Jo Wallace – Hey! Ms DJ

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

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

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

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

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

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

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

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

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

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

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

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

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

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

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

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

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

Martha Starr – Sweet Temptation – Charay

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

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

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

Weblinks:
facebook.com/jo.wallace

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


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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April 29, 2015 By : Category : Articles Club Soul DJs Front Page Interviews Music Rocksteady Scene UK Tags:, , , ,
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Ben Ollins – Hey! Mr DJ

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

We recently caught up with DJ Ben Ollins  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 older brother introduced me to great records when I was very young. I loved the Beatles, Rolling Stones and the Monkees thanks to him, also T Rex, Slade and Glam stuff – chart music at the time. When the’70s Rockabilly revival scene came along, he and his friends got me listening to that too. I didn’t really know that it was any different to anything else, it was just more stuff I liked. Later there was Pebbles and that set me on the path.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

At The Frat Shack, probably 1991 or ‘92. Those were the best nights.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

A few years ago I played records at my friends’ wedding in New Orleans on Halloween. Outside, the streetcars were packed with people in crazy fancy dress costumes; inside, the bar was jammed solid, everyone dancing – on chairs, on the bar, everywhere. It felt like the whole room was shaking. It was a lot of fun, a very happy experience.

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

None stand out as notably terrible, but I’ve certainly cleared my fair share of dance floors.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Three from New York/New Jersey. Todd-O-Phonic Todd, in-person or on air at WFMU, the great Jonathan Toubin and the inimitable Josh Styles. All three have great records and enthusiasm to match.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I used to do a night called The Hideout with my friend Liam Watson, he was never concerned about playing things to impress people, he just wanted them to have fun. That was a lesson, that it’s about playing things people can dance to, not just things you want to show off. The other thing is that I don’t like to hear the same stuff night after night, I don’t even like to hear the same sort of music all night. And finally, my golden rule is that there’s no evening that can’t be improved by hearing Chuck Berry’s Let It Rock.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

There have been a few good ones. Back in the time of paper lists I used to buy blind quite a bit – a stupid expression, it’s really buying deaf – picking stuff up that seemed it would be good, even when I didn’t know it. I got Oscar & The Majestics’ No Chance Baby that way. It was so great hearing it for the first time having no real idea how it would sound and it was incredible! That was a wonderful surprise. Often it didn’t work out so well.

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

Kicks, which was the magazine Billy and Miriam from Norton Records used to do. When I first bought Kicks (issue #3, from the much missed Compendium Books in Camden Town), it had Link Wray, The Banshees, The Phantom – just great stuff, regardless of genre. That, and also all of Tim Warren’s incredible compilations; Back From The Grave is the benchmark for me.

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

I’ve always had a pretty tight focus on US garage 45s. That’s been my main love for over 30 years now. I also buy rock‘n’roll instrumentals and R&B – Pittsburgh sounds. I try to curb any desire to complete an artist, I don’t want to be one of those guys with multiple issues of the same 45 all with minor variations, even though that’s an urge I can all too easily understand.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

I’ve been co-running a club in Soho playing the above Pittsburgh/Mad Mike style stuff for years now, and that’s pretty much it for me. It’s called The Stag O Lee Preservation Society & Drinking Club and is on every other Wednesday, at 57 Greek Street, London W1.

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

I’ll take an Expressions on Tennalaga please!

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

Not my top 10 of all time probably, but 10 45s that I’ve never tired of.

Larry & The Blue Notes – In And Out (Charay)
The Hangmen – I’m Gonna Love You (Flo-Pin)
The Henchmen – Livin’ (Punch)
Apollo’s Apaches – Cry Me A Lie (Barra-Donna)
The Sonics – He’s Waitin’ (Etiquette)
Rockin’ Ramods – She Lied (Bon Bon)
Zakary Thaks – Won’t Come Back
 (J-Beck)
The Nobles – Something Else
 (Marquis)
The Pentagons – Try And Find (Pent)
Chuck Berry – Let It Rock (Chess)
(Yes, that’s 11)

Current Top 5 Tracks:
The Playgue – I Gotta Be Goin’ (Rebic)
The Fabulous Depressions – Just Can’t Tell You
 (Maad)
Richie Knight & The Mid-Knights – Homework (Arc)
Bobby Comstock – Right Hand Man (Ascot)

And I’m still playing the two new volumes of Back From The Grave. A reminder that there’s always more new stuff to hear.

Weblinks:
facebook.com/ben.olins

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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April 29, 2015 By : Category : Articles Club Soul DJs Front Page Interviews Music Rocksteady Scene UK Tags:, , , ,
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Roberta – Hey! Mrs DJ

This entry is part 3 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Roberta Pompetti is from Teramo, Italy and describes herself as a mom, wife and mod girl. She took some time out recently to talk to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

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

It was in the early 90s, when the Brit Pop had spread to Italy. In particular I was a Blur fan and so, intrigued by the origins of the English music phenomenon, I discovered the 60 ‘s sound and bands such as The Kinks, The Who and The Creation and from this I discovered Mod!

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

My first DJ slot was in Perugia, it was a night organized by Perugia Cool Scene, if my memory does not let me down it was in 2004. I remember my hands were shaking; my real fear was to do something technically wrong.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I am lucky to play around Europe and Italy. I really enjoyed the Clean Cut in Barcelona in 2014, Euro Ye Ye in 2012 and the Italian Job Rimini in 2013, but also the Kings ‘n Queens in Amburg 2006. This was because I was the only DJ to spin R&B to a large Soul crowd. I was scared about that, but thankfully it was a success.

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

For sure some events outside the Mod/60 ‘s scene. Once someone asked me if I could spin Destiny Childs as the flyer said that I spin R&B!!!!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

I might be biased but my favorite DJ is my countryman Andrea Ceritano, he has a really refined taste and although I have listened to him DJ very often I never tire of hearing him; I must say that I enjoyed Tomas McGrath too because he’s able to create a sound on his own. I love DJ’s who manage to make a set personal, not necessarily with unknown songs, but simply creating their own environment; and it is precisely this they’re able to do.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Listening to music in many clubs that I attended has helped me to grow musically. I think and hope that I’ve reached my own sound: a recognizable mix of R&B and Boogaloo for those who listen to my sets. I try to pay close attention to what is happening on the dance floor.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Discovering some new tracks is really difficult today. In general I dedicate a lot on listening and on researching for something new. Without presumption I think I can say that I’ve brought something new into the genre of “Boogaloo” where to discover something you must sip a good dose of “salsa”.  I think that “Boogaloo Hay” by Willie Rodriguez is my ‘discovery’ because I’m proposing that for eight years at least.

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

I really adore the obscure powerful sound so I love the big mama’s such as Tiny Topsy or Big Mama Thornton.

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

No, I don’t collect labels or artists in particular. But among my 45s you can find a lot of Federal and King concerning R&B and Fania and Fonseca for Boogaloo.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Right now my next chance to slot some 45s is at “Crossfire 25” in London on October 2014.

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

On my wish list are still a lot of 45s, but one that I was looking’ for was Joyce Troyano and it has been my 40 years gift by my husband… I couldn’t wish more.

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

  1. Bruce Cloud – My Book
  2. Lou Lawton – Knick Knack Patty Wack
  3. Tiny Topsy – Just a Little Bit
  4. Anna Belle Caesar – Little Annie
  5. Bobby Moore’s Rhythm Aces – Go Ahead And Burn
  6. Little Joe Hinton – Let’s Start a Romance
  7. Tommy Jay – Tender Love
  8. Bobby Valentin – Geronimo
  9. Willie Rodriguez – Boogaloo Hay
  10. Nolan Porter- If I Could Only Be Sure
  11. Jackie Opel – Old Rocking Chair

Current Top 5 Tracks:

  1. Joyce Troyano – I Cry For The Boy
  2. Holy Disciples – Trying To Make a Hundred
  3. Sampy And The Bad Habits – Stick With Me
  4. The Monitors – Mama Linda
  5. Alfredito Linares – Bogaloo Girl

 Web Links:

facebook.com/originalmods.teramo
facebook.com/groups

Next Club Spots: Crossfire 25, 11th October 2014, London!


