DJ Brad Copeland

(Livewire guest on October '03, June '06)

At 25 years old, Brad Copeland is a rising star of the Canadian dance music scene. Already known across the country for his impeccable mixing, his tough and pumping sound, and his energy as a performer, Brad has shown his potential with a blend of talent, dedication, and commitment.

From humble beginnings playing to small crowds at Ottawa's Icon nightclub, Brad has grown through a hugely successful residency at the legendary Atomic to host his own night at The Well, which was consistently packed during its year-long run. Summer 2002 saw Brad playing Montreal's world-famous afterhours club Stereo. Brad was so well received he was invited back several times and then asked to take up a residency at the club's new progressive house friday night, "Stereolab." In late 2002 Brad decided to focus solely on Djing and Producing, and he gave up promoting the weekly clubnight and took up a monthly residency at Surface, Ottawa's current premiere afterhours club. Crowds at Surface are always receptive to Brad's unique sound - a diverse fusion of progressive and techno with traces of house- and this sound has caught on with audiences across Canada. Brad has played guest spots in clubs all over the country, from Halifax all the way to Victoria.

Brad's talent has been recognized not just by the dancefloors he's packed, but by internationally renowned members of the dance music community hes djed alongside. Brad has been chosen to dj with such luminaries as Sander Kleinenberg, Satoshi Tomiie, John Graham and Chris Fortier. He was also asked personally to join both Max Graham and Sandra Collins as the support act on their recent Canadian CD release tours. In February 2003, Brad was also invited to join the prestigious Balance Record Pool, thus cementing his place as one of North America's premiere progressive house djs.

Early 2003 saw a big change for Brad as he packed up his studio and moved to Montreal. Playing weekly on Stereo's famed world-class sound system and being exposed to the many incredibly talented artists that come through the club every week has had a hugely inspiring and positive influence on both his Djing and on his fledgling production career. Brad is also the talent buyer for Stereo's Friday progressive night which gives him the opportunity to bring some of his favorite artists and DJ's like Slacker and Grayarea and also helped secure Sander Kleinenberg as a bi-monthly resident. In the fall of 2003, Brad will once again join Sandra Collins on the road, not just in Canada but this time all across North America in support of her upcoming album, Perfecto Presents.

Taken by a musical passion that goes beyond mixing, Brad has shown promise in the production arena with several originals and a few bootleg remixes, all of which have been charted and played by national and international DJs. His bootleg of Suzanne Vega's "Tom Diner" is being played on radio shows like Ministry of Sound and XM radio and is being championed by the likes of Mike Truman and Chris Healings of Hybrid. He is working in the studio constantly to hone his skills, and is learning more with each passing month.

With a brand new city, a fresh new residency and lots of exciting new ideas in the studio, 2003 promises to be a big year for Brad Copeland...a year when he will make his mark on North American dance culture.