Mr. Dex’s musical journey begun early in his childhood playing the Violin, French Horn and collecting vinyl. His collection and musical tastes includes Hip-Hop, Funk and Soul amongst others.
His DJ career started in the 90’s spinning at house parties and bars, before moving onto radio and clubs.
As tour DJ for Terrafirma and Klashnekoff, Dex spun sets at venues throughout the UK including the world famous Jazz Café & Fabric. During this time he has shared the stage alongside artists and DJs including: DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Cash Money [DMC], Scratch Perverts [DMC], Ghostface, Sway, Estelle & Omar.
Since 2010 he has developed an interest in video mixing and to date has played several live VJ sets in venues across London. He has utilised his VJ skills on several education projects with organisations including the BFI (British Film Institute) and Talawa Theatre Company.
In 2012 he secured his place as one of the resident DJs at one of London’s best-kept secrets – YoKoSo (Life Bar – Old St.). Later this year he brought his party rocking skills to Europe with several sets in Norway and is due to make an appearance in The Netherlands early 2013.
1. Top three (or more) tips for new and emerging talent to stay afloat and last long term.
* Be aware of what’s going on within the spectrum of your field but don’t feel pressured to follow trends.
* Opportunities can come at any time and in many guises. Keep your eyes, ears and minds open.
* When you reach those points where you think you should give up, it’s time to go harder…and often smarter!
2. What has been one of the toughest music related experiences you’ve faced?
My toughest experience actually happened summer this year and could have crashed 2 important events for me. I was in Holland visiting family in late July when my cousin told me of a mixtape contest to win a guest slot at a venue I wanted to play at in Rotterdam. Problem is I didn’t have access to turntables whilst I was out there. I got back to London eager to knock out this mix. The morning after I got back, I was riding home from a training session in a local park and about 10 seconds from my door the seat bolt snapped on my bike causing me to fall off. I was about to get up from the street and looked back to find my left foot twisted all the way left and leg bone protruding through my tracksuit. Dislocated ankle and 3 breaks to tibia and fibula bones. Recovery time: 6-12 weeks. So there I was, metal and screws in leg and cast on. Mixtape due in a weeks time. Pre-booked gig in Oslo in 5 weeks!!!
3. How did you get through or deal with it?
I spent 2 nights in hospital came home hopped upstairs elevated my leg on a stool and knocked out this mix in a great deal of pain and discomfort sitting down. Mixtape done, submitted, secured a slot at the said venue for January 2013. (Check it out 😀 http://soundcloud.com/mr-dex/yardbird-mixtape)
The cast was due off in 6 weeks, which could have caused me to miss the Oslo gig. I played everything by the book for my recovery, even changed my diet. 5 weeks later there was enough progress shown in the x-rays to have the cast removed. I flew out 48hrs later with the help of crutches, wheelchairs and taxis, hit the venue, sat at the decks got the job done.
4. What did you learn?
As long as there’s breath in your lungs and you’re determined and persistent enough, there’s a way. Oh yeah and count your blessings!