Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Stryke began his music career at an early age. He started playing classical piano at the age of four. Moving to Miami, Florida (where he still resides) at age ten, Stryke became heavily involved in early electronic alternative scene. His love for Beethoven and Chopin were quickly joined by his new love for groups such as Depeche Mode and New Order (not to mention an unhealthy addiction to video games, which he still has to this very day). Buying his first synthesizer at age 12, Stryke quickly learned the ways of additive synthesis and began writing electronic songs with his trusty monophonic Roland SH-101 synth. He soon discovered house and techno from a mix tape given to him by his cousin, a DJ in New York. He was hooked. At age 14, the young Stryke had already begun DJing to make money to buy more synth
equipment. But after discovering this new underground dance music, he became as passionate about DJing as he was about making music.
Says Stryke of the two, “Both production and DJing have really become one in the same for me. I really can’t separate the two. The words musician, artist, and DJ, all have the same importance to me.” Although his styles as a producer range anywhere from techno, house, to ambient, Stryke hates the barrier game. “I see it all as music. Every genre has music which is good and bad. That’s it. I hate the fact that some people raise an eyebrow when I release a house record when perhaps they know me for techno. All that should matter is whether something is good or bad. Period.”
Make no mistake however; all pigeonholing talk aside, when it comes to DJing, Stryke gets primal. He’s considered to be one of the top DJs around today. His globetrotting schedule and growing legions of fans is proof positive of his ability to command dancefloors worldwide.
His dexterity is proven time and time again. Alongside DJs such as Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, and others, Stryke is a forward thinking Technologist, using customized software and hardware when he DJs. It’s been said that his DJ sets are more akin to a live show.
He’s had Billboard chart success with his Ad Finem project and as a remixer. His guest vocal on the track “Time” with Murk, went #1 in the US in 2004. He’s collaborated with artists such as Murk, Christian Smith, John Beltran, Oscar G, Santos, & Alex Flatner, to name a few. He has remixed some of today’s top underground and music artists including Depeche Mode, Pink, Danny Howells, and many, many more. With releases on labels such as Ovum, Plastic City, Saved, Dig Deeper, Circle, Tronic, Hooj Choons, Monoid, Circle, Guidance, Platform, Twisted, & many others, there seems to be no end in sight for this bright star. Over the years, his residencies have included nights at clubs such as the legendary Edge, Warsaw, Maze, & Nocturnal. In 2004, he was asked to be the official DJ for the MTV VMAs. Balancing work between the studio and the road hasn’t been easy. But Stryke wouldn’t have it any other way. “I’m truly blessed to be able to do what I love. The work, the stress, and the hardship is all worth it at the end of the day.” And to put a cherry on top of the ice cream, Stryke has taken on the role of Company Spokesperson for Avid, maker of Pro Tools and many other industry leading products. In addition to his tour dates, Stryke spends time throughout the globe, giving clinics and seminars about his use of Avid’s products and their use in his work. He is also Vice-President of the Florida Chapter of NARAS (The Grammys). Stryke is currently working on his new album, the second to be released on the legendary Plastic City label. Stryke continues to be considered one of the hardest working people in electronic dance music today. Listen…Communicate…Understand.