Bringing together one of Australia's most-respected DJs with a rotating collective of Sydney's finest musicians, The Groove Academy have been one of Australia's most in-demand live/DJ hybrid acts since they came together in 2007. Whether they're rocking 1500 fans on dance floor at the Hordern Pavilion, Luna Park Big Top with their energetic six-piece line-up, or playing as a stripped back DJ/vocalist duo, the results are always the same: a full room satisfied by a multi-skilled excitement machine who can fine-tune their sound to set the perfect mood no matter what the occasion.
In the club mode that saw them hold an 11 month residency at Sydney's premier nightspot, Ivy, the core trio of DJ Scott Pullen, percussion maestro Vincent Sebastian and the aptly named Saxter are joined on vocals by vivacious Reigan Derry (Australian Idol finalist), MC Muma Megs, songstress Natalie Conway or soul goddess Michelle Martinez. The band regularly performs as a six-piece with two energetic singers up front and an additional trumpet player added to the horn section. The group's recipe for smashing dance floors is simple but effective as they deliver a seamless blend of party anthems, Top 40 favourites and club hits!
The Groove Academy can switch into cocktail mode with ease if the time and place suits, taking the same philosophy of remaking pop classics and old standards but stripping the sound back to a subtler, more refined core. On these occasions it's the 'sultry stylings of Melody Gardot mixed with the jazz sensibilities of Norah Jones' (New York's Hot House Jazz magazine) of chanteuse Sarah J. Hyland, who works her sophisticated vocal magic over a tasteful musical backing in more intimate settings.
But it's not just the outfit's cocktail mode which has seen them become darlings of the corporate sector - they've also rocked the dance floors for clients including Veuve Clicquot, Optus, Telstra, Diesel, Westpac Bank, Flight Centre, AMP, Lion Nathan, Coca-Cola and more.
From there, The Groove Academy's corporate honour roll continues to read like a Who's Who of Australia's top end of town, with the Gentleman Jack Embassy Launch, Clicquot In The Snow, Qantas Platinum Club Dinner, Paspaley Polo In The City, Melbourne Cup Carnival (The 'Birdcage' at Flemington), Seven Network Logies After Party, and the 2011 Sydney Events Showcase After Dark Party to name just a few.