Fade acquired his first set of turntables in 1993, it wasn't until 1997 though, when he graduated to Technics SL1200s, that he gained confidence to go public.
His first live performance was at a DJ battle in the Cotswolds in 1998, where he took 3rd prize. This was after he was runner-up in a DJ competition on Galaxy 101 (Bristol radio) the previous year.
This exposure lead to him being approached to spin for B-Boys at his first DJ residency, VITAL, a Hip Hop night held at various venues across Birmingham City. From here he has continued to DJ at events and promotions across the country.
In addition to DJ performances, he has been involved in many other areas of the music industry. Conducting the first ever interview for Big Daddy Magazine, in 1998. He also won the final of a DJ competition in London in 2003, plus started his first radio show that same year, the Late Manoeuvres Show, with DJ Action Jackson & Dirty Lyle.
"Being a Hip Hop DJ means that you can draw from many genres including Funk, Soul, Jazz, RnB… all the way up to Hip Hop music itself! It also means that I keep it true to the foundations of the art and DJ exclusively with vinyl turntables."
He is currently running his own events, WAX & Spin, as well as co-promoting Gloucester's Multi Styles Battle and DJing for recording artist Griz-O.
Atlantic Records UK
The Duke Of Edinburgh's Award 50th Anniversary
The Rugby World Cup 2015
Stroud Fringe Festival
Twice As Nice
Warner Music UK
Resident DJ for VITAL (Hip Hop event, Birmingham 2001-2003)
Pernod Mixibility DJ Champion (Club PoP, Soho, London 2003)
B-Boy Battle DJ
*Screechin Breaks, Cheltenham 2004-2006
*Under-A-Groove, Bristol 2006
*Ten Hip Hop Battle, Cheltenham 2007
*Breakfest, Birmingham 2007-2008
*Multi Styles Battle, Gloucester 2013-present
DJ for South West recording artists:
"WAX" DJ event (All vinyl) (Founder/resident DJ alongside DJ Ninja, Cheltenham 2010-present)
"Spin" DJ event (Founder/resident DJ, Cirencester 2014-present)
DJ at Strike-A-Light Festival (Gloucester City 2014-2015)
DJ at Gloucester City Blazers Street Ball event (GC College, Gloucester 2014)
DJ at Paint Jam, Gloucester Hip Hop festival, as part of the Multi Styles Battle. (Gloucester City Centre, 2014)
Promotional DJ Mixes:
*Lupe Fiasco 'Food & Liquor' album
*'Notorious' motion picture soundtrack album
*Jay Z 'Blueprint III' album
Produced J.Cole 'Cole World' Mixtape (Roc Nation UK promotional mix CD, distributed across UK, 2010)
Produced WAX Sampler Mixtape (Promotional mix CD containing "all vinyl" mixes by DJ Fade and DJ Ninja, 2014)
*Galaxy 101 "Swing Shift" (Bristol 1997)
*Deja Vu "Martin 2 Smoove Show" (Live in London 2007)
*BBC Radio 1 "Mista Jam Show" (London 2009)
Late Manoeuvres Show (Producer/presenter, GFM radio Gloucester 2003-2008)
Contributor Big Daddy Magazine (Interviews, charts, reviews, photography, Nottingham 1998-2001)
Artist interviews (Print & radio: Bashy, DJ Charlie Chase from Cold Crush Brothers, Chipmunk, Grandmaster Flash, Ryan Leslie and many more...)
Atlantic/Warner Records (Urban Promotions, Incl campaigns for Kano, Lupe Fiasco, Missy Elliot, Mitchell Bros, Notorious BIG, TI, Wiley and many more across London and the South West 2005-2009)
Music Youth Worker (New Music facilitator and event co-ordinator, Chequers Bridge GL Headquarters, 2005-2010)