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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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April 27, 2015 By : Category : Articles Club Soul DJs Front Page Interviews Music RnB Scene UK Tags:, , , ,
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Nick Brown – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 5 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Nick Brown is based in London, UK. He describes himself as a London Rare Soul DJ and promoter, ran the Scenesville nights at Notre Dame and The Camden Centre in the early Noughties. He took some time out recently to talk to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

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

As a young kid I had older brothers and sisters, so I was always exposed to some sort of music, but really got into music seriously with 2-Tone in 1979/80 and was a regular at the Orpington Civic Hall Mod nights between then and 1984, when they finished. It was an under-18s ‘youth club’ night, but what an education!  The music I heard there was astonishing, from the standard Kinks/Who/Small Faces/Stones chart classics right through to stuff like Mary Love “Lay This Burden Down”, Huey Piano Smith “Don’t You Just Know It”, or The Action “I’ll Keep On Holding On – these might seem like basic things to us now, but if you think how unlikely a gig like that would be today, with 400 under-18s all going mad to something like The Carnaby or The 81, it will put into perspective what special times they were.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

Bit of a dim memory, but I think it was a gig I put on myself somewhere around King’s Cross/Pentonville Road in about 1985. I can’t remember the name of the pub and when I’m in the area I do wonder what became of the place – they may even have demolished it for Thameslink or something.  We had about 30-40 in, which was OK for a small do in those days, and I would have played stuff like Donald Jenkins “I Walk Alone”, The Wanderers “You Can’t Run Away From Me”, The Rubies “Spanish Boy” and other popular but affordable 100 Club sounds of the time, as well as Flash McKinley “I’ll Rescue You”, which was largely unknown at the time, but my mate Miles liked it, so I’d always play it for him.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Probably the last half-hour of the final night at Notre Dame, when I was running Scenesville there. We were only there for about a year, but the whole year had gone as well as I could have hoped for, and I remember getting to the end of it and thinking “phew – got through all right”.  I think one of the things that made it quite special was the crowd was pretty emotional that night. They’d formed quite an attachment to the venue and they engaged very enthusiastically with the music that was played there, so I think it was a bit of a wrench for people to see it go. I played our last record (it was always Clyde McPhatter “Lonely People”), and then Andy Rix let me play his JD Bryant “I Won’t Be Coming Back”, which I thought was the most appropriate record we could say goodbye to the venue with. The handclaps cracking out from the dancefloor during those 2 ½ minutes are a memory that will stay with me forever!

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

No real disasters, though I remember a funny incident DJing at a friend’s book launch sometime in the late ‘90s (John Reed’s Weller biog) at the Helter Skelter bookshop. The idea was to play all Weller-related stuff, and I was DJing from both my box and his, because I had a lot of the ‘earlier’ stuff (the Jam, their influences and the tracks they’d covered) and he had a good stock of Post-Jam stuff (Respond label, etc).  Great plan, great night, except there were no headphones, and I did get to a bit of the night when I was pulling unmarked 12” white labels out of his box and hoping the result was going to go my way! Proper seat-of the pants DJing, but it was all good fun!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Ady Croasdell, for playing one-offs next to pocket-money classics and treating them exactly the same; collector-researchers like Andy Rix and Gilly for the incredible stuff they are able to unearth by taking digging deep to another level; Kitch for blending a pioneering spirit with faultless taste and a staggering depth of 45s to select from;  Dean Anderson for his uncompromising sense of quality standards; Randy Cozens for playing sets dictated by pure taste rather than what’s big; the Stafford 60s Mafia for their campaigning determination; Chris Dale and John Weston for their imaginative approach with established records; my wife Dawn for not caring what anyone else is playing.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I came to the Northern Soul scene during the mid-80s when the Stafford/100 Club axis was setting the tone, and the whole ethos of the scene was about pioneering discovery and exploring the boundaries around the ‘core’ sound of traditional 70’s-style Northern Soul, while still keeping in touch with the essential spirit of dance Soul. The buzz of being at a venue the first night they play a new discovery is for me the best part of the Soul scene, and it’s probably an attitude I inherited from that time. It’s easy to find unknown records that are below par or that don’t fit the genre: it’s much more challenging to find new stuff and keep the standards up, but it’s more exciting too. As a DJ, I try to do that, but also to respect the heritage of what’s been found up to now, particularly if it’s good but currently ‘under-represented’ on the scene. The challenge is to put that all into a creative, entertaining and unpredictable blend, avoiding the easy option but still making sense to everyone in the room. It’s a tall order, but a good target to aim for.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Pic & Bill “What Does It Take” is probably the one that stands out. I bought it in about 1984 (when I was still at school) from a stall at Bromley Market for about £2 or £2.50. As I was a regular, the stallholder recommended it to me, saying anything by them was worth having. I took him up on it, and bought 3 or 4 P&B titles (including “Talk About Love”) for the same kind of money, and was a sworn Pic & Bill fan from then on. Because of its Northern Soul ingredients (it ticks just about every NS box you can think of and is a killer tune), I assumed “What Does It Take” was a widely-known oldie, but over the years it became clear it was virtually unknown and it has turned out to be freakishly rare. Up to today I only know of one other copy for certain, which  Ady Croasdell got from the Charay offices, so probably their file copy.  A real prized piece, and I play it out at every possible opportunity.

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

The first band to really strike a deep chord with me was The Specials and I like any act like them that is really decisive about its attitude and its music. Favourite Soul acts include Ray Pollard, Pic & Bill, Johnny Gilliam, Carolyn Crawford, but if we’re honest, what we really collect on the Northern Soul scene is not so much vocalists as songwriters, arrangers and producers, and some of my favourites are Curtis Mayfield in his Okeh years, Eddie Singleton, The Funk Brothers, Eddie Silvers, Arthur Wright, Barry Despenza, The Harthon team and and Popcorn Wylie. Beyond the Soul Scene, I’m a big Garage fan and as far as I’m concerned there is nobody that comes close to The Dovers for an overall output of work. I’m also a great lover of Indie music, and the toppermost band for me will always be the Stone Roses, who to me personify the principle that it’s better for some of the people to like you a lot than for all of the people to like you a bit, which is a concept I think is good to keep in mind when promoting and DJing.

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

Currently, the general price of records means it doesn’t make sense for me to collect any labels or artists A to Z, but there are certainly some labels I like to pick up whenever I can because I know I’m going to get something good. Murco (Shreveport Louisianna) has never let me down for Southern dancers and Deep slowies, nor has Enjoy from New York for the Early Soul/R&B end of things. The label I’m most focused on at the moment is Gay Shel from Dallas, Texas, which has a few cheapies but much of it is very hard to find and all of it is excellent, so I’m trying to get it in before everyone catches on and the prices go through the roof! Dallas/Fort Worth in general is a recording centre I really rate for Soul releases, as are Georgia and the Carolinas, though only the proper Soul stuff from the Carolinas, not the ‘Carolinas Merseybeat’ stuff. I also like a nice bit of Lowrider.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Errr, anywhere that’ll have me! Actually, I’m planning to get some Scenesville events going by the end of the year, so I guess just watch this space…

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

Hard to say without falling into cliché, but generally what gets me excited is a record with three characteristics: very rare, very good and very unknown. Something with all those three things to the max would be what I want most, and naturally, I don’t know what it is yet!  Out of the known things it would be something like original acetates of the Ringleaders “All Of My Life”, Little Ann “What Should I Do” The Temptones “That’s When You Know You’re In Love, etc. I remember seeing an Edgewood acetate of the slow side of the pulled Jimmy Armstrong release on Shrine, and it was the closest you’d ever get to owning a copy of the 45. I suppose an Edgewood acetate of the uptempo side must be out there somewhere – that’d be worth having!

