Music has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. Regardless of the genre, music can conjure up so many emotions and memories. My musical education started off with all things soulful with lashings of funk, rare groove and old school hip-hop thrown in. With the likes of Big Daddy Kane, KRS One, De La Soul, Lakim Shabazz and Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock influencing my taste. On the soulful side of things a first hearing of "Me & Mrs. Jones" by Billy Paul led me to discover the Sound of Philadelphia as crafted by the hugely talented Gamble & Huff. The introduction of the Classic Mastercuts series, so expertly put together by the legendary Ian Dewhirst gave me an education that was second to none. Before I knew it the House scene was about to blow up and a new exciting genre of music was going to cement itself firmly in the history of popular culture. Fast forward 10 years and a chance to move to Leeds beckoned. My record collection had grown considerably and I had managed to procure some turntables, but unfortunately I did not have an outlet for the energy that was building up inside of me. Then I happened onto a club night called Speed Queen. This night opened my eyes to how clubbing was or should be and more importantly was one of the best moments of my clubbing life. The venue, the music, the people, the dj's, the door staff, the bar staff..... EVERYTHING was perfect!!!!! It was at this night that I knew I wanted to be in the booth controlling the multitude of emotions experienced by every clubber in the building. From here I became a resident DJ, proving my worth in the upstairs room, playing a blend of soul, disco, 80's grooves and club classics. In time I was given my chance to play the main room and never looked back. I am proud to say that I have been involved in some of the best nights the club has seen and from there it enabled me to play nights all over the country. During my time in Leeds I was also part of the now defunct vinyl department at HMV. From here I was able to influence a lot of local talent by securing tunes before they were released. It also gave me the chance not only to promote myself but get to know some of the best DJ's, promoters and producers that Leeds has to offer. Leeds is a melting pot of talent and outside of London THE best city in the UK for dance music. I was resident at Gladrags @ Space and played in all of the venues across the city. I was fortunate enough to put on a couple of low key parties that went pretty well. It was more an opportunity for me & my mates to play music and throw a damn good party. One of them, Open Wide was an amalgamation of dj's live musicians & vocalists that was voted one of the best nights in the North by Mixmag. Through this we were invited to host the backroom at the legendary Gatecrasher in Sheffield. Outside of Leeds I've played at various nights in Barnsley, Sheffield & London. I also did some charity work in Bosnia with Speed Queen & the UN as well as playing at a rock fesdtival in the Balkans. Leeds was very good to me and has a vast amount of musical talent that I played with as well as musical heroes of mine - Jazzy B, Graeme Park & DJ Disciple all ahd the priviledge of playing with me...haha!!
After a brief hiatus I moved back to my beloved London and befriended an Italian music lover called Davide Zambetta. He is one half of the super takented D'zeta n Basile who have been tearing up dancefloors with releases on Tsuba, Viva, Mn2S to name but a few. They asked me to be resident at their monthly at The White House in Clapham and it was here that I got the chance to play with the likes of Justin Drake, Kevin Griffiths, Silicone Soul & Cristian Viviano as well as guest with them at The Egg in Kings Cross.
Now based in Dubai, I'm proud to have been a part of the legendary Musthavesoul Soundsystem playing at the best club in Dubai - 360!
Now I am part of the Cuts Above collaboration with Jonny Thornhill and we will be hosting below deck on the Sunstroke Boat Party. You can also check out our new radio show on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month between 8pm-10pm Dubai time.
From October 4th you can find me on Fridays at 360 playing the soulful & deep house from 7pm-11pm.
November 22nd - Cuts Above are guests of Plain & Simple at the Ocean View Hotel. Hit me up for table bookings.
Novemebr 29th - Supper Sessions @ 360 and warm up duties for the Dust Boys and Al Kent
December 1st - Cuts Above Radio Show
In the meantime, if you like what you hear, leave a comment and spread the word...Peace & love...DK
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