Temecula’s Best DJ • About Us • (Bio)
“Dennis J.” …the album. All original music © BMI by Dennis J. Barela
Dennis J. Barela, RpDJ aka “DJ-DJ” has worked professionally in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. He is a wedding, party, private and corporate DJ service with unrivaled experience, accomplishments, knowledge and education. He studied business at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA and was a multi-licensed “registered representative” for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) specializing in financial planning as well as a licensed real estate broker/agent for the state of California focusing on “mortgage lending.” (Dennis J. Barela now works full-time in the entertainment industry)
▼ Bio Synopsis • See Full Details Below ▼
• Mobile D.J. (25+ Years of Experience) • Pro Audio Music Producer • (Graduate) StageWest School of Audio • Engineering and Production • Pro Audio Recording Engineer • Pro Audio Mastering Specialist • AA Degree in “Business Administration” Golden West College; Huntington Beach, CA. • Composer • Wedding Guitarist/Vocalist • Pro-Audio Consultant • Performer Dennis J. (original album recordings) • Music Educator • Recording Artist • Session Musician (Guitar and Vocals) • Teacher’s Aid (Music Education) • Stage Manager/(live) Sound Engineer • Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Bassist/Percussionist • Computer Sequencer Programmer • Concert Promoter • Concert Stage Manager • Band Leader • Voice-Over Artist • Benefit Organizer • Military Midweek Weddings • Charitable Educational Pro Audio Services • (Member) BMI • (Member) AADJA • (Past Member) GMEA • (Past Member) ADJA • (Past Member) SCADJA • (Past Member) SDADJA • (Past Member) NAME • (Member) MP3.com • (Member) Trusonic •
…If you can find a DJ with one third of my experience – HIRE THEM!
•••► BIO: Professional experience (past and present):
► Mobile D.J. (Disc Jockey) 25+ Years Experience (also see “Testimonials” page)
► Producer (Hoopertunes, Onstage Music Studios, Dennis J., Terminal Romance, Equinox, Anna Falaxis, The Drysdales, Maybe Later, Sid Sideboard & The Chairs, Belligerent, The Droogs, 5150 Boyz, Aire, Livid, Keep On Keepin’ On and others)
► (Graduate) StageWest School of Audio Engineering and Production [a 500-hour course focusing upon Music Production, Digital Recording, Engineering, Editing and Live Sound Reinforcement. Additional areas of focus include Concepts, Creativity and Philosophies of Production, Engineering, Song and Score Editing, Mastering and Audio Post-Production for Film, Television & Radio]
► Recording Engineer (Hoopertunes, Onstage Music Studios, Dennis J., Terminal Romance, Equinox, Liberty Entertainment, Meredith Day Entertainment and many others)
► Audio Mastering Specialist (Mastering, Re-mastering, Optimization, Recovery, Editing, Augmentation and Enhancement of audio and music tracks.)
What are the differences in a track that has been remastered? Listen to a track that has been digitally remastered in my studio. Please use your best sound system with a nominal amount of volume to hear the nuances and improvements.
Compare the audio quality…
Original Studio Version (Herbie Hancock): Rock-It (Original Studio Version)
Remastered Version (Herbie Hancock): Rock-It [rm] (Dennis J. Remastered Version)
Original Studio Version (Dean Martin): Ain’t That A Kick In The Head (Original Studio Version)
Remastered Version (Dean Martin): Ain’t That A Kick In The Head (Dennis J. Remastered version) [rm]
Original Studio Version (George Benson): This Masquerade
Remastered Version (George Benson): This Masquerade [rm]
Original Studio Version (AC/DC): You Shook Me All Night Long
Remastered Version (AC/DC): You Shook Me All Night Long [rm]
Original Studio Version (Don McLean): American Pie
Remastered Version (Don McLean): American Pie [rm]
Please note: These tracks are the sole property of Temecula’s Best DJ and are not for sale or duplication of any type.
► AA Degree in “Business Administration” from Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA. I had previously worked as an NASD “series 7” registered representative for MetLife and The Hartford and was also a “mortgage loan officer” for “U.S. Capital” in Costa Mesa, CA and “Image Mortgage” in Temecula, CA. I had possessed a California state “Life and Disability Agent” license, a “Property and Casualty Broker-Agent” license as well as a “Real Estate Agent” license. Ultimately, my life’s passion always led me to what I know best and work full-time as a professional DJ. However, business experience is a substantial issue when hiring a DJ professional.
► Wedding Guitarist/Vocalist (Independent; Guitar and/or Vocal)
► Pro-Audio Consultant (Temecula Valley Unified School District, Onstage Music Studios, Calvary Chapel, Dennis MacKay Productions, Meredith Day Entertainment)
► Performer (Dennis J., Terminal Romance, Equinox, Hudson Bay Co., Independent) (see work samples below Dennis J.)
