00. The first electric guitar I purchased was a Kramer Focus 4000. This was definitely a heavy metal guitar! There were spikes on the body of the guitar. I loved it and spent many hours honing my craft. I did not know how to read music but even so, taught myself to play; learning by books and playing by ear. I still do not know how to read write music. Soon after I purchased my first Fender Stratocaster. It was cherry red and was she sweet. I played mostly for myself and began to write songs.
By 1990, I decided to start my own DJ business, Danny Rocker Entertainment known as DJ Danny Rocker. I DJ’ed private parties, at clubs and weddings. I began to make custom tapes for my clients. They appreciated this added service and it increased my business.
Although I have long ago hung up my straps and no longer DJ, my friends still call me Danny Rocker.
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