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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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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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Newbreed – Men Of North Country

We recently caught up with the Men Of North Country (from Tel Aviv) for a nice chat for NUTSMAG, here is what they had to say…

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

We’ve been recording proper since 2011, performing since 2012. Back in 2007 Yashiv was heard singing along the tunes he was spinning at a party and from there it slowly developed into MONC.

2. influences do the band members have in common?

Soul music.

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

Our bass player, Jonathan, is also in a band called Taani Esther, which is a brilliant psychedelic pop band that sings in Hebrew.

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

Tel Aviv is a great city but compared to other cultural Meccas it’s pretty small. So the 60’s scene isn’t big. There’s the Tel Aviv Soul Club, there are some lovely surf bands and retro nights.

5. How would you describe the style you play?

One of the streaming sites (Pandora or Last FM I think) described our music as basically Soul with influences of Mod 79 sounds and Punk 77 music. We’re pretty happy with that. We’d add post punk to the mix as well, especially The Cure.

6. What are your live shows like?

Loud and brassy.

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

First of all Northern Soul, Dexy’s and The Cure. After that it’s the usual suspects: The Jam, Motown, Stax, etc. We love doing covers. We did Human League’s Mirror Man in the first album (it’s basically a Motown tune), The Who’s The Seeker for our Magic EP, Lou Pride’s I’m Com’un Home for the second album and we do some more live – Kinks, Standells, Joe Jackson, Solomon Burke and more. I really do despise Radiohead…

8. What are your main influences outside of music?

Probably film if we’re talking art.

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

Doron writes most of the music, and I (Yashiv) write the lyrics. Subjects are mostly personal stuff I go through and some political stuff as well. Coming from where we come from, you can’t really escape that sadly.

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

Personally I’d have to say that I dig Running the most now. I call it Northern Soul for The Cure kids. I’m blown away by the string arrangement Boaz has come up with for this one every time I hear it (he’s our drummer and arranger). Fav song by another artist? That’s too tough a question. Just listening to John Bowie now, so let’s go with that ok?

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

I run the Tel Aviv Soul Club so I guess I do. And whenever I’m abroad I try to get to a party or a gig. And we perform of course. From the last event I’ve been to in London I think I can describe it as a bit too fuzzy, and too rare. Still the best scene around though.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

I guess the Madness House of Fun Weekender last November was a big thing for us, although once you’re on stage you just do your thing…

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

Rehearsals depend on live gigs. We do more of them before gigs naturally. We have a couple of European tours a year (I still count the UK as European for that if you don’t mind…) and we also play in Tel Aviv and the rest of the country every few weeks/months. We’ve just recorded a version of The Jam’s Circus for the Specialized project which is supposed to come out this summer so that’s pretty exciting. I think The Jam would approve with our take. And in August just before the NUT gigs we’re releasing a new single which is always an exciting event for us.

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

Well, it looks like the world is heading to a click-bate era which isn’t so promising, and so is the music coverage. On the bright side, everything is so accessible these days that you can easily find a place to your liking, musically and media-wise as well.

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

I love The Coral. And BJM too. And a lot of other stuff as well. Too many to mention.

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

We’ve recorded our Magic EP at the all-analogue Yeah Yeah Yeah studios in Hamburg. Great experience. Wouldn’t mind doing that again. And would love to record with the Skeleton Key guys from Liverpool. Or Andy Lewis in London. He’s our godfather. Or Bob Stanley from St Etienne! Now that would be really something!

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?

More gigs and more records. More. Looking forward to our first Brighton visit. Heard so much about it. Gonna comb the beach for rockers!


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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 3, 2017 By : Category : Articles Bands Beat Front Page Interviews Picks RnB Scene 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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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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Newbreed – Les Darlings

We recently caught up with the Les Darlings (from Paris, London, Copenhagen, & Bordeaux) for a nice chat for NUTSMAG, here is what they had to say…

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

Well, we started the band in March 2016. Kitty runs a record label, Lust Record, originally created to re-issue 60’s obscurity. At the time, I was too shy to ask those talented guys to form a band when we met during concerts and festivals but Kitty cheered us up to play together so we finally met in Hamburg for songwriting and created more songs than expected. Originally the idea was to make a 45, but we got enough material to release an LP.

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

I think we all deeply love all kind of 50’s/60 music, from BlueBeat, crude R&B and naturally ’66 garage and Mod sound.

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

As I live in London now, I can tell that the Cavemen are just one of the most outrageously good band I’ve seen recently! The Embrooks, King Salami, etc, etc! From Paris, French Boutik, The Wave Chargers….

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

I think the whole 60’s scene is held by a handful but deeply passionate people. It’s an endless story, every decade you got a bunch of young lions who discover and embrace that style. Les Gry Gry, The Arrogants, all in their glorious 20’s… I wish we had more bands like this. Now synth punk is back yet again… I hope they get quickly tired of all that 80’s Kawai keyboards (ha! ha!)

