Hey! Mr DJ – Pete Kelross

Hey! Mr DJ – Pete Kelross

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

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

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

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

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

The Soul Spin Syndicate at Woking Football Club in 1991.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

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

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

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

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

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

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

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

07. How did the Nightshift Club come about?

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

08. What was your best ever find/discovery?

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

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

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

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

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

11. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Nightshift Club, Lakeside, Surrey, UK.

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

The Salvadors, Stick By Me Baby!


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

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

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Next Club Spots:

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

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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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