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Pid – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 13 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ

Pid is one of Birmingham and the UK Scenes’ most respected and longest serving DJs, who has appeared at nearly every Modernist Type Event there is on offer over many years. We asked him a few questions recently and here is his replies.

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

As a kid I used to get dragged along to watch bands at various working men’s clubs by my Parents, mostly Jazz stuff, then in the late 70’s my mate played me The Jam LP, All Mod Cons and that got me into the mod thing.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

I think it was upstairs at the Upper Grounds Pub (nick name The Rat Pan) in Witton, Birmingham.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

The Isle of Wight rallies, probably when the Action played.

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

Ronnie Scotts in Brum a few years back, it was the August Bank Holiday Monday after one of the rallies – I was knackered. They’d asked me to DJ at a soul all-dayer in between these soul bands that were doing all this Blues Brothers stuff, they were shit. It finished about 2.30am, they didn’t give me a cent and I had to be up for work at 5am.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Any DJ who can keep folk on the dance floor.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

The variety of sounds, anything from early R&B to 60s beat and psych.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

It was an over the phone auction and I won a track called Love is in the Air by The Liberation Street Singers.

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

Biggest influence was definitely all the early Jam songs,  I haven’t any favourite artists in particular.

09. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

The Moseley Arms, Digbeth, Birmingham and some of the NUTS rallies/events.

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

Blimey, tough one, it will probably be completely different tomorrow.

All time Top Ten:

  1. Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightning
  2. Danny Owens – You’re a little too late
  3. Billy Hawks – Oh baby, I believe I’m losing you
  4. The Contours – First you look at the purse
  5. Jackie Wilson – Soul Galore
  6. The Action – Lonely Room
  7. Tintern Abbey – Vacuum Cleaner
  8. Tito Puente – Hit the Bongo
  9. Jimmy Smith – The Cat
  10. Mose Allison – Baby Please Don’t Go

Current Top 5 Tracks:

  1. Evil Eve – Tommy Youngblood.
  2. Jolly Jax – Preciate’ it.
  3. Silas Hogan – I’m in love with you baby.
  4. Lloyd Nolan – I don’t know about you.
  5. Liberation street singers – Love is in the air.

Next Club Spots: Nuts 20th Anniversary at Orleans, London – Sat November 18th 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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September 6, 2017 By : Category : Club Soul DJs Front Page Interviews ModJazz Music RnB UK Tags:, , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Felix

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 6

NUTSMAG recently caught up with DJ Felix in for a nice chat about music.

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

I got into 70’s and 80’s soul, funk & jazz in the early to mid-eighties when I was a teenager (I also listened to the old school hip hop and punk), the popularity of house music made me rush back and look for 60’s Soul. The football terrace and my 60’s punk band got me into the Mod scene. From then I have stuck with it, I don’t know why… (30 years now?) well, I have to say I enjoy life and not only mod things…

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

I had a radio show in the mid to late 80’s with soul, funk and jazz music. First soul nights were in a drug-dealer club every Tuesday night in early 90’s. Life taught me hard… and cheap hahaha!

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I can’t remember.

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

I can’t remember a “worst” but I’ve had a few, usually related to technical stuff. Last week I was djing at the Euro Lambretta Rally in Italy and one of the decks stopped to function. No start, no stop. The owner of the equipment who had skipped the step of plugging and connecting both records players and balancing both arms (cartridge and stuff aside) when I was about to begin blamed me for that so I laughed a lot cos I thought he was joking. But no, then my mood changed.

5. Your favorite scene DJ’s and why?

More than DJs, I love sets, right songs in the right moment and this doesn’t depend only on the records, if you know what I mean. I admire many DJs for their taste in music and their know how, technically and dancefloor-wise.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

It comes from inside me, I play the music I like, even if the disc is a $5 buck vg+ original. Mod means individuality and I don’t really like DJs that play the already well known in demand records, cos this only shows they have money (something that I don’t usually have). I prefer DJs who take the risks and don’t mind throwing in a few lesser known classics together with “newies” and always following their own style.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

My penis, not long ago. A Jet 200 in a barn in 1998 that was sold to me for 90eur. Mod Jazz music, my fave music. The “Churn the Butter” song I still can’t stop dancing after all these years and soooo many others… “Tell the world we’re not in” by the Peddlers” is a cheapie that nobody played at the time. I also discovered in New Zealand Chase “Get it On” and in Verona the Remo Four, uff I spend my life trying to discover new sensation and the day I give up, I’ll be dead.

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

When you own 1000’s of records you simply cannot choose one and now I’m not tempted to throw the rarest artist name in to be given a badge. I LOVE modjazz, souljazz, Motown, vintage funk, underground disco sometimes when I’m high and in the right weekender… and dig garage, punk, and r&b in the same circumstances…

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

I collect Playboy magazines from 1965 to 1970 (I only miss 5 numbers now) I collect Spanish Tamla Motown from 1966 to 1973 (our first series) I only miss two 45’s. And I try to collect Lambrettas but my vivid zest for life and the pursuit of happiness sometimes makes me sell them instead of buying them… currently I think I have 12. And BASICALLY I love music, regardless the label, artist or genres, so I buy what I can afford (and a bit more than that). Obviously, there are a few labels that make me stop instantly while whizzing through record boxes in fairs.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

At Barbaro Chico Club in Gijón and Euroyeye, Check my facebook

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

After all these years, I’ve learned that no record is worth the distress. Recently, I’ve had to sell a few expensive records from my Collection, cos I needed money to travel (to the USA and the Balkans on my Lambretta) and no pain at all, in the end it’s just music. One friend told me last year “our collections can be our pensions when we are older”, and he might be right. Anyway, I must admit once I get hung up with a tune I first try to buy the original but if it’s way toooooo expensive I assume I am poor and listen to it in youtube.