5. How would you describe the style you play?

I think we got one boot in the 60’s, another one in the present. Makes no sense for me to be a tribute band or so, but it doesn’t mean that we are untrue to our influences. All the great bands I loved always added a little something on top of the rest. Just to be different. Who wants to listen to another cover of ‘Shapes of things’? The best example for me is The Youth, The Urges or The Jackets. Our main goal is to create some heavily influenced ’66 moody garage songs that you can really dance along to.

6. What are your live shows like?

It can get really sweaty, especially when you play in a 3 pieces wool suit! Thomas is a Christic frontman, he totally gives himself on stage. We actually have to try to protect him from the action. We love to play together, and the public feels it.

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

Everything from the Peebles comp, Back from the Grave or High in the Mid Sixties… We play a couple covers that Kitty threw on the table, especially ‘Lily’ from an obscure Californian band called Drusalee & The Dead… In fact, we play live the records we cannot afford to buy haha. Rob also suggested us to play a French cover and it was definitely a good idea. The goal is to create our own thing of course.

8. What are your main influences outside of music?

Aside from 60’s culture, we got our secret garden…

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

Allah wrote them for us. We just need to listen to Allah, and then the songs pop out by themselves. Seriously it’s a collective work, Thomas takes care of the lyrics as he’s writing poetry too.

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

My favorite is ‘Hey Baby’, ‘I know David Peter really likes ‘Make her mine’. If we don’t like a song anymore we just throw it out and write another one that’s as simple as that. I love too many songs to choose only one. My favorite song changes every day or so.

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

We go to gigs or festivals as often as we can. It is like an International Brotherhood.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Bringing back Dorian alive from Hamburg.

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

As we live far away from each other, we can only rehearse one or two hours before each gig. Of course, it’s always a disaster, to begin with. But something magic always happens when we hit the stage, thanks to the hundreds of gigs we each did with our previous bands!

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

I think it’s really bad in the so-called ‘Mass Media’. We can only pay homage to the few passionate people like you to shed a light on this very sharp scene.

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

I really love The Wrong Society, they released a couple of singles that really nailed it. Of course The Youth, The Jackets… The Teamsters, The Urges too.

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

We started the thing with Dennis Rux as a producer and we gonna continue with him. His studio is located in front of a 24/7 gas station loaded with the greatest German lager. Decent döner round the corner too. Beside of this Dennis is perfect gentlemen who own one of the best analog studios between planet Earth and Dagoba system. Apart from Toe Rag and Circo Perrotti, i don’t know where we could have recorded it. It was absolutely normal to do it in Mono from the start for him ha! ha!

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?

We need to work together to finish our LP which is almost completed! We’re also gonna have an organ player with us, Mr Dècheman, a great entertainer too, so you can expect some more action on stage. We still are a fresh new band but people look interested in our work, we got a lot of contacts to play all across Europe. As we say in France, ‘Bientôt dans une épicerie près de chez vous’ (soon at the juke joint near you).

Band Members: Thomas (vox) Dorian (drums) Pascal (guitar) David Peter (bass)

Discography: 2016 – Single: ‘Le Tourbillon / Hey Baby’ –  Lust Records

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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 3, 2017 By : Category : Articles Bands Beat Front Page Garage Interviews Picks RnB Scene Tags:, , ,
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Newbreed – Melange

We recently caught up with the Melange (from Spain) for a nice chat for NUTSMAG, here is what they had to say…

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

We have been playing in different bands the last 20 years in many groups like Lüger, Rip Kc, Bucles, Magic Bus, Los Imposibles, Cachalote… We started to play together as Melange two years ago. Miguel was the one who connected all of us. He had a bunch of songs and they were the beginning of the band.

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

Our influences are wide. I think it could began with Jazz, Blues, Folk, R&B, Soul and Funk passing through Psychedelic music, Avant Garde, Tropicalia, African Music, Anatolian Rock, Flamenco, Latin, Punk, Electronic and many more, till the borders difumine!

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

Yes, for sure. First, we recommend Mohama Saz, a kind of Spanish Turkish style. Alberto Montero a folk-pop singer with brilliant records…

4. Tell us about the 60’s/underground music scene from Spain?

In Spain, we had some very good bands like Los Bravos, Los Salvajes, Los Ángeles, Los Pekenikes emulating the British and American style (ye-ye bands) and some other people making a deep cultural approach into our culture like Pedro Iturralde, Paco de Lucía, Sabicas. Then in the late sixties we have Spanish prog style with bands like Smash, Máquina, Cerebrum, Storm, Pan y Regaliz, Música Dispersa, Evolution who leaded us to a significant productive period in the seventies that came along with political changes with bands as Triana a many more…

5. How would you describe the style you play?

Ops! A tricky question to answer. We visit lots of styles, breaking any style rule. We try to build our own style mixing all that we have in our polluted heads.

6. What are your live shows like?

We have 5 people. 2 guitars, keyboards, bass and drums. Sometimes four voices at the same time. We play loud, trying to make solid sounds with a strong rhythm section adding colour with evocating a surrealistic melody. Sometimes unexpected changes and lots of subliminal intention.

