About DJ Bear Cole
DJ Bear Cole has over 2 decades of experience. He started his professional career as a DJ around Tempe & Scottsdale Arizona about 1998. However, before going pro Bear was known to DJ multiple events, including his own High School Prom! Bear was the head resident DJ and lighting and sound for the Martini Ranch & the Shaker Room in Scottsdale Arizona for 7 years. He has opened shows as big as Ice Cube, Afrika Baambaataa, DJ Keoki, and as little as your corner dive bar. Bear toured playing shows all around the United States before taking a break from DJ and moving into the role of producer for multiple projects.
One unique thing about Bear Cole is that he doesn’t consider himself a DJ. He prefers the term Record Selector. The key difference he says is “A DJ is a master of one genre. You go to watch him play a set all in that genre. A turntablist is a technical master of scratching techniques and gear. I am neither, I am a record selector. A record selector is a music fan. He can play in multiple genres from multiple generations, and even combine them all into one cohesive set. My specialty is funk & old-school hip-hop, but I can play all modern dance at a club one night, and country at a bar the next night.”
This eclectic knowledge of generational music is what has set DJ Bear Cole apart from the rest. “I have opened for Hip-Hop acts, and Rock Bands. I myself am a songwriter and MC and go by Bear the Astronot. Even as an artist my tastes are eclectic. I love old soul, blues, country, and bluegrass. My podcast The Grab Bag With Bear Cole helps people to learn more about far reaching genres, and learn about some of the great musical sounds & secrets I have picked up over the years.”
If you can get out to see DJ Bear Cole live at an event or night make sure you do. You are guaranteed to be blasted with a unique blitz of beats that show you how deep Bear Cole’s love for music goes. However, if you can’t, make sure you check in on his podcast The Grab Bag from time to time, and let him be your own personal Record Selector.
Bear began his career in music and audio as a Professional DJ. Starting professionally in 1998 he played over 20 clubs in the Southwest, with a spot as the House DJ at Martini Ranch and The Shaker Room in Scottsdale Arizona for over 7 years. He also spun at Insomnia, Polyesters, Sanctuary, Freedom, Next, and was a DJ for the infamous Peppermint Disco for sometime. He would often switch between multiple bars, clubs, and venues in the same night playing varying genres and to crowds from 100 to 500 to 5,000 people. He has mixed opening sets for Afrikaa Bambataa, DJ Keoki, Ice Cube, The Funkler, and many more. Being a professional DJ from 1998-2004 put him through school, and allowed him to open a Disc Jockey and Audio Engineering business that was successful enough to pay all the bills and support several employees as well.
However, he chose to explore other adventures after finishing his first degree in Audio Engineering and Studio Recording, and started to DJ mainly as a hobby. He finished separate degree programs in Web & Graphic Design and Web Development, and started a new business with his wife providing Marketing, Promotions, and Online Services for small businesses and musicians.
After an extended break from professional DJ’ing DJ Bear Cole jumped back on the 1’s and 2’s. It took a bit of time to make the transition from vinyl and CD’s to Serato and Controllers, but DJ’ing is only partially about the technical skill. The most important skill a DJ can have is knowing how to read the crowd and adapt. Bear Cole has always been revered for his ability to read a crowd and also blend multiple genres and decades into a cohesive set.
Bear is also the Head DJ for The McMillan in Downtown Flagstaff where he offers up his musical knowledge and experience to create a one of a kind atmosphere at this beautifully constructed bar. Bear also has nightly spots at Majerle’s Sports Grill on Route 66 in Downtown Flagstaff and can be found playing music all over Arizona.
Bear as always offers up a cohesive blending of Genres, Decades, and Hits that is guaranteed to keep dance floor patrons, bourbon drinkers, and true music fans of all ages entertained.
The job of DJ is not what it was when DJ Bear Cole started. Back then his skill for digging through music was legendary. Back then he traveled to gigs with over a hundred pounds of vinyl, turntables, cd’s, and a memory built specifically for remembering BPM’s.
Now with the addition of modern technology, the internet, and Serato this skill set has changed. He might be getting older, but there is still something besides his knowledge of music that sets Bear apart. As a graduate of the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences Bear Cole is also trained and works as an Audio Engineer and System Integrations Engineer. Bear has worked decades in Audio, Production, Show Promotion, and Studio Recording. This allowed him to work in multiple high end recording studios and on large tours for artists such as The Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban. Bear has also spent years working in Audio Visual productions with experience in not only Audio, but Lighting and Video.
For years, Bear was a touring MC and Musician. He has performed on huge stages opening for artists such as Atmosphere, Sage Francis, Authority Zero, Bionic Jive, Young Thug, GraySkul, 2 Live Crew, Kool Keith, and too many more to list. As Bear the Astronot the MC and Producer, Bear won Number One Hip-Hop group in Arizona from the New Times in 2009 Summer of Sound. During this time Bear Cole also worked as a promoter building his own shows, searching out talent, and creating successful events. He also owned a Record Label named The Unhype Music Group, which has now transformed into an umbrella company for his multiple musical endeavors.
This diverse experience makes Bear more than just a guy with some headphones and some music. DJ Bear Cole knows how to work a successful event, and keep people happy. Bear is still available to work your event, build a club night for you, or even as a consultant for your new idea. Just hit him up and ask. Interested? Contact 1st Drop Entertainment now to get started.