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

First two are dead certs, head and shoulders above everything else for me, the rest is in roughly the right order

  1. Shirley Edwards: Dream My Heart (Shrine)
  2. Bobbie Smith: Walk On Into My Heart (American Arts)
  3. Tommy Yates: Something’s Got To Give (Verve)
  4. The Dolls: The Reason Why (Toy)
  5. Al Williams: I Am Nothing (La Beat)
  6. Margaret Mandolph: Something Beautiful (Planetary)
  7. Anita Anderson: Little Bit Longer (Contact)
  8. Doris Troy: I’ll Do Anything (Calla)
  9. Eric Mercury: Lonely Girl (Sac)
  10. Arin Demain Silent Treatment (Blue Star)

Current Top 5 Tracks:

  1. Pic & Bill: What Does It Take (Charay)>
  2. Jessie James: Are You Gonna Leave Me (Shirley)
  3. Les Watson & The Panthers: Occasionally I Cry (Pompeii)
  4. Bob & Fred: I’ll Be On My Way (Big Mack)
  5. The Moments: Baby I Want You (Hog)

Web Links:

www.scenesville.co.uk

Next Club Spots: Crossfire 25, London, October 11th 2014


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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 18, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music UK Tags:, , ,
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Dawn Brown – Hey! Mrs DJ

This entry is part 6 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Dawn Brown is based in London, UK and describes herself as an avid record collector. She took some time out recently to talk to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

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

I remember getting a Drifters album for a birthday present when I was 9, which I distinctly remember playing over and over again. I remember my dad having lots of records that I raided, from the Platters to the Pioneers. I remember my dad telling me that he wrote songs for Chuck Berry and  Arthur Conley – a story that was completely untrue, but I believed it at that age. (He did produce some African highlife and reggae, so at the time it didn’t seem out of the realms of possibility)  Anyway, maybe the non- existent ‘family connection’ made me naturally take more interest in such artists. Music has always been a passion to listen to indoors, but it was definitely the mod revival that got me into a music ‘scene’. I used to go to Orpington Civic most weeks for maybe 2-3 years until it closed in 1984, but fortunately, it was that same year that I was introduced to the 100 Club by Gene Robertson and that was the start of my rare 60s soul journey.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

I think it was a 100 Club warm up do, which was run by Gene Robertson, in a bar called ‘Liaisons’ near Great Portland Street. The first 100 Club spot I did was in 1987 I think. Not sure if this was the occasion I am thinking of, but I think that was one of the old ‘collectors nights’ that Ady did with everyone double-decking. I was with Ken Aitchison, who had a broken leg at the time, so somehow we had to get each other onto the stage.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I think the October Crossfire 2013 was really memorable in terms of the crowd/atmosphere being great, and there was a good balance of being able to play well-known things as well as being able to throw in lesser played records and the dancers being up for all of it. The 100 Club in March of 2011 was like that too. I used to love being on early at Scenesville at  Notre Dame as there was a freedom to play almost anything I wanted to without having to balance the needs of the dance floor too much.

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

Well, there haven’t been too many true disasters, but I do get a bit traumatized if the right tools aren’t available. E.g. record centres, headphones etc. I do make sure these days that I don’t drink too much red wine, as one time when I was double-decking with Nick, I went to take off his record in the middle of it playing, thinking I was removing my previous record. Once I managed to switch off the whole system by pressing one button.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

There are so many worthy people to mention, but I would highlight:

Ady Croasdell – incredible contribution to the scene.

Ian Clark – great taste in music, and I miss not getting to hear him these days.

Kitch, Dean Anderson, Jodie Daley, John Pugh, Cliff Steele, Frank Giacobbe, John Weston, Tony Smith, Roger Banks. All different to each other, but all with an integrity that I like. They all seem to play sounds they really believe in, and are not afraid to clear the odd floor.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I am grateful to have joined the northern soul scene in the mid 80s, when there was a richness and diversity in tempo and rhythm that has very much affected what I collect by having been exposed to it at that time. I really like big, epic male soul voices and a good melody. I am also really interested in the social history going on at the time that these records were produced, which gives another dimension to the records.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

It would have to be the Sparkels. I did not discover it, but bought Vince Ayres’ copy, which was sold as the first in the country and an unknown at the time, sometime in 1987. I remember buying it in McDonalds after the 100 Club and bidding against Nick for it!

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

I wouldn’t say I have a favourite artist, but if I had to say one, it would be a hybrid of Sam Cooke, Clyde McPhatter, Levi Stubbs, Chuck Jackson and Ray Pollard.

In terms of musical influence – if around collecting, it would definitely be Val Palmer. She was seriously collecting in the mid eighties when it was rare for a woman to collect at all. There were a few others of her ilk that I knew of at the time, like Joan Livesey and Sarah Haden, Sharnya, (and Jo Wallace had even come and ‘gone’ by that time, but mainly, it was just men who collected that I personally knew of. She was a great role model for collecting independently from a partner and not using a boyfriend’s records to dj. She did it herself and was very much able to hold her own.

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

No definitely not – firstly, I would never be able to afford it, and secondly, I only buy records that I really like anyway. There are still far too many records that I love and do not have in my collection to justify spending on collecting lesser liked records on any particular label. Not for me.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Next Crossfire 11th October 2014. After that, God knows, wherever will have me.

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

Don Gardner – Cheatin Kind – Sedgrick. Can’t see it happening.

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

Current Top 5 Tracks:

  1. The Tempests – Someday
  2. Sonny Ace – Little Girl
  3. The Phonetics – Don’t Let Love …
  4. Tommy Ridgley – My Love Gets Stronger
  5. The Sparkels – Try Love

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

Top Ten – in no particular order

  1. The Originals – Suspicion
  2. Teardrops – Every Step I Take
  3. Kae Williams –Our Love is Dying
  4. Billy Miranda – Count Your Teardrops
  5. Yvonne Carroll – Please Don’t Go
  6. George Lemmons – Fascinating Girl
  7. Brenda Holloway – Crying Time
  8. Jimmy James and the Vagabonds – Come to me Softly
  9. Martha Starr – Sweet Temptation
  10. The Isley Brothers – This Old Heart of Mine

Next Club Spots: Crossfire 25, London, 11th October 2014


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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 18, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music UK Tags:, , ,
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Craig Reece – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 7 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Craig Reece is based in Glasgow, Scotland and describes himself as a vinyl nut. He took some time out recently to talk to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

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

At primary school a friend’s older brother made me a tape of Led Zeppelin IV and Electric Ladyland, been hooked ever since!

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

I used to dj at the school dances, playing a mix of older classics and newer tracks, it was a good introduction to playing to empty dancefloors… I’ve been lucky to have had a lot of busier ones since those days.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I played a huge Halloween party a few years ago in Brussels which was the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen, all in fancy dress and they went crazy for everything we played, and everytime I’ve had the chance to play at Cripz in Belfast has been incredible, though more difficult to remember!

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

I once got into a big argument with a guy because he thought every dj at a mod event should play Paul Weller and I don’t have any of his records, that was a bit uncomfortable, but on the scene, things are usually extremely friendly. “Civilain” weddings are a nightmare though!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

There are so many people I admire and respect for their tastes and will to try out new sounds; especially Lee Miller, Paddy & Sarge, Alessandro from Gothenburg, Rich Hero, Florian Tippelt, Fabrice from Paris, Rob and or course my fellow Doublesight djs and the extended family in Glasgow. They are all diggers and djs with attitude but love sharing music, that’s what it’s all about in my opinion.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I like to play things I enjoy, that make me want to move, I like to dip into different styles and always liked the records that don’t fit into categories neatly, the ones that cross over two or more between psych/folk/jazz/funk/r&b/beat/shakers etc are usually the ones I enjoy the most.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I’ve been lucky to have a lot of good finds, but as they say you need to spend to find the rarest stuff, either time or money, and at times I’ve sacrificed both. It’s the things you’ve never heard anyone play at the time. For rarity, I once rescued a copy of The Who’s “Who Did It” (withdrawn fanclub lp) from a box that was being thrown out.

