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6525Regal began learning his craft in 1986, and began djaying in clubs around 1990. He started producing hip hop with partner DJ Touche in 1989 and together they began The Wiseguys in 1994, signing to Wall of Sound later that year. Over the next couple of years they released 3 more singles and the acclaimed debut LP “Executive Suite” in 1996, while featuring at the Reading and Essential festivals and touring extensively within the UK and Europe throughout 1995/97.

After touring Australia in early ’97, alongside The Propellerheads and with the Wall Of Sound crew, Regal went on to form Bronx Dogs with London DJ Richard Sen. After being taken under the management wing of Heavenly Records, Bronx Dogs released the classic b-boy breaks anthem “Tribute To Jazzy Jay” in December 97 and two more breaks faves in the following 12 months, before releasing two albums, “Three Legged Funk” (2000, Heavenly Records) and “Enviro” (2001, Marble Bar Records).

Over the next few years, Regal and Mr Sen ran regular monthly nights in London, including The Fun Gallery at The Clinic in Soho, Disgracelands in Islington, Brixton’s cult venue The Dogstar, and regularly guesting at The Social in London’s West End. Mixing hip hop, funk, disco, house and drum’n’bass, their eclectic journeys always ran deep, with heavy funk at their core.

During this time Regal also created and ran his own record label Marble Bar, featuring releases by Bronx Dogs, Advertising The Invisible, Superdense Child, and Mad Dr X, creating a body of fifteen 12″ singles and 7 albums in 3 years, concentrating on funky and deep b-boy beats. At the same time Bronx Dogs also remixed the likes of The Jungle Brothers, Sugarhill Gang, St. Etienne, Sizzla, and Wamdue Project, just to name a few. Then, post-9/11, Regal met a lady, followed his heart and moved to Australia.

In early 2002, after touring as a DJ around Australia with the “Vibes On A Summers Day” festival and settling in Oz, Regal hit the ground running by remixing prestigious Australian ARIA award-winning “Single of the Year”, “Karma” (2002 Sony), a brilliant rap track by Melbourne’s 1200 Techniques. Later that year Bronx Dogs also released their final single, a cover version of “Can’t Be Funky”, originally by New York’s Bush Tetras (1981), on Illicit Records, UK.

Regal maintained a rich and rewarding DJ profile down under. Sold-out shows saw Regal performing numerous times alongside The Herbaliser, Mark Rae, DJ Pogo, Dynamo Productions, Afrika Bambaataa (a set Regal recorded live onto CD), Blackalicious, Ugly Duckling, Kool Herc, DJ Zeph, Mista Sinista, Keb Darge, The Bamboos, DJ Krush, Time Machine, Peanut Butter Wolf, Lyrics Born, Roots Manuva, DJ Spinna, Domu, Boca 45, Katalyst & Hermitude, The Nextmen, Sharon Jones, Ninja Tune’s DJ DK, People Under The Stairs, All Good Funk Alliance, Roc Raida, Mo’ Horizons, Nickodemus, plus many more.

The mid-decade saw Regal make his full mark on the Sydney club scene, djaying at many Good Vibrations, Melting Pot, Slingshot, Niche, Funk Inc, Get Down, Alphabetics, and Funktrust club-nights, tour-shows and national parties, taking on a prestigious year-long weekly Saturday night residency at The Loft (Sydney Harbour), and also starting his highly personal and successful 4-year monthly residency at Sydney’s best little bar, Tonic Lounge. Regal also rocked it at Cockatoo Island (Sydney Harbour) for their inaugural 3-day festival of music and arts alongside Mr Scruff, Ian Brown, Norman Jay, LTJ Bukem and Maximo Park, among others.

Through 2004 and 2005, Regal created a highly successful weekly residency at Sydney’s massive ‘Boogie Down’ night (at Candy’s Apartment). This night encompassed mainly hip hop and funk, and was a huge success. From this night, Regal won 3-D magazine’s award as ‘Hip Hop DJ of the year’, 2004/05.

In 2006 Regal released his first new track in 4 years, “Shock Ya’ Mind (Take It On Back)”, on the American “Funk Weapons” label. Regal had also by now, become a regular spinner at Sydney’s best underground night for heavy bass’n’beats – the monthly ‘Dusttones’ parties. Regal was also shirtlisted for ‘Club DJ Of The Year 2006′, for prestigious DMA’s (Dance Music Awards).

In May 2007 Regal released his debut solo album “Loop Dreams” on Unique Records, complete with a bumpin’ 12″ single, “The Village Calling”, featuring a cracking All Good Funk Alliance remix, and to much praise worldwide. After touring “Loop Dreams” in Australia, Regal landed in the UK to tour his album, featuring some great shows at Cargo in London (with J-Live, for the ever-popular ‘Friends & Family’ night), El Junco in Madrid, Cafe Leopold in Vienna, the Bacardi Bar at the Isle of Wight fest, the Stereo MC’s show at Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, Nice Up’s 5th birthday at the Big Chill House and finally, at the Big Chill Bar for Brick Lane Festival, with Shepdog, Flevans and Norman Jay.

Regal returned to Australia after his European “Loop Dreams” tour and after coming through a serious illness, 2008 presented some new challenges and changes. Alongside more tour shows, Regal performed a prestigious 9-hour- DJ set on mobile phones for the Nokia Presentation tent at 2008 Good Vibrations festival in Sydney. There were more releases too – another 12″ single, “The Mack” (2008, Unique Records), including remixes by Flevans, Lack Of Afro and Sydney’s Ed Seven, and a definitive CD collection of Regal’s remix and collaborative work over the last 7 years in Australia – “Regal Presents!” (2008, Basement Digs).

But most importantly, 2008 saw Regal write and record a brand new album, “Time Past”, which is now being released in Fall 2009. The first single off the album is “As I Walk The Earth”, including remixes by The Herbaliser (Ninja Tune) and very funky JD73 (Wax On / Rope A Dope Digital).

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