Friday, February 8, 2008

HED KANDI BACK TO LOVE PARTY (Feb 16. 2008)

Big Fish Present: Hed Kandi Back To Love

Featuring Andy Norman, together with Johnboy Lee and Live on vocals Samantha James featuring Southerner.
A-Avenue. Feb 16. 2008

Andy Norman

Now seen as the elder statesman of Hed Kandi DJ Andy Norman was part of the founding line-up of one the UK's biggest dance record labels. He started working with label founder Mark Doyle back in 1989; around the time when they held small local club events for a number of years. It was during this period that Hed Kandi was born.

Andy worked on the London club circuit for some years, working with amongst others The Crazy Club & Black And White Productions along side the likes of Alex P, Smokin Joe & Fat Tony. Well respected for playing numerous dance music styles over the years he has played for a number of UK recording artists too like The Pet Shop Boys & Jamiroquai to name but two.

Currently part of Team Kandi and a main resident for six years now, Andy continues to grace some of the world's greatest nightclubs across all of the continents. He's still a part of the Kandi radio team too presenting a regular weekly show. He based his DJ style as something of a party crowd pleaser, "If you play to the ladies, you are all guaranteed to have one really great party!" "I simply love to see people smiling and having a lot of fun"

Samantha James

In Samantha James, Om Records could well have a future multi-album star. 'Rise', her debut album, is a smooth and enchanting blend of lite house, fused with her Sade-esque vocals. The eponymous lead single has already set the tone - a potent cocktail of incisive sensuality that perfectly fuses dance-inflected bossa nova rhythms, with waves of vivid vocal emotion. And on the remainder of the opus, she creates a beautiful marriage of chill beats and multi-layered musicianship that ooze of a rare quality. 'Breathe You In', 'Living Without You' and 'Send It Out to the Universe' is a trio of essential tracks on an album without an obvious weak-link — and which conspire to make Samantha James one of the most happeninggreen-eyed soulstress .

Johnboy Lee (Man behind the BIGFISH Radio show)

John Paul Lee is better known as Johnboy. His introduction to dance music came at the time when hip-hop and early fun-house sounds were the staple dance floor fillers, with the likes of Jellybean Benitez and Madonna at the helm. He credits Arthur Baker, BT, Leftfield and Frankie Knuckles as his musical influences. He went on to obtain a Diploma in Music Production and Engineering at the Fullsail Center of Arts in Orlando, USA, in 1993, spending his last year at college on 500KZ FM as a Mastermix Jock, doing 4 hours non-stop dance remixes radio show. Not content to stop providing the American college beat, he also finished off a whole decade at clubs in Manila (Phillippines), Koh Samui (Thailand), Bali (Indonesia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Dubai (U.A.E), Hong Kong, Shanghai (China), Kota Kinabalu, Penang and of course Kuala Lumpur. The opportunity to work in a Top 40 radio station (Hitz FM) came knocking at his door in 1996 & had a wonderful 5 years with them.

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