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

I’ve always loved the Stones, Led Zep, MC5 and Tubby Hayes. MC5 opened me up to jazz, political soul music and garage so probably them, but I got into them via Primal Scream who I’ve always been a huge fan of.

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

Tubby Hayes is the only artist I’d be keen to get absolutely everything by, I buy psych, garage, r&b, jazz 45s and lps, I also have a lot of latin, indian and african records, to be honest, anything I like to sound of, I’ve got a load of everything at home from detroit to claypso, I just love good records!

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

The first Saturday of every month I co-host Gimme Shelter in Glasgow with the uber-talented mod queen Holly Calder, and I’ve been lucky to join as a resident at the annual Doublesight Weekender (first weekend in October) as well (be there!).

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

Tough question, err, the most amazing one no-one else has heard yet! I’ve got a huge wants list from the rarest classics to pretty unknown but under-appreciated randoms, I’d like them all ideally.

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

Current Top 5 Tracks:

  1. Malhalia Jackson – Elijah Rock
  2. Spencer Mac – Ka-Ka Kabya Mow-Mow (Penny Farthing)
  3. MFQ – Night Time Girl (RCA Victor)
  4. Terry Winter – I Know (New)
  5. Duane Yates – Passin’ On Bye (N-Joy

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

Top Ten – in no particular order

  1. Don Wilkerson – Camp Meetin’ (Blue Note)
  2. John Cameron Quartet – Troublemaker (Deram)
  3. One In A Million – Frefereek Fernando (MGM)
  4. Fleur de Lys – Gong With The Luminous Nose (Polydor)
  5. The Gipsys – Malala! (Odeon Pops)
  6. Mr Dynamite – Sh’Mon (Sue)
  7. Ugly Custard – Custard’s Last Stand (Kaleidoscope)
  8. Manny Corchado – Pow Wow (Decca)
  9. Inell Young – The Next Ball Game (Big 9)
  10. Delphine – Le Fermeture Eclaire (Decca)

Web Links:

doublesightweekender.com
facebook.com/craig.reece

Next Club Spots: Gimme Shelter (Monthly), Glasgow, Doublesight 2014, Glasgow and Crossfire 25 11th October 2014,  London!


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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 18, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music UK Tags:, , , , ,
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Pete Feely – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 8 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Pete Feely is based in Derby, UK and describes himself as Head Honcho at Perfumed Garden clothing and ‘The Perfumed Garden of Musical Delights’ club night. He took some time out recently to talk to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

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

I got into music at a very early age. The catalyst for me was when John Lennon was murdered: I remember in the days after his death, there being a lot of programmes on his life as a Beatle, on the television. As a very impressionable young boy, their look and music had an overwhelming effect on me, and still does to this day.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

I started spinning the vinyl indirectly, at a very early age: This would usually occur over a weekend, when my dad, accompanied by some of inebriated  friends, would come back from the local pub. He would get me to play his Irish records for him, as he couldn’t operate the record player!

My first serious DJ slot would’ve been my first club night in Derby (The Deep 5) in the mid nineties. Mostly from compilations albums and the odd 45.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I’d say the first time I got to DJ at Mousetrap, London, back in the early noughties.

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

Ha Ha… The one that springs to mind (there has been quite a few!) It was a Mod Club night in Nottingham (I won’t name and shame) The organisers seemed to disapprove of my record choices (MC5, The Stooges etc) After 5 records, I was kindly asked to leave the decks…

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Rob Bailey, Speed and Jack White. Being lucky to have experienced these boys sharing the decks together at the Mousetrap in the late nineties. Amazing times.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I wouldn’t say I have really got a sound, as such. I just try to mix it up with rare and well known cuts.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I once stumbled upon a collection that was going for sale: It was a Psych collectors dream come true. The seller had doubles of records like, Turnstyle,July,The Attack… the list goes on. And all were at unbelievable prices!

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

Like I mentioned earlier, The Beatles influence on my way of life is pretty monumental. The Byrds,The Move,The Hollies,The Small Faces,Abba and The Stone Roses have all played and still play their part in what I love to listen to.

I must also mention the Pebbles,Nuggets and Rubble compilations (and many more), which have all shaped the kind of 45’s I have wanted to own. And still do…

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

My collecting tastes are very eclectic.
The common thread being a psychedelic sound.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Crossfire, London in October. The Perfumed Garden Of Musical Delights, Derby in November.

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

Such a hard question, as it changes daily and there are so many I desire. If ‘push comes to shove’ The Smoke / Dreams of dreams.

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

(in no particular order!)

1. The Move – Fire Brigade
2. The Beach Boys – God Only Knows
3. George Harrison – My Sweet Lord
4. The Beatles – And Your Bird Can Sing
5. Rupert’s People – Dream In My Mind
6. The Byrds – All I Really Want To Do
7. The Drag Set – Day And Night
8. The Hollies – I Can’t Let Go
9. Fleur De Lys – Circles
10. The Smoke – Dreams Of Dreams

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. The Hollies – I Can’t Let Go
2. Spice – In Love
3. Mike Stuart Span – Children Of Tomorrow
4. The Factory – Path Through The Forest
5. The Majority – Our Love Will Be So Strong (acetate)

Web Links:

facebook.com/theperfumedgarden
facebook.com/PerfumedGardenOfMusicalDelights

Next Club Spots: Crossfire 25, London, October 2014, and The Perfumed Garden of Musical Delights, Derby, November 2014


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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 18, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music UK Tags:, , ,
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Chris Dale – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 9 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Chris Dale took some time out recently to talk to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

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

New Wave, Mod Revival and Two-tone, but my first ever gig in Dec 1979 at Lewisham Odeon, The Specials, Selector and Dexy’s on the same bill, and my future was sealed.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

St Johns Tavern 1990, I can still remember how nervous I was. This was one of Alan Hanscombe’s many soul and reggae ventures, and still helping him out with RnB123 in 2014, should be due my pension soon.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Sunday night Brighton 2011, something really clicked and is up there as one of the best. I can’t go without mentioning my few 6Ts 100 Club experiences, The Boiler and the Hideaway Manchester, especially after a particular memorable football match. The Rimini Italian Jobs throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s were very special, and finally Scenesville at the Notre Dame hall, great nights and an awesome venue.

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

I’ve been lucky to have DJ’d at some great clubs and nothing really stands out as a bad experience.

05. Your favourite DJ and why?

The whole 6T’s team at the 100 Club past and present, Colin Law at Shotts (he was untouchable around this time), Roger Banks and Mark Bicknell, Gary Spencer & Carl Fortnum and not forgetting Terry Jones at the Village.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Travelling around the country to various all-nighters and clubs, hearing fantastic music, taking a little bit from each experience, mixing in a little Ska, Reggae and Jazz, trying to mould this into my own style, hoping people don’t realise I’ve pinched it.

07. What was your best ever find/ discovery?

Laying claim to any find this day and age is a very rocky road, always someone out there to trip you up, but Manny Corchado – Pow Wow at the Mousetrap in the late 1990’s, would be a tough one to beat.

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

The Motown stable, as it directs you to everything else, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations. I also have a great love for Ska & Reggae, which stems from the Two-tone era.

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

Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes – Tamla, Sue, Studio One, Blue Beat the list is too long…

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Mousetrap
RnB123
Brighton\NYE London
I’m also very fortunate to be asked to do fantastic clubs like VaVaVoom
(25th Oct 2014), Inner City Soul and The Boiler Barcelona.

