When a school friend’s brother bought a pair of Realistic belt-drive turntables, Dave was gripped by wanting to be a DJ
In the early ‘90’s Dave and friends ran the nightclub Sumo`s dedicated to getting the best DJs from around the UK to play each week, including Stu Allen, Mickey Finn and Easygroove amongst others. As well as DJing, Dave ran the light show, giving him the chance to be experimental with timing and showmanship.
Dave and his friends successfully put a number of free parties in the South West, culminating in a BBC2 documentary, ‘Close up West’, which followed the group. Dave’s mixing was now being recognised as exceptional, playing the warm up slot for some of the bug guns such as Nick Warren, Carl Cox and The Producer.
Wanting to move fully into working in music, Dave completed a music technology course at Westcliffe College, Weston-Super-Mare, gaining a Higher National Diploma in music technology. Dave began writing his own material and in 1998 joined Orca, a well-known West Country dance music act, performing to large crowds. Orca also produced a number of tracks played by other acts.
In 2002 Dave joined forces with Kevin Lloyd and together they have put out tracks under Keep Warm Recordings and E-Lab Rat, maintaining a steady stream of successful original tunes and remixes for other labels and artists and DJ’s and getting regular plays on Radio 1 and Kiss 100.
Dave’s engineering skills have been central to Legends & Tales’ great sound.
While working as ground crew for party organisers and overseeing sound systems back in the ‘90s, Ian caught the DJ bug. With a natural and soon respected gift for playing, Ian has spent seasons on Ajuna Beach, later becoming resident DJ at the After Dark Club (Reading). He has made many guest appearances at The White Onion Club, Studio Club, The Tiergarten, Bath Rock and The Factory. Ian has played for London pirate radio stations Star FM and Phoenix and has regularly played at Glastonbury.
In late 1996 Ian was a regular guest DJ at the popular Hybernation/ Altered States nights at Heaven. A chance meeting in a recording studio with 99th Floor Elevators’ Adrian F resulted in a recording project, which produced the UK hit Hooked.
Many mainstream DJ’s have been inspired by Ian who has always been generous and supportive to new and up-coming talent.
In 1998 Ian became resident DJ at the exclusive Bunker Club for four years and was in demand at many private and public parties. At one of these parties Ian met Dave Grier and Kevin Lloyd with he shared many ideas about music, which has lead to many collaborations and friendship.
Ian and Napier met in 2002 and together they formulated an idea to relate Whale and Dolphin stories in music and film, resulting in Legends & tales of Dolphins & Whales. Ian has been central to the musical development of forthcoming album as well as bringing his experience of organising events. Ian's contacts in the music business, particularly his brother Max, have given depth and gravitas to the album.
Kevin is the technical backbone of Legends & Tales of Dolphins & Whales, providing the musical base from which the tracks have been developed: his sense of intricate percussion and rhythm is superb.
Kevin has fulfilled the roles of writer, musician, producer, performer, DJ and engineer both independently and for bands on both sides of the Atlantic. Kevin holds a BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology and has considerable experience with Cubase, Wavelab, Soundforge, Nuendo, Steinberg and Native Instruments Pro.
Kevin specialises in attaining loud and clear sound with complex, clean yet subtle sounds with great speed and accuracy. He has extensive experience of the composition and production of dance music, working with Pesk Productions in Cork, Ireland.
Kevin retired from his life as a professional cyclist to apply himself to his considerable musical gifts, which have produced many varieties of sound and genre. He has recently returned from living in Ireland in order to expand his opportunities in the music world in the UK.
Napier has had a varied career since leaving school predominantly as an actor, professional helicopter and fixed-wing pilot and farmer. While developing Mirthquake Napier has been working as a tree surgeon and Cranio-sacral practitioner in his native Dorset in the South West of England.
Napier has produced a number of live events and five films including The Train and Sacred Fire, the latter an exploration of the effect of nuclear power in Great Britain. Napier is also an Executive Producer of Whaledreamers, a multi award-winning documentary released in 2006.
After a chance meeting with an old school friend in 1993, Napier was inspired to pursue a different course in life and left England on a voyage of discovery involving First Nation peoples and their ancient relationships with Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. Over many years Napier travelled on numerous occasions to Australia, South Africa, Canada, America, New Zealand, Hawaii, the Bahamas, Ireland and Greece, gathering the stories, myths and legends concerning this fascinating and obscure subject. On these travels he had many intimate interactions with Whales and Dolphins and indigenous groups.
In 1994 Napier met the Mirning, ancient inhabitants of the Nullarbor Plain in South Australia with their ‘ancestors’, the Southern Right Whales. It was a life changing experience. The Mirning’s harrowing story of the loss of their ancestral lands, and separation from their Dreaming tradition lead Napier to initiate and co-organise a gathering of Whale and Dolphin tribal groups from around the world on the Nullarbor in 1998.
The narratives of the Mirthquake projects are drawn from these wonderful experiences.
The background history of Max Middleton’s legendary keyboard work reads like a musician’s who’s who of the past four decades. It begins in 1968 after a chance meeting with Cat Stevens and since that day his unique style of playing has found him in the company of Jeff Beck, Beck, Bogart & Appice, Hummingbird, Beatles producer George Martin, on the film soundtrack of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Bee Gee’s, Peter Frampton, Kate Bush, Chris Rea and, the late John Martyn.
Max's highly acclaimed album ‘Land of Secrets’, released 2003, was his first solo album and featured Martin Ditcham on drums and percussion, Robert Ahwai on guitar, Sylvin Marc on bass, long time Ronnie Scott sideman Dick Pearce on flugelhorn/trumpet along with RL-2 stable mates Maiuko and Maquenzie on backing vocals.
December 2010 saw the release of 'One Thousand Sails', which continued the journey started by 'Land of Secrets'. Again featuring contributions by Robert Ahwai, Martin Ditcham, Sylvin Marc and Maiuko it represented a move towards a more organic and often retro blend of styles.
His latest album 'Two Cranes' was released in May 2013. An intriguing musical voyage combining classical nuances with Max Middleton’s inimitable Rhodes keyboard style, it adds further dimension and depth to Max's composing skills and playing style. Chill-out vibes, driving rhythms and cinematic soundscapes make this his best album to date.
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