How My BMW Changed My Life
When you buy the car that is everything you didn’t want and suddenly, everything goes right!
By Btz Thibodeau
OK, so you’re all wondering, how did buying a BMW change your life. So, let’s get down to it.
First, a quick recap from the first part of this story. As I said before, I’ve spent the majority of the last 20 years focusing on my DJ career. I was privileged to play all around the US in places like Miami, Las Vegas, Boston, NYC and the biggest club in the country, Le Vela in Florida as well as playing in Canada and the UK. I’ve had a blast doing it and I’m blessed to have had the experiences that I have had!
In February of 2016, a few friends of mine and I started a new weekly club night in our home town called, Subterra and we put a lot of work, time and money into building it up. We definitely had some slow nights at first but after awhile we got things going and acquired a solid crew of resident DJs and a good following of party goers. In February of 2017 we had our 1 year anniversary party with Deformaty (whom you’ll be hearing a lot of music from on Bimmer TV) and things were going well. We started booking bigger acts for the night and even started a spin off, once a month, in another state that had really big potential!
Well, as I told you in the first part of this story, in late April I purchased my 2008 BMW 135i in Monaco Blue (only available, year 1 of the 1!) with Coral Red leather interior, M Sport Package, PPK, 6 speed manual, and full bolt ons. I immediately fell in love with the car and it started changing things in my life right from the get go but first, a little more about how this was pretty much the exact opposite of what I wanted in a car.
As I mentioned in part 1, I had owned a 2007 Pontiac G6 GT for about 6 years. I really loved the car and it was paid off for about a year when a negligent driver plowed into the side of me (I did see it coming and moved over a full lane avoiding a head on) and totaled her. Mine was a better color than the one in the image above but you get the idea. Not the fastest or most awesome car ever but she was really solid all around and provided us with a great vehicle for the time that we had it and many fun experiences for not only myself but also those riding with me (Ask my wife or her mom about the time we ran against a Lamborghini some time!). I’m not going to give the whole run down again on what I was looking for in my next vehicle but I can tell you what I wasn’t looking for.
Premium Brand – I didn’t want a premium brand like BMW/Audi/Mercedes sitting in my driveway because they just look like they cost more, even if that’s not the case. That and the fact that though I am 39 years old in 3 days, I still look rather young and I just didn’t want to catch any flak for that.
2 Doors – I like having 4 doors or even 5 doors with a hatchback and I was looking for something powerful that had them. The list of options is not very long, especially when you eliminate premium brands and others that have gone extinct after the US market crash and bailout in 2008.
Blue – I’m not really a fan of blue though I do love it on this car. When I saw the add on Craigslist, I saw that blue was listed in the description and I was like WTF, as it looked black in the pictures. Had I known it was blue from the get go, I probably would not have gone to check it out.
Manual/6-Speed – While I have driven plenty of stick shifts before and I have owned quite a few, I really loved the semi-manual from the G6 and I was definitely looking to get another. In traffic it is just so much better than a manual. Of course, I started getting myself stuck in way more traffic after purchasing my Bimmer!
Leather Interior – Generally I am not a fan of leather interiors except for on really high end cars. For the most part I would just prefer the cloth option. Not as hot in summer or cold in winter and much easier to maintain. The red leather interior of my 1er was definitely one of the selling points though and everyone always loves it! Heated seats FTW as well living in New England!
Flashy/Eye Catching/Looks Fast – I also didn’t want anything too flashy that would garner a lot of attention. It was nice driving the G6 and always going unnoticed by cops etc., even when having some fun, it was just such a sleeper! Nor did I want something that looks like it should be fast like a Mustang or Camaro. Nothing against those cars, I love them both but I wanted something more low key than that.
Loud Exhaust – Granted a have since put a stock 135i muffler back on for now and it’s not terribly loud since but when I bought my BMW she was straight pipes all the way back with no muffler and catless downpipes. Not exactly low key! While it was fun for the first couple of weeks that I drove it that way (you should have seen my wife’s face on the 1st ride!), the highway drone was terrible and I had to creep past cops as my state isn’t always lenient when it comes to cars.
So, I believe you can now see how the car that I ended up getting was pretty much the exact opposite of the car that I was looking for. Remember, I just test drove a Mini Cooper JCW right before this as well. While the little blue BMW did have a few of the things that I wanted, mainly more power and the ability to increase that power, it was not the decision myself or my friends expected. Am I happy with the choice that I made though, you’re damn skippy! Now a little more about how my life has changed for the better because of it.
