My first memory of "Show And Tell" at school involved a cassette tape of Rick James "Street Songs" (I still have it too, see pic below!) and a ghetto blaster.
Ever since I can remember it has been my passion and playing all types of great music comes naturally to me - some people have a talent with numbers and become accoutants, some people are athletic and pursue professional sports, my unique talent is finding the perfect music for any event.
Originally from Hamilton, Ontario - I am a child of the 80's, I loved all the one hit wonders - in fact I still do. You cannot beat some of the classic 80's music like Duran Duran, Wham, Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson!
After my formal education, I relocated to the UK for almost 10 years (London, Nottingham & Leeds). This is where I met my beautiful wife and was heavily involved in the music scene and managing an independent record store in central London. Popular DJ's would scour our vinyl bins for the latest tracks - we were located on Charing Cross Road & Tottenham Court Road sandwiched right between the London Astoria and LA2, two of the busiest mid-sized live music venues in London. One of the biggest perks of the job was that I had access to free tickets/backstage passes to any shows that came through so I was lucky enough to see and actually hang out with some of my favourite acts (Oasis, Verve, Charlatans, Jungle Brothers, Fatboy Slim). I travelled all across the UK and visited some of the best music clubs in London, Glasgow, Dublin and Manchester (including Ministry Of Sound & the infamous Hacienda). I had some great adventures living in London including being in a video by The Chemical Brothers, living around the corner from the infamous Abbey Road studios and having the singer Bjork as my neighbour. It was the height of Britpop and there was definitely an energy in the air which the press dubbed "Cool Britannia". This energy reflected in the bands of day which resurrected the classic British sounds (Beatles, Stones, Kinks, The Who) and it became Swinging London again!
Brent & Emma Wedding - Havana, Cuba 2003
I can honestly say I listen to everything - every music genre you can imagine...
Some of my all time favorites include the Classic Motown sound (Stevie, Marvin, Diana, Smokey, Michael) and classic R&B soul (Aretha, Otis, Wilson, Curtis, Al Green). I love The Clash, to me they are the perfect band and was lucky enough to meet Mick Jones! I own every album by Prince, Bowie, The Beatles and Stevie - pure genius! In the 90's I travelled to Paris to witness the emergence of an amazing house music scene with laid back beats (St. Germain) and banging disco house (Daft Punk). Funk has a huge place in my collection (James Brown, Sly & The Family Stone, Funkadelic, Chaka Khan). Jazz (Herbie, Miles, Thelonius, Mingus) - Blue Note & Verve record labels can do no wrong in my eyes. Disco (Chic were so tight and songs like "Good Times" are stone cold classics). Top 40 - you have to keep your finger on the pulse of what's being played, some tracks only last a few months, some like Usher "Yeah" or Flo Rider "Low" stand the test of time. Some other genres I am knowledgable in are Drum & Bass, Rare Groove, NY Underground Disco, 80's Boogie, House Music (everything from Detroit, Chicago, London, Paris - Bob Sinclar), Punk (Sex Pistols, Misfits), Indie (Pixies, Blur, Jesus & Mary Chain), Metal (Priest, Mötörhead, Crüe), Easy Listening (Burt Bacharach), Nu Funk, Brazilian, Hip Hop, Old School Hip Hop, Blues (love Stevie Ray Vaughan), Classic Country (Hank, Merle, Patsy, Loretta), New Country (Toby, Garth, Keith), Classical (Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi).
To see some of the musical genres I am familiar with, check out my Songs Page
Get in touch - you can either drop me a line or give me a call to discuss what type of music you want for your special event.