I have always been a collector of records – love music like we all do. When MTV hit, I was mesmerized. I began listening to The Smiths, Siouxsie, New Order and Echo and the Bunnymen in junior high, then Skinny Puppy, Ministry, & Nitzer Ebb. A couple years later, I discovered Dallas night clubs. For those who were there, you know how amazing it was to enter The Starck Club, and dance at Empire. Club Clearview & Video Bar were also at the top of a short list of favorites for me. I loved the videos from the industrial and gothic music artists from back then.
I began to DJ in Dallas around 1990 and had the great fortune to work in many cool clubs around town.
For years, I wanted to ignite a club experience called PANOPTIKON, named from an early record by Diamanda Galas, “Panoptikon” is side A– she is one of my all-time favorites!
In May 2006, Shelley & Chris Martinez open the doors to this vision at Club ONE in Deep Ellum & suddenly Lord Byron’s PANOPTIKON was born. We have collaborated with may super cool people and continue to have an awesome night club experience every Friday.
My thanks to the PAN Fam, our friends, patrons & supporters.