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Hey! Mr DJ – Simon Penfold

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 6

NUTSMAG recently caught up wuth DJ Simon Penfold in Tunbridge Wells, Kent for a nice chat about music.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

Through my parents always playing 50’s & 60’s music in the car growing up and then due to my sister’s boyfriend, who was a Mod in the early 80’s, introducing me to Northern Soul.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

At a Night Owl Northern Soul night in Brighton in the late 80’s.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Honestly, I enjoy them all mainly, none stand out as it were!

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

As above, not one stands out really, it’s with the next event!

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Maybe Ginger Taylor, Andy Crane,  and Ady Croasdell – Ginger and Andy as I like a decent amount of 70’s Northern Soul thrown in and Ady because of his success with The 100 Club which was where I had my first experience of nighters in the late 80’s.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I guess being into Scooters/Northern Soul and getting goosebumps from brilliant, quality oldies!

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

The Imperial C’s – Someone Tell Her – Phil L.A. Of Soul years ago in the USA.

08. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

60’s & 70’s Northern Soul originals.

09. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

At The Little and Swig, Tunbridge Wells, Kent go here folks: facebook.com/Across-the-Street-Soul-Club

10. What is the record you would most like to own?

Lenny Curtis – Nothing Can Help You Now – End (An absolutely BRILLIANT/PERFECT Northern Soul 45)

Current Top 5 Tracks:

Shawn Robinson – My Dear Heart – Minit
The Sweet Things – I’m In a World Of Trouble – Date
The Masqueraders – Do You Love Me Baby – Wand
Billy Prophet – What Can I Do? – Sue
Little Joe Cook – I’m Falling In Love With You Baby – Hot

Top 5 Tracks of All Time:

Gerri Granger – I Go To Pieces (Everytime…) – Bell
Arin Demain – Silent Treatment – Blue Star
Christine Cooper – Heartaches away My Boy – Parkway
Ritchie Adams – I Can’t Escape From You – Congress
Mickie Champion – What Good Am I – Musette

Social Networks:

facebook.com/Across-the-Street-Soul-Club

Next Club Spots: Tunbridge Wells – Northern Soul Night – 20th May


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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May 9, 2017 By : Category : Club Soul DJs Front Page Music UK Tags:,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Pete Kelross

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 6

Pete Kelross is Co Promoting and a DJ at Nightshift Northern Soul @ Lakeside
based in Woking, UK

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I have always loved music of all genres. I guess it started with Two Tone in the early 80’s which I got bored with after a few years, then moved onto 1960s and a Mod influence through the scooter scene, I did my first Northern soul night in 1985 and never looked back.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

The Soul Spin Syndicate at Woking Football Club in 1991.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Las Vegas 2010, I was in The Plaza Hotel Ballroom, I don’t think I have ever seen a room so up for it in my life,.Having taken over the decks from a Ska DJ the reggae crowd walked off the floor, the soul crowd walked on, I smashed it 🙂

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

I won’t mention the club, but having to stop half way through my set to do a meat raffle.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Roger Stewart.. limitless knowledge, Ginger Taylor, vinyl envy, Kieth Woon, taught me they did make good records after 1969 Ady Croasdell, has forgotten more than I Know and my partner in crime. Derek Mead, always introducing fresh tracks to my box.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I just love good powerful brash Northern Soul, I think being brought up on Elvis and Country music by my parents kind of conditioned my musical taste towards powerful vocal and big orchestral backing that raw soul has… sorry Mum

07. How did the Nightshift Club come about?

I started Nightshift in 1998 because all the other nights in my area at that time were solidly focused on rarer and rarer tracks and cared little for oldies at that time, though when the classics were played the floor would fill, I saw an opening for a oldies night with the objective of playing to the floor. After Derek came on board in 2000 we began to bring the big names from Wigan down,the crowds grew and the venues changed leading to the fantastic 15 years we spent at Bisley pavilion that sadly closed its doors last year.

08. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I can’t honestly say I have discovered anything, the two records that spring to mind that I broke to my own circle are Doug banks, I just Kept on Dancing, a massive tune at Mytchett in the early days, and Joe Tex Under Your Powerful Love. Not my discoveries by any means but when a large chunk of your friends scramble to buy them it gives you satisfaction.

09. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

Hard to say where the influence came from, soul is all about emotion good or bad so life’s experiences mould the lyrics that grab you mix it with the musical sound you like and that’s where the magic happens, favorite artist wow it chops and changes, but the one that always hits the top for me would be Ray Pollard, I missed his UK live performances, I’m still kicking myself today.

10. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

I collect anything. Any genre, any speed, any size!

11. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Nightshift Club, Lakeside, Surrey, UK.

12. What is the record you would most like to own?

The Salvadors, Stick By Me Baby!

