What made you want to DJ?
I honestly can’t remember what the exact catalyst was that made me want to DJ, I guess it was just radio, but I was very young. At the age of around 8 or 9 I had the idea of sitting my plastic kiddie record player with built in speaker, next to my parent’s stereo system. I guess I wanted to make my own “mixtapes” although I had no idea what that actual concept was at the time. So I’d play a record on my little deck and then when I wanted the next record to come in I’d start it on the proper hi fi, volume down, then turn the volume on my player down while bringing up the hi-fi volume. The often apocalyptic results would all be recorded on a cassette recorder with a built in condenser mic that was sitting midway between the hi-fi speakers and my little record player.
It was also around the same time that I started making my own “record / pause – remixes” of my favourite records using the exact same method. Extending the parts I loved and chopping out the stuff I wasn’t as keen on. I’d also throw in sound effects from a BBC SFX LP that my dad had.
The transition to DJing in front of people didn’t happen until I was about 12 or 13, by which time I had got some “proper” decks (3 x Garrard belt drive turntables) and a mixer complete with an 8-track cart machine LOL! I started out doing parties for friends and then when I was 15 I got my first paid gig.
What was the first track you bought specifically to DJ with?
It was probably something like “Gone Gone Gone” by Johnny Mathis.
Everybody wants to be a DJ these days. What ignites your passion to continue, despite the competitiveness within club culture?
The excitement of finding a great new track and then being able to play it for people.
If you could go back in time and be involved in the club scene of any era, when would this be and why?
This is tricky as on one hand I’d like to have been an established DJ during the very early days of the rave scene in the UK around 1987-1988 as the music was phenomenal, but if I had I wouldn’t have experienced it as a clubber – which brought with it a whole other level of excitement and wonder. So really, I’d probably use the time machine to do something else, like going back to dinosaur times and riding one – not like that you perverts!
Who would be your dream guest on your show?
Another tough one as I’ve had some many amazing guests on Housecall already. I’d have to go completely off genre and say somebody like Maurice White and instead of a mix we’d just chat about the early days of Earth, Wind & Fire, who are one of my all time favourite bands.
If you could go B2B with any DJ on the planet, who would it be and where?
This is a bit of a cheat as I’ve already done this on several occasions, but every time myself and Brian Tappert play together there is something special that happens. We are very close friends, but more than that, we respect each other so much that I think we make each other up our game with every selection.
What was the last tune that was stuck in your head before this interview?
Lee Deewyze “Blackbird Song“. Haven’t been able to get it out of my head since hearing it for the first time last night.
If you could have made any of the the records you have played which one would it be and why?
Hmmm, maybe Jam & Spoon’s “Stella“. Simple if you break it down to it’s raw elements, but the emotions that this track trigger when they are combined are immense! This record sums up an entire era of club culture for me.
What’s your musical guilty pleasure? – Don’t be shy
Haha, I’m a secret fan of Celtic influenced folk music, you’ll always find stuff like “Sleepsong” by Secret Garden on my iPod ?
If you could only listen to the same 5 records for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Earth, Wind & Fire – “In The Stone”
Staind – “It’s Been Awhile”
Stevie Wonder – “Rocket Love”
D-Train – “You’re The One For Me (Paul Hardcastle Remix)”
America – “Horse With No Name”
Get up or Get Down?
Gotta Get Up To Get Down!
Too Hot or Too Cold?
Too Cold.. Being British I’d have nothing to moan about otherwise!
Piano or Bassline?
Bass for yo face!
Yoda or Gandalf?
I’m not even justifying this with an answer. It’s just plain sacrilegious!
Facebook or Twitter?
Have accounts on both but not a fan of either. Way too much personal info being shared on these sites. Rein in it people!