11. What record you would most like to own?

George Pepp – The feeling is real – Coleman
Jimmy Bo Horne – I can’t speak – Dade
Ray Gee – I’m losing again – Soultown
The Wailers – Diamond baby – Coxsone

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

Top 10 tracks of all time:

1. George Pepp – The feeling is real – Coleman
2. Paris – Sleepless nights – Doc
3. Flash Mckinley – I’ll rescue you – Bombay
4. Gene Toones – What more do you want – SimCo
5. George Lemons – Fascinating girl – Gold Soul
6. Cleveland Robinson – Love is a trap – Nosnibor
7. Prince Buster – Linger on – Prince Buster
8. Tommy McCook – Goldfinger – Treasure Isle
9. Little John – Just wait and see – Gogate
10. John Harris – Hangin’ in – Kerston

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. Charles Sheffield – Got my voodoo working – Excello
2. Judy Hughes – Fine Fine Fine – Vault
3. Constellations – I don’t know about you – Gemini
4. Marvin Gaye – Loved starved heart – Tamla
5. Tan Geers – Let my heart and soul be free – Okeh

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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Niamh Lynch – Hey! Mrs DJ

This entry is part 10 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Niamh Lynch is based in North London, UK. Available for weddings, bar mitzvahs – you know how it goes. I used to be resident at Sophisticated Boom Boom years ago when it was a regular club at the Garage, Islington and then the Water Rats in Kings X.
She took some time out recently to talk to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

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

Does anyone remember when they first got into music? Does singing along in the kitchen with the radio when you were 3 count? I liked contemporary pop music and 60s music (nothing rare – I used to watch all the old 60s films on TV and loved the style and music) up until I went on holiday to Wexford (Kilmuckeridge) with a friend when I was 14 and we met up with some lovely mods. For some reason, those handsome, well dressed young men had an influence on me. So, I started exploring the music they were listening to and got dragged in. When I went to my first ever club in Dublin (the beautiful CIE hall), I got to hear all those old soul and RnB classics and spent the night open mouthed staring at all the amazing clothes. There was no turning back after that experience.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

My memory on this is pretty poor and it is a toss-up between one of two. I think it was at the Dirty Water club in the Boston Arms having hassled PJ for a slot. It was a fairly shambolic poor effort but clearly didn’t put me off (probably put him off booking unknowns..) and I persevered. The other potential first spot was at a club called Track and Field in the Betsy Trotwood pub in Farringdon. I had bumped into one of the organisers, Steven Drew, in the Dublin Castle in Camden. I was drunk enough to be cheeky and ask for a slot. He was drunk enough to agree. He forgot about it but I didn’t and brazenly turned up with my records and guilt tripped a sober Steve into honouring his drunken promise. That was the slot that got me hooked as the dance floor was full and people even came over and thanked me after.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I am not sure I can single one out! I have had so many fantastic nights out over the years. There have been many iconic nights where I have felt truly honoured to have been invited:

6ts Rhythm and Soul at the 100 Club; The Mousetrap in Finsbury Park; Capitol Soul at the Dome in Tufnell Park, Middleton RnB room for Joe Dutton and, of course, rallies like Euro YeYe; All Saints; Two Men from Linz, The Italian Job; New Untouchables Brighton Weekender – all brilliant and all organised by enthusiastic dedicated people, which is what makes them such an amazing experience.

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

I think I could pick any of my early dj spots, purely for nerves! I was a very nervous dj in the early days. The first time Rob gave me a chance at Hipsters in the Pleasure Unit, I worried about it for a week beforehand, got my set in running order so nothing was left to chance, then got on and put on the first record, on the wrong side. Doh! Moved on swiftly to the next record (with Rob’s help) and then discovered that the headphones didn’t work. I had very little knowledge of the equipment and, to cap it all, the BBC were down filming for a documentary at the Pleasure Unit that night. I was desperately trying to line a record up using sight only with a camera in my face getting a close up while I let loose a string of four letter words.

Another good one was at Fab in Clipstone Street. Rob’s famous turntable that used to become possessed when it was on the correct speed (had to be +ed or –ed to work ok). Of course, no one told me and I put it on the correct speed only to have the record deck speed up in the wrong direction.

All character building experiences!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Again, there are quite a few contenders for this accolade: the classics, who come back year after year with great tunes – Ady Croasdell; Roger Banks (a complete entertainment system is Roger); Alan Handscombe. And there are many others who I enjoy Warren Boogaloo; Mik Parry (the abusive dance floor filler! I have never heard anyone else manage to abuse a crowd on to the floor, his amazing stomper tunes help of course); Nashee for her left field choices; Carl Willingham; Joe Dutton and there are plenty more who have influenced me; made me reach for my phone to get a photo of the awesome tune they are playing and who are just all round good guys (and girls) who have a passion for what they do. I think the people with a passion for what they are playing are the ones who generate the atmosphere as it translates to the crowd. There’s nothing better than seeing the dj having a ball singing along (and dancing if there’s room) behind the decks.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I collect a wide spectrum of sounds but when I collect to dj, I like tunes that have a good strong dancing beat. I have tunes that I play at home that would never get to a club but when djing I want people to dance and enjoy themselves so I try to play danceable tunes with the odd unknown thrown in, always with a good beat in the hope no one notices (or cares) and carries on dancing.

I have also had the good fortune early in my collecting days to make the acquaintance of Ty Jesso, a dj and collector/ seller from Providence, Rhode Island. I met up with him in London after contacting him through a Yahoo group (the old Mods list) and listened to loads and loads of his 45s and bought about 30 straight off. We kept in touch regularly, he would send tapes of what he had for sale and I would send tapes of the sort of sound I liked. He twigged my taste very quickly and used to do compilation tapes and send them over with prices. And if he didn’t have time, I’d ring and he’d play his latest suggestions down the phone. I can probably attribute quite a large chunk of my early collection to Ty’s diligence and great prices (another £10 due to me there I think).

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Back in the 90s Channel 4 ran a series of dodgy b-movies season called “Exploitica”. There were many great films shown but one that struck me (and I taped on a good old VHS tape) was Teenage Gang Debs. Filmed around the Bronx in New York and using real street gangs, it was a very dark story about the rise and fall of a gang leader’s girl. The title tune by Lee Dowell was “Don’t make me mad”. I loved it and was desperate to get the record on 45. When eBay arrived on the scene and helped locating all those records overseas, I used to search it. Then Ty Jesso sent me a link of one for sale on eBay (one of only two I have ever seen for sale in all my years collecting, and I still have the search in to this day) and I went for it. I didn’t pay big money for the 45. It was a long time ago and I got it for less than $100. However, it was in the days when you could see who was the highest bidder on records and it was the only time I have ever been inundated with people after telling me to name my price. Which, of course, made me treasure it even more! It’s a good fast soul/ RnB tune and the b-side isn’t bad either! I played it (by mistake again) in Boston when djing at Vinny Nguyen’s club (cannot remember the name of the night) and left it to play through, though it’s very fast. It’s called “Be a black belt” and there is a dance in the film that goes along with it. Innes and I tried to master the dance but could just never get it right..

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

I have to say that I started off with the Motown beat and moved on from there. I love Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson as all round soul singers. Their voices have lovely tones. And I am a total sucker for a female vocal, bubblegum; bad-ass; group; torch singers, the lot. A guy once said to me at the 100 Club that he didn’t think women could sing soul. I have never spoken to him since. Ha!

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

No. I am definitely not a record label nerd. I don’t even catalogue by label like a lot of collectors/ djs. I rang a seller looking for a record once and told them the artist and song. The response was that they couldn’t check whether or not they had it because I didn’t know what label it came out on and they filed by label. That to me is a bit nuts as a buyer is far more likely to know the song/ artist they are after than the label!

