One of Mixmaster Mike’s (of the Beastie Boys) favourite DJs, labeled a genius by DJ Qbert and referenced continually by the current crop of World Champion DJs as a major influence. It’s safe to say that Woody may well be your favourite DJ’s favourite DJ.
Known for his innovations, he helped design the Worlds first ever musical turntable instrument, the Vestax Controller One and is famed internationally as one of the most prolific pioneers of new scratch technique.
Collaborating with musicians from the start of his career proved to be very formative to Woody’s musical approach to the turntable and has led to him being sought after by some of the industries most revered producers including Bomb The Bass, Madlib, Oli Teeba (The Herbaliser) and DJ Vadim.
Performing as part of many bands, Woody was the DJ for Grammy winning hip hop superstar Mala Rodriguez, was part of Vadim’s Russian Percussian and One Self (Ninja Tune) and has written scratch music for a 25 piece big band jazz orchestra.
In 2010 Woody extended his repertoire in the form of his ground breaking audio-visual DJ show, ‘Turntables In Technicolor’. Designing and animating all the material himself, Woody immediately made his mark on the AV and DJ scene following jaw dropping showcase performances at the 2010 World DMC Finals and the US DMC Finals in New York. These performances led to DMC’s decision to run the first ever Video DJ Championships.
Creating his own niche he followed this show up with his ‘Big Phat 90’s’ and ‘Hip Hop is 40’ live audio-visual DJ shows. In the last 10 years Woody has played to festival crowds of up to 40,000 and performed in over 40 countries in venues as diverse as The Nokia Theatre in Time Square to a Bollywood film studio in the middle of Mumbai.
In 2015 Woody made another first by taking his brand of audio-visual-turntablism to the theatre, premiering ‘Blake Remixed’ at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. In this collaboration with Guinness record holding beatboxer and rapper Testament, Woody not only created a live soundtrack via the turntables but also became puppet master over interactive 3d projected characters. Enabling the DJ turntables to become part of the storytelling experience.
2016 is the year Woody’s production skills come to the fore. Firstly in the form of ‘BocaWoody’ a new collaborative project with Bristolian beatmaking legend Boca45, the pair released a 6 track EP and vinyl 7″ in May to rave reviews.
Next up is his long awaited debut solo LP ‘A Point Of Contact’ to be released in October 2016. This features some of the UK’s finest musical talent including 808 State drummer Carl Sharrocks, Nick Blacka of Mercury Nomimated trio Gogo Penguin, Christian Madden of The Earlies and Matthew Halsall, who also featured on the stand out track from DJ Shadows new LP, ‘Ashes To Oceans’.