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About

My music back story

Music career 1992-2008
(I returned to music in 2015)

Lloyd in the studio
Lloyd Morgan (aka DJ Keltech)


1993
19 years old learning to DJ in my bedroom

I started writing music in 1992 on my Amiga A500 computer and learning to mix records at the same time on my rubbish second hand hifi turntables.
Being a massive fan of the Rave scene and going to them often I used to be dancing away all night to music as the DJ would make the whole crowd go wild by dropping great tunes. This inspired me and all I wanted more than anything in the world was to be a famous DJ and music producer.
 At this time I was making drum&bass,but back then in 1992 there wasn't any internet and no places to learn how to make this type of music so I had to teach myself just be experimenting.
I got a bank loan and bought some hardware, ESI 32 sampler,mixer,proper turntables and cubase 2.8 midi sequencer. I used to spend about 5 hours a day in the studio practicing and sending out my music on cassette tapes to labels on a weekly basis. I used to practice so much with headphones on I eventually ended up with Tinnitus which is a type of ear damage that I still have 25 years on.
 Music took much longer to make back then and programning synths/samplers took hours, after 6 years of experimenting and my demo's getting ignored or rejected by all the UK drum&bass labels, finally in 1997 I had a few tracks released on a Dutch record label in Amsterdam shortly following that I had another release on a label in the San Diego USA.
 In 1997 there were hardly any drum&bass music websites and as I had a background in IT I made myself a website to put up as a free download.  At this time the famous music group The Progidy were getting a huge name for themselves releasing their third album "Fat Of The Land" and launched their official website. Back then it was normal practice to link other websites to yours to help get traffic. For some reason they linked my website on their recommended artist links, I started seeing huge amounts of site traffic and getting new fans. (i'm very grateful to them)
 
 The Drum&Bass scene at the time was quite tough to break into and you had to know the right people, finding a local DJ spot was proving really tough. Jungle music was starting to take over the club rave scene and attracting badboys to the nights that would cause trouble, nights would often end in mass fighting on the dance floor which completely spoilt things. I didn't want to be apart of that scene and was looking for other avenues for my music.
 I had a local friend that was a rapper(Johnny B) knowing I was a producer he asked me to write some Hip Hop instrumentals for him.  We were both heavily influenced by Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (He's the DJ i'm the Rapper album) so we formed a DJ and rapper partnership. Before we knew it we were performing live around the UK and releasing music together and slowly getting recognition. The Hip Hop Genre is unlike any other music in the way it is quite competitive you need to show you have skills on stage so I started learning tricks and became more of a turntablist then regular Hip Hop DJ.
 I used to practice for hours a day on the decks learning to scratch and beat juggle and when I felt I was good enough I started to enter DJ competitions battling other DJ's.
My first competition attempt was at the world famous Technics World DMC DJ championships 2003 in the Cardiff heats. Each year they held a few regional heats around the UK and if the judges placed you 1st or 2nd you go to the UK final to battle in London. In the Cardiff heat I didn't even make it past the first round, I was really gutted and there was only one regional final left that year but it was all the way in Glasgow!   So the followng week desperate to prove myself as a DJ I drove 8 hours to Scotland with 20 minutes to spare I got straight on stage with my records to perform. I got through to the final in the night and was so chuffed!  It was an amazing night probably the best crowd I'd ever experienced out of the hundreds of gigs I have done in my music career, over a 1000 people going nuts to my tricks.  I didn't get 1st or 2nd but didn't care it was the experience of a life time and left me releasing this is what I wanted to do.
Following years I kept practicing and entering till in 2005 I finally got 2nd place in the Cardiff final but by that time they had changed the rules and it was only the 1st place winners that went through to the UK Final.
However I did win the Welsh Higher Learning  DJ championships which was held localy here in Wales.

Glasgow DMC 2003

Here's a list of DJ battles I took part in and the results

technics world dmc finalist - 2003 Cardiff failed
- 2003 Glasgow regional finalist 
- 2004 Manchester regional finalist
- 2004 Cardiff regional final 3rd place
- 2005 Bath regional final 3rd place
- 2005 Cardiff regional final 2nd Place winner
- 2005 Welsh Higher Learning DJ Championships 1st place winner !!

Some more photos of me competing

world DMC DJ championships Manchester
     


In 2002 myself and Johnny we were nominated for best Hip Hop act in Wales, best producer and DJ and we won all 3 titles that night.


My music career was about to sky rocket...

In 2005 while performing at the Bath final of the World DJ championships I did a live remix of the Imperial March Music. The crowd went mental so I decided to started videoing my DJ routines at home to put on the internet. The first one was my live remix of the Imperial March but this time dressed as Darth Vader. The video was an instant hit and went viral getting millions of hits on stupidvideos.com  (pre-youtube)
it was then sent around the world via email which is how things went viral back then.
press play to watch the original video

 

london

 

This viral video lead to a live performance at a celebrity party in Trafalgar Square London, pictured above where i met the late Sir Bobby Robson.
Sir Bobby
I was  asked to travel to Brussels with my turntables and gear to perform on a mainstream TV dressed as Darth Vader  click here to watch.
I was also asked to remix the War of the Worlds music for Jeff Wayne which got released on Sony records. It didn;t stop there that same year I received a christmas card from George Lucas and an interview on the starwars.com website! my video was played at Comic con in LA live and my story was featured on the front page of yahoo.com which was the most popular search engine at the time.
It was a whirlwind year I'll never forget!

The War of the Worlds remix

strike back album cover
off the back of that I released a solo turntablist album, all the tracks were made by scratching and using tricks, along with some studio sequencing
(click the image for spotify)


At this time I was getting lots of calls to DJ in places around the world and to support famous rappers that were on tour.
I've supported Ice T, Grand Master Flash and many other famous names in the Hip Hop world with Johnny B.
In 2007 one of the top music publishers Pump Audio/Getty Images contacted me asking if I wanted to put my music in their library for licensing purposes. This lead to my music being used on many big MTV shows and featured in some independent films.

Some of the shows my music was used on

     

 
teaching

When I wasn't doing gigs or working in a studio I also used to travel around the UK to visit youth clubs teaching young people how to perform tricks and skills on the turntables.

2007 onwards.... why did I stop???
So it was all going so well and I had effectively reached my ambition of being a famous DJ but it all got a little intense and the money income was  unreliable. I had no manager or record label to help me and I felt I needed a rest fromt he industry.  When I was not doing music I was messing around with old arcade machines. I grew up in the 1980's and loved playing arcade machines down at Barry Island here in Wales, Infact my dad had bought an old Space Invaders Machine for our house from a pub in 1984 when they weren't popular anymore which I loved and really missed.  Being a creative person and the type of guy that took things apart to see how they worked, I taught myself how to make a retro arcade cabinet just for fun.  The first one I made I sold on Ebay, I then made another and sold it before I knew it I had created a business making custom arcade machines for customers that I still do this very today
www.ultimatearcadecabinets.co.uk

It has been a long and very hard journey but music has always been in my blood and in 2015 I rebuilt the studio, I've been working hard learning how to write music, I work in my studio at least 4-5 hours every day and with all the great internet resources that are available these days it much easier to learn. I'm now using my background as a hip hop prodcuer to combine with cinematic sounds

thanks for reading this far!

some old photos

welsh music awards


ice t
Supporting ICE T on the Welsh leg of his tour

studio 1997
A photo of my studio in 1997 when I was producing Drum&Bass





 
   


 
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