It broke my heart when my collection got too large and I had to split it by genre. So all my garage and beat had to be weeded out and stored separately. And then further broken down to a play box and the rest. I liked it all when it was one big family but I got to the point where I couldn’t find anything and half the time couldn’t even remember if I owned it!

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Next clubs spots listed below! It all comes in fits and starts and I’m happy that way. I don’t want to be out every weekend running around the country.

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

At the moment? I would love to own a copy of Jonathan Capree: Gonna build a mountain on Oxbow. That tune is such a builder and never fails to get me on the dance floor.

And there are some great classics I would love to have in my collection – to own if not to play:

That’s not love: Holly St James – nearly brings me to tears when I hear it…

Can’t we talk it over: L Allen – got it all, echo, de-tuned piano and it sounds like the master tape was worn/ stretched. All the faults just add to the atmosphere of the tune.

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

  1. Wheels of Steel: Saxon
  2. Run to the hills: Iron Maid… Oh. Sorry. That sort of top ten..

My top ten is unapologetically full of well known tunes. Tunes that were popular for good reason. The tunes that make the hair stand up on my neck when the first few notes echo out over a big hall and make me shove people out of the way in my haste to get to the dance floor.

  1. L Allen: Can’t we talk it over – the only thing that makes hearing this tune even better is if Kavel Rafferty is there to dance with me. A favourite of Ms Rafferty’s too.
  2. Ritchie Adams: I can’t escape from you – rolls along at such a rate. Never get tired of dancing to it
  3. The Majestics: I love her so much it hurts – Those horns!
  4. Wallie Hawkins/ Rose McCoy: Switch around – first heard this played by Roger Banks. Female backing to die for
  5. Jonathan Capree: Gonna build a mountain – an amazing tune that builds
  6. Holly St James: That’s not love – so much atmosphere
  7. Joanie Sommers: Don’t pity me – always loved this but to see her singing it live is enough to bring anyone to tears
  8. Fire: My Father’s name is dad – love this for the snotty youthfulness
  9. The Eyes: Rowed out – more snotty yoof
  10. Castaways: Liar, liar – this tune will always remind me of the old days at the Frat Shack and early Mousetraps. My first few years in London when I had started earning proper money and used to go out all the time to all the great clubs that flourished thanks to Britpop. So many happy memories and this tune brings them all back.

Current Top 5 Tracks:

  1. The Invitations: watch out little girl
  2. Voices Incorporated: Thinkin’
  3. Barry White: Tracy
  4. Lee Dowell: Don’t make me mad
  5. Plas Johnson: Downstairs

Web Links:

facebook.com/russ.popcornpony
Twitter – @popcorn_meister

Next Club Spots: Nuts 17th Anniversary at the Phoenix, Cavendish Square, London – November 8th 2014  17 years! Who would have thought it? I remember the first one.

Teen Scene at the Hideaway bar, Tufnell Park – 21st November 2014


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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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October 29, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music UK Tags:, , ,
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David Flynn – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 11 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Flynny has been based in Tokyo, Japan for the last decade, but was one of the resident DJ’s (alongside Irish Greg, Alan. H and Carl Fortnum) at the much lamented Capitol Soul Club. He runs AnoraksCorner.com for full-on Rare Soul collectors and even breaks down how to identify where and when, and indeed by whom, your 1960’s US Soul 45’s were manufactured, set alongside the tasty record sales pages, all regularly updated!

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

So, there I was, a 9 year old kid attending the local youth club back in the latter half of the 70’s when in amongst the chart hits of the day there was a portion of the evening handed over to the “big kids” with their own choice of records, and the DJ instructing us youngsters to clear the dance-floor to allow them to do their fancy dancing! Hop forward a few months to the night of the school leaver’s disco (wave goodbye to Junior school!) and the legendary “England This England” TV documentary on Wigan Casino was shown. I can still remember watching it and yelling to my Mum to come and see as this was the music I liked and was now dancing around to! That was it, pretty much Northern Soul from the start!

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

That would be back in the early 80’s at the Wheelwrights Club in Gloucester at the age of 16, I was already a veteran (!) having attended Wigan Casino and the Yate nighters from the age of 14 and had already put together a fair collection of original US 45’s, thankfully pocket-money would cover original vinyl back then! I would do the warm-up set and can still recall a feeling of pride as I noted that I had original US copies of some of the bootlegs/pressings the older guys would then be spinning later the same evening – the spirit of OVO was with me from the get-go!

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Can’t pin-point down to just one, but the Capitol Soul Club nights were always special…looking out across the crowded dance-floor there was inspiring. Those were special times in London, the CSC, Scenesville, These Old Shoes and the 100 Club were all riding high! I also must mention the Uptight all-nighters in Frankfurt – they were special to DJ at too as many friends frequenting them from all over Europe.

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

No complete disasters to report, thus far, but it was kind of heart stopping last NYE when I played the Mello Souls out in the UK for the first time (for me) and it jumped on the intro due to the springy floor by the decks!

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Initially, I really enjoyed the sets from Dave Evison (Casino) and Jerry “Hippo” Hipkiss’ (Yate), as they mixed up popular and forgotten tunes – always with enthusiasm! Richard Searling of course, for his tail-end of the Casino classics, of which many have stood the test of time for both quality and rarity, and he always delivered them in a professional manner. Onto the mid-80’s with Guy Hennigan and Keb Darge pushing the scene forward in charismatic style, these guys were untouchable in their prime! The late 80’s early 90’s saw Butch solidifying his rightful place on the Soul-throne with a stream of top notch unknowns and Ady Croasdell took the Kent label to new lofty heights with the unissued material – again both presenting their sets in an addictive way that made one travel for hours to experience. I also must give nods of respect to Andy Dyson, Kitch, Dean, Kenny Burrell, Tony Smith and the omnipresent Arthur Fenn and Soul Sam, every one mentioned being consummate DJ’s and amongst my faves.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I don’t have a specific “sound”, though it’s fair to say I am pretty much 95% 60’s only weaving classic Oldies, Stafford period anthems, 100 Club-esque big beat ballads and even a splash of Latin Boogaloo. Of late I am also conscious of playing possibly too many uptempo 100 mph sounds in a row, when I should be giving the dancers a breather between them, maybe!

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

There is one acetate I have been sat on for a while though – it is a powerful version of a track called, “Go On Home”, also recorded/released by Ray Charles – albeit with a totally different backing track and pace. The backing vocals are reminiscent of those on John Leach’s, “Put That Woman Down”, the harmonica stabs are “Of Hopes, Dreams & Tombstones” and the lead male vocalist is strong and earthy, whoever he may be, but I’ll call him “Jimmy Frasier” for now! Finding the first copies of many Northern Soul classics on Japanese presses has also been satisfying – Lada Edmund Jr and Joey Heatherton on Japanese Decca instantly spring to mind – totally unknown to exist until I turned them up!

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

Musical directions – I would put forward Guy Hennigan and Ady Croasdell’s DJ sets as having majorly influenced my own development. I must also mention Joop Visser, who was a director at Charly Records during my tenure at that label/distributor – his passion for Jazz, Blues and vintage Soul was infectious. In fact my 20 years working within the UK music industry gave me access to so much music, so I honestly appreciate all kinds of musical genre – I also have to admit to having a rather large collection of vintage Japanese pressed Jazz and Latin albums! As for a favourite artist, for quantity and quality across a variety of styles I’ll go with Chuck Jackson, whose “Any Day Now” is one of my Desert Island discs for sure!

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

Nowadays my passion is for collecting and archiving vintage 60’s Japanese pressed 60’s US Soul, in fact I’ve been researching and writing a book on the very subject! There were no label listings, price guides or fanzines for me to refer to, so it has taken me years of collecting and reading through old record company catalogues in various archives, to actually piece together what came out, even for Motown! I am proud to say that I am now at the point where even the Japanese reissue labels come to me for information, pictures and source!

