Where are you from?
I'm from a tiny Hamlet (smaller than a village) in the middle of nowhere in North Norfolk, haha! It's called Shingham and is just down the road from Steven Fry. I moved to London 10 years ago, aged 19.
How did you start DJing or what lead you to be a DJ?
I started DJing when I was 10. I started on some VERY basic CD players but got the hang of it relatively quickly. By my 12th birthday I was playing paid gigs for people. Being in the countryside, I had to provide all the kit. I quickly ended up with lazers, full lighting rig, massive sound system and all the extras. My mum would drive me to gigs in our Land Rover and when my kit outgrew that she would use our horsebox to get me to them! I'll never forget my first gig. I was DJing someone's 18th birthday. I was 12. The look on this poor guys face when a 12 year old turned up with his mum to DJ... Still smashed it though! When I moved to London at 19 I didn't waste any time looking for residencies and I've been busy with gigs ever since! It's my 10th year DJing in London but I've now been playing in total for nearly 20 years which is a bit mad!
Who influences you? Where do you draw inspiration from?
I knew from a very young age I would be obsessed with music. My dad left me an awesome 70's Wharfdale hi-fi which I used to blare out his tape collection, then my babysitter introduced me to dance music in the early 90's and I was hooked. The first album I bought was Experience by The Prodigy.
Sounds a bit cliched but I draw inspiration from everyone. Mates, colleague's and most of all other DJs. I follow so many differnt types of music and am firmly of the belief that a good song is a good song. no musical snobbery from me.
I was in my mid-teens when I discovered Liam Howlett's album 'The Dirtchamber Sessions'. This is a great album mixing all sorts of genres on a couple of tape players and a turntable. As soon as i discovered scratching, I became determined to master it. As a result, I have a pretty eclectic selection of DJ heroes... Jon1st, DJ Nu-Mark and DJ Q-Bert are my biggest inspirations for technical DJing. I've worked with Jon before and he's a lovely guy. Stupidly talented. In terms of people who influence my set lists the most, it's got to be the big players in the Disco Scene. Dimitri From Paris, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Tom Moulton e.t.c. Finally as a pure party starter DJ, it's hard to beat DJ Yoda. His mixtapes are legendary and he also happens to be a really lovely guy. I'm always very suspicious of DJs who don't seem to love what they're doing!
What kind of music do you like to play? What styles can you play?
I can work with anything. I listen to all genres. It doesn't mean I'm likely to drop Rachmaninoff into your Drake and Rihanna set, but it does mean no matter where the mood goes, I will have the best music ready to go in any genre. Personally I listen to a lot Disco and am always looking for and collecting Disco Edits old and new. Over the years my personal musical taste has gone (in this order) from Rave to early House to 90's Golden Era hip-Hop to UK Garage to my biggest love of them all, Disco.
I would say my strongest genres as a DJ (in no particular order) are classic Hip-Hop and R'n'B, Disco, Funk, Soul, House and Garage. I can also deliver the often asked for 80's and 90's pop but with lots of bootlegs, mash-ups and edits to keep it familiar but exciting and creative.
Please list gigs & projects past, present and future.
I have played at Fabric, Ministry Of Sound, The O2, Panorama Bar, Pacha and many other venues. You can find a more comprehensive list of venues and clients on my website - CrossTheDJ.com. I've held residencies at Cargo, XOYO, KOKO and currently have residencies at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, The Queen Of Hoxton, The Book Club, Roadtrip & The Workshop, Zigfrid Von Underbelly and The Shoreditch (all in Shoreditch) and The Big Chill (King's Cross).
Coming up shortly I have gigs / residencies lined up at Birthdays in Dalston, The Blues Kitchen in Brixton, Tape in Mayfair, Shoreditch House, The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, DSTRKT in Soho and The Ace Hotel. I'm also headed to Ibiza in early June for a string of gigs. I'm also in contact with a plethora of other London venues, I'm always looking for new venues to play at. As you can tell I like to be busy and I like to keep the work varied!
I'm also the requested DJ for Jigsaw. I have a number of private events booked this year including high-end weddings, product launches and ceremonies in the U.K and abroad.