Time is running out for Brad Wolfe.
Doesn’t it always at age 21?
His life at Ohio State will soon be over. Career choices will be made. Childhood dreams will bow at the feet of adult responsibilities.
Wolfe, a native of Mayfield Village, carries two passions in his heart and knows he might have to choose between them. Wolfe is as fascinated by the law’s intricacies as he is by a dancing bass line’s sonic boom.
In short, mind vs. body.
Most would say the adult life of a lawyer is a safer strategy than staying with the youthful ambitions of a DJ, but Wolfe contemplates another possibility.
“Hypothetically, if we have a day, and let’s say I had to be in court or I had a DJ gig … hopefully the gig isn’t too far from the court, I guess,” Wolfe said. “Let’s go with that.”
But Wolfe later reflected more seriously.
“It’s hard to predict the future. I hope I won’t be as busy as I think that I might be, but if that was the case, I’d love to keep this (being a DJ) going. We’ve had a really great run. I’ve had a lot of help from my family and my friends. … I have no plans of stopping.”
Wolfe, who graduated from Mayfield High School, just finished up his junior year at Ohio State where he does a lot of his DJ work. He is majoring in social work with a minor in professional writing.
But soon after OSU, Wolfe plans to attend law school. Currently, he’s working on a summer internship in the U.S. pretrial services and probation office at the Carl B. Stokes Federal Courthouse Building downtown.
“DJ-ing is really creative and gray, and law is very black and white. It’s a good balance. I know nothing about the law yet, but from what I do know, I’m excited for law school,” Wolfe said. “It’s just two polar opposites. I guess that’s what I love about it so much. It’s a good balance.”
Wolfe has performed more than 75 DJ gigs and has his own business with a Facebook page entitled djwolfe.com. Wolfe spins at weddings, anniversaries, bar mitzvahs, fraternity parties and house parties. This upcoming semester, he’ll be one of the house DJs at the Rio in Columbus.
Wolfe has also volunteered his services for charitable causes including the American Cancer Society, the United Way and at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, among others.
But where he got his start as a DJ came in high school where he played first trumpet in the jazz band. His love of technology and music came together to spark his interest in being a DJ.
“When I was a sophomore at Mayfield High School, I really started getting into finding out about new music. I love to tell people about it. Before, I didn’t know what a DJ did or what it was. I just saw the DJ, and I’m like, ‘I want to give that a try.’ I asked for a mixer for my birthday and didn’t know how to use it, but I learned on the job.”
Whether Wolfe decides to continue to wow crowds with a mixer or practice law, we’ll likely have a front row seat no matter what he chooses.
“I really hope to go to Cleveland State Cleveland-Marshall Law School. I know I want to live in Cleveland. Cleveland is the city,” Wolfe said.