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

We love tons of different music. But we don’t play any version for the moment. I would love to play a song from Jeannette or Edu Lobo.

8. What are your main influences outside of music?

Photography, Films, Plastic arts and literature in general. Then the present and life is the most important influence.

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

Everybody in the band write the song. Sometimes the song is already constructed by one of us, but there’s always space left for the others to say something else or take the subject to another place.

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

Saquesufah! True Spanish style with lot of garlic on it. It´s short. It´s direct and so rich in terms of melody and rhythm and it´s fascinating to play live on the stage.

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

I think that we are tried to talk about underground. We have been living this shit for years and still doing it. We still try to change what we don´t like with no concessions.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

The biggest challenge is to find the time to play as much as we can.

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

We try to rehearse once a week and play as much as possible.

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

I should not be necessary to answer that the music of the media is just commercial focused bullshit, no art, just cheap and superficial entertainment, that’s nothing new, but there have always been local alternative radio stations, and from some years now many podcasts in internet, like for example “Músicas sin prejuicios” here in Spain.

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

Underground bands… thousands of them. Mainstream… Kraftwerk, they are a band, which all Melange members like a lot.

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

At the moment, we have recorded two LP’s with Carlos Díaz Requena, we are very satisfied with the results that we don’t think about anybody else. We all like to record at the countryside, north or south, doesn’t matter, the best for us is an old country house where we can bring our family and our equipment for recording.

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?

Our new album will be released on September 2017. Our plan is still trying to create beautiful music and share it with people all around the World. We hope to make even better recordings. We are so excited about our summer gigs in Quintanhilla Rock (Portugal) and Euro Ye-Ye in Gijón (Spain) also we can’t wait to play in the Zaragoza Psych Fest and BAM (Barcelona) this September.

Band Members: Adrián Ceballos (Drums and vocals), Daniel Fernández (Bass and vocals), Mario Zamora (Keyboards, Synths), Miguel Rosón (Guitar and vocals), Sergio Ceballos (Guitar and vocals)

Discography: 2016 “Melange” (2LP) Discos Tere

Main Site: melangemadrid.bandcamp.com

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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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June 28, 2017 By : Category : Articles Bands Beat Europe Front Page Interviews Picks Psych 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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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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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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The Limboos (Newbreed)

The Limboos are based in Madrid/Galicia (Spain) with band members being: Daniela Kennedy (drums), Roi Fontoira (vocals, guitar), Sergio Alarcón (organ, guitar, percussion), Dani Niño (baritone sax) and Santiago Sacristán (double bass). We recently caught up with them to chat about their music.

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

Daniela and I (Roi) started the band in Galicia while I was working on a newspaper. It was summer 2012, that fall we moved to Madrid and start rehearsing with the original line up. Marky came from The Phantom Keys (this time, with bass) and Sergio is my cousin, so it’s kind of family band. Later on, we added a baritone sax and now we have Santi with his double bass.

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

Well, we wanted to play R&B as that’s our main thing, but we share a variety of musical tastes, from bossa nova, mambo and latin American roots to early jazz, blues, soul, etc.

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

There’s a lot of interesting bands in our area right now. To start with, our neighbours from Porto, TT Syndicate, killer R&B soul… To name a few that you might not know… Los Chavales from Galicia, finest Spanish YeYe Bravos alike, or Valencia The Vertigos with his garage-psych texas style.

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

As your readers must know, in Spain there are plenty of weekenders and parties, and ¡good news!, it seems that 50’s and 60’s scenes are closer to each other than ever, maybe because of the R&B fever in both sides… You can hear John Lee Hooker or JB Lenoir no matter where, and that’s cool… Having said that, we don’t feel part of any particular scene, we try to play our music for the wider audience possible.

5. How would you describe the style you play?

We call ourselves an ‘Exotic R&B band’, so something like that will work. Latin stuff mixed with rock and roll, jazz and R&B.

6. What are your live shows like?

Our audience should answer this question, but I think both public and band have a good time and if it ends with a conga I think that’s quite a party.

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

We started the band with some Ike Turners’ instros on Flair, Cubano Jump and all that. New Orleans and all the R&B is our main thing. We play mostly our own stuff, but we cover songs from Little Walter to Antonio Machin, that wide range.

8. What are your main influences outside of music?

Well, everybody has their own thing, but Daniela and I live in the countryside surrounded by our animals and vegetables, so mother nature I guess… I think we all like to write and read a bit too, so I think literature will work, and Sergio it’s really into cinema.

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

Most of the songs are written by Daniela, Roi and Sergio. Subjects? First of all, fine music, good arrangements and a real cool groove. Then, we just fill it with some nice lyrics about not having much money, longing a girl or that kind of stuff. The basics really!

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

I don’t know, we like to play always the “new ones”, so it’s changing every few months. I will name a real newie, not recorded yet, Danzón #13! Other artist fav? One answer for each day, but let’s say ‘James Hunter’ Hold On to name an artist currently playing.