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:
1. Duffin’ Around – Brother Jack Mc Duff & David Newman
2. It Was A Very Good year – Della Reese
3. It’s My Thang – Marva Whitney & the JB’s (live)
4. The Cat – Organ Summit with Paul Shaffer, Joey DeFrancesco, Doug Riley and Dr. Lonnie Smith (live)
5. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
6. I Want A Love I Can See – the Temptations
7. What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted – Jimmy Ruffin
8. Pow Wow – Many Corchado… (simply second to none)
9. Own Up Time – Small Faces
10. Harmonica – Graham Bond Org.
11. She Needs Company – Manfred Mann
12. Maybe Tomorrow – The Chords
13. Walls Come Tumblin’ Down – The Style Council
14. From Now On – Magnus Carlson & The Moon Ray Quintet

Current Top 5 Tracks:
1. Roy Thompson Band – I Don’t Need You Anymore
2. Eddie Buster & Jr Robinson – Churn the Butter
3. Machito – Green Onions
4. Otis Leavhill – Boomerang
5. Ray Pettis – Don’t Use Me

Main WebSite: www.euroyeye.es

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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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July 3, 2017 By : Category : Beat Club Soul DJs Europe Front Page ModJazz Music RnB Tags:, , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Lluís Cardenal

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 6

NUTSMAG recently caught up with DJ Lluís Cardenal in for a nice chat about music.

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

I got into music by the mod scene from Barcelona and Girona at the early age of 14. I met a mod one summertime in the early nineties. He gave me some tapes and after that, my interest in music grew until today. At that time, with no internet, it was difficult to be able to listen to some stuff and at the same time, I was too young to travel to Barcelona for parties and gigs. There was a small scene in Girona with only one band and without much club action. I remember going to local jazz gigs in Banyoles with my sister.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

My first DJ slot was in Barcelona in a small bar called Barbara Ann, sharing decks with my best mate Alberto Valle.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Well, I‘ve enjoyed very much playing records everywhere that I’ve been invited. The Boiler has always been a special place for djing. I remember playing the first anniversary, it was magic, all the times I played there has been a proper experience as everybody goes crazy for dance and party.

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

Well, I’ve been quite lucky playing records on the scene and I never had any problem at all. One time in the north of England a guest DJ of the party I was invited to play, asked me If I was going to DJ flamenco?… The worst experiences have been outside the scene where it is more difficult to play some stuff. I have had too many to relate, especially at an outdoor Jazz bar where I’ve DJayed for about 8 years…

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

There is so many good DJs around. To name some, Jean-Marc Vos, Paul Newman, Bill Kealy, Andy Powell, Mace, Mik & Gav, Eduardo Domingo, Dani Herranz, Àlvaro and Mocky Dimples and the guys from Teramo (Andrea, Ceritano, Mattia, Dani and Roberta). They have always impressed by having the dancefloor in pure action.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Well, the parties in Barcelona and Madrid really inspired me. Playing in a Jazz club outside from the scene was a good way to learn how people react to some tunes and beats.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

One of my best finds was getting the Joe Thomas And Bill Elliott – “Speak Your Piece” on Symbol for 4 dollars moons ago on ebay.

A good discovery was getting a cheap R&B dancer of the version from Eddie Cleanhead Vinson called “Kidney Stew” signed by Claude Maxwell on a tiny label called Sydney. A more recent discovery is west coast R&B beauty from Guitar Shorty, “Love Loves” on the local label Pull from Los Angeles.

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

Mostly all the jazz musicians of the bebop era, the same thing with the R&b made in Chicago and California.

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

Mainly I collect R&b and jazz. I am focused on searching for rhythm and blues that was issued during the late fifties till the mid-sixties in my favorite state at the moment, California.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

I run a club with my two mates, Alberto Valle and Dani Urbano, in Barcelona called Take Ivy. We do parties once every two months. This summer I am playing at the Euro-Yeye in Gijón and in Paris at the beginning of October.

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

One that goes on the “I would never own” list, is the one only copy of the acetate by Brian Auger doing an outstanding version of the Sidewinder on Decca. The coolest version I’ve ever heard and luckily enough I had the opportunity to dance to it twice in a club.

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. Sonny Knight Quartet – The Groove Is On (Celebrity)
2. Freddie Hubbard – The return of the Prodigal Son (Atlantic)
3. Billy Hawks – O’ Baby (Stateside)
4. The Artwoods – I’m looking for a saxophonist… (Decca)
5. Champion Jack Dupree – Barrelhouse woman (Decca)
6. Johnny Guitar Watson – Wait a minute Baby (Highland)
7. Big Jack Reynolds – I had a little dog (Hi-Q)
8. Gloria Irving – I need a man (Cobra)
9. Graham Bond Organization – Harmonica
10. Buddy Rogers – Waiting for the sun to go down (Lowery)

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. George Bean – Er-Um-Er (London)
2. Ivans Meads – Bottle (Parlophone)
3. Guitar Shorty – Love, Loves (Pull)
4. Johnny Guitar Watson – She moves me (RPM)
5. Sonny Forrest – Mama keep my wife at home (Red Top)

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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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July 3, 2017 By : Category : Beat Club Soul DJs Europe Front Page ModJazz Music RnB Tags:, ,
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UK Tamla Motown singles Part 3

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Collectors Corner 2

“I’ll be doggone! – UK Tamla Motown singles Pt.3: TMG500 Series”

 

At the end of the second part of our trawl through the near-perfect run of soul classics released in the UK from the USA stable of record labels (Tamla, Motown, Gordy and Soul), boss Berry Gordy had just put pen to paper for EMI in Britain to follow Decca’s lead (with Atlantic the previous year) and launch Tamla Motown as a stand alone label to release the labels hits pouring out of the USA in the UK. With much fanfare, and with a corresponding (and very poorly attended at times) package tour featuring The Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Miracles and the Earl Van Dyke six, March 1965 saw the first six records pressed and released to a British public becoming more and more interested in the soul sounds pouring out of the other side of the Atlantic. TMG 501 was the first release, with its iconic black and silver label, large 45 rpm on the right-hand side, and clad in a beautiful orange / white company sleeve. Things couldn’t have got off to a better start as The Supremes “Stop! in the name of love” hurtled up the charts to number 7, followed swiftly by Martha & The Vandellas “Nowhere to run” which reached #26 at the same time. Thus started a near perfect run of singles, commonly known as the TMG 500 series, which have been avidly collected by record hoarders ever since.

