Masterstepz is a force to be reckoned with. As one of the UK’s premier Club and Radio DJ’s he is one of a very select few who have taken things to the next level and become a major success, celebrating 10 years in the business in 2009.
Having grown and moved with the times and ever changing music trends, Masterstepz must be praised for his staying power, talent and sheer dedication to his art. From humble beginnings as an Underground Club DJ involved in the whole ‘Sound System’ culture based in and around Brixton, South London, he went on to presenting his own show on a South London Pirate Station called Lightning FM.
A music course saw his step into music production, combining his skill of mixing records on turntables with providing the tracks to be mixed. Recognised as one of the pioneering DJ’s of the original massive UK Garage phenomenon of the late nineties, Masterstepz soon cemented his place at the top of the DJ league.
Today Masterstepz plays an eclectic mix of R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, UK / Old Skool Garage, Bassline, Funky House … essentially anything that gets the party started; which he consistently does. As well as appearing all over the UK, he is just as popular internationally: Tenerife, Ibiza (Twice as Nice / Pure Silk), Ayia Napa (Every promoter), Miami (Winter Conference), Holland, Germany, Malia (Pure Silk), Switzerland, Sweden, NY, Atlanta (Ying Yang Twins Album Launch with Lil Jon), Jamaica, Paphos, Athens….
As well as his club bookings he is a long standing and respected member of the Choice FM London team (6 yrs) where he is the ambassador of youth urban music as well as taking an active role in their ‘Peace on the Streets’ campaign. He has his own daily show meeting and interviewing the likes of Mariah Carey (who personally presented Stepz with a mounted Triple Platinum Disc for her “Emancipation of Mimi” album), Mary J Blige, Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), TI, Chris Brown, Young Jock, Damon Dash, Marques Houston, Mario Winans, Christina Milian, Ashanti, Ludacris, City High, So Solid, JD, Audley Harrison, Richard Blackwood, Ashley Cole & Rio Ferdinand to name a few!!
And his celebrity associations do not stop there – he boasts a coveted address book of Premiership footballers, models and celebrities and is naturally the DJ of choice at the various celebrity parties and events.
Past bookings have included Ashley & Cheryl Cole’s wedding, Anthony Gardner’s birthday (Tottenham Hotspur), John Fortune’s birthday (Charlton), the official PFA annual party, Danielle Lloyd’s birthday and Joanne Beckham’s birthday. He also organises his own private ‘End of Season’ football parties with capacity attendance from the ‘prem’ players every time. More recently he was an invited guest and DJ for UK singer Jamelia’s wedding to footballer Darren Byfield.
Aside from the glitz and glamour, Masterstepz is seriously committed to youth crime prevention. He is actively involved in Choice FM’s ‘Peace on the Streets’ campaign which works in association with Operation Trident to deliver an anti gun / weapon crimes message via seminars, events and talks at schools and youth centres all over London and the South East. His dedication to the cause has seen him appear alongside Premiership Footballer Justin Hoyte at Arsenal’s new Emirates Stadium which allowed young people to voice their concerns in a one day workshop focusing on youth violence and weapon crime ( HYPERLINK "http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/club-backs-peace-on-the-streets-in-islington" http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/club-backs-peace-on-the-streets-in-islington). As one of the most requested members of the Choice FM team by the youth audience, Masterstepz obligingly and passionately helps to fight this worthy cause.
His popularity as an outspoken and respected figure in the music industry have also lead him to various TV appearances including MTV’s “DJ Takeover” (screened Dec ’07 and due again March ‘08) and “Car Duels” on ITV2 with fellow DJ Spoony (screened Dec ’07), with other TV projects in the pipeline for 2009.
This year Masterstepz’s talents have also spread Stateside. Major US Management / DJ Agency Violator have signed Stepz as their first and only UK DJ on their roster (Violator DJ All Stars), alongside heavyweight artists such as Diddy, LL Cool J, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and the cream of US DJ talent.
Awards / Nominations have included:
Nominated Best Newcomer – Sony Ericsson Awards 2001
Nominated Best Club DJ – MOBO Awards 2001
Winner of the Sony Radio Academy Awards for ‘Peace on the Streets’ 2004
Nominated Best DJ - UMA 2006, 2007 & 2008
Nominated Best Club DJ & Best Radio DJ – MOBO Awards 2008