So while things were going great with Subterra and in a lot of other ways for my DJ career as well including, winning “Best DJ” at the annual music awards in my home city, hosting my own radio show for over 10 years and consistently playing shows, in a lot of ways, what I once loved more than anything was now starting to wear on me.
There were quite a few factors involved, one of which being the fact that the older I get, the less and less of my friends want to come out to gigs with me, including my wife, so it ends up being a lot of solo trips which start to get old. Especially when driving home by yourself for two or three hours at 4 or 5 am. While back in the day I used to love being out all night and staying up until 7 am or even later, at this point in my life, I’m usually up by 6 or 7 so when I have gigs, I’m often awake for 24 hours straight or close to it. Not exactly what I want to be doing anymore. Unfortunately, for the most part, in the DJ scene the good gigs are in the middle of the night. If you’re playing at 6pm, you’re not doing it right.
Also, my wife, who I have been with for 13 years now, has never really been into the scene either and EDM, dance music and loud, sweaty, stinky clubs really aren’t her favorite place. While she did come out with me for many years and we’re best friends, she has better things to be doing at this point in her life than staying out all night with me. Not to say she never makes an appearance anymore but it’s usually only for a drink or two with her own transportation or Uber and then she ghosts.
There are many more reasons, not all of which I am going to get into in this blog post but at least now you now know a few.
Now, along comes the end of May, 2017 and we have our biggest night yet at Subterra with Dieselboy and a bunch of our crew. It was our best show to date (for Subterra), Dieselboy killed it and all were merry. But, after everyone had gone home, my partner and I ended up getting into a big argument and it made me really think about what I was doing and if I wanted to continue putting my heart, soul and energy into my DJing and the EDM scene. After nearly 20 years of clubs, parties, warehouses and thousands of hours behind the decks, I was seriously considering taking a major step back and refocusing my energy. I had already started going out to meets and signed up to the BMW CCA pretty much as soon as I bought my 1!
Well, I thought really deep and hard about things for a couple of weeks, I had to make a decision because there just wasn’t room to go all out in both worlds. This was actually most likely the hardest decision I ever had to make but in the long run, I think it will be one of the best. It was either keep doing what I had been doing and had put the good majority of my life into or, make a drastic change and get involved in the car world. At this point, I didn’t even know how I would do that as I’m not a mechanic by any means and I don’t have a Scrooge McDuck sized pile of money lying around to get into racing and what not.
About two weeks went by and I was really having trouble deciding what to do. DJing had been my passion and basically my life for so long, I had put all my focus into it. Did I want to give that up. I’m not saying that I needed to quit DJing 100% but to keep going at a high level, it’s more than a full time job and I still wanted a lot more out of that life if I was going to stick with it. If I was going to continue DJing than I also needed to continue running Subterra, it was all or nothing as things can often be.
I’m sure by now, you know what decision I made ! Even though like I said, at the time I wasn’t sure how I was going to make it work, I decided that the BMW life was the life for me. And, here we are!
So, a few months have gone by now since then and things are really heating up. I went from having zero free time as a DJ to having lots of free time for just a few weeks when I stopped focusing on Djing to having zero free time (for now) again, now that I’ve started Bimmer TV. All the skills I’ve developed along the way in my previous career will and already are serving me on this new path! Between my networking abilities, Photoshop skills, access to talented producers and having a full library of over 300 releases from my days running Kick It Recordings to my promotional abilities, experience running events and building brands and my inherent drive to be the best, all of this is going to benefit me, and you, on this new journey!
While my main man Jeff Cossaboom and I were doing some work on my 135i, I had an idea to start a YouTube channel documenting it. I looked around the site and I saw that there were plenty of people doing this sort of thing and then everything started to take off from there! We now have a YouTube account that is almost at 200 subscribers in the 1st two weeks, an Instagram account just about to pass 300 followers and we have all the other important pages including Facebook, Twitter and now a fully legit website and blog. Bimmer TV is here to stay and we mean business! I hope you’ll stick along for the ride as I know it’s going to be truly epic! Thanks for reading this post and I look forward to bringing you many years of the best BMW content out there. Check out the three parts of our first episode available now on our YouTube channel. It’s Bimmer Time!!