The Supremes quickly established themselves as the labels biggest hitmakers, frequently hitting the top ten throughout the decade, including 500 series favorites “You can’t hurry love” and “You keep me hanging on”. They were soon followed by The Four Tops who hit the charts with “I can’t help myself”, “It’s the same old song” and in 1966, having the first bonafide Tamla Motown UK number one with “Reach out I’ll be there”. Other artists began to have minor hits too, The Miracles “Going to a go-go”, Stevie Wonder’s thumping “Uptight (everything’s alright)”, Marvin Gaye’s “Little darling” and The Temptations “Beauty is only skin deep” all reaching the charts. The same artists also gave us some very sought after rarities too, as they all had flop releases at the same time. The Supremes “Love is like an itching in my heart”, Four Tops “Ask the lonely”, Marvin’s “I’ll be doggone” and The Temptations “Get ready” always fetch good money with collectors, even though they do turn up for sale quite often.

After a great start, the label had more hit & miss luck releasing singles, with 1965 seeing quite a few record releases selling almost nothing then later becoming sought after “lost” classics on the northern soul scene. Early release must haves include Kim Weston’s “I’m still loving you” (TMG511), Brenda Holloway “When I’m gone” (TMG510), Shorty Long’s “Out to get you” (TMG512), The Hit Pack “Never say no to your baby” (TMG514), Choker Campbell “Mickey’s monkey” (TMG517) and The (Detroit) Spinners “Sweet thing” (TMG514). Most of these early singles hit £100+ when they come up for sale, which isn’t very often! The rest of 1965 saw a flurry of good selling releases from label favorites, with The Contours and The Marvelettes also getting in on the action. Four very poor selling releases stand out amongst this run of classics, none of which are easy to find. Billy Eckstine “Had you been around” (TMG533), Dorsey Burnette “Jimmy Brown” (TMG534), The Lewis Sisters “You need me” (TMG536) and Tony Martin “The bigger your heart is” (TMG537) are all sought after, mainly due to rarity as they aren’t amongst the best of the labels’ releases!

As 1966 came around the label continually released great records with varying degrees of success. Joining the artists mentioned above saw releases by Kim Weston, Shorty Long, Gladys Knight & The Pips and, with one of Motown’s greatest ever songs in “This old heart of mine”, The Isley Brothers. Some notable, and scarce releases this year included Kim Weston’s Northern favourite “Helpless” (TMG554), The Contours “Just a little misunderstanding” (TMG564), The Elgins “Heaven must have sent you” (TMG583) and Gladys Knight & The Pips masterpiece “Just walk in my shoes” (TMG576). Hardly a duff release was pressed at all up to TMG599 in March 1967, such was the stellar amount of talent pouring out of Detroit at the time. This is partly why this period of Motown releases is so sought after. Although collecting “the hits” can be done quite cheaply and easily as the label sold tonnes of 45’s in the mid to late 60’s in Britain, completing the set does require quite a fat wallet! Black label stock copies are generally a lot cheaper (though not always easier to find) than the very sought after iconic Red A label demo discs which were pressed in very small numbers and are much cherished by UK soul release connoisseurs. The main exception to this rule is the Spinners “Sweet thing” which is near impossible to find as a stock copy. Monetary value aside, a complete collection is a sight (and sound) to behold, and once complete you’ll be in possession of one of the best ever set of musical releases ever. Happy Motown hunting!


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James Clark

Loves collecting records. My main loves are 50's rock'n'roll, 60's soul and r'n'b, beat, mod and psych and hopefully will be sharing some nuggets with you over the next few months. Apart from being a vinyl junkie I'm a Arsenal obsessive and a hopelessly romantic drunkard, but don't let put you off, we all have our faults.

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July 3, 2017 By : Category : Articles Club Soul Front Page Music Picks Reviews UK USA Tags:, , , ,
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Newbreed – The Bongolian

The Bongolian are based in Wales & London, UK with band members being: Nass Bouzida: Organ, Moog & Bongos, Johnny Drop: Drums, Glyn “tufta” Edwards: Electric Piano, Dan Rooms: Percussion, Trev Harding: Bass Guitar.We recently caught up with Nass and had a good old chatter!

01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

We’ve been together for 17 years , The Bongolian was originally my studio project, but as soon as the LP was released, and such a huge success we are asked by the organisers of France’s biggest festival; Transmusicale to perform the LP live then other offers flooded in so the need for a full live band came about.

02. What influences do the band members have in common?

A love of Nandos, check trousers and eggnog.

03. Many folks reading this interview will be aware of your other band Big Boss Man, so why did you form Bongolian and what are the main differences?

Trev from BBM slaps the bass guitar rather than his usual axe work, and it’s a much more percussive, rhythmic and V-neck jumper based affair.

04. How would you describe the style you play?

Chaotic! Space-age Latin Boogaloo.

06. What are your live shows like?

The live show is a celebration of heavy bongo beats, funky organ and grinding oscillator work. Brian Auger meets Mongo Santamaria in Carnaby Street.

07. What are your main influences in music?

Mod-Jazz with a touch of Psychedelic Bongos!

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Wood Carving ( mainly medieval cutlery; spoons, knives, forks etc.)

09. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

Nasser writes all the songs and Subject matters usually revolve around past experiences of his childhood in Bolton.

10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

Psyche Yam from the Blue Print LP is my live fave at the mo. My fave song by another artist is “Simply the Best – T Turner” or anything from “No Jacket Required”!

11. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?

Thriving and yes I participate, especially enjoyed the New LP “Moog Maximus” Launch in London’s Blow Up club in Soho.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Creating all layered analog synth tones for the LP Moog Maximus and then arranging for live performance.

13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

We rehearse in Beat Mountain, (www.beatmountain.com) – we stay in the studio for weeks on end, carving out the musical maze that is the sound of The Bongolian. We have had quite lot of plays on BBC Radio so we are aiming to tour UK/Europe in Autumn. New Bongolian album is due for release in July.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

Quite good!

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

Pine Cone are a great band!

16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

Lonnie Smith at Abbey Road or Electric Ladyland would be good!

17. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

I’m working on a hard, uptempo, latin-soul album, and working with Big Boss Man on a new LP, and setting up a new UK and European tour for Autumn. Also check out: www.beatmountain.com  – where I have recorded 548 drum and bongo breaks for use in any musical endeavors.

Tour Dates:
27 May ‘17 Mod & Sixties Festival, Margate, UK
01 July ’17 South London Soul Train, Peckham, UK
22 Sep ‘17 International Festival of Psychedelia, Liverpool, UK
Autumn ‘17 Moog Maximus, European Tour, TBA Europe.