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

In the UK, only over the festive period nowadays – in Japan, the occasional collector’s night in Tokyo, and at least once per year down in Kobe at the Nude Restaurant, total respect to these guys who have held the only real-deal Northern Soul nighters in Japan regularly for longer than most UK clubs! Who knows, one day I may even pop up at a continental European doo once again!

Dave will be playing at The Nutty New Year Event in London, see all the details HERE!

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

Brief answer, I wouldn’t say no to the original acetate of “Suspicion”.

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

I certainly don’t mind the following to be on repeat – never get bored of them:

  1. Larry Clinton – She’s Wanted – Dynamo
  2. Soul Incorporated – My Proposal – Coconut Grove
  3. Mello Souls – We Can Make It – Mello
  4. Eddie Parker – I’m Gone – Awake
  5. Detroit Soul – All Of My Life – Music Town
  6. Jimmy Raye – Philly Dog Around The World – KKC
  7. Nomads – Somethin’s Bad – MoGroov
  8. Yvonne Baker – You Didn’t Say A Word – Parkway
  9. Edwin Starr – My Kind Of Woman – RicTic
  10. Major Lance – You Don’t Want Me No More – Okeh

Current Top 5 Tracks:

I will go with these from the shelves:

  1. Mello Souls – We Can Make It – Mello
  2. Prophets – If I Had (One Gold Piece) – Shrine
  3. Counts – Peaches Baby – Shrine
  4. Jimmy Frasier – Go On Home – Acetate
  5. Joey Heatherton – When You Call Me Baby (alt. version) – Japanese Decca

Web Links:

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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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November 30, 2015 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Yann Vatiste – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 12 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

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

I got into music in my teens when I became a Mod. I was mostly listening to Black Soul music. My eclectic taste was ranging from R&B, Soul, Funk, Latin to Acid Jazz. However the discovery of the Kent LPs was for me the true beginning of a long and endless passion for rare soul 45rpm.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

In the late 80’s, I started my first DJ experience in my hometown Lyon – France.

From then, I played in various clubs and venues such as The Millionaire Soul Club in Lyon, 60s dos across France. In the mid 90s, I moved to London where the real thing began for me with the discovery of the 100 Club, Scenesville and Capitol Soul Club.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Without a doubt, it has to be my first dj spot at the 100 Club in London. For a young Frenchie, it was a real honour to DJ in such a legendary venue.

I always remembered going down those stairs carrying my humble DJ box and getting so nervous.

When I got onto the stage, I got a tap on the shoulder from Butch who said to me with a big smile: “Don’t worry son”. I was petrified and could not really recall how I managed to cue up my first record. It was for me pure magic looking at the dance floor filling up.

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

Thinking back, there was no bad experience maybe with the exception of a DJ spot played to a very unappreciative and unknowledgeable crowd in Essex.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Butch is for me the number one rare Soul DJ of all time. Thanks to his hard work and researches, he is constantly spoiling us with amazing c/u and unissued tracks.

Through the 100 Club and Cleethorpes Soul weekender, Ady Croasdell is a fantastic asset to the Northern Soul scene. We are so thankful to Ady for keeping the scene going for so long.

Dave Flynn is my mentor; I truly appreciate his amazing musical knowledge and impeccable DJ style.

I greatly admire Andy Rix for his passion for Shrine label and also for his discoveries of many incredible unissued tracks. I do hope to see him again behind the decks one day.

Soul Sam is the champion of the Northern, Modern Soul and Funk scenes for several decades.

A big thumbs up to the Lifeline residents, Mick H & Andy Dyson for their top quality rare sounds.

Not to forget the amazing Arthur Fenn and Kitch for being excellent representatives of the scene.

Amongst our European friends, I have to give a special mention to Marc Forrest and Eduardo Doninguez for their remarkable taste and contribution to the Northern Soul scene in Europe.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I am certainly influenced by the 100 Club sound. Being a regular punter for almost 20 years now, the 100 Club has been a great and constant learning curve. It is the place to discover new and different tracks every month, especially thanks to the mighty Butch.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I don’t have the preference for any best discovery but as a DJ I like to play lesser known tracks but with great quality sound.

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

As mentioned in question six, the 100 Club has certainly shaped my DJ sound. My favourite artist is the TSU tornadoes because they were prolific artists and produced great music.

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

I am a Shrine label collector and obsessed by it but unless I win at the lottery I doubt I will ever have the complete collection! I am very keen on instrumentals, Texas and North Carolina sound but do also appreciate great Oldies.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

At VaVaVoom Soul Club (VVVM) and Master Of Soul (MOS)

VVVM: Founded over a decade ago by Ady Lupton and myself, VaVaVoom is now well established Soul Club on the London scene.

Joel Maslin joined VVVM at a later stage and is a truly valuable member.

Our current venue is the stunning Bel Air House in Dulwich where we have been successfully putting up all dayers during this current year and hopefully with many more to come.

MOS: For the last three years, I am also running Masters of Soul with Leona Murphy & Naoko Omassa.

After a short break, MOS will be back with a bang at the original venue, the Winlock & Essex on Essex Road (Angel) with a new improved sound system.

Our next comeback night, not to be missed, is on Thursday 27th of November (7:30pm-1am) with the legendary Soul Sam & the fabulous Ian Wright!

For futher information, please check our Facebook page.

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

It has to be Sandy Golden: Your love is everything (Masterpiece) It is also my wife’s all time favourite record. Hopefully, one day I will own one!

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. The Springers – Nothing’s Too Good For My Baby – Way Out
2. The Tomangoe’s – I Really Love You – Washpan
3. J D Bryant – I Won’t Be Coming Back – Shrine
4. Sandy Golden – Your love is everything – Masterpiece
5. The Prophets – If I Had One Gold Piece- Shrine
6. Patrinell Staten – Little Love Affair – Sepia
7. Clay Brown – Everybody’s talkin’ – Aljon
8. Eddie Billups – Ask My Heart – Peachtree
9. George Lemons – Fascinating Girl – Gold Soul
10 Deon Jackson – Some Day The Sun Will Shine – Unissued

Current Top 5 Tracks:

In no particular order

1. Pee Wee Shuck & Hue – Beside Myself – FLagg
2. Camaro’s – We’re Not Too Young – Dar-Cha
3. Betty Wilson – I”m Yours – Dayco
4. Buddy Smith – When You Lose The One You Love – Brute
5. Eddie Day E & The 4 Bars – Guess Who Loves You – Shrine

Web Links:

yvatiste.wix.com/vavavoom-soul-club
facebook.com/yann.vatiste 
facebook.com/events

 


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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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November 10, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Soul Sam – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 13 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

I managed to bag an exclusive interview with the great Soul Sam ahead of his appearance on New Year’s Eve in London and this is what he had to say.

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

I got into music in the late 50’s, as a typical teenager, listening only to the latest American Rock’n’Roll releases and buying the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley and Rick Nelson. The driving beat and tunes were the appeal as at the time as I wasn’t aware of the different r’n’b, rock-a-billy influences, my favourite artist being Buddy Holly and the Crickets! I listened to music in the local coffee bars or on radio Luxembourg and my very small record collection. By the 60’s I’d moved firstly to early r’n’b, then by the mid 60‘s, Motown & Stax, buying mainly “Soul’ Records but I also liked the Phil Spector sound, the surfing harmony sound, especially the Beach Boys.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

In the Wrexham area, 1968, playing mainly in youth clubs, starting with the Victoria Y.C, then Queen’s Park and my first night club, Pepper’s Place, playing Club Soul, Motown and the latest uptempo soul releases and a few reggae record under the name of “Sam’s Soul Sounds” (no! I never had to play any progressive/heavy rock! LOL

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

This is impossible to limit to one, but most memorable nights included:

The Cleethorpes Pier All Niters (in my opinion the best ever!)

