A FORMER gang member from Bellshill who turned his back on a life of crime for music is aiming to become one of the top 100 DJs in the world.
Stuart Trainer (25) has been nominated to compete for a place in DJ Mag’s prestigious top 100 list, going up against the likes of David Guetta, Afrojack and Tiesto.
His career started after one of the DJs he will be competing against - Tiesto - inspired him to take up the ‘1s and 2s’.
Stuart explained: “When I was younger, I hung about Bellshill with gangs and got myself into a bit of trouble.
“I even had a four-week spell in Barlinnie and as time went on I started to lose friends to drugs.
“I remember watching this Tiesto DVD and I thought he was brilliant. He made me think that DJing was something I could do.
“I stopped and realised I could keep going down the road I was going or I could make music - and I choose music.”
Stuart signed up to a DJ academy in Edinburgh to learn the basics and found he was a natural at playing trance music.
The former Cardinal Newman High School pupil was the brains behind the popular Hostile night at Motherwell’s Mega Bar and quickly picked up regular club nights in Glasgow,
Now he is in demand in the bright lights of London, performing to capacity crowds at the Ministry of Sound and even travelling to the far reaches of Slovenia.
For full story, see this week’s Times & Speaker, dated Thursday, August 11.