Atlanta via London
"Daz... has long had a solid
reputation for more than his music-making and mixing duties. He is also known as a responsible, organized, and trustworthy promoter of parties." - Miami New Times, April 2008
1965: Daz enters this universe!
1970: Daz is given his first vinyl record “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5. This is the start of his addiction to vinyl and to this day he continues to suffer from pure vinyl junk/ism… no cure found yet!
1979: At the age of 14, he forms the Funbunch Sound System with an old school friend, Dennis Grey. The first gig they book is at an all-girls school- a great gig!!
1980 - 1988: Promotes a number of successful parties hosted by the likes of Trevor Nelson, Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson and Norman Jay! 1989: The Funbunch Sound System lands itself a gig at the legendary Notting Hill Carnival and is still rockin’ the spot to this current day- bigger and better than ever!
1991 - 1992: Enrolls at the London School of Engineering to learn more about the technical side of the creating music. There is where he develops his love of music production! With the help of his friends, Daz formally begins his production career by financially investing in the purchase of industry-level music production equipment. He soon releases his first vinyl bootleg mega mix entitled, “Daz Mix Parts 1 & 2” (It was a big hit in Brooklyn apparently!) and then follows it up with his official debut 12” single entitled, “Daz Jazz”- with great support from radio, music magazines & DJ’s worldwide.
1993 - 1995: Meets the infamous Noodles of the Groove Chronicles and becomes his sound engineer alongside his production partner,Wonder. Daz goes on to engineer a jungle/drum & bass remix project in the Soul II Soul studios. Daz is contracted as an in-house sound engineer for the indie dance label, Slip ‘n Slide Records via his connections to Noodles & Wonder. In his work with Slip ‘n Slide, Daz meets Orin Walters aka Afronaut & the mighty Phil Asher. Releases a 12” single with BB Boogie entitled, “Fire” on Slip ‘n Slide’s sub-label, Basement 282. Daz’s also engineer’s for Orin’s Mousetrap & Monkey Funk labels, not long after he meets IG Culture.
1996 - 1998: Works as an in-house engineer for ToTo Productions in Brixton where he meets & works with Danny J. Lewis and Don Ricardo. (Note: Both artists are later featured on Afronaut LP project & Bugz in the Attic LP.) & a very young Matt Lord (Note: Daz later gets Matt to become a member of Bugz in the Attic). Alongside Don Ricardo and two other collaborators, Daz forms the U.S.S.O. (Urban Street Soul Orchestra) and releases two 12”singles. Becomes one of the founding members of the DNB outfit with the Invaderz with Matt Lord & Daryl James. Daz links up with good friends Bunny Bread & Steve Austin to form the old skool DJ crew, Soul Masters. Soon after Daz is a member in creating Uprock, a respected group of like-minded musicians, artists, DJs & performers with a network of fans all over the UK & Europe. Uprock is still hosting phenomenal house parties, soca & zouk jams in West London and holding down a residency called ‘Jazz Refreshed’.
1998 - 2005: Works with the crew Da Funkstarz, alongside Danny J. Lewis and creates a number of notable remix releases. Hooks up with Alex Arnaut of the Dread Poets to form the ‘Da Lunarticz and releases a few 12”s under that alias. Joins the Bugz in the Attic crew and never looks back… well, only a couple for times to peek over his shoulder. He works non-stop, full on 24-7/365 in a production mode remixing & engineering several projects. The Bugz, as a collective settle into their new residency at the Co-Op club in London with Orin aka Afronaut & Daz I Kue on a fortnightly basis also featuring Seiji, Alex Phountzi, Mark Force & Kaidi Tatham.
2005 – 2006: Daz plays an integral role in the production of the Co-Op Miami/WMC parties- 2006, 2007 & 2008. Bugz in the Attic release the magnificent, “Got the Bug” remix LP on Virgin’s V2 label to a massive critical acclaim- everyone loves the Bugz! The Co-Op party wins the Best Club Event award at the first-ever Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards & Bugz in the Attic earns the Best Single award for “Booty La La”…. Whew! What a year!
2006 - 2007: Co-production of the debut Bugz in the Attic LP- “Back in the Doghouse,” forms the Bugz in the Attic Live band & tours extensively world-wide: USA, Japan, Australia and Europe. 2007 - 2008: The Co-Op party wins Best Club Event at the Gilles Peterson’s BBC Worldwide Awards- again!!! Daz moves from the UK and settles in Atlanta, GA.
2009: Completion of a five-year labor of love, the Joy Jones “Nappy Child” LP project- forthcoming on Future Soul Records. Be sure to check it out!
The Future: A whole heap of productions & remixes; Daz I Kue & Andrea Clarke LP, Stan Smith Project, Daz-I-Kue ‘Dazisms’, hip-hop LP project working alongside the Atlanta-based D 'N S- featured on Get Up Movement / Future Soul Records… and it doesn’t stop there!! Daz is moving and shakin’ in his creation and promotion of local and global events like “The G++dness” tours and “The Godfather” sets- the official James Brown-themed jams.