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

Yes, of course. There’s a lot of R&R clubs all over the country, and that helps to build a solid circuit for live bands.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

As we are real working musicians and it is a big part of our lives, paying the bills is quite hard sometimes. Musically, our latest line-up change I guess and also getting ready to record our second album, which is gonna be really accurate to what we want to really sound like!

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

We play a lot all over the year, so we don’t rehearse every week as many bands do, anyway, we should really ! Well, we are rehearsing right now arrangements for the second album sessions, that we cut always in Big Chief Studio (Madrid), recording live directly into a Studer tape machine and some other toys… We really like being in the studio!

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

As a journalist, I’m pretty critical with media routines! I have never worked in a musical magazine, but I guess it works the same. Just one word of advice, get a good PR to promote your band or you won’t get much coverage!

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

We are all devoted James Hunter fans, and there’s plenty of cool bands around here including our Penniman Records mates The Excitements, Fogbound, Le Grand Miercoles, Pelo Mono, Los Bengala.

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

We are pretty happy working with Mike Mariconda and Big Chief Studio, but if I had to choose one, Bosco Mann and Daptone Studio is THE SOUND. We love the latest James Hunter record, it sounds incredibly 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?

We will release a second album early on 2017, and we are pretty happy with the new songs. It’s coming less R&R and more exotic, jazzy and latin maybe, but I think it’s going to be a good record, we can’t wait to get into the studio! We are looking forward to play in Euro Yeye (Gijón) a lots of different festivals all around Spain, France and Germany. Hopefully we can make it to the UK with our second album, as we never played there!

Discography:
2013 – SINGLE ‘Space Mambo b/w Not a Soul Around’,
2014 – LP – “Space Mambo’, 2014 SINGLE ‘Big Chef b/w Limbootic’,
2016  SINGLE ‘I Need Your Lovin’ b/w I’m a Fool’….
2017 SECOND LP coming soon

Web Links:
thelimboos.com
facebook.com/thelimboos,
twitter.com/The_Limboos
soundcloud.com/the-limboosthe-limboos
instagram.com/thelimboos

 


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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 Front Page General Interviews Music RnB Tags:, , , , ,
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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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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 8, 2015 By : Category : Club Soul DJs Front Page Interviews Music RnB Tags:,
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Betty Harris Interview by Alberto Valle

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Masters2

We tend to forget that so many artists we do love nowadays were just performers aiming at doing a good living out of their talent. This is also the case of Betty Harris. She could’ve been the ultimate Soul queen of New Orleans but she left as she didn’t just earn enough money. It is interesting to think about it nowadays, when the current European cultural structures & industry are bringing to a situation of middle class people doing music just for hobby, and many real serious musicians giving up on their talent when they see the low consideration their hard work is going to report to them.

As you’ll read in Betty’s interview, it was a matter of some very hard work, talent and, naturally, ambition. And perhaps there lies the answer on why today it is so hard to find talented musicians able to take comparisons with these previous iconic generations.

I was forgetting about another matter, the luck. Betty wasn’t lucky enough to keep on resisting on the business during the (soulfully) exciting 70s decade.

But luckily she came back to the show business 10 years ago, and this summer she’ll be performing her classy & classic 60s repertoire @ Gijón Euroyeyé.

01. You’ve spent your childhood between Orlando and Alabama, where you started to sing at the church with your parents. What are your memories of that time? How did you interact with music? Was it only the church or you were listening to non-religious R&B as well?

I was lead singer for our youth choir. As a teenager, I heard other music but I was not allowed to sing it at home. I loved music, I was in our high school band and choir. Plus My Father was a Musician, so you get an idea of my level of interaction with music.

02. At 18 you decide to start an R&B singing career, which created some trouble with your parents. How did you get to an understanding? What brought you to this decision?

Well, my parents did not want me to sing R&B so I did not in their home, so there really was no trouble. In their home I respected their wishes. When I left home it then became my chose. There was no money in Gospel music, so the choice was easy.

03. Then you move to California and meet Savoy R&B Superstar Big Maybelle, who is some kind of your godmother during those early days. What are your memories of that particular time?

Not exactly. I left home and I went to Long Island, New York, where I met The Hearts managed by Zell Sanders who took me back home. With Zell I found out I could not sing in a group. I knew then that I was a lead singer. I came back to NYC armed with the fact that I needed to talk to someone who had vocals like mine. And then I met Big Maybelle after listening to her all day at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. I went on a two-week tour with her and left her in Chicago. I worked in Chicago for about 6 months and went back to Los Angeles, California.

04. At that time you also met Marvin“Babe”Chivian, the man that discovered Solomon Burke (as Mr. Burke –may he RIP- once told me) and also the guy who suggested you to move to the East Coast, particularly to NYC, to meet Bert Berns. How did it go exactly?

It was in Los Angeles that I met Babe Chivian. He told me if I came back to Philadelphia he would make me a star. So I moved to Philly, I went to all kind of shows:  Tammi Terrell, Solomon Burke and myself were managed by Babe. After about a year I went back to New York to meet Bert Berns.

