Demi’s instincts as a DJ became evident at the turn of the millenium with a 3 month summer residency in Indonesia's premier venue Double Six which served as his training ground, performing the true role as resident DJ and having to learn his craft and fast over extended sets three nights a week to a full house of locals, tourists and ex-pats.
Upon his return in 2001 to his homeland in the UK, those instincts were exposed to a much wider and more tuned audience after becoming a national finalist in a competition which was run by the influential Mixmag magazine and superbrand Cream to find their new resident.
A tide of momentum followed with his own Deeper Substance nights in London which brought in a host of special guests including Lee Burridge, Hernan Cattaneo, Clive Henry and Groove Armada, alongwith breakthrough showcases and international dates performing alongside some of the greats including Laurent Garnier, Danny Tenaglia, Danny Howells among others.
Notable bi-monthly residencies followed in Toronto (Boa) and Montreal (Stereo) which left an indelible print on the thriving scene that was bubbling in Canada. 2004 concluded with recognition from his peers that came in the form of two nominations for Best Breakthrough and Best Newcomer DJ at the House Music Awards and DJ Pacha Ibiza Awards respectively.
Culminating with the milestone achievement of a 3 hour Radio One Essential Mix with the SOS Collective in 2006, made up of fellow sonic mavericks: Omid 16B and Desyn Masiello. The triumvate went on to score world tours with sell-out shows from Tokyo, to Ibiza, London and at the Miami WMC. A nomination for Best Newcomer Act followed at the Pacha Ibiza DJ Awards and along with two critically acclaimed SOS compilations: “Balance 013” (2008) & “Ministry of Sound presents SOS” (2010); two timeless pieces demonstrating musical synergy at its force, and forever etching its mark on dance music's legacy.
His debut solo mix compilation in 2011 “Sounds like Alola Volume 2” is an astounding sonic collage of the seminal deep house label’s rich back catalogue. Piecing the past, present and future together, this body of work is a true testament to the natural approach to his beliefs of the DJ art form, and thus provides a sensational journey for the listener.
Demi's latest project and focus is on his vinyl imprint Eyetone Records. Now into its 5th release, and with innovative vinyl sleeve designs to compliment his vision for the label which are now preserved at the British Library Sound Archives, Eyetone continues to quietly go about its business of releasing forward-thinking underground music. WindRush Records which acts as a digital arm to Eyetone provides Demi the opportunity to also break new ground with emerging and establish artists giving him and others the creative freedom to release music as and when it feels right to.
Not seduced by what is current but by what possibilities could be, we continue to see a forward thinking music man who wears his heart on his sleeve as he embarks in his next thrilling chapter, while continuing to endear to all who come across his effervescent personality. Demi's musical odyssey continues to deliver what you want, not what you expect.
Demi's early works in the studio was a diligent process to hone in on his sound and involved working with various studio engineers and selected collaborations with music producers who could help develop his way around the studio. Successful projects began with a remix for David Bowie 'Let's Dance'; a remix with LA based producer Trifactor which was picked up by Virgin for an official compilation of David Bowie Remixes and Unreleased B-sides in 2003.
Future works with Dutch producer heavyweights, the 16bit Lolitas saw remixes featured on esteemed labels such as Sunday Best, Defected and Sexonwax along with two outstanding club EP's on Deeper Substance which saw his tracks licenced to a number of major label compilations such as Ministry of Sound, Extrema, Star 69 and Saw Recordings.
With the advent of recordings and experimental jam sessions alongside prolific and respected deep house producer Omid 16B as part of the SOS collective, Demi's own development in the studio and study of sonics accelerated to the next level. Several of these collective works were debuted on the acclaimed Ministry of Sound presents SOS - The Club compilation in 2010.
By the time SOS disbanded in 2013, Native Instruments launched their flagship F1 controller and invited Demi to create a custom sample pack along with some of his future solo work from this sample pack that was featured on two tutorial videos for what has now become one of Native Instrument's most popular and innovative devices for the modern DJ and producer. Demi also receives engineer credits on the Balance 25 compilation release by Danny Tenaglia who at the last minute whilst on tour in the UK, was called upon to sit in session to help complete the project . The release has gone on to receive acclaimed reviews from the worldwide music press and punters alike.
Fast forward to 2015 and his first solo EP in 8 years with 'Leave It All Behind' with Cactus on the B-side has picked up cult support in the more discerning underground circles.
With a desire to have creativity with his output at its optimum, Demi now works under various new-formed aliases which has seen numerous releases already out in the public domain and will gain momentum for 2016 and 2017 with a string of releases and remixes already in place.
Several recent podcast mixes for one of the biggest underground labels Cadenza Music and also for SXMusic Festival where Demi performed , featured many original new works under these new guises he has formed. Both have been widely acclaimed as an outstanding and accurate sonic blueprint of what's to come.