SPACE Shed studio owner Greg Schubert first heard the music of David Bowie when he was seven, and was lucky enough to see Bowie live as a young teenager.
"It would have been around 1974 or '75, my older sister and her boyfriend took me along to see him at the Sydney Showground," he said.
"I remember the band playing the opening riff to Rebel Rebel, and then stopping.
"They were whipping the crowd in to a frenzy, and then they finally played it as the final encore, I'll never forget it."
Mr Schubert was one of many Valley residents yesterday mourning the death of music icon Bowie, aged 69, after an 18-month battle with cancer.
The announcement was made to the world on the artist's Facebook page.
Over the decades in his genre-defying career, Bowie inspired millions with his rare talent and originality in experimenting and embracing various styles of music, from folk to rock and pop to electronic and disco.
Mr Schubert said not only was Bowie's music ground-breaking, but the recording techniques he employed were revolutionary.
"His music was so interesting and influential, and he was extremely innovative in how he used the studio as an instrument," he said.
"He was motivated by the possibilities of what could be achieved when recording music.
"Some of the things that he and (producer) Brian Eno did, they were physically innovative to make the music they did, with microphone placement to get sounds that hadn't been heard that way before.
"Listening to it now, his sound is still so unique, and he isn't copying anyone, it's all coming straight from his heart. "That's the mark of a genius."
After hearing the news Monday night, Mr Schubert said he was lucky to have Bowie in his ears as a teenager.
Hard Road Guitar's Paul Kneller said growing up in the '70s, Bowie was a huge artist.
"I just admire how he kept reinventing himself and his music, and listening today you can go through a lot of artists and see Bowie in them," he said.
"The influence he had is clear when you see how many other bands have covered his music."