An extremely versatile club DJ, Brad Slyde has performed scratch and breakbeat sets alongside everybody from A-Track to Z-Trip, including Q-Bert and Ninja Tune’s DJ Food, as well as appearing at parties for Frankie Knuckles or Mark Farina playing disco and house. With warehouse raves, loft parties and events at big afterhours clubs like Stereo and Sona under his belt, he also held down residencies at many other well-known Montreal venues, including Blue Dog, Tokyo, Saphir, B-Side, Jai Bar, Angel’s and Le Salon Daomé, performing 5 hour sets to a packed house on Saturday nights during his Heavy Disco parties.
Brad has had the chance to learn from some of the pioneer DJs that laid the foundation for dance music culture while throwing parties with NYC legends David Mancuso and Nicky Siano, and he’s also co-produced live music shows with bands like King Sunshine and The Soul Motivators. Readers of the Montreal Mirror voted him one of the city’s “Best Kept Secrets” and Urb Magazine in California called one of his mixes “a stroke of genius captured on tape”. Brad has released vinyl on Vancouver’s Futuristic Funk Recordings, done editing work for UK record labels like Tummy Touch, and recorded turntable scratching in the studio with heavy metal band 5 Line Legacy and hip hop MCs like Takktiks and Chilán.
A veteran of the Montreal music scene for over 20 years, Brad has built a reputation for staying ahead of musical trends. His weekly “Heavy Rotation” radio show on CKUT 90.3 FM ran from 2001 until 2013 and was one of the earliest examples of the popular Nu Disco sound. In 2003 he began sending out digital versions of each episode to subscribers and was among the first people in the world to experiment with what would become known as podcasting. Still continued via RSS feed, Heavy Rotation remains one of the longest running mp3 series’ on the internet.