Jamie Waller has flames tattooed around his left eye. A native of Germany, he speaks English in a flawless American accent. In a former life as a rock drummer, he opened for Motley Crue and Anthrax in Europe. He jumped out of airplanes as a member of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division.

Jamie Waller has flames tattooed around his left eye. A native of Germany, he speaks English in a flawless American accent. In a former life as a rock drummer, he opened for Motley Crue and Anthrax in Europe. He jumped out of airplanes as a member of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division.

Now he's here to save electronic music in Columbus.

Whether it needs saving is up for debate, what with Sweatin', Dig!, Church and a swath of other thriving dance nights. But the quest brought Waller, who performs trance, breakbeat and drum 'n' bass club tracks under the name Deejay Thunder, to Columbus last fall.

Waller, 41, is a club liaison for the German wing of global power Ministry of Sound Records. His role is to scout talent for the label and stoke the flames of the local techno scene wherever he's posted. Most recently that was the electronica no-man's-land on the Ohio-West Virginia border, where he spent four years cultivating a community of DJs and ravers.

His own DJ exploits began in 2000, when his band Desperet Souls was dissolving and a friend suggested Waller apply his rhythmic skills to the DJ decks.

"The first beat match was perfect," Waller said. "It was like a perfect transition."

DJ Dado got a hold of Waller's demo, and within weeks Deejay Thunder was opening for Dado and Paul Oakenfold in Europe. A contract with Groove Nation Records soon followed. A decade later, Waller is Europe's No. 8 trance and breakbeat DJ, according to a publication whose name he can't recall.

His credentials haven't carried much weight in Columbus, where he's had trouble breaking into the local DJ scene - possibly because none of this information is verifiable anywhere besides Deejay Thunder's MySpace page.

In the meantime, he's been throwing house shows in the East Side apartment he calls The Hive, where he's also hard at work on a remix album called "Transport Through Time" featuring trance versions of old rock songs and movie scores. Soon he'll release "The Diversity Album," a record geared toward crossing genre boundaries.

He'll make his Columbus debut at Saturday's Pride Parade, where he'll be spinning from the Paul Mitchell float.