► Music Educator (Independent; Guitar and Vocal)
► Stage Manager/(live) Sound Engineer (Keith Goodman Productions, International Entertainment, Hoopertunes, Liberty Entertainment, Rob Parker Productions, Independent)
► Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Bassist/Percussionist (see work samples below or go to: )
► Session Musician (Vocals and Guitar)
► Computer Sequencer Programmer (see work samples below Dennis J.)
► Concert Promoter (Keith Goodman Productions, Liberty Entertainment)
► Band Leader (Dennis J., Terminal Romance, Equinox) (see work samples below Dennis J.)
► Voice-Over Artist (Keith Goodman Productions, Liberty Entertainment, One Box Listings, 101.3 The Mix, Q103.3, KMYT , Grand Canyon University, Independent)
► Military Midweek Weddings (A charitable organization to honor our military that offers significant discounts to military brides and grooms to create the weddings of their dreams) Military Midweek Weddings
► Charitable Educational Pro Audio Services (Charitable Recording, On-Site Recording, Production & Engineering to Temecula Valley Unified School District of California, Easter Seals)
► (Member) AADJA – (All American Disc Jockey Alliance) [“RpDJ” professional designation: “Registered, Professional DJ”]
► (Past Member) GMEA (Global Mobile Entertainers Association)
► (Past Member) ADJA (American Disc Jockey Association)
► (Past Member) SCADJA (Southern California Chapter ADJA)
► (Past Member) NAME (National Association of Mobile Entertainers)
► (Member) MP3.com (Music and music works licensing and distribution service)
► (Member) Trusonic (Music and music works licensing and distribution service)
•► A very special thanks goes out to photographers Justin & Julie Hulse of Hulse Photography for their mutual respect, friendship and admiration for the passion that they commit to their profession. The use of many of the pictures used upon this website have been generously granted by Hulse Photography http://www.temeculaphotographer.com/#.
All original music © BMI by Dennis J. Barela
► Dennis J. © BMI by Dennis J. Barela
“Marty Peters” of “RECORDING MAGAZINE” said:
Music: “Cross My Heart” is a male vocal pop/country song. Dennis did it all – writing, recording and mixing. Recording: This is a heck of a good job for a one-man band. Dennis has written an absolutely radio-friendly song! Summary: Hopefully, Dennis’ song has found the ears of an A&R person, it’s that good.
Read the entire article in “RECORDING” magazine at: http://www.recordingmag.com
Listen to: Cross My Heart [rm]
Original music tracks & recordings
The recently released album “Dennis J.” features tracks that have been completed in recent years. Here you can sample some of his experience as a singer/composer/guitarist, engineer and producer. Click the links below to play these tracks.
♥ = Tracks featuring Terminal Romance
∆ = Tracks recorded with Grammy Award winning music producer and recording engineer Dennis MacKay.
☼ = Tracks recorded “live” at BandWest Studios (recording and rehearsal studio facility; “Studio No. 3”) Anaheim CA.
►Tracks from the album: “Dennis J.” © BMI by Dennis J. Barela
Cross My Heart Cross My Heart [rm]
Let Me In ♥ Let Me In
Closer To The Bullet (live at The Whisky) ♥ Closer To The Bullet (live at The Whisky) [rm13]
Losing The Faith Losing The Faith
Gotta Find Jeffrey a Girl ♥∆ Gotta Find Jeffrey a Girl
Vicariously Yours ♥∆ Vicariously Yours
Big Boys Don’t Cry Big Boys Don’t Cry [rm16]
She Smiles With Her Heart She Smiles With Her Heart
The Love Has Hit The Fan The Love Has Hit The Fan (live)
Wait Wait [rm16]
Black and White World ♥ Black and White World
Oblivious ♥ Oblivious
Checkout Girl ♥∆ Checkout Girl
In The Nick of Time In The Nick Of Time [rm16]
Realize ♥ Realize
Victim of Circumstance (live) ♥☼ Victim of Circumstance (live)
Dear Alyssa (live) ♥☼ Dear Alyssa (live)
Marie (live) ♥☼ Marie (live)
All Because of You (live) ♥☼ All Because of You (live)
All songs, music & lyrics © BMI by Dennis J. Barela
•••► For more pictures see my “Pictures Page”
Who have I performed and/or collaborated with?
