The Beastie Boys were looking for a VJ using oscilloscopes. Lighting/Stage Designer Spike Brant asked me to perform live oscilloscope visuals to the upcoming single “Ch-Check It Out” – I passed the test.
My first show was the MTV VMAs. I set up my antique oscilloscopes and modified video gear at FOH to the great confusion of the roadies… “Why don’t you just play the video from a media server?”. Super-sync’d visuals were not yet common.