Raynscourt Hotel, Great Yarmouth (best cross over events)

In more recent times, Lifeline in the UK and the amazing European experiences at Bamberg and Barcelona.

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

Perhaps the worst was comparatively recently; two minutes before I was about to start my spot, I was threatened with legal action by another DJ for what I had written in an article about him, so was not thinking too much about what I was playing in the next hour!

No names and the venue itself were in no way responsible for what happened so will remain anonymous!

05. Your favorite scene DJ’s and why?

1. In the 70’s Colin Curtis, he was such a perceptive judge of a new sound and has never lost his enthusiasm – from Northern through Jazz into Soulful House.

2. Arthur Fenn, my best mate on the scene has great taste in music and is always trying to break new esoteric sounds.

More recently Butch, so knowledgeable and innovative along with Mick H, Andy Dyson who have certainly given that ‘Lifeline’ to our scene!

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I was first attracted to the rare Soul/Northern scene as I was hearing interesting different records on a weekly basIs and still love the enthusiastic attitude now.

I could never be an ‘Oldies’ DJ confined to the top 100-500 records of the same repeated sounds (however good they are) as I want to play/share any new finds/sounds with hopefully the punters.

Hence while I still love 60’s/Motown, I’m equally enthusiastic to program the best more funky and modern tracks.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

On a trip to the USA in the late 80’s with Arthur Fenn, we were in a shop in Philadelphia and found, as a complete unknown Tolbert, ‘I’ve Got It’ on Rojac for a few dollars. Since then it has been one of my favorite records, almost making my all time top 10.

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favorite artists(s)?

I’ve never had a “bigger influence” as such, being more attracted by the overall sound and tune of a particular record. In the late 60’s many Motown record appealed for this reason, as the northern and modern ones later.

I’ve always like the vocal delivery of artist such as Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Otis Redding, Teddy Pendergrass, O’Jays, Temptations, but equally appreciate the one off masterpieces of totally unknown artists like the one in my top 10 all time favorite records.

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

The simple answer is no as I am not a completist only buying what I really like (and can DJ with), I do have many hundreds of Motown records, but would certainly not buy a Billy Ecstine Motown record!

As a result, I probably have records by over a thousand different artists on weird and wonderful labels, nearly all of which come under general category of “Soul” from the mid 60’s onwards to Y2K.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

In the UK, I regularly do Lifeline, BAE systems at Broughtons, Radcliffe all-niters and many of the big Northern Weekenders, various small evening events around Manchester area (often more funky sounds here) as well as one off events around the UK and in Europe!

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

Perhaps the record I’d most like to own is one I don’t even have the correct information about, as it is a cover up by a mate of mine George Mahood – who credits this little gem to the Hamilton Movement.

Other top wants include, Bernard Drake ‘Do The Natural Thing’ (La Louisiana), Wanda Mcdanields ‘Ganster Boy’ (Appleray), Superbs ‘Wind In My Sails’ (Dore), Scott 3 ‘Running wild’

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

Top 10 tracks of all time

1. The Mark IV- If You Can’t Tell me Something Good – Brite Lite
2. Joseph Webster – My Love Is So Strong – Crow
3. Velvelettes – These Things Will Keep Me Loving You – Soul
4. Moses Smith – The Girl Across The Street – Dionn
5. 4 Dynamics – Thing’s That A Lady Ain’t Supposed To Do – Peachtree
6. Lil Manor Williams – Girl (You’re So Sweet, You’re So Fine/Girl Don’t Leave Me – Williams III
7. John & The Wierdest – Can’t Get Over These Memories – Ties
8. Jan Jones – Independent Woman – Day Wood
9. Eddie Foster – I Never Knew – In
10. Supremes – Stoned Love
11. McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Know – Philadelphia International

Current Top 5:

1. Tommy Deny – Soul Thing – Cobblestone
2. Aggregation – A Child Is Born – Charity
3. Bamboos/Chris Columbus – Tighten Up (2 version) Kay Dee
4. Betty Boo – Jingle Jangle – Bell Sound Studio Acetate
5. Unity & The Down Beats – Love Dream – Sound Of Selma


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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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November 30, 2015 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music UK Tags:, , ,
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Edu Domingo – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 14 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Eduardo Domingo is based in Barcelona, Spain and describes himself as a DJ & Record Dealer. He took some time out recently to talk to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

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

As a young skinhead, I started collecting reggae, rocksteady and ska, and the progressing to soul via covers was easy. I used to buy tapes (and records) from a skinhead in Cardiff way back in the early 90’s, that’s where I started my rare soul education. Before that, I was attending basic scooterist parties and the music there was not especially inspiring.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

Tiny bar in the Guinardó neighbourhood in Barcelona, a skinhead party. This was the first time I remember to play soul, after that, Soweto Club allnighters and my first “big” spot at Floorshakers Weekender, can’t remember if 1994 or 1995.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Not for me to say, really, but I’ve always enjoyed a lot playing records one on one with David de Santiago from Greenvillage Soulclub. I have really good memories of one of the afternoon sessions we did in Bamberg some years ago.

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

Been playing in regular clubs for years, so there’s always been interesting moments. One I remember is playing northern soul at 4 am to a empty dancefloor in suburban Barcelona, well, not totally empty: three hippie punks with skates were doing their thing there. I think they had their dogs with them, too. Not inspiring.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

SOUL SAM for too many reasons to mention, right? Legendary status, enthusiasm, mix of styles.

STEVEN CLANCY makes spotless selections and has an impeccable way of putting those selections together.

LEONA MURPHY because she proves playing quality, not tried-and-tested and being a party DJ can go together.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I’ve always believed that a set should be a logical progression of styles and moods, the old “tell a story” concept. In my mod years, I think Rob Messer was a big influence as he was able to do exactly that: mix some latin, jazzy sounds, some R&B, some killer northern soul and end in style with one or two midtempos. In that sense, I think he shaped the way mods and soulies were djing in Spain in the late 90’s, definitely a big influence way back then.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Can’t say I’ve “discovered” anything (a concept I find sort of debatable). I’ve never tried the C/U game either I would be terribly embarrassed if somebody came up there and said: “Look, here’s your C/U”. I’m happy to play other people’s “discoveries”, no problem about that.

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

Two above any others: Sam Dees and The Impressions.

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

I do collect all kinds of black american and jamaican music, both in 45 and in LP format. If I have to be honest, I prefer collecting Lp’s rather than 45’s. I don’t collect any specific label and/or artist though, I only keep what I really like. As a record dealer, I don’t know any other way to be able to make some money! Keeping everything I mildly like is not an option.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Movin’ on Club in Barcelona, first saturday of February, April, June, October and the weekender on the first weekend of December. I also play here and there, but Movin’ On is my main thing.

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

If I have to choose one, Fred Williams “Tell her”. Definitely.

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. FRED WILLIAMS – Tell her
2. ADMIRATIONS – I want to be free
3. ANTELLECTS – Love slave
4. J.D. BRYANT – I won’t be coming back
5. WILLIE WRIGHT- Right on for the darkness
6. HERBY BROWN – One more broken heart
7. EDDIE BILLUPS – Ask my heart
8. TOMMY RIDGLEY- My love’s getting stronger
9. PAT LEWIS   No one to love
10. GEORGE PEPP- Feeling is real

Current Top 5 Spins:

1. DOC PEABODY – Here without you
2. FELONY THEFT – When you have love
3. DONNELL BROWN- Too late to cry
4. LEONARD ADAIR – The smile upon your face
5. JOSEPH WEBSTER – My love is so strong

Web Links:

facebook.com/MovinOnBarcelona
mixcloud.com/movinon/

Next Club Spots: 

Movin’On Weekender, December 5 – December 7, Barcelona

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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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December 22, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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