DJ Temple was born on January 11 1983 in Abbotsford British Columbia, Canada. Currently he is the lead/rhythm guitar player and is the principal song writer in the Death Metal band, WITHOUT MERCY.
DJ has been playing guitar since the age of 14 and attended the Central Valley Academy of Music. With a specialty in demanding and fast tempo material such as metal and hard rock, DJ has also studied Classical guitar, advanced theory and sight reading under notable instructors, Bryan Jasper and Chris Broderick. Alternatively, DJ has also studied percussion, piano and voice under the top instructors in the Vancouver area.
DJ has been teaching guitar professionally since 2005. In 2004 he completed a 3 year practicum specializing in teaching children ages 4 to 7 years old, as well as students with disabilities. He welcomes students of all ages and skill levels. DJ is a huge advocate for a modern teaching method known as “Chunking” which enables a student to comprehend advanced topics in a rapid period of time. DJ is most known for his high energy and positive attitude when instructing. His ability to personalize each lesson is an asset to anyone who wants to feel comfortable as they begin or continue to learn guitar. Students can expect to feel inspired and motivated in this exciting and fantastic atmosphere. In an effort to continue his own education, DJ is always in active search of new methods and techniques. Currently, DJ studies with the world renowned Chris Broderick.
Influences: “Regardless of genre, the music just needs to make me feel something. ANYTHING! If it can create a change in my emotional state or body language that means it was real. And that I can respect.”
Metal / Rock: Chris Broderick, Dimebag Darrell, Jeff Loomis, Paul Gilbert, Chris Adler, Dave Silveria, Marty Friedman, Matt Helie, Mark Morton, Devin Townsend and plenty more…. Plenty!
Classical: Paco De Lucia, Beethoven, Mozart, Andres Segovia, Itzhak Perlman,Bach and Morgan Zentner
Jazz: Mark Ward, Charlie Parker, Buddy Rich, Miles Davis
Country: Garth Brooks and Brad Paisley
Songs: Chopin’s Nocturne in C# minor, Theme from Schindler’s List, Moonlight Sonata, Fur Elise, and plenty others but I would run out of space!
Special Note: When I was 17 I got the opportunity to watch my high school band teacher play trumpet in his Jazz group at the Chilliwack Jazz Festival. He played trumpet and sang “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Aint Got That Swing”. That was the first time I got to see him really play the style that he loved and I understood what real passion for your art was.