Discography: Vinyl Releases:
7” Singles:
2002: Bongo Head
LPs :
2002: ‘The Bongolian’,
2005: ‘Blue Print’,
2007: ‘Outer Bongolia’,
2011: ‘Bongos for Beatniks’
2016: ‘Moog Maximus’
Main Site:
bongolian.com
Social Networks:
facebook.com/thebongolian
twitter.com/@the_bongolian
spotify.com/thebongolian


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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 : Articles Bands Beat Club Soul Front Page Interviews ModJazz Picks Psych UK Tags:, , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Simon Penfold

This entry is part 1 of 7 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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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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Marta Ren (Newbreed)

Marta Ren & The Groovelvets are based in Porto, Portugal with current band members: Marta Ren (vox), Hugo Danin (drums), Bruno Macedo (guitar), Sérgio Marques (bass), Sérgio Alves (keyboards), Manu Idhra (percussion), Fábio Almeida ( tenor sax), Nelson Ferreira (trumpet) and Hugo Marinheiro (baritone sax)

01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

I started to sing professionally at 16 years of age, my first band “Sloppy Joe” were together, playing for 10 years, then came “The Bombazines”, I was already thinking of doing a solo album before the band finally ended. Three years ago, I started finding and talking to the musicians that I needed to make the album that I wanted to and I named them “The Groovelvets”, and then the adventure started!

02. What influences do the band members have in common?

Classic soul and funk, that’s what unites us. We also like other genres but what we really have in common is the love for that core music.

 03. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

Almost every band coming from Daptone Records, Record Kicks or Timmion Records, I think the reason it’s obvious, they are releasing great classic soul and funk often with a modern twist.

04. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?

In the 60’s in Portugal, most of the bands played a lot of covers with adapted lyrics in Portuguese. We also have our famous ‘Fado’ singers and our traditional Portuguese songwriters.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

Classic soul and Funk.

06. What are your live shows like?

Normally we have nine musicians on stage, giving it all they’ve got. They’re energetic shows, you have little spaces to breathe, but we came to get you right after you catch your breath.

07. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

I love music in general , if I like a song it doesn’t matter what genre, but my main influences are soul and funk singers or bands. We play a cover from The Doors and another by Lucille Mathis. I despise everything that’s not done with truth and soul.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

I like arts in general , I studied graphic arts from my 10º to 12º grade, but I think what influences me more are the movies.

09. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

I always wrote my own lyrics and melodies, I think it’s important to really feel what you’re singing, the compositions came from different composers, some from the producer “New Max”, others from the bass player “Sérgio Marques” others from the guitar player “Bruno Macedo”, one from “Lino Matos” and other from “Eurico Amorim” former Bombazines. I mainly deal with life, with love relationships, frustration, unconformity, sometimes I write about friends stories or stories from movies that I relate to.

10. What’s your favourite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

That’s a tough one… it depends, on Monday my favorite is “So Long” and “I wanna go back”, Tuesday “Let’s talk about the kids” and “2 kinds of men”, Wednesday “Release Me” and “It’s today”, Thursday “I’m coming home” and “Smiling Faces” and Friday “Be ma Fela” and “Don’t Look”. It’s so hard to say one, I have many, the first it came to my mind was “Try a little Tenderness” from Otis Redding.

11. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?

If you asked me that 10 years ago, I could answer, now I don’t really know. I’m very focused on my family my dogs, my rehearsals with the band, I always try to suggest new arrangements for the songs or live show.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Every record or show are big challenges, but I think the biggest is yet to come.

 13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

We try to rehearse every week, with or without shows. Playing live, it really depends on various things, but normally we have three/four shows per month, it depends on the season. We have a lot of interesting shows coming up in Spain, France and England and at this moment we have a new video for “Release Me”.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

It’s the same I think in other similar subjects or arts, normally they cover with high-attention what they are told to do or paid to do, not what has real quality and new potential interest. It’s supposedly dangerous to cover interesting things, people could get clever with that and have their own new ideas!

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

The past days I spend listening to the new Red Hot Chilli Peppers album ‘The Getaway’.

16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

Every record or producer has their own charm, I don’t really have a favourite. When I start recording I always feel like it’s going to be the first and last thing that I’m going to do in my entire life.

17. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

I expect to play this album as much as I can live, everywhere, all over the world, and make enough money to pay my bills and make the next record. Fortunately I have more than I expected , in Portugal a few new Festivals (not despising the other gigs, every gig is important and interesting to me) and I’m excited to go to Euro Yé Yé and Blues Kitchen and Brighton Weekender.

Discography:
2002 – SINGLE ‘An Easy Night’s Day’,
2003 – EP ‘A Watchjob Apple’,
2004 – LP ‘The Profile Fillers Sing Your Destruction’, 2007 LP ‘Jimmy’

Web Links:
profilefillers.com
facebook.com/marta.ren
instagram.com/martaren_groovelvets
facebook.com/MartaRenTheGroovelvets
myspace.com/profilefillers
twitter.com/martagrooveren
soundcloud.com/profilefillers

 


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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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July 13, 2016 By : Category : Bands Club Soul Europe Front Page Interviews Modern RnB Scene Tags:, , , , , , ,
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UK Tamla Motown singles Part 2: Stateside

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Collectors Corner 2

“In my lonely room – UK Tamla Motown singles Part 2: Stateside”

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After beginning to make bigger leaps into the UK record buying markets in 1963, the Tamla / Motown / Gordy group found themselves under the umbrella of the EMI subsidiary label, Stateside in October of the same year. Stateside was formed in mid 1962 by EMI to release singles under licence from American labels such as Swan, Wand and Vee-Jay in a similar style to Decca records very successful London American imprint. Licensing tracks from many independent USA labels ensured Stateside released a whole slew of great current rhythm’n’blues and soul releases, and the label soon endeared itself to mods and soul fans on this side of the Atlantic. As well as having hits with Freddy Cannon and Gene Pitney, early releases included such stellar names as The Isley Brothers, Jimmy Reed, Chuck Jackson and The Shirelles. When Oriole’s UK contract with Motown ran out the previous month the new distributor launched its first release on Stateside on 11th October 1963 with Martha and the Vandellas all time classic “Heatwave” (SS228). When sales were quite brisk, the label then released three more singles the following month by Little Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells and Marvin Gaye’s fantastic “Can I get a witness” (SS243).

