Early years influences were through listening to music at home, which his Daddy always had on at the family home…especially the crooners! Dessie enjoys all types music and has been influenced by the Showbands, Rock n roll, Glam rock, Northern soul, Reggae, Pop, Ska, and of course those crooners.
Dessie started off as DJ at local youth clubs in Belfast as well at parties and special events. He also cut his teeth on local radio, through community radio at the Mater Hospital in North Belfast. Other radio experience was gained in Donegal as well as in the West Midlands.