With musical influences deeply rooted in his family’s collection of Jazz, Soul & Gospel as a kid, & later HipHop & RnB in High School, Durban-born Leighton Moody's natural progression to the Deep & Soulful House sounds is easily understood. It was this musical palette that eventually ensured his warm reception at premier music destinations across Cape Town, where he relocated in '98, discovering his passion for DJ'ing, Vinyl collecting & Deep House sounds.
True to the craft, Leighton has since gained a solid reputation both locally & internationally amongst artists & music lovers alike. His passion for fusing the elements of Jazz, Soul & House music carved his own niche in the South African Deep House scene & he later progressed to performing regular live DJ sets with some of Cape Towns most seasoned musicians such as Robbie Jansen , Moreira Chonguica,Tony & Franc Paco, Rus Nerwich & The Collective Imagination (Portugal-The Audi Met),Dan Shout (Seychelles)
Leighton’s DJ sets are a musical journey through the many different shades of House Music, showcasing his wide pallet & taste for music. Using 3 decks, live samples & FX units, Leighton has developed his own unique style of Dj’ing, creating spontaneous rhythms & continuously building tension on the dance floor. His versatility as a DJ and ability to adapt to different crowds has also led him to playing at major events such as Cape Town Electronic Music Fest, Rocking the Daisies, RedBull Live Stage, Oppikoppi, Design Indaba, Loerie Awards ,The Cape Town International Jazz Festival & Avante Garde (Soweto) Leighton has also shared the stage with international House legends such as Kerri Chandler (SA Tour), Monique Bingham, Andy Compton, Dennis Ferrer, Henrik Schwarz & Dixon to name a few. Holding down regular weekly residencies, Leighton has also co-hosted events at the legendary Club Deluxe. Firstly “Soul Revolution” events with DJ's Erefaan Pearce & Cassiem Latief, and later “The Deep”, a monthly Deep House event with Vinny Da Vinci (HouseAfrika).
With an innate desire to start creating his own music, Leighton started experimenting with music production under his label “SOULSIDEUP” and has since released with prominent record labels such as KinkySweet, Downsouth Music & Peng Africa.He has also done remix work for vocal sensation “Monique Bingham” on “You, Me, World” (BiggaSounds Records N.Y). This was soon followed by another international release on Peng Africa’s “Sisulu Vol 1” ,a remix of Andy Compton & Ziyon “Take it easy” (Peng records), Life Rhythms “Mama” (Peng), and Zaki Ibrahim & Richard the Third's “Conjure” (RedBull Studios CapeTown). Leighton continues to grow as an artist and believes that music itself is a gift, a powerful medium to bring people together, uniting beyond the barriers of colour & culture.
"Keep your Soul side up…"