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By January 1964 Motown was causing quite a stir on these shores, being regularly name checked by the UK’s biggest pop combo, The Beatles, who took Mary Wells on tour with them and mentioning Motown artists numerous times in interviews. Add to this the burgeoning underground mod and soul club scene which was hungry for the dance floor friendly sounds coming out of Detroit and it wouldn’t be long before Stateside had a bona-fide hit single on their hands. Between January and April 1964, no less than twelve 45’s were released in the UK, including tracks by The Miracles, The Marvelettes and debut UK releases from The Temptations, “The way you do the things you do” (SS278), and the group that would soon hit the top spot, The Supremes “When the lovelight starts shining thru his eyes (SS257). On May 8th 1964 Stateside released a hook laden single written by Smokey Robinson, and it was sung by Motown’s number one lady of the time, Mary Wells, “My Guy” (SS288). Two weeks later, on the 21st May 1964, “My guy” entered the UK charts at number 37, finally hitting the heady heights of number 5 the following month. Berry Gordy’s company had now scored their first of many big hit singles in Britain.

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Between May ’64 and March 1965 Stateside issued a further 30 singles, including debuts from The Velvelettes, Earl Van Dyke, Four Tops and Kim Weston. Most of these were steady sellers, with titles by Marvin Gaye, Martha and the Vandellas, Mary Wells and The Temptations all scoring top fifty placings. On 28th August, and eight months after their initial flop, The Supremes “Where did our love go” (SS327) was released to an impressed public, who bought the single in droves, sending it number three in the chart. Less than two months later, and capitalising on the nation’s newfound love with the sounds from Motor City, “Baby love” (SS350) was released and hit the top spot soon after, with the group actually having two songs in the top ten at the same time for one week in October! Unfortunately not all releases were massive hits and some are now hard to find. These always sell for good prices when they appear on the market, especially in mint condition. Martha & The Vandellas “In my lonely room” (SS305), Brenda Holloway “Every little bit hurts” (SS307), The Tempations “Why you wanna make me blue” (SS348), Earl Van Dyke “Soul stomp” (SS357), Kim Weston “A little more love” (SS359), Four Tops “Without the one you love” (SS371), Carolyn Crawford “When someone’s good to you” (SS384) and Tony Martin “Talkin’ to your picture” (SS394) are probably the hardest to find, especially the last two. Also coming with a ridiculous price tag, all the Stateside EMI singles were sent to pluggers and radio DJ’s as red and white label demonstration discs and all are extremely collectable, and valuable too!

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EMI was also loved to release EP’s and hundreds of them were released across their labels from the early ’50’s to the late ’60’s. After no EP releases on Fontana or Oriole, Stateside bit the bullet and released no less than five of them in the time they were licensing material. Little Stevie Wonder was afforded the only single artist EP, “I call it pretty music but old people call it the blues” (SE1014) which is ridiculously hard to find. There were also four editions of a cracking new EP series, concentrating on material otherwise unavailable in the UK on 45, “R & B Chartmakers”. The series featured some great tracks, including two stellar previously USA only releases from Eddie Holland, “Just ain’t enough love” and “Leaving here”, all came in amazing picture sleeves too. Although steady sellers they’re hard to find in great condition nowadays, expect to pay between £50-£100 for each of them. By March 1965 the label was as big, if not bigger than Atlantic over here in the UK so it came as no surprise that, with a little help from super fan Dave Godin, Berry Gordy signed an exclusive deal with EMI to set up a brand new record company in Britain, Tamla Motown records. On 19th March 1965, clad in an iconic orange and white company sleeve, record stores took release of a new disc, TMG 501, “Stop! in the name of love” by The Supremes and the rest, as they say, is history.


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Loves collecting records. My main loves are 50's rock'n'roll, 60's soul and r'n'b, beat, mod and psych and hopefully will be sharing some nuggets with you over the next few months. Apart from being a vinyl junkie I'm a Arsenal obsessive and a hopelessly romantic drunkard, but don't let put you off, we all have our faults.

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May 4, 2016 By : Category : Articles Club Soul Front Page Music Picks Reviews UK USA Tags:, , , ,
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Nige Brown – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 11 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

We caught up with Nige Brown recently who lives in Stafford to talk about his passion for good music.

Current Residency: Top of the Nags – Manchester

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

As a young man in the 60’s my first interest in “music” was the Beatles which influenced me into listening to Tamla Motown, as their early albums were influenced by writers such as Smokey Robinson and Arthur Alexander. My first “soul club” was Stafford Rugby club in 1970. The Dj’s played the sounds of the Twisted Wheel in Manchester. Unfortunately I never got to go to the “Wheel” but I did become a regular visitor to The Catacombs in Wolverhampton and also the now iconic “The Golden Torch” in Stoke-on-Trent

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

Lots of local soul nights but my first major venue was as TSOP
Prestwich Manchester.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I have worked on the soul scene for a number of years doing all the major venues such as Kings Hall Stoke, Tony’s Empress Blackburn,  Bretby, Blackpool Tower and Winter Gardens, Stafford TOTW, Prestatyn weekenders, also Ibiza, Sweden, Italy, Germany, and Spain but to answer the question the most memorable spot for me was playing the 100 club in London.

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

Having to stop a playing record because someone who had consumed more beer than he could handle actually fell onto the decks.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Soul Sam, the reason being he always been innovative from day one and still is even though he is now in his early 70’s. He still has the same drive and passion to champion new sounds.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I always trust my own judgement in exploration and sampling of what is out there, taking into account new trends but I also take into account the need to play with a responsible attitude in that I try to satisfy the paying public.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

My first best ever find was Barbara McNair “You’re gonna love my baby” on UK Tamla Motown TMG544 in a Stafford junk shop in the early 70’s. My best ever discovery was a sound by Terri Mathews “Round & Round” on the mystical “Preview” label.

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

Without a doubt Marvin Gaye.

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

I collect anything that sounds soulful, my first criteria is that it has to be good to the ears and feet. I don’t impose any rules upon myself with regards to label artist and genre. The only set criteria are that it is an “original” release.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

This year all over the UK, Rome and the South of France, see flyers and internet for details. I also have a number of mixcloud sets available on the internet.