 

Current Top 5 Tracks:
1. Going To A Happening Tommy Neal – Pameline
2. I Cried My Life Away Tommy Navaro – De Jac
3. I’m A Peace Loving Man Emanuel Lasky – Thelma
4. Little Girl Lost The Shepards – ABC
5. I Can’t Let Go Johnny Summers – Yorktown

Top 5 Tracks of All Time:
1. This Time Ray Pollard – Shrine
2. Cover Girl Carl Spencer – Rust
3. I’m Your Yes Man Clarence Reid – Wand
4. Beauty is Just Skin Deep The Sweethearts – Kent
5. Baby Without You Danny Monday – Modern

Social Networks: 

facebook.com/PeteKelross

Next Club Spots:

Lakeside: 3rd June 2017 Isle of Wight (Crown Hotel) Aug B/H Soul invasion
Los Angeles{ 15-16 Sept 2017


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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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May 9, 2017 By : Category : Articles DJs Front Page UK Tags:,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Stephan Golowka

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 6

We recently caught up with DJ Stephan Golowka from Germany, to talk about his musical outlook.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I got into the local mod and scooter scene near Frankfurt when I was at middle school. The idea of style and coolness impressed me deeply when I was a youngster. The Who, The Kinks, The Small Faces, The Jam, Ska, 2-Tone and Madchester were the sounds I listened to in those days.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

That was certainly at one of those private cellar parties when I was at a very tender age. I played some of the above mentioned music.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I especially loved the first Le Beat Bespoké in 2005, Euro YéYé the same year, Purple Weekend in 2009 and numerous other weekenders, parties and unforgettable club nights at the Up Club. Many magical and great moments.

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

Luckily I never really had bad DJ experiences. Crappy sound systems or interruptions due to technical problems can be annoying.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

There are many excellent DJs out there. A good DJ should be able to play distinctive sets and surprise with different, exciting tunes. Rob Bailey has to be mentioned for his top class sets in various genres & continuity on the highest level for so many years. bMichael Wink, Frantz Lisi and the Belgian beat scene were influential in my younger days, – all ahead of their time.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Early trips to the Blow-Up Club, national and international mod weekenders were inspiring. Many fantastic compilations like The British Psychedelic Trip or the Rubble Collection helped forming my favourite kind of music. I started to collect and play those classic 45s and continued to dig a little deeper..

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

In 2000 I found a nice copy of The Rebel Rousers – As I Look for 15.- Deutsche Mark in a small record shop in Frankfurt. Also, Ron Gray – Hold Back The Sunrise or The Pagens – Mystic Cloud, might be two nice examples of discoveries in a club/DJ context.

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

The Beatles, The Kinks, The Byrds. Some of my favourite bands are Kaleidoscope (UK), The Pretty Things a.k.a. Electric Banana, early Pink Floyd, Love

09. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Mainly British freakbeat, psychedelia and US-American garage and psych 45s, certainly no particular labels or artists.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Le Beat Bespoké #12 at Easter in London.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

There was this acetate on Audiodisc without any information on the label. A fantastic unreleased catchy garage psych number with loads of fuzz that was auctioned for a small fortune a few years ago. I really hope it will be released one day or turn up again. Aso, The End – Second Glance (Emidisc Acetate)

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

01. One In A Million – Double Sight (MGM)
02. Turnstyle – Riding A Wave (Pye)
03. Human Expression – Optical Sound (Accent)
04. Nimrod – Don´t Let It Get The Best Of You (Mercury)
05. Mike Stuart Span – Children Of Tomorrow (Jewel)
06. Tintern Abbey – Vacuum Cleaner (Deram)
07. Calum Bryce – Love-Maker (Conder)
08. The Sleepy – Love´s Immortal Fire (CBS)
09. Lemon Fog – Echoes Of Time (Orbit)
10. Legay – No-One (Fontana)

Current Top 5 Tracks:

01. The Sound Track – Face The New Day (Action)
02. The Six Deep – Girl It´s Over (De´Lynn)
03. The Fly-Bi-Nites – Found Love (Tiffany Records)
04. The Es Shades – Anyday, Anywhere (United Audio)
05. Luv´d Ones – Up Down Sue (White Oak)

Next Club Spots 2017:
14-16 April – Le Beat Bespoke 12London

Social Networks: facebook.com/TheUpClub


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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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March 24, 2017 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – David Marco Font

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 4

We recently caught up with DJ David Marzo Font (David Undersounds) from Barcelona, to talk about his musical outlook.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I’ve been into music since I was a kid. When I was about 15 years old I was obsessed with finding my own music style. That’s when I started to listen to punk music and created a punk cover band with my friends.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

I was 19 or 20 years old in my first DJ slot. Me and one of my best friends decided we were bored with dancing to someone else music. We wanted to be the ones beside the decks. So we created a DJ collective (Real Undersounds, a name we still use) and asked for a slot to the owner of a Barcelona’s downtown rock’n’roll bar called Red Rocket. We started DJing there every Tuesday night.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Many nights to remember. I would say those infinite morning spins at CAN Yeyé (Los Retrovisores headquarters).

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

Without any doubt, my worst DJ experience was 5 years ago. I was stolen my entire record box after a night club party. It was taken from my friend’s car boot with most of my favourite records. It was a hard blow for me. I even considered to stop collecting records. But luckily I didn’t, so I can be this year at LBB12.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

It’s really hard to choose but I’d say Sebas Aviles, Xavi Castellar, Lolo Pelouro, Miguel Ygarza, Juan Duque, Juan Moral… I guess it’s because I have had lots of fun with them and learned lots of fantastic songs every time I listen to their sets.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I really love to DJ Freakbeat. That point was Beat music starts experimenting with Psychedelia and Garage. So I like those records that keep having a groovy rhythmic base combined with some trippy sounds and psych effects.

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7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Peter Nelson & the Castaways – Down in the mine (HMV)

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

Almost all Decca label artists from 1964 to 1969.

09. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Mainly 60s Freakbeat, Popsike, Garage & Psychedelia.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

At any of the Barcelona Psych Nights Club or Pillbox Sixties Club parties we organize. But you should definitely come to any of the festivals we organize: Gambeat Weekend or Barcelona Psych Fest.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

I wouldn’t mind having a Caleb or Wimple Winch copy… or two!

12. Please give us a top 10 all-time favorites and a current top 5 spins?

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. The Pentard – Don’t Throw It All Away (Parlaphone)
2. The Scenery – Thread Of Time (Impact)
3. Jocelyne Joyca – Time (CBS)
4. Sherwood – Ride, Baby Ride (Smash)
5. Chicago Line – Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop (Philips)

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. The Beatles- The Night Before
2. The Byrds- Here Without You
3. Status Quo- Pictures Of Matchstick Men
4. The Left Banke – She May Call You Up Tonight
5. Wimple Winch- Save My Soul
6. The Atlantics- Come On
7. The Open Mind- Magic Potion
8. Kula Shaker- Hush
9. The Telescopes- Celeste
10. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – If Love Is The Drug

Next Club Spots 2017:
14-16 April – Le Beat Bespoke 12London
Fri 31st March + Sat 1 April – Barcelona Psych Fest
28th June to 3rd July @ Festival Beat Salsomaggiore (IT)

Fri 15th & Sat 16th September @ Gambeat Weekend Barcelona (ES)

Reference:
Resident DJ and Organiser of Gambeat Weekend, Barcelona Psych Fest, Barcelona Psych Nights and Pillbox 60s Club.

Main Site: facebook.com/bcnpsychfest
Social Networks: facebook.com/david.m.font


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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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February 14, 2017 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Hey! Mrs DJ – Miss Clawdy

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 4

We recently caught up with DJ Miss Clawdy to talk about her musical outlook.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

My Dad was a Saxophonist in a band during the 70s and when I was young he used to spin some of the songs he was playing with that band, such as “Booker-T Green Onions and Willie Mitchell 30-60-90”. Those sounds were weird and fascinating to me and at the age of fourteen, my Sister who was a Mod got me listening to classics from the 50s, 60s and Ska.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

Was in a club called Indian in Pisa, in front of a few happy people and some drunk friends. I remember being so excited I wrote a quintessential playlist some days prior to the gig that I followed song by song. That night me and my friends had so much fun that I decided to continue DJing and that was an excuse to buy more records.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I particularly like my DJ Spots for a club called “La Limonaia”, in Tuscany. I played the hottest tunes I have to warm up the crowd’s spirits, even the ones I rarely get a chance to play. It was outdoor and the atmosphere was lovely. The moon was out on a summer’s night and the stars were shining brightly. Along with candles and great drinks, people were feeling the vibe and loved my tunes.

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

My worst DJ experience that springs to mind and makes me laugh whenever I mention it was when I was young and inexperienced and I was organizing Rock and Roll nights with some friends of mine… those nights were totally crazy. People were opening champagne, wine, beers spilling them anywhere and dancing almost naked… nobody could calm them down and sometimes I didn’t know how to protect my equipment and records! Once I got home I checked all my records and sleeves only to find many of them drenched in wine! Fortunately, the records were fine.

05. Your favorite scene DJ’s and why?

DJ Henry from Milan (Rollin’ and Tumblin’) and all the Tender crew, they have anything you would like to hear.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Rough and crazy sounds combined with Exotic and hot vibes. Probably because these things match with my nature!

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Big Don’s Rebellion – It Was True. When I heard that song for the first time it captured me and I was compelled to hear more. I was positively speechless, getting goose bumps! That record was my first true impulse, it costs me nearly half of my salary at the time.

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favorite artist(s)?

Dick Dale.

09. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

I have a thing for the Blues, Sun Records recordings, and songs with a minor scale structure from the late 50s to early 60s.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

I currently don’t have a standing spot. Right after Le Beat Bespoke, I will be in Florence at the Rollin’ and Tumblin’ club. Just drop me a line on FB for friendship and you can find my next gigs.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

Nat Couty & The Braves – Woodpecker Rock – Fox

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1.Lloyd Price – Lawdy Miss Clawdy
2.Louie Louie – Richard Berry
3.Link Wray – Rumble
4.Dick Dale – Misirlou
5.Johnny Kid and the Pyrates – Shakin’ all Over
6.The Cramps – What’s Inside a Girl
7.Hasil Adkins – She Said
8.Yma Sumac – Gopher
9.Etta James – I just want to make love to you
10.Fats Domino – Why Don’t you do Right

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1.Berta Rosen Con Enrique Lynch Y Su Orquesta – Boogaloo En Cuarta Dimension – Sono Radio
2.The Fabulous Silver Tones – Dimples – West Coast
3.Bracey Everett – Lover’S Curse – Atlantic
4.Sugar Boy Williams – Little Girl – Herald
5.Little Florene – Miss You So – Excello

Next Club Nights 2017:

Lady Luck Club at Le Beat Bespoke, London – 14 April
Rollin’ & Tumblin’ – Florence – 22nd of April

Social Networks: facebook.com/claudia.missclawdy
Videos: MissClawdymusic


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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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February 14, 2017 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , , ,
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Rob’s Round-Up 5

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Rob’s Roundup

Massive thanks to all those who joined us for yet another fun NYE party.

Despite the madness going on all around us the one thing that is still in our destiny is having a good time and enjoying the music and style, we are all passionate about. Our team have been working hard on our annual Easter extravaganza in central London.

