Aka: DJ 2TEN
Jay James is a DJ, producer and electronic geek who was born in Toronto. Jay started out formally educated on drums and brass instruments for many years. He was also the lead vocalist and backup drummer for the band Dr. Pepper. He started his musical journey many years ago. He attended his first (DEMF) Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 1999 while living in Detroit for over 5 years. At that point he was hooked on DJ’ing and the electronic sounds of techno.
Jay has DJ’ed at several clubs and lounges in Toronto, Detroit, and as far as Cozumel, Mexico. Jay treats DJ’ing as a fine art and includes a “no holds barred” approach to any set he plays. The influences of the “Detroit Techno” sound are presently heard in his productions and remixes. His sets include the latest and rare classic sounds which first inspired him on this epic voyage, which is now only the beginning. Check out Jay James as he comes through your area which will be a night you won’t forget. You can hear his productions on Portal Music Records.
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Aka: DJ Glitch, Weatherbox
Michael Flock has been an active music artist since 1983 when he created his first cassette tape release under the 'Abstract Gallery' moniker. For the following decade he experimented with multiple applications sometimes mimicking Robert Fripp and his use of dual tape machines to create and 'endless loop'. Then Roland came along with a number of interesting Drum Machines that changed everything.
It started with the CR-78 for me (says Michael) it was a Jean-Michel Jarre thing I guess I liked the chirpy sound of the drum machine... Then there was the 303-606 combo which actually got me going on a serious techno track...then the 808, but the 909 was my serious tool of choice during the 90's, it had the kick drum that could blow out the back window of a Skoda... Each kick was slightly different from the other, unlike digital versions, and that's what made it so satisfying in a live situation.
The live performances had a certain improvisational element the made it fun but unpredictable at times, especially when there were technical difficulties. Now I am using software based music programs, which give me the breadth and flexibility of using all my favorite analog synthesizers from my past in a compact and creative environment.
After a long hiatus, Michael began participating with Portal Music, a new music label representing local talent and artists. We can expect a large back-catalog release from Micheal as he has been recording tracks since the early 80's. Plus many new tracks as he moves forward with his participating with Portal Music.
Before being a successful entrepreneur, Nigel grew up in the early 80’s and 90’s where they used hip hop and street dancing as a way to endorse a non-violent lifestyle. Inspired by the Chicago House movement of the 90’s, Nigel Holder began his journey into sound, and would soon enough have an appetite for Detroit’s motor city soul sound in his vinyl collection.
As time progresses with the sounds of the dance culture, Nigel began a journey into a self-artistic creation, and promoting. Working with visual elements with photography, and videography would further enhance Nigel Holder’s skillful wonders into producing, and promoting ideas from the everyday life. From an old school dancer, to working into a consulting firm for the travel industry, and promoting and marketing XS Energy Drink, Nigel Holder continues to be involved in where the clubbing scene lies today.
Music is the message, and music is the answer for Shauny Walker. A Canadian sound designing producer coming from the artistic background. Growing up from vinyl, and tape mixing, his techniques have made him evolve into today’s music by the influences, and experiences of yesterday.
Shauny Walker has a great passion for records in this vast world of music. Ambition is simple, the love of records. Creating his own productions from electronics, synthesizers, and hard disk recording he definitely has a great ear to feel out the vibes of yesterday, today for tomorrow. He is always on the hunt for more records, and artists. Always listening to a wide range of diverse artists sounds from everywhere. His selections, his mixing skills, deliver stunning mix set sensations for you to listen, and dance to.
Shauny Walker is somewhat of a sound craftsman. He is an artist whose passion is for playing music, and bringing artists together. Portal Music Records is a platform foundation for emerging electronica artists. Over the years he has become a unique producer of electronica sounds. His productions can be heard on Portal Music Records.