05. Then you recorded a Mr. Burke’s slowed version of “Cry to Me” with Berns in ’63?

When I met Berns, I sang “Cry to me” for him my way, slow and soulful because the lyric were awesome.

06. And then “His Kiss” in ‘64, and success finally came. But then you decided to go to New Orleans and leave Berns and Jubilee records to switch to Sansu. How did you come to take this decision?

I was in this business to make money, and at that point I had received none. I did not like traveling every day. Oh, at first it was fun, but that got old without money!

07. You start working with Allen Toussaint who I think he can be named as the New Orleans’ Soul Godfather. Please, tell me how he was. How it was to work with him.

After the first session with Allen all tracks were laid and I only had to come in and do my part. Allen was a very creative and highly gifted musician. I met all the musicians on the first session, but I only worked with Allen after that.

08. You then reached national success with “Nearer to you”. What were for you the most significant moments when you reached that top success? Any particular gigs, interviews…?

Well, a three-month tour with Otis Redding, four trips to the Apollo and working the Theater Circuit in New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, New Orleans and Baltimore, Maryland.

09. You recorded a duet with Lee Dorsey and became the first lady of New Orleans Soul. You also recorded “Mean Man” with the Meters! Which are your memories of the NOLA music scene? Which were your fave artists back then?

My fave by then was James Carr. And as for The Meters, they were the backing band on all of the songs on Sansu, but they weren’t known as the Meters at that point. I also remember Carla Thomas singing background on some of them. Anyway, twenty songs were recorded in New Orleans for Sansu Records which I now own, since Sansu never paid me.

10. Not even Sansu?

Not even them. I have been in Court since 2005 and won. Now I can Lease all twenty of my songs, plus the eight songs I recorded for Bert Berns. Now I get paid royalties for up to twenty-eight songs!

This link here describes some of what I have been dealing with, but I cannot talk more about it while we are still in litigation.

11. At the end of 1967 and the beginning of 1968 you were supposed to tour with Otis Redding, who tragically passed away on Dec. the 10th 1967. Please, tell a bit more about how this opportunity of touring popped out?

Otis Redding was like a brother to me. Back then we had booking agents who would book you on tours. Otis was one of the nicest people I ever worked with. It was fall in 1967. It was his tour, and they had just signed me in Macon, Georgia. I met Otis at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. He said something like “Welcome” because I had just been hired. He was really sociable, but Otis didn’t really communicate that much.

And he really was into cars. In the duet with Carla Thomas, where Otis says “I got five Lincolns, seven Cadillacs and three Fords” (or whatever the number was), he really did have that many cars.

At that moment I needed to buy a car, and Otis helped me with the down payment. A ‘64 Sedan Deville, brand new off the showroom floor. Pop Walden ran the business, and he told me to go down to the Cadillac dealer “and tell him I’ve sent you”. They delivered my license plates to Columbus, Georgia.

12. By 1970, you go back to your roots, leave music industry, and start singing at the church. Why did you take this decision?

I got out of the music business because I was not getting paid. Music Business was filled with snakes like A&R man, songwriter, music publisher Marshall Sehorn.

So when I stopped singing it was because I was not getting paid. And I stopped singing even in church. I got married, had a normal life and a Daughter. Watched her graduate from college and needed something else to do.

Then, in 2005 Christina Aguilera covered “Nearer to you” on her album “Back to basics” on Sony. And finally, after fighting in court 8 years, I got paid for it and today I still get paid for my music. I own it.

Now I give back, I teach and I love it. My music has stood the test of time and my fans young and old love it.

13. In 2005 you come back and start gigging in the US as well as in Europe at major events such as Porretta Soul Festival (IT) in 2007, or Euroyeyé (SP) this summer. Again, why?

I can enjoy my music now, without the need of building up a career on it.

As far as travel I’ve been to France two times Switzerland, Italy, Australia, four times Barcelona and Madrid. And I have covered the USA state by state.

14. After the intent of recording with Chris Stovall Brown, are you recording new stuff any soon? If so, are there any names/record labels that can be mentioned?

We are now working on some new material, and will  release it on our own label.

Originally published by Alberto Valle for La Ruta Magazine © many thanks to them!


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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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Le Beat Bespoké 10 – Review

This entry is part 3 of 20 in the series Live!

LE BEAT BESPOKE 10 – A DECADE OF DELIGHTS 

Thursday: WOLF PEOPLE/PURSON  by Dave Johnson

I was very curious about the opening night of LBB10 having never seen both bands before. I had heard great things from friends and both bands were on my must see live acts list.

Would they live up to my expectations?

Purson certainly look the part and as soon as lead singer Rosalie launched into the first number I could see what all the fuss is about. She sings like an angel but looks like a devil and sure plays a mean guitar and had the audience transfixed. Purson romp through numbers from the album ‘The Circle And The Blue Door’ and the EP ‘In The Meantime’ with style and panache and won many new fans with tonight’s performance. Expect big things from this band in 2015.