Le Beat Bespoké attracts pleasure seekers from all over the globe, with only one thing in mind having a real damn good party. So, with that firmly in mind, we have assembled yet another exciting line-up across two fantastic venues in the heart of London.

Check out our brand-new website www.lebeatbespoke.com for all the info you need. We booked ten stellar live bands featuring some of the best up and coming talent alongside two stellar acts from the 20th century.

However live music is just part of what makes Le Beat Bespoké such a fun and unique event. For your dancing pleasure, we have booked a dynamic DJ line-up from across Europe armed with explosive sounds on 100% original vinyl across 3 rooms of clubbing after the live bands.

Our guest club nights for the Rhythm & Blues Weekend include Crossfire, The Pow Wow, Lady Luck & Mousetrap all at the forefront of good times and taste. The menu is served All-night and includes authentic Rhythm & Blues, Northern Soul, Jazz, Latin, Boogaloo and Ska/Reggae.

The Beat Basement hosts the wildest and grooviest Freakbeat, Garage and Psychedelic ‘nuggets’ known to man to a back drop of eye candy visuals and groovy Go-Go girls.

A brand-new location for our daytime treats on Sat & Sunday afternoon is Dingwalls one of London’s most beautiful venues, situated right next to Camden lock in the World-famous Camden market. Expect DJ’s, bands, Easter egg hunt, record fair and market.

Contact drrobert@btinternet.com for trade stand.

But before Easter, we have celebrated an incredible 26 years at Mousetrap in the same venue with the same owner virtually unheard of these days, let alone in the ever-changing landscape of London. All those that attended would have got a free 45 with two rare tracks from the club’s playlist including one that has never been released on 45 before.

Hope to see you all Easter for an epic party!

www.lebeatbespoke.com

Cheers Dr. Robert


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February 21, 2017 By : Category : Articles Bands Clubs DJs Events Front Page Music Picks Reviews Tags:, , ,
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NUTsCast – Sessions – part 14 (episode 23)

NUTsCast December 2016
Join The Baron for a look back at some of the highlights of the last twelve months with live tracks recorded at Le Beat Bespoke, Margate and Crossfire by Graham Day & Forefathers, The Stairs, Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind, Wicked Whispers, Dustaphonics, Big Boss Man, Bronco Bullfrog, Paul Orwell, Cat Black and The Mynd Set.

We look ahead to our Nutty New Year’s Eve Party with DJ selections by Irish Greg, Jim Watson, Lee Miller, Peter Feely, Joel Maslin, Ady Lupton & Carolina.

So join The Baron for the last Nutscast Session of 2016.


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AKA ‘The Baron’ - Like many of his generation, The Jam started Graham's love affair with all things mod back in 1977. He is the author of 'The Influential Factor - A History Of Mod' which was originally published in 2002. An extract from the book was re-printed in Paolo Hewitt's 'The Sharper Word - revised edition' in 2011. Being a self-confessed 'broad-church' mod, Graham's interests range from Modern Jazz to today's up-coming new bands and everything in between. Although he has a passion for mod history, he also has a passion for the new. Whether it's music, clubs, media of every kind, clothing, scooters or art and photography, Graham supports, promotes and encourages as much as he can, because that's how we keep going. 'Give it a chance' is his motto. If it's not for you, that's cool, at least you tried it.

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NUTsCast – Sessions – part 15 (episode 24)

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Join the Baron for the first NUTSCAST of 2017.
On this show, we have special guest Rob Bailey talking us through the Easter extravaganza that is LE BEAT BESPOKE and the brand new LBB album.

To get you in the mood for LBB12 we have tracks from Corduroy, Novella, Lovely Eggs, Pink Floyd, New Candys, The Arrogants, Los Retrovisores, The Pacers, Stags, & Eliphant as well as selections from our DJ team.

Explore the line-up and event here at: www.lebeatbespoke.com


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March 16, 2017 By : Category : Bands DJs Front Page Music Picks Tags:, , , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Ady Lupton

We recently caught up with DJ Ady Lupton to talk about his musical outlook.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

My older brother went from being a mod to skinhead to punk & then a psycho billy throughout the 80’s so over the years I grew up hearing all sorts, The Kinks, Small Faces, The Who, Motown, Ska, 2 Tone, The Pistols, Stiff Little Fingers, Dexys, The Stingrays, The Meteors & Northern Soul, a fairly mixed bag. Inevitably I also got into all or most of it too & started buying & collecting my own records when I was about 13 or 14. At about 15 I started knocking around with a lot of my brothers mates who were all a few years older & had scooters,that’s when I started going to a lot of gigs & rallies. The record collecting continued albeit nothing major, Motown bits & pieces, reissues, a few cheap originals, Kent & Charly albums. Although I was out hearing all sorts during the late 80’s it was always the Northern Soul that had become my real passion & after being taken to the 100 club for my 1st proper allnighter by my friend Rob Holmes in the early 90’s it felt like I’d found what I’d always been looking for & the deal was sealed so to speak.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

The Whitstable Assembly Rooms. It was an old dance hall with a sprung dance floor, freezing cold & damp, with a make shift bar that you had to hire in (i.e. A bloke with a load of cans through a hole in the wall). I started organising do’s for my club The East Kent Sovereigns there, well we did a few anyway. Unfortunately it’s gone now.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

It’s got to be the 1st time I played the 100 club, “Bricking it” were 2 words that spring to mind.