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

Sandy Golden Your love is everything on the Masterpiece record label.

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

Current top five spins:
1. Four Tracks – Like my love for you – Mandingo
2. Aquamen – Line and track – Hiback demo
3. Lil Major Williams – Girl don’t leave me – Williams111
4. Johnny Rogers – Gonna make a change- Amon
5. Little Tommy – Baby can’t you see – Sound of Soul

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:
1. Jackie Lee – Darkest Days – ABC
2. The Invitations – What’s wrong with me baby – UK Stateside demo
3. The Sharpees – Tired of being lonely – UK Stateside demo
4. The Charades – Key to my Happiness – MGM
5. Willie Tee – Walking up a one way street – Nola demo
6. Maxine Brown – Let me give you my lovin – Wand demo
7. Masqueraders – That’s the same thing – Soul Town
8. Patti Young – Head and Shoulders – Enstrat
9. JJ Barnes – Please let me in – Rictic demo
10. Jackie Wilson – You brought about a change in me – Brunswick demo

Next Club Spots:
Soulstew – Manchester
Westward Ho Weekender – Devon
Different Strokes – Manchester
Go Go Children – Bristol
Toon Allnighter –Newcastle
Horse & Jockey – Doncaster
Trabant Bar – Rome

Le Beat Bespoké 11 – London (Easter 2016) 24th to 27th March – see all the details HERE!

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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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Simon Bridger – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 1 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

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

Got into music first in the mid 7os via the radio & my old man’s tapes he used to get via a tape club, some really bad ones in there but a couple I enjoyed were Roy Orbison’s “Crying” and David Bowie’s “Station to Station”. First seriously started getting into stuff when I bought my first single, The Ruts “Babylon’s Burning” and then into The Jam & Two Tone.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

First spot was at a Brighton Indie Club called the Basement but my first serious modernist spot was at “Modesty” in Brighton in the mid nineties, think I got the spot because I was friends with the people who ran it and I’d also just acquired Helen Troy’s “I think I love you” which was a real big deal at the time.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Most memorable was when I got given a warm up spot at the now infamous “Capitol Soul Club”, this was a really big deal at the time as it was the number one Northern Soul club in the country and there were plenty of big name DJs out there that would have killed for a spot. In an act of un-paralleled generosity Alan Hanscombe said he’d do my warm up spot and I could do his main spot which was incredible and I’ve never forgotten it.

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

Nothing really bad that I can remember, I’ve had to deal with a few idiots over the years like we all have but I’m fairly thick-skinned and diplomatic which tends to get me out of any tricky or bad DJing situations.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

I’d have to go back to the Capitol Soul Club days, David Flynn, Alan Hanscombe, Irish Greg and Carl Fortnum, the most perfect blend of DJs for a night. Two others that spring to mind that had a big influence on my taste and were very original in their choices are Ian Clark and Andy Rix.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I like a mix of emotion and impact, The Four Tops were my blue print, but I have always had a love for slightly left field stuff of the likes that were played at Stafford but saying that I like a fresh sounding classic also, I try to blend these aspects into my set.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

My best ever find although someone else found it for me was Ernie Wheelright’s “In your arms” @ Gaye, I’d been after a copy for a decade, tried all round the world to get a copy and then a casual conversation with a well know DJ from London and I was astonished to find that he had a copy. After some negotiation we settled on a price and I then had the agonizing wait for the postman to deliver it.

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

I’d have to say Levi Stubbs and when my sister was pregnant, I had no hesitation in suggesting the name, young Levi is now 11!

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

No, but I do seem to have a liking for certain labels that generally play my particular kind of sound, Harthon is one that springs to mind.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Just doing sporadic stuff at the moment, my last gig was in Brighton at Steve Rowland’s “Grits & Gravy”. I’ve become quite choosy as I’ve got older & will only do something if I think I can add something to it.

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

Probably, Soul Incorporated – My proposal @ Coconut Groove.

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

Top 10 Tracks:

Soul Incorporated – My proposal @ Coconut Groove
Mello Souls – We can make it @ Mello
Blue Jays – Point of view @ Jay
Darrow Fletcher – Infatuation @ Jacklyn
Roy Roberts – Got to have all your love @ Ninandy
Four Tops – Bernadette @ Tamla Motown
Tangeers – Let my heart & soul be free @ Okeh
Rita & the Tiaras – Gone with the wind is my love @ Dore
Tony Middleton – To the ends of the earth @ MGM
Gene Toones – What more do you want @ Simco

Current Top 5 Tracks:

Ruby – Feminine ingenuity @ Gold Token
Darrow Fletcher – Infatuation @ Jacklyn
Shawn Robinson – My dear heart @ Minit
Stevie Wonder – Every time I see you I go wild 2 Tamla Motown
Tony Middleton – To the ends of the earth @ MGM

Next Club Spots: New Untouchables, Brighton Mod Weekender.


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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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Gary Wall – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 2 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

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

Always grew up listening to the various sounds of the 60s as both my parents were Mods in the mid 60s, so I guess you could say I was born a Mod.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

I think it must have been the Adi Club in Chesterfield.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Has to be the Prestatyn Soul Weekender, playing with some of the countries best Soul DJs and with crowds of 1000+ easily wow, what a buzz!

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

(Laughs) So far I’ve been very lucky and (fingers crossed) things will stay that way!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Ian Gringham has to be one of them,his knowledge insight and passion of all things mod he certainly knows his stuff. Also Pid from Brum Beat, I love the way he plays and his pure brilliance behind the decks. Also without a doubt the late Derek Allen, he inspired me so much with the records he played such a massive loss to the soul scene. (RIP)

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I think over the years listening to great DJ’s playing stuff like British Beat, British R‘n’B, Soul, American R‘n’B etc; as certainly shaped the path I play nowadays.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Unfortunately I am yet to discover a rarity for myself, but I do live in hope!

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

Without a doubt The Beatles, especially John Lennon. John was and is a true legend, his song writing his vocals, I love everything about the man!

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

Labels I usually collect are Decca and Columbia, but I do have a wide range of labels in my collection from all 60s genres.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Hubble Bubble, a Mod/60s inspired club which is held on the last saturday of the month upstairs at Theropewalk, 107-111 Derby Road, Nottingham.

