Welcome!

This is the portfolio website for JJ Soderling – Creative Technologist, at large. You might be wondering… exactly what is a creative technologist? My general answer is: Someone who uses technology in a creative way. However, I believe this question is bettered answered by Blair Neal in his article on Medium.

“What is a Creative Technologist?

I actually don’t think there is an agreed upon definition across industries. I’m also not going to try to place my own standard on it in this article — there are lots of other write-ups out there that try to hone in on it. The finest point I’ll put on it is that it’s someone who is a bit creative, has some good experience with technology and bridges the gap between the two.”

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let me tell you a bit about myself. I grew up in the 80’s fascinated with computer technology and futuristic music. I cut my digital teeth programming sound effects on a Commodore 64. In the 90’s began collecting digital audio workstations like the ASR-10 and its predecessor, the EPS 16+.

Then, the internet happened and I was instantly hooked. Like many others, I joined AOL and connected with with peers around the world. I started to play online games–like Quake and Doom–when I realized I needed to upgrade my i486 DX2 processor machine to Pentium class. Shortly after that I began building custom machines for gaming and recording music. This was happening in parallel with my other hobbies: video editing, photography, and DJ’ing.

I started Rogue Dubs in 2008 as a vehicle to release my music to a wider audience. Soon after, other artists were added to the roster and the bass music community began to take notice. The label needed a web presence and thanks to a few friends, I launched RogueDubs.net — my first WordPress build.

In 2013, while attending Johnson County Community College, I accepted the position of WordPress Developer for the school’s journalism department; at the same time, I launched my personal LAMP stack and began to delve into PHP. In 2014, I took an intern position at KMBC TV, and that’s where I learned to edit video and create motion graphics.

Combining my love for motion graphics and electronic dance music, in 2015 I produced Future Bass Live. It was essentially the first video series that featured “DJ’s in front of a green screen” the show was very expensive to produce in terms of both time and money. One lasting product of the FBL era is my podcast network: Infinite Output, which–at the time of the creation of this article–has nearly 100,000 downloads. In 2016, my skills were accelerated when I enrolled at Fort Hays State University to earn a degree in Informatics–the study of computational systems. I’ve since pivoted the Infinite Output business entity into a Web Development and Creative services agency–helping clients ranging from the automotive, restaurant, and healthcare industries.

It’s been a long road from the Commodore 64 to where I am now–and there’s quite a bit I’ve left out. Becoming a full time web developer has been both challenging and invigorating. I now specialize in content development, UX / UI, Angular, MongoDB, and my LAMP stack is still up and running.

Thanks for reading the very short version of my technological development history. Check back soon, this page will be updated frequently.

Cheers,

JJ