Millsy gained exposure to electronic dance music at the age of 11 when his older brother partied at the first raves across the UK. Listening to the sounds of DJ?s such as Sy, Ellis Dee and Slipmatt playing Hardcore and Acid House Millsys passion for dance music grew and he began collecting both tape packs and records. Several years later he learned to mix when his brother and friends purchased a set of technics ?It was a complete mixture of music from soulful jazzy house through to breaks with screaming acid lines all getting hammered in the same set? he recalls.
On hitting 18 Millsy purchased his first set of 1210?s and started to promote parties in his home town of Eastbourne with a friend and fellow DJ and soon after this their own club night ?Maelstrom? was born. Coupled with gigs at parties in Brighton and Hastings alongside local outdoor parties he seemed destined to play hard dance through out his career until his first experience of a trance night on which Paul Oakenfold headlined. Admitting to being ?blown away? by what he heard, Millsy immediately changed musical direction, dropping the hardcore sound and experimenting with melodic trance and goa.
With the purchase of his own project studio in 2000 he started making his own tracks and re-editing and remixing records from his collection to play out. This further prompted Millsy to enrol in a full time music production and sound engineering course at The London Music School. Achieving a distinction and ?best in year? he went on to record several bands at studios across London, helping them to promote their demo?s before setting up his own business recording local artists and working as a sound engineer for other DJ?s.
At the beginning of 2006 he decided it was time to move to London and progress his career playing at some of the best clubs in the world. Clubbers in the capital and listeners tuning in to his radio show can expect to hear a blend of music ranging from eletro driven house and uplifting progressive to melodic trance and hard hitting breaks. ?My main influences are Sasha, Dave Seaman, Nick Warren and Paul Oakenfold along with electronic bands such as Booka Shade and Hybrid. There are so many excellent clubs in London but given the choice I would love to play the main room at Turnmills.?
Millsy currently hosts a weekly show on World Dance FM and has recently returned from a tour of Brazil with further gigs lined up later in the year for Sao Paulo and Brasilia. On the production side he is currently collaborating on several studio projects with DJ?s and Producers based across London with plans to have some of his tracks released later in the year.
Constantly pushing the boundaries of technology Millsys DJ set up includes Abelton Live, CD Decks and Keyboards alongside the traditional Technics 1210?s. ?People have a misconception that working within a computer is in some way cheating, taking away the skill element of mixing. The truth is, with so many DJ?s out there capable of beat matching, programs like Live offer the chance to really push the boundries and add a whole new element of creativity?. Although advocating the advance of technology Millsy never loses sight of the real reason a DJ exists ?to rock the party and ensure the clubbers go home with smiles on their faces after getting that little bit more than they expected".