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

I’ve been looking for years with no luck for one record in particular – so if anybody out there as a copy of ‘Meanie Genie’ by Tony Brook and the Breakers please get in touch!

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

Top 10 Tracks:

Peters Faces – Susie Q (Piccadilly)
Sonny Til – Hey Little Woman (CP Parker Records)
Comin Home Baby – Barron Knights (Columbia)
I Surrender – Bonny St Claire (Phillips)
My Love is your Love – The Isley Bros (Motown)
In my Lonely Room – The Action (Parlophone Demo)
Day Tripper – The Beatles (Parlophone)
Mary, Mary – The Monkees (RCA)
If I get Lucky Someday – Duffy Power (Parlophone)
In The City – Charles Dickens (Pye)

Top 5 Tracks:

St Louis Union – Easy side story (Decca)
The Measles – The Kicks (Columbia)
The Knickerbockers – One Track Mind (Challenge)
Zu Zu Blues Band – Zu Zu Man (A&M)
The Mccoys – Say those Magic Words (Bang)

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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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Jo Wallace – Hey! Ms DJ

This entry is part 1 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

We recently caught up with the charming and ever so slightly busy DJ Jo Wallace – ‘ace face’ of Ramsgate, Kent, who is currently owner of the Reggae Record Label Ramrock Records, resident DJ at ‘Blouse & Skirt’, host of ‘The History of Black Music’ with Ashley Beedle @ The Latitude Festival, ‘Blouse & Skirt’ @ Festival No.6 and various gigs across UK & Europe including ‘Crossfire’ and ‘Margate Mod Weekender’. How does she
find the time?

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

Watching Ready Steady Go in 1964 and seeing Millie and Marvin Gaye. I was listening to my brother’s blues LPs including John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, he was 14 years older than me and at art college so that was a right result for a 4-year-old!

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

1976 – round the back of a pub in Chatham in the skittles alley… classy! It’s been downhill all the way since then!

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Festival No.6 doing a 6 hour set with Ashley Beedle covering the History of Black Dance Music… very special!

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

Hah! I won’t name any names but one venue had been bigging itself up on Soul forums and groups saying that they were getting 200 through the door. I was booked and arrived at an old social club in the middle of nowhere, North of the Watford Gap. There were 5 people there excluding the organisers plus the guests from a wedding in the room next door. The highlight of the evening was getting free ham sandwiches and cake… needless to say, I wasn’t too pleased and had to hustle for my DJ fee as well!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Richard Epps – outstanding taste and the ability to put an interesting set together. Alan Handscombe-McGrath – a legend and trail blazer Randy Cozens (R.I.P) – a visionary ,he anticipated the popularity of mid-tempo numbers years before Stafford.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Listening to other DJs back in the day – all male – and cherry picking the best bits, bingo calling at Margate Lido and broadcasting with Rod Lucas on BBC Radio Kent and commercial radio. My style is old skool – playing the tunes with a bit of MC’ing thrown in, giving 110% on the decks, having my own musical ‘signature’ of mostly Detroit and RnB, reading the crowd and making sure that they always leave with a smile on their face. Simple!

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Minnie Jones – Shadow of a Memory – Sugar – a bit of soul stalking and quick talking bagged me this gem for £100.

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

As a record producer, it’s had to have been the Sound of Studio A’s house band, the Funk Brothers and Studio One’s house band, the various guises of the Skatalites. The most important percussion instrument in the world is the Studio One milk bottle – check it out on Prince Buster’s ‘Ghost Dance’. I have included my version on both my Ramrock releases ‘Gentleman Rudeboy’ and ‘Take it Easy’… that’s me with a key on a jam jar and backing vocals in the background! My favourite artists have to be Alton Ellis, Slim Smith, EWF, Dr Buzzards Original Savannah Band and the Temps.

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

Not really. I collect anything that catches my attention whether it’s a riff or a vocal hook and I can imagine other people enjoying it on the dance floor. Or, whether I can incorporate the flavour of certain riffs into new releases on Ramrock and Ramrock Blue!

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Blouse and Skirt at Ramsgate Music Hall – a monthly gig with Ashley Beedle  – a selection of 8Ts Dance Hall & Lovers Rock, 8Ts Soul, Studio One, Joe Gibbs and early 9Ts Hip-Hop!

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

Martha Starr – Sweet Temptation – Charay

12. Please give us your Top 10 all time favourites (with a bit of liberty taking)…

EWF – That’s the way of the world
Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band – I’ll play the fool
Main Ingredient – Happiness is just around the bend
Yvonne Baker – You didn’t say a word
Sapphires – Gotta have your love
Temptations – Witchcraft/Why you wanna make me blue
Crazy Godz – Dynamic
The Motown back catalogue from ‘62 – ‘79
Jackie Mittoo – A tribute to Slim Smith
Earl Van Dyke – All for you

Current Top 3 Tracks:
1. Marriotts – Tell It Like It Is – ABC
2. September Jones – No More Love – Kapp
3. Carl Underwood – Ain’t You Lyin’ – Merging

Weblinks:
facebook.com/jo.wallace

Next Club Spots: Margate Mod Weekender, Latitude Festival, No.6 Festival, Blouse & Skirt


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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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Dean Thatcher – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 7 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

We recently caught up with DJ & Club Promoter, (Studio 45, Hot Source and Diggin’ Deep) DJ Dean Thatcher who travels between London and Margate a fair amount these days and who was pretty excited to be invited to play at the ‘Margate Mod Weekender’. Here is what he had to say about his passion for Music, DJing and rare records.

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

My Mum tells me I could dance before I could walk. Earliest recollections are The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

The local youth club when I was 14 years old.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Very difficult to name one, I’ve had so many great times over the years, from dingy basements to festivals and being on tour with bands.

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

Passing out through exhaustion mid-set and getting taken to hospital!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

There’s loads of top DJ’s doing-the-do including Alan Handscombe, Jo Wallace, Dr Bob Jones, Eddie Piller, French Fred, Tony Jackson, Swingin’ Kitten, Emmet Keane, Gavin Page, Richard Epps, Rocky, Stephen Saunders, Neil Barker and Adrian Jae to name just a few. In my opinion however – a great DJ takes you to another level!

