Bounce has been DJ’ing since 1992, hence his “Spinnin’ Tru Since 92″ tag line, but has had an interest in music for a lot longer.
His first memories of music are from way back on summer days sitting in the garden while his parents listened to UK offshore pirate radio stations that would play tracks by artists such as Stevie Wonder & The Police! Seeing Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick perform “The Show” on Top Of The Pops sparked the flame for his Hip-Hop addiction.
In his teens Bounce discovered the music of Prince & from there grew to love a whole range of genres but Soul, R’nB &Hip-Hop had him hooked.Since 1997 Bounce has played in clubs & bars in East Anglia & later on Cyprus, Greece & London & has been involved in other projects including radio shows, mixes & podcasts & charity events.
In 2010 UK based & Mercury Award nominated Hip-Hop artist/Producer TY asked Bounce to create a mix-tape as a warm up for his latest album Special Kind of Fool, the mix-tape was called “Something Big Vol 1″, with this & spinning at the album launch at the world famous Jazz Cafe in Camden was one of Bounce’s proudest moments in his DJ career so far.
Because of his dedication to good music he has been given the opportunity to DJ at gigs for some of the best artists out there including Glenn Lewis, Jaguar Wright, Ursula Rucker, Slakah The Beatchild, Lyric L, Heidi Vogel, Terri Walker, Jesse Boykins III, Marsha Ambrosius, Caron Wheeler & Don-E.
Recently Bounce has been putting on his own club nights too.
1. Top three (or more) tips for new and emerging talent to stay afloat and last long term.
a) Love what you do, do what you love! Simple, if you love music, do it! I hear people say “I wanna be a DJ but I don’t know what style to play”…play what you LOVE. Don’t just spin for the sake of it! Like the Eric Roberson album title I was a “Music Fan First”
b) Practice makes perfect, but don’t over do it. Give yourself breaks & actually listen to the music. Sometimes when Dj’ing it’s easy to forget to listen to the music.
c) Don’t just network, make friends! Some people “network” just to get further in the game. This just makes you another crab in the bucket. If you befriend people there are two benefits, these people help you out & give you breaks but you also build an extended family!
2. What has been one of the toughest music related experiences you’ve faced?
In 2003 I decided to quit my job & my DJ residency, sell my car & spend the summer DJ’ing in Ayia Napa. It wasn’t such a hard decision but I got the bug for it & did it for the next couple of years. Roll on 2005 & I got offered a spot in Zante. I took it & it turned out to be sour. I realised I was getting ripped off by the promoter & the (apparently psycho) club owner threatened that if I left he would keep my records. It wasn’t an enjoyable experience as I was out there alone without any close friends.
3. How did you get through or deal with it?
I stood up for myself. I spoke to the club manager & explained that I was being ripped off & told promoter I wasn’t happy, I wanted my money & wanted to leave. I told him straight, get yourself another DJ. He did, the money was settled (pretty much) & I got a flight home.
4. What did you learn?
I learned to speak up for myself. I also learned that just because I’d had a bad experience doesn’t mean it was a bad decision to go. If an opportunity comes your way don’t dismiss it without thinking it through fully. Just remember things can go wrong when out of your control.
5. What music / entertainment related book, Blog, film or documentary would you recommend to inspire someone and why?
The book “Tales From The Flipside” by Mark Devlin. I can relate to this book in so many ways. It will give you an insight into the life & times of your average DJ rather than the shiny polished lifestyles of the ones that you see on the covers of DJ Mag. It will make you realise you’re not alone in the struggle.