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.
In Groups:
Don Tinsley - How Can I? album art Urban Jazz Naturals Urban Jazz Naturals - How Can I? Gallery US 2004 Sell This Version
VIS-021 Don Tinsley - Urban Jazz EP album art Urban Jazz Naturals Urban Jazz Naturals - Urban Jazz EP(12", EP) Vista Recordings VIS-021 US 2005 Sell This Version
demi001 Don Tinsley - Leaving An Unknown City album art Monad Monad - Leaving An Unknown City(File, MP3) Demiurge Music demi001 USA & Canada 2007
FPT006 Don Tinsley - A1A album art Don Tinsley & Ben Armstrong (2) Don Tinsley & Ben Armstrong (2) - A1A(File, MP3) Flatpack Traxx FPT006 UK 2007
LHM001 Don Tinsley - High Life EP album art Don Tinsley & Nick Santillan Featuring Jackie Green Don Tinsley & Nick Santillan Featuring Jackie Green - High Life EP(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Left Hand Man LHM001 US 2007
GFR008 Don Tinsley - Save The 88's album art Don Tinsley Don Tinsley - Save The 88's(4xFile, MP3, 320) Goodfamily Recordings GFR008 2008
LMD022 Don Tinsley - Late Nights On The Eastside EP album art East St Louis Players East St Louis Players - Late Nights On The Eastside EP(12", EP) Lost My Dog LMD022 UK 2008 Sell This Version
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