Halifax, Nova Scotia
With Byrd’s House Music roots originating in Ottawa in the late 90’s, DJ Balu and Jamez had a profound effect on him when he heard their sound. Not long after that he began to study the craft of the DJ and develop his own unique sound. Upon his return to Halifax he paid close attention to the local boys who were causing quite a stir in those days of the giant raves and all-night dance parties. Sonny D, FunkDub, Cam, and Sean Keating all had an enormous effect on Byrd’s musical direction. His attraction to bangin, funky house and breaks developed into a style that feels like techno, sounds like house, and makes dancefloors swell from the moment he takes the stage to his final track. House, with the balls of techno is how he would describe his sound.
Never adhering to the status quo, Byrd keeps his own council on what is “quality music” and what is not. His sets are full of underground, hard to find tracks that require an intelligent ear and an educated listener to fully appreciate. And his signature long, tight mixes run flawlessly for what seems like eternity.
Byrd’s been playing all over Atlantic Canada during the past decade, gigging steadily all over Halifax, Moncton, and Saint John. He’s had past residencies at Reflections Cabaret and Mosaic where he was a BCN Saturday Night resident, playing underground hip hop, jazzy drum and bass, downbeats, old school funk and soul. His true love, however, will always be banging out that House Music for all the House Music lovers of Halifax.
Catch him at this year’s Evolve as he sets the Synergy stage on fire.