Very few DJs can boast that they have shared stage and studio writing, performing, recording, engineering, producing, rehearsing, collaborating, learning from and promoting with some of the recording industry’s elite from… U2, Quiet Riot, The Knack, 20/20, The Records, No Doubt, Missing Persons, Great White, Jaded, Cheap Trick, Terminal Romance, Direct Drive, The Next?, Roxz, Van Halen, The Plimsouls, Black Flag, Quebec, Siren, Nitrates, Blaze, Social Distortion, Snowblind, Hydra, Guerilla, Kadath, A La Carte, Scimitar, Back Stage Passes, Torien, 356 East, 5 O’clock Shadow, Eulogy, Release, Foreplay, Sinbad, Maybe Later, Equinox, Hudson Bay Company, Abigails Attic, Anoushka Shankar, Astra Kelly, Aviation Hero, Bare Naked Ladies, Berkley Hart, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Big Mountain, BILL, Blink 182, Bobby Caldwell, Boyz II Men, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Broke on Friday, Bruce Hornsby, B-Side Players, Buck-O-Nine, Built on Ebenezer, Candice Graham, Celeste, Chad Smith (The Red Hot Chili Peppers), Chanauk, Chris Potter, Christopher, Cole and Campbell, Chris Wilson, CircaNow, Citizen Band, Cowboy Junkies, Cris Fitzsimmons, Dantes Boneyard, Dave Wakeling, David Caradine, Dayton Hicks, Duran Duran, Eek-A-Mouse, Elan Endoxi, Erick Macek, Eva Alexander, The Fabulous Mar Dels, Fighting for Ninevah, Fly 81, Frankie Laine, Garry Puckett and The Union Gap, Genius of Soul, Get Back Loretta, The Johns, Giovanni, Goodnight Caulfield, Greg Allman, Greg Scott Simon, Gregory Page, Hectors Revenge, Ike Turner, Jars Of Clay, Jazz 88 Allstars, Jennifer Lee, Jeremy Toback, Jewel, Jimmy Marshall, Joan Osbourne, Jordan Reimer, Josh Franks, Justine Lee, Kick Up the Dust, Late Summer, Lindsey Yung, Luke Walton, Maddox Revolution, Marion Ceruti, Martha & The Vandellas, Mary Jaeb, Matt Costa, Melissa Etheridge, Mordium, My Elysian, Nate James, Nick Black, Orange Velvets, Pat Boone, The Pat McGee Band, Patti LaBelle, Patti Smith, Paula Prophet, Peter Sprague, Queen Latifah, Ravi Shankar, Remember Lorena, Rita Coolidge, Russ T. Nailz, Sam Johnson, sayvinyl, Simple Plan, Skelpin, Solomon Barnett, Steel Foundation, Steven Ybarra, Sturgeon, Sub*Factor, The Temptations, Tribal Seeds, Unwritten Law, Wayne Nelson, The Wayne Riker Quintet, Wolfmother, Keith Goodman Productions, Liberty Entertainment, Sid Sideboard & The Chairs, Stank Fanger, Hitler’s Bikini, International Entertainment, Anna Falaxis, The Dancing Bears, Dante Fox, The Drysdales, Kool Whip, Every Bit of Nothing, SPCZ, Noisepie, Sol Butter, Omar Torrez, Messy Gypsy, Okra Pickles, Belligerent, The Droogs, 5150 Boyz, Provocateur, Cary Floyd, Keep On Keepin’ On, Puck Productions, Grammy Award winning producer Dennis MacKay, Sony Music Studios (Hollywood, CA), KFMB Channel 8; San Diego CA, Media Art Studios, recording engineer John Torres II and countless others.
Where have I performed?
