Mr Buzzhard

Mr Buzzhard

Buzzhard is an established MC from the early days of Garage in the UK and a formidable presenter of Saturday morning's Breakfast Buzz on London's House FM. Buzzhard proudly holds the residency as a host at Backto95.

When did you begin DJ'ing and what made you start?
First started DJing from a young age, which was at house parties, which included hosting (MC'ing) where I used to play soul and reggae,got involved with sound systems, my love for music was given to me by my mother Lady Carolle, which included Jazz, soul and Motown classics etc.

What would you say influenced you towards House music?
My influences in house music came from my cousin Mike Alexander who was a House DJ in New York and taught me about the influences of house music from Chicago, I then learned more on the US house side of things and used to buy lots on vinyl in New York and bring them over to play here in London, so when my mother used to send me to New York every six weeks holiday I spent most of my money on tunes and trainers. 

Of the many genres of House, which are your favourite?
I love soulful, deep, Afro, tech, and uplifting house beats, so I wouldn't say I have a specific favourite, as I just love house music in general. Some people treat house music as a trend, but house music is my life an I will play it with a passion until the day I die.

Which artists, producers and tracks stand out for you, both now and from the past?
I love artists like India, Barbara Tucker, Stephanie Cooke, Kim English, Joycelyn Brown, Shaun Escoffrey, Reel People, Be Be Winnans, producers like Quentin Harris,Richard Earnshaw, Grant Nelson, Copyright, Ralf Gum, Black Coffee, MAW, Martin Solveig, Kings of Tomorrow etc. To say I have a favourite track? Well I couldn't, I love too many tracks and could not single out any.

Name some highlights or a profound moment in your time as a DJ
The highlights of my experiences have been DJing abroad in cities like Tokyo and Munich. The passion that they have music in Tokyo is second to none. People drinking so much they was laying on the floor sleeping and the security not waking them up until the last last tune played, which I thought was fantastic as that would never happen here in the UK, but,  the funniest thing I saw was in Munich when the crown decided to pass around a massive bucket filled with vodka and hundreds of straws and they literally passed all around the room for everyone to drink! That was such a crazy moment but so much fun!

Have you done any production? If not, is it something you aim to do?
The only production I have been involved in was a R&B version of Kym Mazelle's Big BABY, and Quality, where I done something with Norton Blue on the B sides back in the day.

Going on from that, what are your musical plans for the future?
I would like to get involved in production in the future as I feel i have learned a lot from people I have associated and met over my journey in music over the years... Who knows what the future holds for me.