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Duayne Sanford

The story behind DS

A  couple of years after he graduated from a BSc degree (of which he was awarded a scholarship) in Music Tech, Duayne Sanford has been touring and in high demand.  He hails from South London.​

He has worked with the likes of Liam Payne, Jodeci, Rita Ora, Honne, Zak Abel, Devlin, Roots Manuva, Akala, James Vickery and most recently with French superstar Christine & The Queens whom he has completed a world tour/arena tour & festival run with from 2018 - 2019. ​​​​​​​

He has played some of the worlds biggest festivals twice over including Glastonbury, Coachella, Global Village, Popspring, Seoul Jazz Festival, BBC Biggest Weekend, Lolapalooza, Austin City Limits, We Love Green & Osheaga just to name a few. 

To add, his own trio JD3 have been touring & recording with Illa J who is the younger brother to the legendary late hip hop producer J Dilla. Duayne is effectively the Music Director.

Duayne is known for having a meticulous ear for sonics and making sound engineers happy. 

A big part of the reason why he’s in demand is because he’s pays great attention to detail when learning or working out parts for heavily produced songs, thus incorporating DTX electronics into his set up. He has done masterclasses at the UK Drumshow, London Drumshow and Yamaha DrumShow 3 in Paris

He has notably played on electronic soul duo Honne’s album ‘Love me, love me not” (2018) on three tracks, ‘Day One’ which is the most popular and streamed track on the album,”Shrink” & “Crying over you”.

Also his band JD3 recorded a live EP with Illa J at Red Bull Studios in Berlin.

He was featured in the french drum magazine Batterie in its ‪February 19 edition. The six page spread covers his influences, how opportunities came his way & his choice of products.

He recently completed a world tour with international pop sensation Dua Lipa in 2022 & perfomed at Summertime Ball (Wembley Stadium) with Raye

Currently he is Musical Director for Kelis of which he headlined Glastonbury 2023 Westholts stage with & Southampton R&B sensation Saint Harison. He is revered for bringing suitable personnel to each gig he directs & for finding a healthy balance when creating tasteful arrangements

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