Well hello there reader and welcome to my page! My friends call me Siytek and they say i’m pretty obsessed with geeky hobbies and DIY projects.
I finally decided to share my knowledge with the world through the wonderful medium of blogging.
I hope you enjoy your stay and be sure to check back regularly as the site just keeps growing!
My personal story
What on earth is ‘Siytek?!’
I was pacing back and forth on the dance floor of a local nightclub, it was 2003 and we were having a meeting regarding a big night featuring electronic music heavyweights Lab4 as the headliner. The promoter shouted over to me “hey Si, what name am I putting you under on the poster?”
“Urrrmmm…” I replied, “Siytek?”
I was playing a set that involved some arrangement of DJ kit, computers and samplers, it was cutting edge at the time. No one was using computers in the DJ booth back then. I hadn’t decided on a name and had to decide pretty quickly! “Siytek,” it kind of sounds cool because it’s like “high-tech” and that describes my DJ set.
I felt elated to see my chosen name “Siytek” on the side of some abandoned building
One week later the town was plastered with large bright yellow “rave” style posters and I felt elated to see my chosen name “Siytek” on the side of some abandoned building, even though I felt it was a little geeky. Life was rock ‘n’ roll and this particular performance was an amazing experience.
From this point my stage name became my nickname, and it stuck! Almost two decades later people are still calling me by this quirky little title.
After many years of having an amazing time DJing and performing in nightclubs, my days are over. I am done. “I am too old for this sh*t.”
Somewhere along the journey I had rekindled my interest in electronics and started to build circuits for my studio, mainly MIDI controllers. I discovered the wonders of the Arduino platform and I was hooked!
Over time this little interest in electronics that was once a support mechanism for my music, became my primary interest. I had started to spend more time fixing and building music-tech electronics than actually participating in making music.
I was heading towards my 30s, I was growing up. I needed a career. My mother was right. I needed a “real job.” It made perfect sense for me to pursue a career in electronic engineering, and that is exactly what I did.
I still occasionally go to a gig or even play at one, but usually regret drinking three beers and a shot for around an entire week
After 6 long years of studying I became a fully qualified electronics engineer and now I am almost a decade in to my engineering career. I still love electronic music, I still occasionally go to a gig or even play at one, but usually regret drinking three beers and a shot for around an entire week afterwards.
I live a quieter life now and I am happy in my little bubble, tinkering with electronics and computers in my spare time. People often said I should share my knowledge and projects with the world, so I finally decided to start publishing again. Only this time about electronics and not music.
It is February 2020 at the time of writing and the start of a new decade. I thought this is a great time to launch a website. I spent a month prior to registering my dot com trying to think of a brand name and just couldn’t decide on one.
So it seems to me that I just cannot escape “Siytek” and finally I succumbed. Finally after almost two decades, siytek.com was born.