Remember, I have literally and personally (not associates or employees) performed uncountable thousands of performances over the years. This list is just an example of some job sites:
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – UC Irvine Crawford Hall – Thornton Winery – Falkner Winery; Temecula – South Coast Winery – Temecula, Ponte Winery; Temecula – Churon Winery; Temecula – Embassy Suites; Temecula – Pechanga Casino – Temecula Creek Inn – Keyways Winery – Eagle Glen Golf Club – Wiens Family Cellars (winery); Temecula – Bear Creek Country Club – Hilton Hotel; La Jolla – Leonesse Cellars; Temecula – Sharky’s Officer’s Club MCAS Camp Pendelton, Hotel Del Coronado – Pala Casino – Stuart Cellars Winery; Temecula – Shilo Inn – South Mesa NCO Club MCAS Camp Pendelton – The Mission Inn; Riverside – Villa De Amore; Temecula – KCET Channel 28; Los Angeles – KFMB Channel 8; San Diego, CA – Temecula Valley Unified School District, Callaway Winery; Temecula – Hart Winery; Temecula – Wilson Creek Winery; Temecula – Longshadow Ranch Winery; Temecula – Orange Show Fairgrounds – Sony Music Studios; Hollywood – Schwarzkopf & Henkel – San Moritz Lodge; Crestline – Onstage Studios – The Troubadour – Grand Canyon University – The Whisky A-Go-Go – The Starwood – Madame Wong’s – Firey Estate – Gazzarri’s – Menifee Lakes Country Club – Carlton Oaks Country Club – Black Gold Golf Club – Pala Mesa Resort – Grand Tradition – Los Willows – Europa Winery – Cougar Vineyards – Irvine Regional Park – Surf and Sand; Laguna Beach – Hidden Valley Golf Club – Terranea Resort; Rancho Palos Verdes, CA • Assistencia Mission; Redlands – The Mitten Building; Redlands – Kellogg House; Pomona – Foxfire Inn – Heritage Park Irvine – Tortilla Flats – The Castle; Temecula – Big Bear Convention Center – Sherman Library & Gardens – Newport Beach Marriot – Heritage Palms Country Club – The Forge; Temecula – Sierra Lakes Golf Club – San Clemente State Park – Palm Desert Marriot – Island Club NAS North Station – Idyllwild Nature Center – Dave & Buster’s – Naval Base Point Loma; San Diego – Singing Hills Country Club – Barona Casino – The Hacienda – The Orchard – Monteleone Meadows – Balboa Bay Resort; Newport Beach – The Lodge at Torrey Pines – Moreno Valley Ranch CC – Big Bear Lake Visitor’s Bureau – Lorimar Winery – Coronado Community Center – Horton Grand Hotel; San Diego – Bahia Resort; Coronado – Thompson Ranch – Castaways Restaurant; San Bernardino – Cree Estate; Palm Springs – Vintage Hills PCA – Mission Valley Radisson – Circle Oak Ranch – International Club – The Fleetwood – The Cuckoo’s Nest – El Prado Country Club – Gecko’s – Pacific Edge – Sunnymead Ranch Lake Club – Canyon Lake Country Club – The Grapevine Arbor – The Thursday Club – Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club – Walnut Grove Park & Barn – The Queen Mary – Oak Meadows; Temecula – Lake Oak Meadows – Gershon Bachus Vintners – Ontario Doubletree Inn – Temecula CRC – Canyon Lake Lodge – Keyways Winery – Monte De Oro Winery – Miramonte Winery – Abbott Manor – Europa Winery – Whispering Oaks Terrace, The Hacienda, Sheraton Carlsbad Spa and Resort, Terranea Resort, Shadowridge Country Club plus many, MANY more! (Too many to waste space over)
Performing professionally at major Southern California and Hollywood nightclubs and touring the Southwest United States region by age 17.
Here’s some industry reviews of some work by
Terminal Romance- Dirty Pool (motion picture soundtrack) 10/10
By Nick Baldrian
Terminal Romance are from California and play gorgeous aor/pop a’la King Of Hearts, Southern Sons, Innuendo, The Beatles, REM, Rick Springfield, Mark Spiro. “Vicariously Yours” is a jaw dropping song full of lush melodies and very sincere vocals from Dennis J Barela, this song features some very nice violin playing, then things get a bit more up-tempo for the Nelson/ The Rembrandts influenced “Checkout Girl” which is so damn catchy I’m surprised that the radio stations haven’t picked up on this song, it’s filled with great hooklines, this band can write aor songs with the best of them, in fact it would be fair to say that I personally think that we are going to hear a lot from this band.
The last track “Gotta Find Jeffrey a Girl” is a lush aor/pop song with huge inspiring vocals. I can’t wait to hear these songs in the context of the film the “Dirty Pool,” I can imagine them working really well. Overall this band are VERY VERY talented, and I would say that it’s probably one my favorite finds of the year. AWESOME every home should have one!!!!
I got this demotape consisting of 3 songs from a friend of mine who really liked it… TERMINAL ROMANCE has qualities to become very popular. Their music is poppy poprock that is only a mile away from THE REMBRANDTS. I call this kind of rock 90s oriented Radiorock.
“Checkout Girl”, a nice early 80s typed melodic poprocker that reminds me of TOMMY TUTONE, EDDIE MONEY and DANNY WILDE.
• Dennis would also like to thank his good friends Sean Davis (“Seannessy”) and Jason Atenza (“J”) of Terminal Romance and Grammy Award winning producer Dennis MacKay (“Faders MacKay”).
• Nods also to John C. Avants (“Rockin’ Johnny A”), Derek Anderson (“Uncle D”), Greg Ross (“Do-Bowl”), Craig English (“Craigory”) and Rick Dalton (“Ricky Dialtone”) for their unequalled memories, inspiration, conspiracy & cellular surrender so many years ago.
(Feel free to email copies of past performances as we’d be happy to post them on this site in the future) •
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