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

Oh blimey, there’s too many to mention:-) It can be demoralising when you play what you think is one good track after another only to have people sit around & stare at you. Still it’s all good fun & character building.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Mick Smith the Governor, always plays the right records for the occasion. Butch goes without saying. Ady Croasdell for continually doing what he’s been doing, need I say more. Also Alan H, Greg & in the early days Lee Miller for sharing their knowledge, showing me the road to righteousness & being bloody good mates.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

The 100 club & that dare I say it, what I think of as a more London soul sound, 6T’s Rhythm & Soul a la Kent. Then the influences of The Capitol soul club & later still Lifeline. When Djing I’ll always try & mix it up in a set, a mixture of quality Detroit pounders, classy Chicago soul, some good rhythm & soul & some nice crossover & 70’s depending on the venue, that normally does the trick. If you play a bit of everything you can normally please most of the people most of the time.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I can’t claim to have ever discovered anything seeing as most of the stuff we like is 60’s/70’s It would be foolish to think I was the 1st to hear it but I believe I was one of the 1st to start playing The Sherrell Bros The Price on Currison & I’ve never heard anyone else play Marva Lee – Old & Grey on Rugby took me 14 years to get that! Was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time when I got Glen Miller on Jamaican Stag. They were all known records just not that well-known.
There’s been a lot of records & still are that I’ve played & people come up & ask what’s that I’ve never heard it before. I’ve never heard anyone else play it either but they must’ve done either on a tape, at someone’s house or at a do, otherwise I wouldn’t have known it.

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

Almost anything penned by Sonny Sanders & Don Davis floats my boat. Favourite artists, Barbara Lewis, Fred Hughes, Billy Butler, Jackie Wilson, Brenda Holloway number one’s gotta be The Temptations hasn’t it?

09. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

No/yes & no/sort of.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

London VaVaVoom NYE 2016 & usually somewhere in Spain.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

I wouldn’t say no to a Lester Tipton, Magnetics-Lady in green, Mello-Souls the list goes on & on.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Current Top 5 Tracks:
1. The Intensions – Feel So Good – Moneytown
2. The Temptones – Girl I Love You – Arctic
3. Benny Harper – My Prayer – Harper-Soul
4. Otis Clay – Baby Jane – Dakar
5. The Royal Imperials – This Heart Of Mine – Mellow Town

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:
1. The Originals – Suspicion
2. Bernie Williams – Ever Again
3. Jack Montgomery – Dearly Beloved
4. The Temptations – Get Ready
5. The Salvadors – Stick By Me Baby
6. Billy Butler -Help Yourself
7. Barbara Lewis – Hello Stranger
8. Jean Carter – I Wanna Know
9. Ben E King – Gettin To Me
10. Kenny Shepard – What Difference Does It Make
11. The Small Faces – Tin Soldier
(If Spinal Tap can go up to 11, so can I).


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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December 7, 2016 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Phil Bush

We caught up with Phil Bush recently for a chat about his passion for music.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

Regrettably, my first record was a Gary Glitter 7” but I didn’t get it off him personally. First got heavily interested in music at school, late 70’s 2-tone and mod revival era.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

Good question – I don’t know exactly. It would have been one of our local scooter club nights during the early 80’s. But I wouldn’t have called myself a DJ then because we all used to get stuck in on the decks back then.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I’ve had some very memorable nights. Recently I got the chance to take my full valve system to Reggae Geel in Belgium. 60,000 people (not all in my Marquee, though!) and a fantastic event, even though I was very ill. We used to run some weekenders down Margate – the ones we had with Dave Barker and Derrick Morgan were out of this world.

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

I had an experience abroad a few years ago where we got caught up in a full-scale district riot, which was lively. Then at the same event, a rock fell out of the wall and went through a £1000 Buster tune of mine. I decided to call it a night!

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

I am not going to make friends here am I? The lads up the Itch in Hull play good R&B which is not what you normally hear on the broader scene. I like listening to what Craig Simpson has to play when I get to hear him. On the reggae scene, the likes of Asher G, King Floyd and Sugar Merchant are all a great listen on the right night. On the skinhead scene, Brian Kelson is always trying out new tunes which is, what it’s all about.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

My selection is driven by Sound System. I’ll play some tunes that others would probably swerve because I know I can get something more out of them on a heavy-set. Reggae sound system is an instrument, not a PA, and should be used as such.

07. How did the Sounds & Pressure Sound system come about?

I got disillusioned with hearing reggae on weak PA systems and I wasn’t known as DJ so I never got asked to play. Also no-one on the skinhead, mod or scooter scenes had built a big vintage sound system before so I decided to solve all my problems in one go. S&P was the first by many years and it sparked some interest because now there are quite a few of them.

08. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I guess my real discoveries are some Buster pre’s that no-one has as far as I know. They’ll only get drawn in a clash. In reality, a lot of finds and discoveries are really just re-discoveries. Simple £5 tunes that hit a sweet spot with an audience and become popular. Take Girls for instance by Jerry and the Bluebells from ’75. No one knew it. Not even any of the reggae old guard had heard it before, but now loads of people play it.

09. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

Musically it would be Paul Huxtable who owns Axis Sound System. Myself and he are completely aligned in attitude when it comes to sound system matters. Favorite artists – I guess overall has to be Prince Buster.

10. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

I collect anything. Any genre, any speed, any size.

11. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Bamboo Club, Lincoln.

