For 30 years, Trevor Walker has been one of Canada’s best kept secrets. But talk to anyone who’s danced to his sets, booked him or shared the decks with him and the word legend is often use to praise his work. Collecting and playing music since 1988, he spent 21 years as a resident at Ottawa’s Mercury Lounge, one of the longest lasting and most respected venues in the country, playing alongside DJs such as : Derrick Carter, Louie Vega, Joe Claussell, Gilles Peterson, Fred Everything, Quantic, King Britt, Dj Spinna, Osunlade, Roger Sanchez, Josh Wink, and the list goes on. He also shared the bill with bands such as : Jamiroquai, The Roots, Gil Scott-Heron, Maceo Parker, Alice Russell, Souljazz Orchestra, The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Bembe Segue, Galliano, and many more.
A walking musical encyclopedia, he’s responsible for shaping the eclectic sound that has defined Ottawa’s club scene for over two and a half decades, partly due to his various radio shows over the years on CKCU FM 93.1 such as : New Soul Collectve Saturdays [1990-2001], Flava Zone Sundays [1991-1996], Undergrove Thursdays [1992-1999] and his current Friday Drive [2005-present]. His radio shows and club nights have showcased a wide spectrum of genres, covering Soul, Funk, Afro, Jazz, Latin, Carribean, Hip Hop, Trip Hop, Acid Jazz as well as his trademark House and Techno sets. He’s particularly known for his use of 4 decks, layering hypnotic beats and adding acapellas over his inspired and informed selection.
On top of his long lasting residencies at Atomic and Mercury Lounge, he’s also graced the decks at many of the countries best clubs and festivals, including : Stereo, Piknik Electronik, Salon Daome, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Peopl, Di Salvio,Jai Bar, Squeeze, Black & Blue… [Montreal], Government, Solid Garage, OM Festival [Toronton], National Gallery of Canada, Ontario Art Gallery, Sashay, Sunday Sessions, SAW Gallery,Babylon, Club Zinc, Winterlude Festival [Ottawa]. Internationally, he’s played in Miami (WMC), NY, Amsterdam (ADE), France, Italy and Mexico City…
As a producer, he’s released on labels such as : Nordic Trax, Afro Art, Bombay, Fossil Fuel, GotSoul, and collaborated with artists such as Juno nominated Rise Ashen and Miguel Graca, Shawn Escoffery, Luke Mckeehan, Fred Everything, Souljazz Orchestra and The Soul Motivators.
Having recently ended his long lasting residency, Trevor Walker is ready to spread his wings and concentrating on studio projects and touring, taking his lifeboogie brand to the next level.