A short interlude and some more great sounds from Wolf People tour DJ Richard Gibbons before the aforementioned band hit the stage. They apologise before starting by announcing they are a bit rusty having not played live together for a while. They shouldn’t have bothered, it was a masterful set peppered with numbers from the impressive back catalogue together with a couple of numbers I was not familiar that sounded like potential numbers for the forthcoming album which they are currently working on. Needless to say Wolf People reaffirmed everything I had been told by fellow music fans as a band not to be missed. Another fan converted and looking forward to hearing that new album.

After the live acts I headed into venue 2 for the DJ after show party where quality records one after the other kept the fun seekers happy until tomorrow night.

Friday: GLEN CAMPBELL’S MISUNDERSTOOD/KALEIDOSCOPE/THE LOONS  by ‘Dashing’ Drewe Shimon

Mike Stax, the expatriate Brit with the full trans-atlantic twang, is in his element tonight: not content with simply fronting his own fine garage-powerpop combo The Loons alongside his cool and talented bass-playing wife Anja, he also gets to be in the headline band! Nice work all around… The Loons with their juxtaposition of ebullient originals (referencing influences from the Pretty Things to the Strawberry Alarm Clock) and classic covers, set the tone perfectly for a very special LBB indeed.

That said, the Toytown popsike of Peter Daltrey’s Kaleidoscope still resides worlds away from the fuzzed-up San Diego frat-house: in fact, despite the lineup’s heavy reliance (original percussionist Danny Bridgman notwithstanding) on a latterday Glaswegian infusion from alt-folkies Trembling Bells, “Dive Into Yesterday” “Flight From Ashiya” and “The Sky Children” remain as quintessentially English as a blustry day on Turnham Green, which is possibly where half of them were conceived to begin with. And, whilst undoubtedly a slightly less overtly ‘religious’ experience than last year’s Islington show, tonight’s vibrant performance surely reinforces Daltrey and Co’s vital upper place in the psychedelic tapestry: it might have been, at times, ever-so-slightly inaudible above certain segments of the audience, but this is also a club event too, and if Dave and Lisa from Penge want to catch up with Enrico and Xavier from Toledo and discuss their plans for this year’s Euro YeYe during the quieter passages of “The Murder Of Lewis Tollani”, then they have every right to. After all, the social aspect of NUTs has always been every bit as important as the music.

A few eyebrows raise when the Misunderstood kick off with their two best-known songs (“I Can Take You To The Sun” and “Children Of The Sun”), but with Glenn Ross Campbell’s squealing steel-slide-guitar-contraption-thingy exploding centre-stage, and Mr & Mrs Stax again vibing the freak angle to the max, quality is thankfully retained. Sadly, they DO have to resort, like Kenney Jones last year, to repeating two already-aired tunes, including the oft-trodden “Who Do You Love”, as an encore, but considering that said number features surprise appearances from original ‘Stoodster’ Tony Hill (also of The Answers and High Tide) and Ray Owen (co-founder, with Campbell, of Juicy Lucy) the issue is soon rendered irrelevant, and the band’s legend reaffirmed. Despite perhaps slight befuddlement as to why recognition has taken so long, Campbell looks like the happiest man in W1, and right now, he probably is. Magical!

Saturday Daytime and Night: NUTSMAG, VINTAGE MARKET, RECORD FAIR –  by Graham Lentz

After the euphoria that followed The Loons, Kaleidoscope and The Misunderstood, Saturday afternoon was a very nice tonic. The Vintage Market was set up and the stall holders had some quality wares on offer. From clothes to handbags, records to memorabilia, there was something for everyone.

By mid afternoon, the first of the two bands took to the stage. Magnetic Mind played to a packed Beat Basement who really enjoyed their brand of psych sounds.

The harmonized vocals of Ellie Foden and Paul Milne have great impact and with their Jefferson Airplane and Peanut Butter Conspiracy influences in evidence.

The set included their current single, ‘(Like You) Never Kept Me Waiting’, which for my money, is one of THE outstanding psych singles of the year so far and sounded even better live. They finished their set to much deserved rapturous applause.

Before long, the Spanish psych outfit Fogbound were eagerly anticipated and steam rolled through record releases ‘Whispering Corridors’, ‘Purple Wax’ and ‘Come And See’ and a brilliant version of ‘Strange house’ by The Attack. The audience loved and the lads came back for an encore and made quite an impression on their London debut. It would not be too long before another total musical contrast for the Saturday Evening session, would be underway.

Saturday Night – by Graham Lentz

One of the real pleasures of Le Beat Bespoke is the way it opens its self up to something a bit different, and Saturday night traditionally tends to focus on rockabilly/rock & roll culture. It is great to see people with differing music and style all mingling together and no-one bats an eyelid. There in the packed main room were rock & rollers, mods, northern soul fans, psych and garage fans all there to enjoy the live music and everyone looked fantastic.

First on stage for the Wild Records Review was the extraordinary Gizzelle. Singing tracks from her two albums to date; ‘Devil Or Angel’ and ‘Rhythm And Soul’, what makes her extraordinary is how such a powerful voice can come such a petite frame?

