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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

DJ Trevor Walker gets jumpin'

By Amanda Aitken
Gazette Staff

Trevor Walker, soul brother and spinner of eclectic beats, will be gracing the Bacchus Lounge with his style Saturday night.

The event is part of JUMPIN', a series of nights put on by London DJs/promoters Jonathan Coe and Andy Capp that has delivered two years of innovative DJs and aural experimentation at the Bacchus.

Originally a member of the Canadian Floormasters, Walker explains, "the transition from breakdancing to playing records was quite natural. If you can dance to the music, you understand how it moves you and how it will potentially move others." Over the course of his 12-year DJ career, Walker has had the unique opportunity to expose audiences to refreshingly unpredictable sets.

Walker explains that the line between techno (electronically played and produced) and organic (live recordings of players' "acoustics") is becoming blurred. Those who tend to complain about the "mechanica" or "cold" feel of electronica will have little to bemoan tomorrow night, as an evening of Trevor's uplifting, afro-tinged sets will attest to his sound being organic indeed.

Trevor draws on many types of music, from bossa nova to tribal to soukous. "There are quite a few DJs, locally and internationally, who are in the same head space as me musically. If the music became commercial and there were more than a few DJs doing what I'm doing, I would dig deeper."

It is this dedication to bringing original, high-calibre and jazzy sounds to clubs across Canada that differentiates Trevor. He explains that every record he buys "just has to be fresh."

Trevor shares his personal philosophy. "I try to live my life in a positive manner and to play positive music both lyrically and emotionally, not only for dancefloors but for my own pleasure."

You can catch Walker on the air Thursday nights from midnight to 2 a.m. on his show "The Undergrove" at www.ckcufm.com. Walker is planning to release a full-length of material with Miguel Gra?, as well as another full-length with Rise Ashen.

"Finally, I'm slowly compiling a solo project of original material while working on re-edits of some of my favourites from the past," Walker shares.

As for this weekend, get ready for a smorgasbord. You heard it straight from Walker: "I hope to get away with everything from afro-Latin to disco-electro. Maybe some hip-hop and D&B if the crowd's into it. Who knows?"

You can catch Trevor Walker at the Bacchus Lounge Saturday night. Tickets are $5 at the door.

 

 

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