So we have two restlessly creative men, both from the wrong side of the tracks, neither inclined to go to art school or enrol on an MFA programme, yet loaded with street smarts and musical talent, and wanting the world. Good old punk had told every scally they could have it, and a generation went for it in their own ways, with varying degrees of success. Shaun’s astonishing rise and fall with the Happy Mondays is the stuff of legend.
K-Klass are responsible for some of the biggest house tracks ever made. They are all about entertaining and playing for the crowd. They play at various events and venues all over the world on a weekly basis, which means it is important that they adapt their music to suit each venue.
Nights out at the legendary Hacienda "Nude" nights in 1988 led to the meeting of minds and the beginnings of the K-Klass phenomena that lead to regular performances at the Hacienda. From there K-Klass became residents for the worlds biggest dance brand "Cream", playing guest slots all over the world at some of the most prestigious and biggest dance events K-Klass had already gained underground support for their acclaimed "Wildlife E.P", released in 1990 before they unleashed their sound onto a nationwide audience with the release of "Rhythm is a Mystery" (No.3 in U.K.Top 40) and the huge"Let Me Show You" (No.13 in U.K.Top 40)
With countless remixes/ productions under their belt it comes as no surprise that K-Klass won the International Dance Awards in 1995 & were nominated for the USA Grammy Awards in the 2002 remix category.
When K-Klass are not behind the decks they spend their time in the studio and have worked alongside most of the biggest and most established artists around, some of these include: The Pet Shop Boys, Kathy Brown, Shake Down, Whitney Houston, Gerri Halliwell, Blondie, Bobby Brown, M-People, Level 42, Kylie Minogue, Rozalla, Sunscreem, Frankie Knuckles, Bizzare Inc, Kathy Sledge, New Order, Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross, Lisa Stansfield and Candi Staton plus many many more.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, she grew up in a musical family, studying piano, classical violin and performing with her sisters Pat and Audrey in churches. Her first recording was ‘When I’m Gonna Be Free’ was in 1966.
She then recorded for the legendary Coxsone Dodd at Studio One and her first hit came in 1967 with the title ‘You Don’t Love Me – No, No, No’, one of the most famous reggae hits of all time, which has been covered by countless artists around the world including Beyonce, Rihanna, Sean Paul, Wu-Tang Clan, Eve, J Millz and Lily Allen.
In 1991 she re-recorded the single with Steelie and Cleavie – this version (which they recorded to commemorate Studio One’s 35th Anniversary) was a crossover hit in the mainstream pop charts, and in 1994 she was back on the charts with her re-recorded dancehall version which charted in 53 countries and its album was nominated for a Grammy Award.
In 1995 she produced and recorded ‘What Do You Do?’, followed up by Delroy Williams and herself producing Come Again on Trojan Records which sold close to 110,000 copies. Her 2000 single ‘Never Ever’ was released on Jet Star, becoming a smash hit on BBC Radio 1.
In 2001 she was honoured with the “Martin Luther King Award” by Caribbean Images in recognition of her contribution to Jamaican music.
DJ Steadyman - Music has always been at the centre of all I do and embodies who I am. I grew up surrounded by eclectic melodies of sound systems, reaching for my first vinyl at the tender age of 10. Surprisingly, this leads me to a successful career in dance which took me all around the world. I have choreographed for a living on a global scale ie the Paralympics, the Queen's jubilee and UK blockbusters streetdance3d 1 and 2 to name a few. I'm also a Youth mentor inspiring future generations through conversations dance and music.
My passion for music drives me and I have made a full circle back to my DJ roots. As an open format DJ, I play genres ranging from Hip Hop, Dancehall, Afro and Brazilian House, to future beats Dnb and pop. My career in dance has shaped the DJ that I am today. As a professional dancer, you not only hear the music, you feel it, interpret what you hear and feel through dance. My Djyng is an extension of the way that I feel the music. It is a way for me to connect with the audience in front of me. I am in control of the energy and ultimately the musical journey. Each mix is a unique form of expression that can only be felt at that moment by those present or listening. My sole purpose is to ensure a good time is had by all.
