SNOWBOY (real name Mark Cotgrove) started as a D.J. when he was 17 years old. Inspired by the legendary D.J＊s CHRIS HILL and BOB JONES, he used to hire, monthly, the country＊s most legendary black music club, THE GOLDMINE.
The Goldmine was CHRIS HILL＊S residency and it was voted the U.K＊s No. 1 club for 12 years and was Snowboy＊s grounding in Jazz, Funk and Soul. After doing 24 of these Wednesday events over the years, he found his collection was getting more biased towards the Latin Fusion that was prominent in the clubs in the late 70∩s/early 80∩s and Snowboy got interested in making all the ＆exotic＊ sounds on these records (particularly by Brazilian percussionist AIRTO). So after working a summer season as a pretigious ＆Redcoat＊ at a Butlins holiday centre in 1982, with his bonus, the day he returned he went and bought his first set of Congas.
After a year of trying to teach himself, Snowboy started having lessons studying Afro-Cuban and Brazilian percussion with the U.K＊s grandfather of Latin music, ROBIN JONES, whom he met at a Samba night at Londons WAG Club run by the legendary Jazz Dance D.J. PAUL MURPHY.