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1. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?
I guess I was listening to bands like Blur and Pulp when I was at school. A gang in the year above started wearing parkas and I can remember going home and asking my Mum what a Mod was. It was just before Quadrophenia was re-released – so perfect timing for an introduction in to a way of life that I still live by most rules today! Bands like the Small Faces and the Who were my early favourites and of course the Motown groups. I was lucky enough to get my nose into an old Southend ‘Face’ from the 80s Northern Soul collection around that time which was a massive inspiration.
2. Where was your first DJ slot?
I actually got into the idea of collecting vinyl quite early on and played my first set in my mid teens at a venue called Club Riga in Southend-on-Sea. It was in support of a local band called the Phreak Beats. I probably owned about ten 45s then.
3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?
One favourite evening I’m often reminded of was a particularly Psychedelic affair at Rob Baileys ‘Hipsters’ night. It was just one of those moments where everyone in the room was completely on the same trip! Musically and otherwise!
4. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?
I’m fortunate enough that I haven’t had any particularly bad experiences. I have played a few regional ‘indie club’ DJ spots with the band that have been miserable.
5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?
My favourite scene Dj would have to be Speed, he really turned me on to the best in UK Psych and Freakbeat which is my main collecting passion now.
6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?
For me it would be early trips to the Mousetrap and a real interest in the classic UK stuff, I feel comps like ‘Chocolate Soup’ and ‘Rubble’ really unearthed some of the finest British sounds and can’t be beaten. I’m on a constant quest to find all of those great British monsters.
7. What was your best ever find/discovery?
After about five years of searching I finally turned up a copy of The Martells ‘Time To Say Goodnight’ for £8 that was nice. I’m sure there’s a few tunes I’ve dropped that haven’t been played out before but no specific titles come to mind. If it’s been hanging around for 40 years someone is going to have to have heard it first!
8. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?
I would have to say its an over all sound and feeling you get from listening to the best far out psych and beat stuff that I dig. It has such a specific feeling. My favourite psychedelic group will always be July.
9. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?
I buy all sorts really, old and new. My main passion is the Psychedelic sound, from speed fueled freakbeat to acid drenched psych and from all over the world. I still buy a lot of soul and rhythm and blues. I like to make sure I can dust off those 45s as much as I can!
10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?
I’ve been hosting the Cave Club at the Buffalo Bar, Highbury and Islington for five years now. I also regularly enjoy spinning for the New Untouchables. You can often find my name popping up on flyers outside the 60s club circuit too.
11. What is the record you would most like to own?
Hmmm, I’d like a copy of ‘Searching in the Wilderness’ by Allen Pounds Get Rich.
12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?
All time top Ten
1. Tintern Abbey – Vacuum Cleaner
2. The Fox – Hey Mr Carpenter
3. The Factory – Try A Little Sunshine
4. July – Dandelion Seeds
5. Spice – In Love
6. Caleb – Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad
7. Open Mind – Cast A Spell
8. Mike Stuart Span – Children Of Tomorrow
9. Fleur De Lys – Gong With The Luminous Nose
10. Paper Blitz Tissue – Boy Meets Girl
Current Top Five
1. Orange Machine – You Can All Join In
2. Soul Proprietors – All
3. Geranium Pond – Dogs In Baskets (Ibc acetate)
4. Sonic Invasion – Go Out And Get Her (emidisc acetate)
5. Brendan Phillips – Something’s Happening Outside
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