“ “Duffmusiq is one of the most pleasant and interesting guitarists in Smooth Jazz at the moment, capable of offering pages of refined elegant and light spirited music, but also with a high level of phrasing that brings us back to the best days of 20th Century Guitar” ”
To draw from the title of his 2017 debut SOULLEASH, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and award-winning Canadian producer Duffmusiq's sizzlingly funky new album SIDEWALK SEQUEL truly reveals a musical soul unleashed and ready for nonstop blues and jazz action.
The multi-faceted, constantly grooving collection offers a dynamic swirl of tight, feisty grooves, slick, fluid melodic guitar lines and sensual sensibilities that darts playfully from a wildly funky, horn-fired James Brown danceability to slow-simmering romantic vibes.
In 2002, he graduated with Honours in both Music Production and Studio Engineering. Shortly thereafter, he formed the band “Jamesking” featuring vocalist Gyles. Together, they won 2nd place at both the 2008 and 2010 “Radio Star National Songwriter's Competition”, and with the release of Gyles’ 2013 EP Love and Denial (Composed and Produced ) by Duffmusiq also received the award as “Best Urban EP Production” at The American Indie Music Awards. Judged by:
Meshell Ndegeocello, McCoy Tyner, Raul Midon, John Medeski & Chris Wood (Medeski, Martin & Wood), Suzanne Vega, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Ziggy Marley, Brandi Carlile , Terry McBride (Nettwerk Music Group), Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), Jason Olaine (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Dan Storper (Putumayo World Music), Bob Ludwig (Gateway Mastering), Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records) and others.
In 2012, Duffmusiq signed with the Los Angeles based “Rip Tide Music” for co-publishing and licensing. This association led to Duff’s music being placed on TV’s “Psych” (USA Network) and “Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce” (Bravo) and in the films “Shark City” (Warner Brothers) and “Alles Is Liebe” (Universal Studios Germany). Black Lightning DC Comics ( Warner Brothers 2020 ), Duffmusiq is both honoured and excited to have positioned an original composition (which he also produced and composed) in an upcoming Lion’s Gate production about the life and career of the talented multiple award-winning pop and R & B vocalist, Toni Braxton.
With the Fall release of Sidewalk Sequel, Duffmusiq plans to perform and tour in support of the new recording, as well as to continue to compose for television and film, and also continue to develop, write for (and with) and produce many more talented international artists.