Oliver Portamento (PKA, GAWP)
Oliver has dedicated his life to music for the last 20 years. As a fully fledged artist under the alias ‘GAWP' he has had his music released through a number of highly regarded record labels which translated into DJ shows all over the world. In 2019 he toured the U.S with Oliver Heldens, remixed for Idris Elba and released on his 7.Wallace imprint, headlined a tour of Australia and performed numerous shows throughout Europe including one at the infamous ‘Printworks' in London.
Oliver has a host of experience in a workshop environment, teaching production and DJ’ing globally with well established bodies including Ibiza Orbit Retreats, Los Angeles I/O Academy, Mixtank, and Sonic Academy. He has led 1-2-1 and group sessions with Young People for North Yorkshire County Council, workshops for the disadvantaged and Residential Team Building courses for young people. As well as working in West Yorkshire alongside Life Experience, Trinity College, Dj School UK setting up various workshops and music curricular programmes.
During the course of Olivers music career he also worked as part of the initial team at www.thisisdistorted.com as a senior producer, creating and producing some of the most prolific radio shows and podcasts worldwide. He was a key part in the initial growth of ‘Distorted’ which is now regarded as one of the biggest electronic dance music production companies.
For the past few years Oliver has been working with many high profile clients writing music, recording, mixing, mastering, sound designing and sample pack/preset creating for the likes of Sony Music, Numskull Games, Radio 1, Splice, Loopmasters, Example, 220kid, Utah Saints, Hayla, X-Ray Ted and Bam (Jungle Brothers) to name a couple...
Jackson Bowen (P.K.A Grundy, Jack Danz)
Graduate of Creative sound and music technology with over a decade of experience in music production, education and performance. Musical artist for over ten years producing and recording music to an industry standard with numerous releases under both professional aliases. Jacksons' skills include audio recording and mixing, DJ’ing, music production, hardware and software systems operation, song writing and workshop leading.
Experience includes production and DJ'ing as a part of ‘Elijah & Grundy,’ a house music duo based in Leeds with numerous releases on well established record labels within the genre including Snatch!, Material, Stashed and Hot Fuss. Numerous live DJ sets at clubs and festivals around the country under this alias.
Production, engineering, distribution and digital media creation under the alias ‘Jack Danz.’ This includes musical releases on well established record labels both in the U.K and the U.S, collaborative work with numerous groups within the hip-hop genre, recording/engineering of rappers and singers, producing, mixing and mastering songs as well as independently making this content available to the public using digital distribution techniques.
Jackson also has experience running workshops within the local community as a freelance member of the ‘Know How Art’ group. Teaching the basics of musical production software to year 7-8 pupils in a classroom setting, the basics of songwriting and hosting open mic sessions to 12-18 year olds in a community centre based setting and also developing and performing music with senior citizens in a care home setting.
Sony Music, Mau5trap Elrow Toolroom 7Wallace Shaka Loves You Dirtybird Spinnin Heldeep CR2 Skint Hotboi Southern Fried,
Be Rich Farris Wheel Wired Eskape Musik Night Shift Simma San City High Get Twisted Freakin 909 Cream One Love
Sink or Swim, Psycho Disco Strangelove Main Course Juicy Music Whartone Cheap Thrills Vicious Perfect Driver
Musical Freedom Night Bass White Widow Stashed AATW Champion Reptile Dysfunction and many many more...