- Mechial E. White, Jr., is The
Groovematist. Ever since Mechial can remember, he has had
grooves in his head. Constantly humming, he would bang out the
beats in his head on his school desk and thought pencils were
better suited as drumsticks, rather than writing utensils. His
attraction to keyboards became evident at church, when Mechial
often wandered off to a stray piano to practice playing. Whenever
he turned up missing after church service, his mother was sure to
find him at the nearest piano.
- By junior high school, he also started
DJing, which contributed to Mechial's appreciation of music. In
turn, he grew more intrigued with the effect that music had on
people. He also got his first taste of performance in the band,
Maday. But at the age of 15, his life would change forever.
Mechial moved in with his cousin and uncle who owned a vast record
collection in addition to a massive component stereo system. This
is when Mechial began to explore all different types of music:
jazz, soul, R&B, funk, and rock. He was heavily influenced by
artists like André Crouch, Minnie Ripperton,
Prince, Michael Jackson, Jackie Wilson,
James Brown, Sam Cooke, Elvis, and The
- He began working in a local music store
after witnessing someone programming in the keyboard room and was
mesmorized. At the age of 18, Mechial bought his first sequencer
and The Groovematist was born. Piece by piece, he began
assembling his own studio and his wealth of knowledge about music
programming, becoming a certified consultant for sequencer
manufacturers Roland, Korg, Yamaha and Ensoniq.
- Mechial began assembling his first
album, Grooveology, from his library of tunes. At
the same time, he had continued DJing, now with an international
reputation for his mix of obscure old and new material,
occasionally slipping in his own compositions to gauge crowd
reactions. By the year 2007, Mechial had the world wondering what
took them so long to get their groove on with The Groovematist
with his debut album, Grooveology. Similar to
his DJing style, Grooveology blurs the lines of
musical genres which seamlessly transition into one another.
Lovers of jazz, R&B and neo-soul learned that it was well
worth "the waite."
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