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.
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 Nammous 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 mainly 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 familiar through vocal hooks only.
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), Sharon Muscat & Amy Chase (X-Factor). Pullen holds down the groove with support from drummer Warren Jackson (Dream Delay/Deni Hines/Jenny Morris), David Weir (sax), Nick Garbett / Dane Laboyrie (trumpet) and John Hibbard (trombone).
The Groove Academy regularly perform in seven or eight-piece mode at the Star Event Centre, where they’re a preferred supplier for gala dinners & award nights, though they’re coveted across Sydney – and indeed, the rest of Australia. In recent times they’ve played alongside chart-topping pop star Jessica Mauboy at Palazzo Versace for New Year’s Eve 2013/14, at an exclusive party at Fairmont Resort for internationally renowned French fashion house Chanel, and been flown to Melbourne to set the scene at a Mercedes-Benz event. The Groove Academy’s honour roll reads like a Who’s Who of corporate Australia, with the Midwinter Ball (Parliament House), Mercedes-Benz Dealer of the Year, Gentleman Jack Embassy Launch, Qantas Platinum Club Dinner, Paspaley Polo In The City, Seven Network Logies After Party, South Sydney Rabbitohs’ Red & Green Ball and Veuve Clicquot’s ‘Clicquot in the Snow’ just some of the events they’ve wowed. The Groove Academy also performed at the launch of the internationally renowned house music label, Hed Kandi’s Deep House CD Tour.
The Groove Academy’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 well in advance. Beat the rush and get in early so your event doesn’t settle for second best.
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“Every time the guys set up their array of instruments we knew it was going to be an energetic performance. These guys put on a solid show every time they performed, mixing DJs alongside a female vocalist, congas and a sax. Our crowd were definitely entertained by this stylish group.”Dave Robledo, Manager, Ivy
“Thanks for making our Charity Night such a success – the dance floor was packed and you were all such a dream to work with. I’ve had fantastic feedback from our attendees on the Groove Academy. Well done!”Senior Events Manager, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
“Thank you so much for creating the incredible live soundtrack for the Gentleman Jack Embassy Party. You are a class act!”Alex Zabotto-Bentley, Director, AZB Creative
“You and your team are absolutely amazing. The music was sensational! There was absolutely nothing I could have changed to make it any better!”Melinda Mangelsdorf, PA to Managing Director, Amalgamated Holdings Limited