Dave grew up in West London. He went to school in Ladbroke Grove. He started his career by accident as he had a knack of remembering information about artists and their records after listening to other DJs on their shows and in clubs. His understanding of which producers created which styles and sounds earned him a lot of respect and led him to start DJ’ing. This knowledge along with his record collection meant he was asked to play at friends’ parties which led onto clubs and then came radio. Dave became known as Dave VJ due to his huge collection of 40,000 records (Dave the Vinyl Junkie).
1979 Dave had his first experience of working as a club DJ at The White Hart in Willesden.
1981 Dave got his first real job in the music industry. He worked for a company called Lightning records
as a dinker (hole puncher in 7” records)
1982 Dave joined the Mastermind Sound System where he discovered Hip Hop from the unlikely
source of Paul Oakenfold. They became Ghetto Celebrities and were renowned for their Notting Hill Carnival sets. They met Morgan Khan who owned Street Sounds and were asked to work on mixing some of the Street Sounds compilation albums.
1983 He had his first taste of radio when he joined Radio Invicta and Solar Radio with Mastermind. He left
Lightning Records and went to work for Arawak Records.
1984 Went back to Lightning as the 12” music buyer.
Left Mastermind and formed the Hardrock Soul Movement with Max LX
1985 Joined pirate Kiss FM (7th October) with Max LX
Had a residency DJ’ing in Belgium and Guernsey
Signed to Elite Records with Max LX and made “Do It Anyway You Wanna”
1986 Released “The Beat is Mine” and “Double Def Fresh” for Elite Records
Signed to Streetwave Records and made a single called “Funky Groove” featuring Arika Afrika Baambaata
1987 Made “Eloisa is a Skeezer” for Serious Records.
1988 Kiss turned off Dec 31st We reapplied and won our London wide licence in Dec
1989 Made “Just You Way You Like It” for Dancemode Records.
Kiss FM went off air in a bid to got a legal licence.
1990 Kiss FM started to legally broadcast from September the 1st .Dave did the rap show with Max LX for 7 years. This gave Dave the chance to play at concerts including Joe, Destiny’s Child, Rakim, Fugees, and Eminem etc.
1995 Started the early morning breakfast show on his own as well still presenting the rap show with Max.
1997 Also given the opportunity to present the Saturday morning Kiss Top 40 countdown show.
Dave earned an award for the best TV interview on Kiss TV interviewing Busta Rhymes and Flip Mode at Notting Hill Carnival.
1998 Dave left Kiss FM after a major reorganisation and he and Max LX parted company.
1999 Started work for Morgan Khan as head of A&R and signed D’Bora.
2000 Dave joined www.peoplesound.com” www.peoplesound.com as Head of A&R for hip hop and RnB, identifying new acts and putting them in touch with record companies which led to publishing deals. The first person he put in the studio was the UK’s very own Estelle. He also worked on the soundtrack for the film Dog Eat Dog.
2001 Joined Choice FM – did the lunchtime show on 96.9 for 4 years
2004 Dave had the opportunity to DJ at a gig in Kampala, Uganda. He taught local Students broadcasting
and DJ skills there facilitated by the British Council.
Worked for Point Blank Music School teaching DJ skills to young people in London.
2005 After a buy out at Choice by the Capital Radio Group Dave took over the lunchtime show from 1pm– 4pm on both networks as well as the Old Skool Show on Sunday afternoons from 3pm–6pm.
2008 Dave moved to the Choice Classics show on Sunday mornings from 12am-3am.
He began a stint on Colourful Radio on Saturday afternoons 3pm-6pm which lead to him earning the award of Listeners Favourite Presenter 2008.
Dave started the “Grown & Sexy” brand putting on nights playing old skool for a mature crowd.
2010 Dave began tutoring at Stanmore College passing on his knowledge as a broadcaster and DJ.
2011 Dave now has an ever growing work load on the radio and in the clubs
2012 The G & S Brand Successfully does 3 parties in Antigua along with Dave doing other UK rotational residencies in London (We Love Soul and Move on Up)
2013 The release of The Masters Of the Airwaves: The Rise and Rise of Underground Radio a book written by Dave and Lindsay Wesker which documents lots of well known music industry people along with enthusiast about their radio experiences from the early days of pirate radio to present day
Radio in UK
Mi- Soul 5-7pm Mondays
Radio in Antigua
Nice FM 104.3 Fridays 4-6pm
Dave successfully started the “Grown & Sexy” brand in 2008 and then toured with and 2011 they went international to Antigua where at the finale over 400 partied to Dave and his distinctive DJing style. Now they get ready to do it all over again in 2013 for the 3rd year
To contact Dave call his agent Tracy Austin on 07956 350 010