The Groove Academy
Travels from: New South Wales
Categories: Dance Bands
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
Teaming a veteran DJ with a talented collective of Sydney’s finest musicians and vocalists, The Groove Academy have been one of Australia’s most in-demand acts since forming in 2007. Whether performing as a DJ/MC duo or an exhilarating eight-piece band, they’re a regular feature at some of the country’s most exclusive gala dinners, awards nights, media events and private parties. Their credibility extends from the corporate world into clubland, where they held down an 11-month residency at Ivy, Sydney’s premier nightclub. And it now extends beyond Australia to Bali, with bookings at Karma Kandara’s Karma Beach Club, and Seminyak’s famous Ku De Ta, underlining their international appeal.
The group is led by musical director, Scott Pullen, a DJ with over 20 years of experience both in Australia and overseas who was recently selected by global clubbing brand Hed Kandi, as a resident DJ for their Australian arm. “We cover all styles,” he says of their approach whether in duo or big band mode, “but we always focus on rocking the crowd in front of us.” The group’s crowd-rocking recipe is simple but effective as they deliver a seamless blend of dancefloor anthems and pop hits both past and present – some sounding like carbon replicas of the originals and others given a contemporary live re-work. His band features a roster of some of Australia’s most accomplished performers, fronted by a revolving cast of fine female vocalists including festival regular and certified party starter Muma Megs, Reigan Derry (Australian Idol), Michelle Martinez (The Voice) and Amy Chase (The Voice). Pullen holds down the groove with support from drummer Warren Jackson (Dream Delay/Deni Hines/Jenny Morris), percussionist Vincednt Sebastian, (Watussi), Saxter (King Tide) on sax and flute, trumpeter Stewart Kirwan (Sting) and Cumbiamuffin’s Mike Raper on trombone.