Highlights included her rousing version of ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘I’m A Good Woman’ and such was the applause, she returned for a much deserved encore.

Next up was the equally formidable voice of Marlena Perez who fronts The Rhythm Shakers. Again, the contrast in delivery and style were evident. Gizzelle, giving everything, but with controlled assurance. The Rhythm Shakers, all power and passion. They really are one of the best rock and roll bands around right now. Their album of a few years ago, ‘Flipsville’, got a decent representation, but the focus was on the newer material on their current LP ‘Voodoo’. Both albums are as good as each other, which says a lot about the high quality of their writing. They too, were called back for an encore and both acts were virtually mobbed at their merchandise stand afterwards.

Cosmic Keith, Dr Rockin’ Blues and Julliette (the latter both from Paris) kept the rockin’ crowd royally entertained through the entire night.

Meanwhile, Alan Handscombe and Tim Ott-Jones presented their RnB123 Club in the R&B room, while Holly Calder joined Dr Robert and European guests DJ’s in the Beat Room until the early hours.

Sunday night: CROSSFIRE – by Graham Lentz

The grand finale of Le Beat Bespoke 10. The Crossfire Allnighter is a huge event on the calendar and this night was no exception. The queue outside was constant as the doors opened at 10pm. With Northern Soul in the main room, Mousetrap in the R&B Room and Paddy and Sarge and Rhys joining Dr Robert, Lolo and Traxel in the Beat Basement, this was a night primed to close the weekender with a bang.

Without doubt, the tone of the night was set by Les Grys Grys from Southern France, who repeated their explosive performance at the August Bank Holiday in Brighton last year. To say the atmosphere was electric was an understatement. The last time I saw the Beat Basement that packed was when The Strypes were on stage. Les Grys Grys ask no quarter and none is given. Theirs is a full-on assault on the senses and they really deliver.

As I said, they set the tone for the whole night in all three rooms and it was a fitting end to another wonderful Le Beat Bespoke weekender. Only another twelve months and we can do it all again !

Sundy night: LES GRYS GRYS by ‘Dashing’ Drewe Shimon

“GADAAANNGGG…”

With short sharp bursts of frenzied drumming, plonking bass and off-the cuff maraca-shaking from their resident loonhouse blues harp wielder, French upstarts Les Grys Grys set out their stall immediately, purveying classic white R’n’B in the style of the Yardbirds, Outsiders (Neth), Pretty Things, Blues Incorporated, Them, Downliners Sect and (of course) the Stones: there’s also a hint of the howling acid blues of the Groundhogs, TYA and Savoy Brown, but that’s more in the crunching tone and hair-shaking antics of the lead guitarist than the construction of the numbers. As with the Strypes and 45s (although they’re considerably older and longer-haired than both) their material predominantly consists, at this moment, of covers – yet these Montpelier Mods have taken things one step further by showing as much deference to their blue-eyed heroes as the genre’s black American originators. Thus, “Neighbour Neighbour” rubs shoulders with “Mystic Eyes” and the Masters Apprentices’ “Hot Gully Wind” without batting an eyelid: of course, not everybody is an expert on the derivation of rock’n’roll, but this Le Beat crowd sure knows its blues from its snooze.

A frantic blur of fringe, deerstalker, tambourine and axe-fire, these eminent Grys (see what I did there?) are one of several currently emergent bands capable of reminding you exactly why you first loved these three things called blues, soul and rock’n’roll. The question remains as to what will happen when they start writing their own material, but it will happen, and the development will be, just as it was with those lads from Dartford and Erith 50 years ago, fascinating to observe: even if they never put pen to paper, they’ll still be unmissable live.

A win-win proposition, then, and a suitably butt-kicking prelude to the finale of LBB 10: despite nipping out after the Grys’ set for 3 hours, the party is still at full tilt in the Beat Basement upon my return, propelled this time by an equal mixture of faces and tunes old and new. All DJs were exemplary, but special mention must go to Rhys’ bold inclusion of “Is It Love” by Jon, a tune which I had hitherto believed myself to be the London scene’s sole fan of: indeed, whereas certain elements last year left me knackered, this was just one of many ways in which tonight found my muse rejuvenated. Roll on 2016.


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Darius Drewe was born in East London in 1974. As a small child, both parents inflicted their musical tastes, from The Beatles and The Moody Blues to Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis, on him, and he was never the same again. Despite being born and bred a 'Cockney tosser', Drewe actually spent his teenage years in and around Birmingham, attending his first 60s/50s-themed nights there at The Ship Ashore, before "coming home" in 1993 to the South, where, with the exception of three years spent in Glasgow between 2007-2010, he has remianed ever since. In the almost two decades that have passed he has trod a strange meandering path from a shy 60s/70s-obsessed teen with no 'scene' to speak of to a Metalhead, sleaze-glammie, Goth, indie kid, glam-punker, garage-rocker, eventual Mod and psych freak (first attending Mousetrap in 2000) In that time he's also written for Shindig! Britmovie, DarkSide, Black Velvet and Get Ready To Rock, promoted various vintage and veteran acts at Camden Underworld, Glasgow Ivory Blacks and several other venues, DJed everything from psych, garage and soul to Metal at practically every well-known club in central London. Drewe is trying to build a time machine that will enable him to visit any period between 1960 and 1980 but still be able to use a mobile and Facebook. His ambition, aside from directing films and building said machine, is to morph into a cross between Jason King, Timmy Lea, Jerry Cornelius and Richard Hannay, and drift about the ether having adventures in a kipper tie, pinstriped flares and camel hair coat.

