Brad Slyde is an extremely versatile DJ who has performed alongside everybody from A-Track to Z-Trip. He’s delivered scratch and breakbeat sets with Q-Bert and Ninja Tune’s DJ Food, as well as appearing at parties for Frankie Knuckles and Mark Farina playing disco and house. During many years of DJing at warehouse raves, bars, loft parties and events at big afterhours clubs like Stereo and Sona, he also held down residencies at well-known Montreal venues like 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. 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 for Indica Records and hip hop MCs like Takktiks and Chilán.
A veteran of the Montreal music scene for over 25 years, Brad has built a reputation for staying ahead of the trends. His weekly “Heavy Rotation” radio show on CKUT 90.3 FM ran from 2001 until 2013 and was an early example of the Nu Disco sound that was to come. Sending out digital versions of each episode to subscribers since 2003, Heavy Rotation was also one of the first podcasts in the world and still continues via RSS feed at www.discobreak.com.