DJ BUC 1960-2001
Prior to starting his DJ career, DJ Buc was heavily influenced musically by a fantastic, New York-style disco club that he frequented in Pittsburgh, PA – HEAVEN; and by The Saint. He also took many trips to New York City, especially to go to Vinylmania.
In the very early 80s Buc starting playing in Texas at a place called Big Daddy’s, but his first really professional gig was at Throckmorton Mining Company in Dallas. He then moved to Baltimore, MD for a short period where he was hired by Bubbles to play at Cignel. Bubbles went on to spend time at Buc’s original home in West Virginia, having lots of long conversations with Buc’s father, Roland (also called Buck)!
Buc then moved back to West Virginia for 1 1/2 years before moving to Atlanta, GA where he secured a position at the record hotspot, Let The Music Play. He LOVED that job! He began to spin at small places and parties, and built his reputation at Sanctuary, with his sophisticated, jazz-influenced and, at times, spiritual mixes; he especially felt at home in these intimate surroundings...A turning point in Buc’s career was his performance at DC’s Club Zei after Quilt Weekend in ’91. A much wider audience was then exposed to him and his music, and the rest is history. Buc was especially proud (he always wanted to play there) of playing at Roseland Ballroom in NYC during Gay Games in 1994; he then went on to spin during Gay Games in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1998.
Fire Island was Buc’s favorite place in the WORLD – whether playing or visiting. His personality, with its warmth and charm, made him many, many friends on the Island and everywhere. He played at The Pavilion, Morning Party, Dancing on the Bay, Ice Palace – but was especially known for his skills at the After Party on Sundays during the Pines Party Weekends, held annually at Jim Pepper’s compound. Buc relished playing there and had as good a time, or better, as any guest.
The venues Buc played around the world are too numerous to mention here; he is most remembered in our hearts and minds for his amazing mixes, his sincere love for everyone, his musical spirituality and for moving people in many different and powerful ways.