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I’m willing to listen to all styles and I love to hear something I’ve never heard before, so keeping open minded is very important, but there is good and bad in all genres. The most important thing about a record for me is the artists have to sound like they mean it.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Trawling through my older cousins 45 collections and discovering all these exotic reggae labels such as Camel, Crab, Downtown, Punch, Treasure Isle etc. Also my Step-dad’s Soul LP’s that really turned me on to Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, The Four Tops and James Brown.

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

My favourite artists are Marvin Gaye and David Bowie. I am influenced by everything I hear.

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

If I hear something that floats my boat then I have to have it.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

The last Saturday of every month at Studio 45, The Social, London W1. Plus guest spots around the U.K. & Europe.

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

The rarest and most expensive one ever. Then I would sell it and have a fantastic holiday from it!

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (Tamla Motown 1971)
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust (RCA 1972)
Van Morrison – Madame George (Warner Bros 1968)
John Barry – Midnight Cowboy (United Artists 1969)
Lamont Dozier – Why Can’t We Be Lovers (Invictus 1972)
The Damned – New Rose (Stiff 1976)
The Four Tops – Do What You Gotta Do (Tamla Motown 1969)
Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman (Capitol 1968)
Otis Redding – My Girl (Atco 1965)
Wire – Three Girl Rhumba (Harvest 1977)

Current Top 5 Tracks:
Razzy – I Hate Hate (MGM 1974)
Harvey – Anyway You Wanta (Tri-Phi 1962)
The Upsetters – For A Few Dollars More (Camel 1969)
The Enchantments – I’m In Love With Your Daughter (Faro 1965)
The Melody Enchanters – You Send Me (Doctor Bird 1966)

Weblinks:
www.facebook.com/studio45

Next Club Spots: Margate Mod Weekender, Bognor Soul All Dayer, Ibiza Soul Week, Studio 45, Diggin’ Deep, Skagate Weekender, Hot Source, Margate Soul Weekend, Bournemouth Soul Weekend.


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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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Jim Watson – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 4 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

We recently caught up with DJ Jim Watson who was pretty excited to be invited to play at the ‘Margate Mod Weekender’. Here is what he had to say about his passion for Music, DJing and rare records.

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

I got my first portable record player for my 10th birthday and was given The Four Seasons Greatest hits with it, then went out and bought “Teenage Rampage” by The Sweet and a Suzi Quatro 45! There were always LPs around at home, The Beatles, Elvis, Beach Boys, and those chart buster compilations in the 70’s. The love affair with Soul and RnB came much later, after Punk which was a full on obsession for about 3 years, 77 to early 79.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

The Regency Suite Rhythm and Soul Club in East London, must have been 1982. Ray Patriotic and Eddie Piller gave me a break.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Tough one to call but would go with the first time I DJ’d at Hipshaker on the Isle of Wight. I absolutely loved it! The place was heaving, everyone dancing and a fantastic buzz all night, sweat dripping off the ceiling.

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

Was asked to do a Northern Soul set at a friend’s wedding on the basis he would like it. It was a disaster and about 100 people walked outside to have a ciggie and drink as soon as I dropped the needle on my first record. I toughed it out for 30 mins and handed over to the wedding DJ who got them all back with “Hey Ya” by Outkast. They obviously wanted to shake it like a polaroid picture!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Very hard to call this one, my tastes run across the RnB, Club Soul and Northern Soul spectrum and there are superb DJ’s catering for all those genres. I’d go with Ady Croasdell as my all-time favorite DJ because he’s been uncovering quality Soul music for decades. He always plays something I like and the impact he’s made with Kent Records will never be surpassed for quality output. Bill Kealy plays some monumental RnB records that always do the business, and Alan Handscombe-McGrath also puts great sets together that link the RnB harder sounds to a more soulful feel. To me it’s all on the same trajectory from 1958 to about 1972 musically.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Oh wow! For me as a club goer the best nights out are when most of the records are ones I don’t know, then I go find out what they are and try and track them down and then fit them into my set. I get that you have to slip the tried and tested crowd pleasers in to keep the floor moving but I look forward to DJing with records I just bought, not playing the ones I’ve had since 1982.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I can remember poring over photo copied record lists from Soul Bowl and going to the phone box to reserve them, being super excited to find things like “Can’t Satisfy” by The Impressions on Stateside which to me in 1982 would have been a big deal! I’ve never had one of those great moments when I find a £332.81 record in the £3.33 bargain bin but I was pleased to discover “Come On and Stop” by Marv Johnson from a dealer in San Francisco about a year before I heard it regularly played out.

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

My favorite Soul singers are Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and Otis Redding. Just sublime vocally, all three. Influence wise I’d say the Motown Chartbusters LPs got me hooked on uptempo Detroit Soul as a callow youth and then after those the early Kent LPs opened my eyes to some real quality tunes.

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

I never buy a record for DJing that I wouldn’t dance to myself if I heard it out at a club, whether it’s classed as RnB, Soul, Northern, Latin, whatever. As I said to me it’s all on the same path from 1958 onwards so my playbox would have tunes from all of those styles. Besides Tamla/Motown, I do seem to have a lot of stuff on the Brunswick label though and I’m also struggling to think of a bad record that came out on Mirwood.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Soul on the Square is on regularly at The venue, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY and I’m lucky enough to be asked to guest at various clubs in and around London in between.

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

Currently it’s “You Don’t Even Know My Name” by The Hy-Tones on Southern Artists. Anyone donating one you know where to find me!

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

Pretty Girl – The Phonetics
You Don’t Even Know My Name – The Hy-Tones
You Don’t Love Me Anymore – Johnny Caswell
I Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love – Johnny Sayles
Let Me Give You My Lovin‘ – Maxine Brown
Shoes – Bobby Bland
Girl Across The Street – Moses Smith
Hey Sister – Monguito Santamaria
Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue) – Temptations
Turn Back The Hands of Time – Vernon Garrett

Current Top 5 Tracks:
What About Me – The Visitors
Never Learned To Dance – Harvey Averne
Come on Little Darlin’ – The Dynels
Ain’t Nobody’s Business – Ernie Mawbray
Boys and Girls Together – Johnny & Expressions

Weblinks:
facebook.com/soulonthesquare
Twitter: @soulonthesquare

Next Club Spots: Margate Mod Weekender


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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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April 27, 2015 By : Category : Articles Club Soul DJs Front Page Interviews Music RnB Scene UK Tags:, , , ,
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