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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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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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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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Marco Traxel (Traxman) – Hey! Mr DJ

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

DJ Traxman: or Marco Traxel is owner of the record label Soundflat Records, resident DJ at the Mongogo Cologne and Hip Shakin’ Beat Club, host of the Rarejerk Treat radio show and organiser of the SFR Ballroom Bash in Cologne, he is based in Cologne, Germany

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

I got into music when I was 12 years old and directly started collecting vinyl from my little pocket-money and I started with Metal.

Where was your first DJ slot?

It was much later, when I was studying and already collected Garage, Beat and Soul music, in a little club in Bonn called Blow Up. Together with my friend Andreas we were djing there every Wednesday.

What was your most memorable DJ spot?

That’s very difficult to answer, as I think each DJ spot has something special about it. However, some of the most outstanding parties and festivals I experienced were in Spain; of course the pool-parties at the Festival Beat in Italy and also the DJ-tour through Japan was unforgettable.

What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

When I got stuck in a snow storm on my way to Hamburg and after I finally arrived I could only play a few more songs before the Party was over.

Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Uff, it’s very hard to name only one, there are many good ones, who contributed a lot to the “scene”, dig out more or less unknown records and have their very own style. In Germany to me the “topnotch”- DJs are Michael Wink, Lutz Räuber, Christof Sonnenberg and Kevin the ‘K’. And outside of Germany I think Miguel Ygarza, El Nino (RIP), Rob Bailey, Sebas Aviles, Slim and Goffry. All of them make the crowd dance!

What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Through collecting vinyl from an early age I opened up more and more to different genres and got deeper and deeper into the music, which altogether happened to create the mixture between Psychedelic sounds, R&B, Garage and Soul that has proven itself as my preferred DJ-sound. Also the punkrock background (that directly followed my Metal-past) heavily influenced me.

What was your best ever find/discovery?

There were many, but especially in the times where there was no internet yet and you could really only find the records through detours and spending lots of time and energy, the feeling of finally finding what you were looking for was amazingly rewarding. Of course the internet contributed to finding many items on your want list, that made me happy, such as the Headhunters “Times we share” or Troy Dodds’ “Try My Love”, but the above described collector’s romantic is a bit lost this way.

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

I have to say that the Pebbles-Compilations and Back From The Grave-Compilations pushed me a lot into the direction I mainly collect now. Among artists I would say The Headcoats, The Untamed Youth, The Sonics back in their days, and I love The Kinks.

Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Yes, for a long time now my focus has been mainly on Garage, Psych, Freakbeat, R&B, Northern Soul. I also like collecting themes like “outter space”, “horror” and with the focus on 12” I like the Hawaiian sound and Soundtracks.

Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Every fourth Friday in Cologne at the Buzz Club at Mongogo Cologne, and when you keep your eyes open you might catch me djing at different 60s events all over Europe, or at my monthly radio-show – the Rarejerk Treat on Yeahright Radio for example every Tuesday evening.

What is the record you would most like to own?

My want list is very long and changes (more or less) daily.

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

Zu Zu Man – Zu Zu Blues Band (A&M – 1966)
The Headhunters – Times We Share (Fenton – 1967)
Heidi Brühl – Berlin (Philips – 1969)
The Tropics – As Time’s Gone (Columbia, 1967)
Eric St. Laurent – Le Temps D’y Penser (Barclay, 1966)
Vernon Harrell – Slick Chick (Lescay, 1963)
Adam’s Recital – There’s No Place For Lonely People (Barclay, 1967)
The Saints – Know Your Product (EMI, 1978)
Chuck Wood – Seven Days Too Long (Roulette, 1967)
Sleepy – Love’s Immortal Fire (CBS, 1968)

Current Top 5 Tracks:

Jimmy McCracklin – What’s That (Mercury, 1960)
David – Please Mr. Policeman (Philips, 1969)
4 P.K. – Down And Out (HOL, 1966)
Jack Hammer – Down In The Subway (Polydor, 1968)
The Hooterville Trolley – No Silver Bird (Lynnette, 1968)

Main Site:
soundflatrecords.de

Social Networks:
facebook.com/soundflatrecords

Videos:
‘Sheephouse: Ladder’ – youtube.com/watch?v=R_XTSWNFWc4
‘Joe Jama: My Life’ – youtube.com/watch?v=K0AQBFiPRCk

Next Club Spots: Wáchina Wáchina Festival, Valencia, Buzz Club Cologne, The Two Men From L.I.N.Z. etc.


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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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