I also produce music and have been commissioned to make beats. As a DJ I am an all-rounder, and to see me play is to experience the ultimate performance. You are guaranteed a journey where you will discover some musical gems and future classics along the way, reminisce on nostalgic jams and leave wanting more
DJ Retro - I’m a dancer/choreographer from Derby a teacher, DJ, model, artist/graphic Designer & fashion enthusiast.
Fashion, music a dance basically encapsulates me. I love fashion and the fashion industry. Although! I’ve always said “style over fashion” because “style” is a reflection of your individuality, a painting on a blank canvas. (you being the canvas and the clothes being the paint)
Music & Dance has been a part of my life and the light to my soul from birth. I was born into a musical household, around Decks, big sound system speakers and vinyls. Almost every genre of music would be played, mostly reggae.
Through Dance and simply just connecting with all types of music throughout my life I developed a fresh ear for music and musicality.
My music taste is all over the place, I appreciate music for what it is so I listen to almost everything!
But I would say the styles of music I like to play varies from narcoleptic sounds and beats to kaytranada/type beats, Funk & Soul, Sango, ROMderful, future beats, house, Future Brazilian style sounds, liquid DnB, Trap like instrumentals and chilled hip-hop/Lofi type beats.
Shan is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter based in Telford, UK. who focuses on realism within her lyrical content and connects with people emotionally through her music. She is an open minded spiritual artist who has been working with top artist and producers creating a Pop/Rnbsound which is already gaining an audience nationwide.
She has had several tracks played on BBC Introducing and is receiving critical love from many industry professionals. A graduate ofthe University Music Academy in Liverpool, Shan has the musical knowledge of the music industry, broadening her versatility as an artist. She can also produce and engineer her own music.
Shan has performed to multiple audiences at different venues as big as the Echo Arena Stadium in Liverpool and as little asthe local pubs in her hometown. Shan just loves performing and bringing her energetic but humble feel to the stage.
Since signing up to TasteDatMusic, Shanhas constantly been in the studio, releasing singles and collaborating with different artists. throughout the year. Shehas already got some big feature recorded for her EP and he is looking forward to touring the UK and continuing toshareherstory.
Mr Macee is a Singer, Song - Writer and Rapper, that has strong connections across the Midlands music scene, being well supported by BBC West Midlands who champion and develop local music talent. His first release attracted the attention of Radio 1Xtra's show and was supported by the legendary Charlie Sloth and MistaJam.
To date he has performed on line-ups alongside Angel, Fuse ODG, Mo Stack, Dapz on the Map, Paigey Cakey, Sir Freddie McGregor and many more.
2021 saw Mr Macee perform as part of the BBC Airwaves festival alongside artist such as rag n bone man and James Arthur, Mr Macee has spent most of the pandemic writing and has a lot on the way, Definitely making his mark within the UK music scene and an artist to stay locked into.
Sheddy Maria is a UK Pop/R&B artist with vibrant energy. Her style has been compared to the likes of Anne-Marie and Dua Lipa with heavy influences from Afrobeats, Reggae & Pop. Sheddy is known for high energy on stage and catchy lyrics. Not only is Sheddy as singer but she co-pro- duces her tracks and has a strong input from start to finish of the songwriting process.
Performing regularly, she has been able to create a buzz behind her name with regular radio play, including being named as artist of the week with BBC Introducing both West Midlands and Hereford & Worcester. Sheddy was also nominated for Best Song at Birmingham Music Awards 2020.
Taking part in many Social Media Live Competitions, Sheddy has performed for the likes of Fat Man Scoop & Not3s - both of which loved her original material.
Sheddy’s most recent success was being shortlisted to the Top 100 Unsigned Artists in the UK out of 10,500 applicants to Radio 1s Live Lounge. This incredible achievement has set the way for a huge year for Sheddy leading to multiple Headline Shows debuting her first EP ‘Happily Never After’