12. What is the record you would most like to own?

Black Dragon, Buster’s Allstars. I believe the acetate is in Japan.

13. Please give us a top 5 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. Let’s Get Together – Henry Buckley, Gayfeet ‘68
2. Tribute to Nehru – Skatalites, Randy’s ‘64
3. I love the reggae – Gaylads, Randy’s ‘68
4. Girls, Jerry and the Bluebells – Torpedo ‘75
5. Nameless – Busters Allstars Pre ‘65

Top 5 Tracks of All Time:

1. Heavenless – Vin Gordon, Studio 1 ‘68
2. Going home – Theo Beckford, Worldisc ‘60
3. Just tell me – Maytals, Beverley’s ‘68
4. Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
5. Manny oh – Higgs and Wilson, WIRL, ‘60

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Saturday 22nd October, Crossfire 29, London
Saturday Dec 10th, Bamboo Club, Lincoln


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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September 27, 2016 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Joel Maslin

We recently caught up with DJ Joel Maslin to talk about his musical outlook.

1. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I got into R&B and soul (and later rocksteady) alongside my best mate Ollie when I was 18 or so, after discovering the Mod scene. We’d previously been into house and drum & bass until then!

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

I was very lucky to be asked to DJ at Shotgun with Vic Ranger and Gav Evans, one of the best mod/rhythm & soul nights in London at the time.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Probably the first time I was asked to DJ at the 100 Club as I was so nervous. I had a fantastic time but I can remember having pretty bad butterflies as I got up onto the stage. Outside of that pretty much all of my experiences DJ-ing in Spain, (particularly Runaway Love in Asturias) have been amazing. The venues, the beautiful scenery, the food but mainly the great friends.

4. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

I’ve fallen over, dropped records down the back of stages, broken the mixer, although I did DJ at a big gig a few years back and completely bombed, not sure why but I was trying out a new aftershave at the time so it could have
been that.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Rare soul – Butch, Dave Thorley, Marco Santucci, Keith Money. The incredible unissued records, new sounds and rare 45s that you hear every time they play is what keeps me interested in the music. R&B wise I always like the sounds that Callum Simpson plays.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I’ve been through a number of different ‘sub-genres’ of soul music, from R&B to the odd funk track but I just try to keep my ear to the ground and talk to collectors and other fanatics of this brilliant music to discover new records that I like and I hope will work on the dance floor. Sometimes I try to play more R&B and 60’s orientated sounds, and other times crossover and funkier tracks. Sometimes I even get it right!

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Most records have been ‘discovered’ by one of the manically dedicated diggers on the scene way before my time, so I can’t claim anything there – but I remember being pretty chuffed when I finally got a copy of Little Tommy ‘Baby Can’t You See’ many years ago. And the seller had used a couple of really good R&B records as record stiffeners!

8. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

Ace Of Bass. Or everyone at Motown.

9. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

No I’m a bit too haphazard for that!

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

100 Club 6ts Allnighters -London, VaVaVoom – London

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

Way too many to mention but I’ve always coveted a copy of Jimmy Gresham ‘This Feelin’ I Have’.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. Et White – Got To Find A True Love – Great Potential
2. Charles Smith – You Need Education – Trend
3. Little Soul – Problems – Solid Soul
4. Emanons – Bird Walkin’ – All Brothers
5. Emma Frances – Leave You Runnin’ – De Mo Rr Is

Top 10 Tracks Of All Time:

At The Moment – In No Particular Order:
1. ‘Keni Lewis’ – She’s Not The Marrying Kind – Unissued
2. BB King – Think It Over
3. Lil Major Williams – Girl You’re So Sweet, You’re So Fine
4. Alton Ellis – Breaking Up Or Willow Tree
5. John Bowie – You’re Gonna Miss A Good Thing Baby
6. Jimmy Gresham – This Feelin’ I Have
7. Deon Jackson – Someday The Sun Will Shine – Unissued
8. Guitar Ray – You Gonna Wreck My Life
9. Gwen Owens – Just Say You’re Wanted (And Needed)
10. Parliaments – This Is My Rainy Day

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Next Club Spots:

Friday 7th: Soul Shaker At The Gowlett, Gowlett Road, London SE15 4HT
Dec 3rd: 100 Club
Dec 31st: VaVaVoom NYE, 229 The Venue as part of Nutty New Year!


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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September 26, 2016 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , ,
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Hey Mr DJ! Charlie Salvidge

NUTsMag caught up with Charlie Salvidge recently for a chat about his passion for music.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

My Dad was a local radio DJ and growing up I immersed myself in his collection of 45s, many of which had been relieved from the BBC grams library in Bristol. The Beatles’ ‘She Loves You’ and The Tornados’ ‘Telstar’ were the ones that left the most profound impact.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

Probably my cousin Leila’s Wedding in Edinburgh. I played some melt melting psychedelia to an indifferent audience then received a substantial burn injury when a stray spark from an indoor sparkler lodged itself between my leather wristband and wrist.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

DJing at The Park stage, Glastonbury 2015. Feeling the vibrations from the immense PA and witnessing a crowd of trollied festival goers get their groove on to Hawkwind and Sabbath through an inch-high slit in front of the decks was exhilarating stuff!

