Don Tinsley



  • n 1988 Don Tinsley embarked on a multi-dimensional megatrip of musical madness fueled by a love for electronic music. Whether playing funky, techy, jazzy or deep; Live or as a DJ, Don T always aims to please. As an innovator in the jazz house scene..
    Since his first compilation tape at age 12, made as a gift for his father’s birthday, Don has been driven by a love for music. In ’88 at underground parties around the St. Louis area Don began his DJ career, spinning industrial from such labels as, Wax Trax, Nettwerk and TVT. In the years to come, he studied the art form then generically known as rave or techno. By 1990 Don had found House music, at the time only found in small underground clubs. Shortly after Don began producing house music, which yielded his first live production in 1993. This began a six-year period of toning his style and technique. After meeting a group of local Dub producers with a talent for “doing it live”, the five performed their debut as the live "Space House" House music production, 84 Glyde. Within a year 84 Glyde reached the top of the St. Louis dance music scene playing headlining slots with likes of ESP Woody McBride, DJ Digital (Aux 88) and DJ Swamp (World DMC Champion). After two years as 84 Glyde the group disbanded in late 1998 to pursue individual goals and projects. Within six months after the separation of 84 Glyde, Don wrote, recorded and mixed his first vinyl release, a song of the Tech-House genre entitled “G Force training kit” under the pseudonym SUB-STANCE. From October 2000 to the present Don has been working on his Jazzy House project entitled Urban Jazz Naturals. Urban Jazz Naturals is a collective of four musicians, Don Tinsley (drum, synth, bass and sample programming) Mo Egeston (keyboard, backing vocals), Dawn Weber (lead vocals, trumpet and flugelhorn), and Christian Oncken (guitar drum, synth programming, backing vocals). Combining sequencing techniques, live horns, digital and analog synthesizers, drum machines and vocals; Urban Jazz Naturals has carved a unique niche in live performance and studio production. Drawing from many musical genres encompassing Jazz, Soul and House music among others the Urban Jazz Naturals took the House music community by storm with the debut promo “How Can I?” remixed by veteran Producer and DJ, JT Donaldson. In addition to two residencies in St. Louis Don is busy playing guest appearances at dance clubs throughout the U.S. alongside industry greats such as Lenny Fontana (Ministry of Sound), Mark E. Quark (Spundae), Q-Burns Abstract Message (Eighth Dimension) and Demarkus Lewis (Aesoteric) to name just a few. Don has become known for his ability to excel at many production / DJ styles of music ranging from Deep House to German Techno and everything in between.

    Selected discography

    Releases: The Old Life (Josh Harrel Remix) (File, MP3) Inhale Music 2004 Bring Out The Funk EP (12", EP) Photo Records 2006 A1A (File, MP3) Flatpack Traxx 2007 High Life EP (File, MP3, EP) Left Hand Man 2007 Where Are We Going? (File, MP3) Left Hand Man 2007 Remixes: Exhale (Don T's Low Slung Remix) (File, MP3) Exhale (Don T's Low Sl... Inhale Music 2004 Buttered Up (12") Buttered Up Chillin Music 2007 Country Cooking EP (4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Country Cooking Shak Digital 2007 Gonna Make You Feel It! (File, MP3) Gonna Make You Feel It... Left Hand Man 2007 Oldies Memories (File, MP3) Oldies Memories Blue Iguana Music 2007 Ready2Rock (File, MP3) Let It Off (Don Tinsle... Tight Recordings (2) 2008 Through The Speakers (File, MP3) Through The Speakers (... Chillin Music 2008 Wrong Turn (12", W/Lbl, Promo) Wrong Turn (Don T's Si... My House Your House 2008 Appears On: How Can I? (12") Gallery 2004 Leaving An Unknown City (File, MP3) Demiurge Music 2007 Late Nights On The Eastside EP (12", EP) Lost My Dog 2008 Tracks Appear On: Music For A Changing World (CD) Bring Down The Funk (I... Control Recordings (2) 2006 The Miltown EP (File, MP3) Splendid Dining Partne... Soul Fuel Recordings 2006 Alternative Solutions Vol. 1 (25xFile, MP3, Comp) Splendid Dining Partner Tronic Soundz 2007 Flatpack Digital Remixes Vol. 1 (File, MP3) Where Are We Going Flatpack Traxx Digital 2007 Flatpack Digital Remixes Vol. 2 (File, MP3, 320) Where Are We Going Flatpack Traxx Digital 2007 Kolour Digital Sampler (3xFile, MP3, Smplr) Le Swing Kolour Recordings Digital 2007 Minimal Attitude Vol. 1 (File, MP3, Comp) Lightning Trowser Damage Tronic Soundz 2007