What made you want to DJ?
I had friends in London back in the early 90s on one of the big Jungle pirate stations of the time and had a go on their decks‚ I picked it up pretty quickly and got hooked. From then on, every Saturday afternoon was spent at the record shops trawling through a million tunes in search of something special. Playing on radio and in clubs myself was the next logical step.
What was the first track you bought specifically to DJ with?
A white label jungle 10″ that sampled Alyson Williams “Need Your Loving” back in 1993 – I remember picking that up in Boogie Times in Romford and walking out with a strange sense of anticipation that I’d never had buying music before.
Everybody wants to be a DJ these days. What ignites your passion to continue, despite the competitiveness within club culture?
I have my own views on how easy it is to become a DJ these days, given how technology has moved forward and a lot of people can be fast-tracked before they’ve learned the craft properly. For me though, having moved halfway round the world, it’s about bringing my vibe and background and know-how to an international audience. I still get just as excited playing new venues and to a really up-for-it crowd as I did back in the 90s.
If you could go back in time and be involved in the club scene of any era, when would this be and why?
I was lucky enough to have been a part of the UK Garage explosion in the mid-90s, playing on the pirates and in the clubs then but if I’d have been 10 years older then the late 80s/early 90s rave scene would have been amazing going to (and quite possibly playing at) those parties following instructions to illegal parties around the M25… Boom!
Who would be your dream guest on your show?
MK, aka Marc Kinchen
If you could go B2B with any DJ on the planet, who would it be and where?
Karl ‘Tuff Enuff’ Brown, at Space in Ibiza (although I’m not sure the two go hand-in-hand)
What was the last tune that was stuck in your head before this interview?
Creeping In The Dark (Grant Nelson Remix) – Majestic and Jungle 70. It’s a London style, it’s a creeper! Reminds me very much of those pirate radio days.
If you could have made any of the the records you have played which one would it be and why?
Dem 2 – Destiny. I remember hearing that in a club and having to rush the DJ booth, (I think it was Francis James playing), to see what it was and unfortunately it was a dubplate and didn’t come out until months later but I was itching to get my hands on it. It was so far ahead of its time – for me that was the tune that really broke the 2-step sound. Would’ve made me some fair cash in royalties too!
What’s your musical guilty pleasure? – Don’t be shy 😉
When I first moved to Asia I stumbled across a CD by a band from the Philippines called MYMP, who I’m not sure are well known outside of their country. Their album “Versions” has some simple but amazing acoustic covers and the lead singer has this really soothing voice, a little bit like Katie Melua. Definitely one to de-stress to.
If you could only listen to the same 5 records for the rest of your life, what would they be?
1) Aftershock “Slave To The Vibe”
2) Jodeci ‚”Freekin You” (MK Remix)
3) 24 Hour Experience “All-Nighter”
4) Howard Jones “Like To Get To Know You Well”
5) Inner City “Big Fun”
Get up or Get Down?
I get DEEP!
Too Hot or Too Cold?
I live in a tropical climate so definitely Too Hot!
Piano or Bassline?
I’m all about that bass, ’bout that bass (no treble)
Yoda or Gandalf?
Mmmmm, Yoda it will be. Strong in him, the Force is.
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