It all started at the age of 13 when my eyes were opened to the new electronic sounds of Jean Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder, along with the energy of the new wave and punk sounds of the late 70s. Almost overnight I became a vinyl junkie, raiding the bargain bins of all Canterbury’s record shops. I remember my dad accusing me of wasting all my money on singles and jesting that he’d like to see me earning a living with those blooming records one day. How prophetic! My extensive music collection is testament to this, and to this day it makes my knowledge of music vast and eclectic.
My first professional event was New Year’s Eve 1982. I was still at Art College and working as a part time silver service waiter in a 4 star hotel, when I overheard the general manager mumbling that he needed a DJ to support the live band for New Year’s Day. I jumped in, and the manager, suitably impressed with my set, asked me to become the hotel’s resident DJ. I’ve never looked back.
The Skyline Roadshow, which soon became mobile, grew into a sizeable business that was popular in schools, military establishments, wedding venues and hotels. Highlights from the 80s include: DJing for Henry Cooper’s birthday party, cross channel ferry parties, a television commercial for the Sunday Mirror (aired 7 times on a Saturday night), many roadshows for local radio stations, a gig right inside Canterbury Cathedral, and the usual marquee, hotel, village hall, youth club and leisure centre discos. I also self promoted several successful runs of ‘under 18s’ rave type events at various venues through the south east and DJ’d at night clubs, where I perfected my flawless vinyl and CD mixing skills. Check Mixcloud for some old mixes.
During the 90s, my interest in electronic music stepped up a gear and I set up my own recording studio, crammed with vintage and modern synthesizers, samplers, drum machines and recording gear, results of which can still be heard on SoundCloud.
Fast forward to Summer 2008, when my two older boys Luke and Matt (no, we’re not Bros fans!), persuaded their old man to get a new show on the road. So the ‘Groove Train Disco’ was born and new designs were made, which culminated in a giant jukebox rig that is still a popular choice with my clients.
The next pivotal point was to go full time (at last!), solely focusing on great weddings and becoming an expert wedding DJ. I invested in a white disco rig, which can be lit (and up-lit) in any colour that my clients desire, allowing a new generation of brides to ‘have their day – their way’. In addition to this I added a starlit white LED dance floor to the mix, along with a white tux, high power LED uplighting, white video screens, a sweet kart, garden games and various other services.
And now we’re in 2014 and my passion is at its height. I’ll never stop learning, never stop expanding, and I’ll always strive to be the best I can possibly be to give my clients the ultimate in wedding entertainment.