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

When a bloke came up and ‘scratched’ with one of my most treasured discs (think it was Paul & Richie and The Crying Shames) at some gig in central London. I almost scratched his block off.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Me old pal Rhys Webb has most of the best psych singles, me old pal Sam Davies has got all the others.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I enjoy sounds that are of a fast tempo just as much as languid folky numbers. Above all I love well-produced pop singles or things with weird effects. I don’t really know why! I just like a song with a lot going on instrumentally or
production wise.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

In all the years of searching for bargains I’ve only ever successfully found two rare records for cheap, The First Editions’ ‘Just Dropped In..’ and Don Fardon’s ‘Belfast Boy’, both for 50p in a Gloucester charity shop. San Francisco seems to be a good place to find albums by people like Country Joe and Quicksilver Messenger Service for a dollar, usually they’re a bit battered but you can’t find anything like that in an English record shop for less than a days wages of a brakeman.

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

The Beatles.

09. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Mud, Bread, Pilot, Vladimir Ussachevsky and The Master Musicians of Joujouka.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Occasionally at The Lexington, Islington, and sometimes at one of Mr. Bailey’s nights. I’m doing Crossfire later this year.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

Kevin Ayers – Soon, Soon, Soon. Unfortunately it doesn’t exist!

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Current Top 5 Tracks:

The Rationals – Guitar Army (Crewe – ‘70)
Motions – Take The Fast Train (Decca, ‘68)
Clear Light – She’S Ready To Be Free (Elektra, ‘67)
Steve Flynn – Mr Rainbow (Parlophone, ‘68)
Yellow Taxi – Anna Laura Lee (President, 70)

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever
July – Dandelion Seeds
Buffalo Springfield – Rock &Amp; Roll Woman
Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday
Names And Faces – The Killer
The Zombies – Leave Me Be
Jon – Is It Love
Kevin Ayers – Singing A Song In The Morning
The Byrds – Lady Friend
The Who – Cobwebs And Strange

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Main Site: www.thebandtoy.com
facebook.com/charliesalvidge

Next Club Spots:
Crossfire 29 – 22nd October, London


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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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September 22, 2016 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ LongTall Simon

NUTsMag caught up with LongTall Simon recently for a chat about his passion for music.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I guess I got into music about 11 years old, I used to make tapes of the Essex Radio Soul Show in the late 80s and John Peel as well. I then started saving my school lunch money and going into Southend on a Saturday and buying records. My Dad had loads of records as well, a mixture of early 60s Jazz LPs and a box of 45s left over from when he and his friend put on nights in Southend in the early 70s, these were a mixture of Motown, Stax, Soul, Reggae and stuff, tunes like 25 Miles, Aint Nothing But A house Party – Show Stoppers, The Night – Frankie Valli (and some crud too!) But these 45s became the base of what I played when I started DJing a few years later.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

My first Dj gig was in 1996 aged 19 supporting The Phrogs at Mr Grays in Westcliff (near Southend). My mate Handy Joe used to organise the DJs for them and I convinced him to let me play. If memory serves I think Martin Morgan was the main DJ that night. I then started DJing for them at some of their gigs and
club nights.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Too many to pick one, I’ve been fortunate to play records in lots of different scenes and places and if I’m honest I can’t remember a lot of them, haha.

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

If I’ve had bad DJ experiences it’s usually been my own fault for accepting gigs I knew would be trouble, never had a bad one on the mod scene or where the crowd are there for the music. I’ve got plenty of “have you got any Britney Spears” moments but that just makes me laugh, you have to take it all with a pinch of salt really. I actually enjoy the challenge of playing music to townies that they don’t know and making them dance, it can be done if you stand your ground and have a sense of humour 🙂

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Well half my friends are bloody DJs so it would be unfair to single anyone out! A good DJ to me is someone who first and foremost is enjoying what they’re doing and having fun. Some DJs just play their rarest records back to back to impress their mates, but that to me is just dull, you need some improvisation, imagination and some risk-taking, take people on a journey, surprise them a bit and enjoy yourself.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I’ve been into (and still am) all different types of music and try to be open-minded, after being into the mod scene for a few years I got into funk/disco breaks, Old School Hip Hop, Jazz, Afrobeat, Electronic stuff and all sorts and it was always surprising to me how many of the same tunes keep cropping up in different worlds, music is all connected. My sets nowadays are primarily 60s but that could mean Soul, Jazz, Latin, Cumbia, Gospel, Popcorn, Funk, R&B, Ska, Reggae or whatever.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I went to Cuba a couple of years ago and picked up some nice 60s latin/salsa/boogaloo 45s for £1 each in Havana that I play out quite often, I’ve looked them up and there’s no record of them anywhere on the internet!

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

I’ve never had a favourite artist as such, I’ve always just picked bits I like from wherever I find them.

09. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Not really, I’m not fanatical (not there’s anything wrong with that) about labels etc, I just buy stuff I like.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

1st Saturday of the month at Bande a Part – R&B Club, Troy Bar, Hoxton Street. And here and there all over London.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

Probably Mulatu Astatke – Yegele Tezeta an Ethiopian release on Amah Records from 69, I love the Ethiopian/Egyptian jazz sound.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

Orchestra Harlow – Freak Off
Derek Martin – Daddy Rollin’ Stone
Hank Jacobs – Elijah Rockin’ with Soul
Jorge Ben – Take it Easy My Brother Charles
Darrow Fletcher – The Pain Just Gets a Little Deeper
Mark Murphy – Why Don’t You do Right
La Lupe – Fever (1968 version on Tico)
The Hustlers – Boston Monkey
Harvey Averne Dozen – Never Learned to Dance
B. B. King – Think it Over

