COURSE LEADER | PLYMOUTH
What is a memorable musical memory from your childhood?
For me this has to be the long summer holidays stay with my grandparents, they religiously listened to classical music on their very expensive turntable and system... This had an impact on me, as did a lot of soul my mother was listening to.
What was your most embarrassing music-related moment?
Several to be honest, but the one that always sticks with me and I still have nightmares to this day is picking up the needle on the wrong record during a DJ set at Bug Jam Festival in the late 90's, 6000 people stopped dancing for a split second! After that I made a point of checking which fader on the mixer is open before approaching picking up the cartridge.
What three albums would you take to a desert island (and those you'd really take, not those that'll impress the readers!)?
Erykah Badu - Baduizm;
Massive Attack - Blue Lines;
Global Communication - 76:14.
What would your super power be?
What pop legend would you dress up as for a party?
Music software, what's your weapon of choice?
Logic Pro X /Ableton Live.
What's your fave piece of music tech hardware?
Roland 808 Drum Machine.
What are you most proud of?
Being lucky enough to be at the conception of house music in the UK and running an event management company for 12 years straight as Natural Rhythm working with talents like Sasha, John Digweed, Nick Warren, Dave Seaman, Anthony Pappa, Dave Valentine, Blue Amazon and Beat Foundation just to name a few...
Aside from this I am very proud of my DJ and Production career, in the past 20 years I have been lucky enough to touch down on virtually every continent.
I have played at some of the UK's finest institutions such as Lakota (Bristol), The Manor (Bournemouth), Velvet Underground (London), Up Club (Edinburgh) and many more.
Production wise I am also very proud of my releases and remixes on the likes of Defected Records (UK), Soulfuric (USA), Cassagrande (Spain) and many more.
I have also written music for Storm Watches, Oprah Winfrey Show, Channel 4, Pop Idol and others.
What are your three favourite music tech techniques?
- Synthesis Techniques.
- Technology in Performance.
What is your favourite thing about dBs?
I love what dBs stands for... I am answering this question the day after an Alumni student who has been with us for 5 years pulled me aside at one of our events and thanked me for every single thing I thought him. He said that without it he would never have had a direction and the chance to change his life to what it is now (he works with the Stanton Warriors). He has made it and it's only a start for him. This for me is what dBs is about - recognising talent, nurturing it and letting it flourish!
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
70's... Would have loved to be at the beginning of that musical revolution too!
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Hot weather all year round!