Hey! Mr DJ Irish Greg

Hey! Mr DJ Irish Greg

NUTsMag looks back at a piece about Irish Greg for a chat about his passion for music.

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

I got into Soul through friends in Ireland back in the 80’s, just classic stuff like Kent albums etc. I always liked the blues and used to go and buy albums every week with my pocket-money. Obviously I was into the Specials etc and my all-time favorites The Style Council. When I moved to London in the mid 80’s I got seriously into Ska/Reggae and Northern Soul.

02.Where was your first DJ slot?

My first proper DJ set came from Alan H who was doing Sunday afternoons in the Dublin Castle in Camden (late 80’s). From there we were always involved djing all round London.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Blimey! Ahh I would have to say for Primal Scream or when I DJ’d for Coldplay, who by the way I thought were shite! Shows what I know about pop music.

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

I remember playing one night at the 100 Club and there must have been only 30 people in the place, no matter what you played no one was dancing. I just played the tunes and carried on, you could smoke then so it wasn’t too bad on the nerves.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

To be honest there’s not many as most copy each other. Let’s face it there’s no real BIG individual DJ anymore. Wasn’t like this back in the day, Alan H was very important to me as he was ahead of most people in the 80’s. Carl Fortnum, Ian Clark, Ady C.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I like uplifting music, something with a bit of passion and punch all at the
same time.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Helen Troy – I think I love you – Kapp, covered it up for ages as Little Helen and the Ladies.

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

Paul Weller, Joe Strummer, Small Faces, Who and all of the Sex Pistols.

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

I collect all kinds of stuff from Punk to Blues.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Nowhere these days, I’m a professional Goalkeeping coach for QPR, so don’t get out much I’m afraid. My weekends are dominated with football and coaching.

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

Magnetics – Lady in green – Bonnie

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

Current Top 5 Tracks:

Judy Freeman – Hold on (unissued extended version) – RCA Acetate.
Unknown artist – I feel good – test pressing
Betty Boothe – Just a little bit of true love – Enjoy
Harvey Averne Dozen – Never learned to dance – Fania
Tina Roberts – One way or the other – Security

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

Gwen Owens – Just say your wanted and needed – Velgo
Sonatas – Going on down the road – Hot Line
Flash McKinley – I’ll Rescue you – Bombay
New Wanderers – Ain’t gonna do you no harm – Ready
Jimmy Ricks – Oh what a feeling – Festival
Pat Lewis – No one to love – Solid Hit
Jimmy Burns – I really love you – Erica
Bobby Bland – Shoes – Duke
Parliaments – Don’t be sore at me – Revilot
Darrell Banks – Open the door to your heart – Revilot

Reference: Co-Founder of Capitol Soul Club, 100 Club Allnighter resident in the 90’s.

Social Networks: Don’t do them, things like Facebook… full of people talking about themselves and their ego. Oh look at me! No one really cares anymore.

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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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