Bringing together one of Australia’s most respected DJ veterans with a rotating collective of Sydney’s finest improvisational musicians, The Groove Academy have been one of Australia’s most in-demand live/DJ hybrid acts since they came together in 2007. And whether they’re stripped back to DJ/MC duo mode, bringing the party to the nation’s capitals, Hamilton Island and Fiji with their club-friendly four-piece incarnation, or rocking 1500 fans on the Luna Park dancefloor with an expanded six-piece big band line-up, 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.
Styles: Uplifting party anthems & sophisticated cocktail tunes.
In the Club mode that saw them hold an eleven month residency at Sydney’s premier nightspot Ivy, the core trio of DJ Scott Pullen, percussion maestro Andrea Pacifico and the aptly named Saxter Jones are joined on vocals by either vivacious electro-funk diva Muma Megs (an Australian festival stage regular) or soul goddess Michelle Martinez, whose voice has featured on the Hed Kandi compilation series. The group’s recipe for smashing clubs 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!
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 chanteuse Sarah J. Hyland – said by New York’s Hot House Jazz magazine to have the "sultry stylings of Melody Gardot mixed with the jazz sensibilities of Norah Jones" – who works her sophisticated vocal magic over a tasteful musical backing in more intimate settings.
It's not just the outfits Cocktail mode which has seen them become darlings of the corporate sector –they’ve also played functions in their dancefloor-focused incarnation as requested by 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, Qantas Platinum Club Dinner, Paspaley Polo In The City, Melbourne Cup Carnival (The ‘Birdcage’ - Flemington), Seven Network Logies After Party, and the 2011 Sydney Events Showcase After Dark Party just a few of the events they’ve strutted their stuff at.
Saying The Groove Academy have a full diary would be an understatement – the group’s ability to tailor their line-up and sound to work any venue or demographic has seen them become a highly coveted act, with clubs and companies alike falling over each other to book them in well in advance. Make sure you beat the rush and get in early or you may be forced to settle for second best.
“You and your team are absolutely amazing. The music was sensational! There was absolutely nothing I could have changed to make it any better!”
PA to Managing Director
Amalgamated Holdings Limited
"We couldn't have been more pleased working with you and the band at the inaugural 2010 CHOICE Awards. The Groove Academy followed our brief to the letter; they were professional, stylish and most importantly sounded absolutely great! We look forward to working with The Groove Academy again soon!”
Corporate & Special Events Manager