Current Top 5 Tracks:

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put a Spell on You (1966 version on Decca)
Afro Blues Quintet Plus One – La la La la la
Sylvia Robbins – Don’t Let Your Eyes Get Bigger Than Your Heart
Milton Grayson – It Aint Necessarily So
Lee Moses – Reach Out I’ll Be There

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Next Club Spots: 1st Saturday of the month at Bande a Part, Troy Bar, Hoxton


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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October 3, 2016 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ Liam Large

NUTsMag caught up with Liam Large recently for a chat about his passion
for music.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

There were records and music around me when I was young as my father is a musician. I would listen to what was playing and then began to develop my own taste at quite a young age, from around 9 or so gravitating to the soul and blues stuff in my Dad’s collection and a couple of years later getting into Hip Hop which really opened me up to the full spectrum of black American music, and since then I’ve been constantly trying to find new sounds and styles which fit my ear. Record collecting might be a strange and ignoble pursuit at times but music is always an enriching, pure and wholesome addiction!

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

I honestly can’t recall. I was always trying to broadcast my tastes to my friends via mixtapes etc. My first public outing as a DJ was probably a house party when I was 15 or 16, then I would do turns on the little common room radio thing at 6th Form College. In terms of first playing at a club, I was probably around 17 or 18 but I can’t remember where or what.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Another one that’s hard to answer, there are so many memories, most of them vague. I enjoyed it when Jukebox Jam hit its peak after about a year at the original venue, the George Tavern. Other than that, there’s been lots of times throughout my many years DJing here and there when you just feel that you have the crowd in tune perfectly, which may not happen as often as I’d like because I tend to go for a more roundabout approach, not playing too many obvious classics. This does mean that when you do connect fully with the crowd, it feels more rewarding I think, when you’re playing stuff from different genres and things they may never have heard before, and they go with it.

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

Similar answer – too many to pick from, haha. DJing is not nearly as glamorous as people may think, and if you’re ploughing away at a niche angle, even less so. You can find yourself doing near-pointless spots to indifferent bordering on hostile crowds for the sake of a little bit of pocket-money.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

I’m going to mainly list a couple of people I know, and not because they would be offended if I didn’t mention them, but because these are people I’ve connected with predominantly through music so it means there is some shared taste – I’ll go with Duncan Brooker, who is the most dogged record obsessive I know, has compiled many very successful compilations but is yet still largely under-exposed, Snakester who played at Jukebox Jam with me and is probably still the best DJ I’ve heard for 50s R&B. On the R&B / mod scene in particular, I give credit to Mik and the Pow Wow lads obviously, for popularizing so many great records – any scene needs reinvention to survive, and they breathed fresh air into it.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

You take up influences all over the place, but the one thing that really guides you – or at least should do – is nothing more complicated than your own taste. For me, I have always honed in on a kind of melancholic sound. Black Music from all around the world is often infused with melancholy, so even the best, seemingly joyful and uptempo dance music has this underpinning juxtaposition of sadness found either in the key, melody or lyrics – or all at once. I also like many genres, I don’t want to ever limit myself to one particular era or style, and I’m constantly trying to find that sound in many different areas and if at all possible build those different records into my sets.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I don’t know, I think the concept of discoveries is a bit bogus. A bit Christopher Columbus! There are plenty of records I’ve picked up and not seen anyone else I know either listing or playing, but I don’t know if that’s because other people didn’t really feel them as I did, and either way I don’t really claim to have discovered anything – all old second-hand records by definition have been owned and played by someone before you!

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

From a young age, people like James Brown, Otis Redding, Elmore James, and rap groups like ATCQ, Nas, De La Soul, Ultramagnetic and many others.

09. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

No, label running is a collecting thing primarily. I’ve always seen myself as a DJ who collects, so the music is the first thing I care about, not the logo on the label.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

I’ve been a bit quieter than normal this year, but I do a residency at Strongroom with Cousin Benson and guest spots around and about. Will hopefully be getting back into a little promoting soon.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

I’m not telling.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Current Top 5 Tracks:

Fitz Vaughan Bryan – Koyato
Morris Pejoe – Screaming And Crying (Abco)
Delores Ealy – I’Ve Been Looking (Velvet)
Ethiopians – Give Me Your Love (Doctor Bird)
Creations – I Wanna Talk To You

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

I like so many different kinds of music that this is really difficult, and if I tried to compile this list again in 30 minutes time the songs would probably be completely different, but here are 10 songs that after all the times I’ve listened and loved them, I can only presume I’ll never grow tired of hearing again. Most of these aren’t songs to dance to, they’re mostly ballads. I love uptempo stuff, especially to DJ obviously, but for me it’s the deeper stuff which seem to stay with me the longest. No order to these.

Irma Thomas – It’s Raining
Sun Ra – Somewhere In Space
Slum Village – Untitled
Combo Loco – Ven Mi Amore
Paragons – Danger In Your Eyes
Little Ann – Deep Shadows
Muddy Waters – Can’t Be Satisfied
Ornette Coleman – Lonely Woman
Howlin Wolf – Moanin At Midnight
Theron & Darrell – I Was Made To Love Her

Social Networks:

Main Site: www.jukeboxjam.org
facebook.com/Liamlarge

Videos: My channel is here, all kinds of random stuff
www.youtube.com/liamsrekkids

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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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October 3, 2016 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , ,
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