The Royal Musicians

The Royals are powered by a talented bunch of musicians who are all about making good songs sound great. They rework classics and add flair to the latest releases. The crew has been hand picked by Scotty Sax for their individual skill and ability to entertain. After 15 years of running bands and playing alongside hundreds of different musicians, he has come to know what makes a group stand out from the pack. “It’s one thing to be technically proficient, it’s another thing to be able to translate that technical ability into something that connects with people”, says Scotty. Throwing musicians together and hoping it works isn’t a solid plan, the band needs to gel. The Royals has been put together to deliver a guaranteed home run”. It’s time to meet the band.

Scotty Sax

Scotty Sax is known in Sydney as the go to guy to when it comes to adding live music with a DJ. Based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney he has forged a career playing in the once bustling nightclubs of Sydney alongside the best DJ’s from Australia and around the globe. In his 20 years as a professional musician he has achieved a lot. He formed and managed 6 piece funk band Grover who played across Australia and had a huge fan base in Sydney. He is a multi-instrumentalist playing keys, bongo’s and obviously sax. He also DJ’s and in recent times has lead his own trio of DJ, sax, vocals and percussion performing at hundreds of private events throughout Australia and abroad year round.

Over his career, Scotty Sax has held long residencies at venues like Q-Bar, Slip Inn, The Loft, Shore Club and Cargo Bar, where he played Saturday nights for six years straight. He has also played at all the feature venues on the Sydney nightlife scene. Venues like Hugo’s Lounge, Ivy, Kit n Kaboodle, Bungalow 8, Crystal Bar, Trademark, Piano Room, Cabana Bar, Newport Arms, So Ho, Tantra, Biblos, and Plan B.

Scotty was one of the core members of ‘White Soul Collective’, a DJ group that included DJ/ drummer Mark Olsen (Martini Club, Fear of Dawn) and vocalist Michelle Martinez (The Voice season 2 finalist). The band made waves on the live music scene, and it wasn’t long before there was a cue out the door 100 metres long. Sunday’s in Manly became an institution and White Soul was at the centre of it all. They spent five years playing at the Barking Frog, then five years at the Shore Club, holding one of the longest residencies by a Sydney group.

Tim Curnick

Tim Curnick is a multi-discipline bass player and music producer based in Sydney.  Spending the last 15 years having played with some of the most highly regarded and well-known artists, he is known for his versatility, energy, sensitivity, creativity and passion for music and performance.  These qualities have seen him tour with cult singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston, Old Man River and Canadian troubadour Hawksley Workman as well as numerous well-known Australian artists including Richard Clapton, Carla Werner and Tim Freedman (The Whitlams).

As a full time member of ABC TV’s The Sideshow he backed, among others, Colin Hay (Men At Work), Martha Davis (The Motels) and Ian Moss (Cold Chisel) as well as international comedy acts Tripod and Tim Minchin.

As a session musician he appears on many albums, and also currently appears on all seasons of Channel 9’s Lovechild soundtrack – a repertoire largely consisting of 60’s RnB, Motown and Cat Stevens inspired tracks.

He is often called on to play and produce creative and sonically challenging styles whilst remaining sympathetic to the artist’s needs.  This can be seen in his former role as Musical Director for future-soul artist Ngaiire, whose challenging live show was put together and managed by him for 4 years.

Tim currently can be seen performing around Sydney and Australia with the likes of Mitchell Anderson, Kevin Borich, Lachy Doley, Adam Pringle, Radical Son and is currently on tour with Leah Flanagan.

 Dave Hibbard

After my completion of University in 1999, I began pursuing my career in Sydney as a session drummer. Since then i have recorded and toured with; Darren Percival, The Whitlams, Wendy Matthews, The Badloves,Joe Bonamassa, Danielle Spencer, Mahalia & Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, Gin Wigmore, Andy Bull, Glenn Cunningham, Jade MacRae, Ray Beedle, Jackie Orszaczky, James Morrison,The Hands and many more.
I consider myself a ‘singers drummer’. I love to play songs (not notes). RINGO ALL THE WAY!

Mr Wilson

Over the last few years, Mr Wilson has cultivated a reputation within electronic music as a an underworld figure. While the fruits of Wilsons labour can be heard on both sides of the Pacific, only the initiated are capable of tracking down the man responsible for the toplines that have been the driving force behind electronic music’s leading artists.

Scrolling through the pages of Billboard, Spin Magazine, and Dancing Astronaught, fingerprints of  Wilson’s work can be found everywhere. As a co-writer on Kayla, the lead single from Deadmau5 protege  Attlas, Wilson found himself in the Top Ten of dance music charts across the planet. Their follow up collaboration, Batch, resonated just as strongly, earning critical acclaim for industry insiders and punters like.

But before the rest of the world  took notice, Wilson was making a name for himself as a featured artist in his hometown. As Mr Wilson, he was the driving force in Tommy Trash’s breakout hit, the ARIA award-winning #1 Need Me To Stay. His fellow countrymen rapidly enlisted his services, and seemingly overnight Wilson was taking the likes of Tom Piper, Helena, and Dave Winnel to the top of the charts. Indeed, Wilson’s collaboration with Tommy Trash & Tom Piper, All My Friends, earned a place in the record books as Australia’s longest reigning Club Chart #1, and became the signature song for all involved.

Haydn Walker

Haydn is a guitarist and award winning film and television composer who has also co-written songs, arranged and/or
performed music for various prominent Australian acts including
Grinspoon, The Potbelleez, Andy Bull, Darren Hayes, Inga Liljestrom, Archie Roach,  Katie Noonan and Reigan Derry.

He completed his Bachelor in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying under Michael Smetanin and Bozidar Kos, graduating with First Class Honours in 2002. During this time he represented Australia in the prestigious Paris International Rostrum of Composers in the Under 30s Category.

He has been nominated for and won numerous awards including a Bronze at the New York Clio advertising Awards in 2007 for music for Coca Cola’s “Endless Summer” campaign.

Haydn has worked at the highly regarded, multi-award winning Song Zu (London International Awards – Best Music and Sound Company 2013) studios in McMahons Point, Sydney since 2006 to the present where he is a Creative Director.

Michelle Martinez

Sassy, soulful and a little bit smart-assed, Michelle Martinez has well and truly made a name for herself in the Australian music industry. Honing her craft as one of the busiest vocalists in Sydney, she’s played venues from The Basement and the Toff (Melbourne) to the Myer Music Bowl and Acer Arena with everyone from Smokey Robinson and Robbie Williams to Silverchair, Ronan Keating and Jessica Mauboy.

2013 saw Michelle become a key cast member of the Voice Season Two and take the next step in her solo career. Her debut EP peaked at #1 on the Australian iTunes Soul/RnB Album chart and she landed a reoccurring performance role in the television drama series “Love Child” on the Nine Network.

In an age of fast food, fast living and antisocial media, someone’s bringing the romance back – and it’s Michelle Martinez