With well over 25 years of nightclub djing experience Andy Norman has been there and played the lot. He is most well know for his many years of contribution to building the global house brand Hed Kandi since 1999. Andy worked alongside brand founder Mark Doyle to embark on an incredible journey to make one of the UK’s biggest dance music clubbing brands.
Andy is truly an international globetrotter and over the last 14 years graced the decks in some of the world’s greatest nightclubs; Sydney, South Africa, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, Russia, North America and Europe are just a few of the destinations where he has brought his unmistakeable dj style. His talents have been called upon for some exquisite high profile events such as F1 parties in Monaco, Montreal, Bahrain & Abu Dhabi.
Corporate events for Penta Hotels, Google, Harrods, Selfridges, Glaxo Smithkline & Nokia also award shows for BPI, Music Week and FX Magazine.
He bases his DJ style upon being somewhat of party-crowd pleaser, “If you play to the ladies, you are all but guaranteed to have a great night!” Never afraid to play a classic or sound style, Andy’s ability to read a crowd and take them on a musical journey is unique and not only leaves clubbers with memories of a great night but also one of the reasons promoters will often seek out his return. Andy is very well known for being one of the friendliest and down to earth professionals with in the club world.
Whilst Andy is more commonly known for his work with Hed Kandi, he is well respected for playing numerous music styles over the years and has an extensive catalogue of music to call on. He has also played for a number of the UK’s top recording artists as The Pet Shop Boys and Jamiroquai. Andy regularly tunes into his love of soul music and is well respected in this side of the industry, often djing at events organised by London based Jazz FM, Expansion Records and the Soul Network to name a few.
Andy also has a great interest in radio. As well as past radio shows on Jazz Fm, Galaxy and more recently a very popular weekly 2 hour Hed Kandi radio show on Ministry of Sound Radio has made Andy become a firm favourite with listeners globally tuning in every Friday.
His new radio home can be found at the web based dance music station, Jemm One. Already in a short space of time his Thursday night 2 hour show has an ever growing following.
Andy’s love affair with djing and clubs began back during the mid eighties after seeing previous success of his older brother. At first just a lover of all forms of music his taste soon moved toward Soul and Dance music.
Andy’s clubbing dj journey started while running the legendary independent dance music record store ‘Vinylmania’ in West London, during the late 80’s beginning of 90’s. The store became one of most well known and respected in the South East of England. During the late 80’s Andy struck up a friendship with Mark Doyle, the creator of the now successful dance music compilation label Hed Kandi, at a small West London nightclub called Haven Stables.
He started working with label founder Doyle back in 1989; it was around that time they both began running local club nights that later went on to be legendary in West London. The early nights were named, ‘Freestyle’ and ‘Colours’ but the most popular and the now very well known night was ‘Back To Love’. These nights ran for a number of years. During these years Hed Kandi was born and one of the first releases went under the same title as the successful Back To Love night.
While working together with Doyle on their nights, Andy worked as the resident dj at Heaven Stables on a Saturday night. He enjoyed some great years there and forged a number of other partnerships with a number of other club promoters and broadened his dj horizons.
Andy also worked on the London club circuit for a number of years, working at a number of top club events; The Crazy Club, Black And White Productions & The Wide Awake Club amongst others, alongside the likes of DJs Carl Cox, Brandon Block, Alex P, Smokin’ Jo & Fat Tony.
His hunger and desire to please crowds across the globe still shines as bright as ever. He’s continuing to move forward….