What made you want to DJ?
I’ve always had a passion for music from a very young age and I was over at a friends with some vinyl I had just bought and saw his all in one console and decided I was gonna get myself a couple of 1210’s as mixing beats gave me a completely different outlook about the music I was buying and decided to master the trade‚ well there’s always room to be better, even today over 25 years later… LOL 😉
What was the first track you bought specifically to DJ with?
The first track I bought to mix with has to be ‘Move This Rhythm’ by Grant Nelson… I remember Kiss FM hammering this and I was bouncing.
Everybody wants to be a DJ these days. What ignites your passion to continue, despite the competitiveness within club culture?
I’m not out there to compete with anyone, I love music and I love listening to people DJ and their different styles. I have my own style and it’s good to be unique. What I have learnt of late is that although I’m all for mod tech, some of the yoot of today are lost with CDJs with no capability of hooking up to a laptop, basically not being able to beat match. I see that as separating the boys from the men.
If you could go back in time and be involved in the club scene of any era, when would this be and why?
My roots are rare grooves 80’s soul and I was very young when this music was in clubs. The days when you would have to be suited and booted to get into clubs. I remember trying to get into a club called ‘The Colliseum’ in Luton but got dashed, but old soul music has a very special place in my heart, personally I don’t think you’ll ever beat that era and it has also shaped with 70’s Disco a lot of the House classics we hear today and endless samples have been used. I would have loved to play in clubs when 80’s soul was the ‘IN’ music but mainly did House parties.
Who would be your dream guest on your show?
Well he knows who he is as I have tried and tried and tried and tried and tried but the ‘DADDY D3EP’ is a busy man which I respect. I’m very appreciative of my Radio Drop mind but yeah, it would be Grant Nelson as the man is musically a pure genius across many genres, a DJ with amazing skills which I had the pleasure of witnessing at Dvars in Amsterdam (ADE 2013) and overall a very approachable decent chap that gives you the time… Otherwise we would not be doing this now would we? So yeah it would be Grant for sure.
If you could go B2B with any DJ on the planet, who would it be and where?
Well this is an interesting question as most would name a Superclub but for me it would be GOA in India at a Full Moon Party on Anjuna Beach or a secret location playing B2B with Jazzy Jeff (If he ever let me in amongst his scratching).
What was the last tune that was stuck in your head before this interview?
Mory Kante – Yeke Yeke as was thinking about the ‘Flashbacks’ section for my next Stereotype Radio Show.
If you could have made any of the the records you have played which one would it be and why?
Richie Rich and ‘Salsa House’ – Completely puts me into a trance with the piano and baseline every single time, a musical masterpiece that always takes me on a journey.
What’s your musical guilty pleasure? – Don’t be shy 😉
80’s soul, Bob Marley, David Gray and Acid Jazz. I like to get away from the 125 bpms from time to time and relax.
If you could only listen to the same 5 records for the rest of your life, what would they be?
1. Loose Ends – Gonna Make You Mine
2. GOD – Bounce To The Beat
3. Sunscreem – Perfect Motion
4. Kings of Tomorrow ft Julie McKnight – Finally
5. Isotonik – Different Strokes
Get up or Get Down?
Get Down Baby
Too Hot or Too Cold?
Too Hot to handle too cold to hold
Piano or Bassline?
Yoda or Gandalf?
Yoda! Don’t even know who Gandalf is? LOL
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