Simon Bridger – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 1 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

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

Got into music first in the mid 7os via the radio & my old man’s tapes he used to get via a tape club, some really bad ones in there but a couple I enjoyed were Roy Orbison’s “Crying” and David Bowie’s “Station to Station”. First seriously started getting into stuff when I bought my first single, The Ruts “Babylon’s Burning” and then into The Jam & Two Tone.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

First spot was at a Brighton Indie Club called the Basement but my first serious modernist spot was at “Modesty” in Brighton in the mid nineties, think I got the spot because I was friends with the people who ran it and I’d also just acquired Helen Troy’s “I think I love you” which was a real big deal at the time.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Most memorable was when I got given a warm up spot at the now infamous “Capitol Soul Club”, this was a really big deal at the time as it was the number one Northern Soul club in the country and there were plenty of big name DJs out there that would have killed for a spot. In an act of un-paralleled generosity Alan Hanscombe said he’d do my warm up spot and I could do his main spot which was incredible and I’ve never forgotten it.

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

Nothing really bad that I can remember, I’ve had to deal with a few idiots over the years like we all have but I’m fairly thick-skinned and diplomatic which tends to get me out of any tricky or bad DJing situations.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

I’d have to go back to the Capitol Soul Club days, David Flynn, Alan Hanscombe, Irish Greg and Carl Fortnum, the most perfect blend of DJs for a night. Two others that spring to mind that had a big influence on my taste and were very original in their choices are Ian Clark and Andy Rix.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I like a mix of emotion and impact, The Four Tops were my blue print, but I have always had a love for slightly left field stuff of the likes that were played at Stafford but saying that I like a fresh sounding classic also, I try to blend these aspects into my set.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

My best ever find although someone else found it for me was Ernie Wheelright’s “In your arms” @ Gaye, I’d been after a copy for a decade, tried all round the world to get a copy and then a casual conversation with a well know DJ from London and I was astonished to find that he had a copy. After some negotiation we settled on a price and I then had the agonizing wait for the postman to deliver it.

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

I’d have to say Levi Stubbs and when my sister was pregnant, I had no hesitation in suggesting the name, young Levi is now 11!

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

No, but I do seem to have a liking for certain labels that generally play my particular kind of sound, Harthon is one that springs to mind.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Just doing sporadic stuff at the moment, my last gig was in Brighton at Steve Rowland’s “Grits & Gravy”. I’ve become quite choosy as I’ve got older & will only do something if I think I can add something to it.

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

Probably, Soul Incorporated – My proposal @ Coconut Groove.

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

Top 10 Tracks:

Soul Incorporated – My proposal @ Coconut Groove
Mello Souls – We can make it @ Mello
Blue Jays – Point of view @ Jay
Darrow Fletcher – Infatuation @ Jacklyn
Roy Roberts – Got to have all your love @ Ninandy
Four Tops – Bernadette @ Tamla Motown
Tangeers – Let my heart & soul be free @ Okeh
Rita & the Tiaras – Gone with the wind is my love @ Dore
Tony Middleton – To the ends of the earth @ MGM
Gene Toones – What more do you want @ Simco

Current Top 5 Tracks:

Ruby – Feminine ingenuity @ Gold Token
Darrow Fletcher – Infatuation @ Jacklyn
Shawn Robinson – My dear heart @ Minit
Stevie Wonder – Every time I see you I go wild 2 Tamla Motown
Tony Middleton – To the ends of the earth @ MGM

Next Club Spots: New Untouchables, Brighton Mod Weekender.


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

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July 8, 2015 By : Category : Club Soul DJs Front Page Interviews Music RnB Tags:,
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Gary Wall – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 2 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

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

Always grew up listening to the various sounds of the 60s as both my parents were Mods in the mid 60s, so I guess you could say I was born a Mod.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

I think it must have been the Adi Club in Chesterfield.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Has to be the Prestatyn Soul Weekender, playing with some of the countries best Soul DJs and with crowds of 1000+ easily wow, what a buzz!

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

(Laughs) So far I’ve been very lucky and (fingers crossed) things will stay that way!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Ian Gringham has to be one of them,his knowledge insight and passion of all things mod he certainly knows his stuff. Also Pid from Brum Beat, I love the way he plays and his pure brilliance behind the decks. Also without a doubt the late Derek Allen, he inspired me so much with the records he played such a massive loss to the soul scene. (RIP)

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I think over the years listening to great DJ’s playing stuff like British Beat, British R‘n’B, Soul, American R‘n’B etc; as certainly shaped the path I play nowadays.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Unfortunately I am yet to discover a rarity for myself, but I do live in hope!

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

Without a doubt The Beatles, especially John Lennon. John was and is a true legend, his song writing his vocals, I love everything about the man!

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

Labels I usually collect are Decca and Columbia, but I do have a wide range of labels in my collection from all 60s genres.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Hubble Bubble, a Mod/60s inspired club which is held on the last saturday of the month upstairs at Theropewalk, 107-111 Derby Road, Nottingham.

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

I’ve been looking for years with no luck for one record in particular – so if anybody out there as a copy of ‘Meanie Genie’ by Tony Brook and the Breakers please get in touch!

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

Top 10 Tracks:

Peters Faces – Susie Q (Piccadilly)
Sonny Til – Hey Little Woman (CP Parker Records)
Comin Home Baby – Barron Knights (Columbia)
I Surrender – Bonny St Claire (Phillips)
My Love is your Love – The Isley Bros (Motown)
In my Lonely Room – The Action (Parlophone Demo)
Day Tripper – The Beatles (Parlophone)
Mary, Mary – The Monkees (RCA)
If I get Lucky Someday – Duffy Power (Parlophone)
In The City – Charles Dickens (Pye)

Top 5 Tracks:

St Louis Union – Easy side story (Decca)
The Measles – The Kicks (Columbia)
The Knickerbockers – One Track Mind (Challenge)
Zu Zu Blues Band – Zu Zu Man (A&M)
The Mccoys – Say those Magic Words (Bang)

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Next Club Spots: Brighton New untouchables 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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July 8, 2015 By : Category : Beat Club Soul DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, ,
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Scott Fraser Simpson – Hey Mr DJ!

This entry is part 3 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

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

I’ve always listened to music from a young age, but when I started to look into it on my own I was about 12/13 and I was into some sort of skate/surf rock at the time. Quite quickly, I started listening to my Grandparents/parents old records, so had an understanding of Jazz and soul. By the age of 16, I joined a Brighton (UK) scooter club and they took me under their wing and showed me a lot of Northern soul and R&B. From then I was hooked and have never looked back.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

At the Timebox (London) for the New Untouchables. I spent the whole day sitting down going through every record I had, trying to plan exactly how the whole set would go.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Lavarone for the party and club setting, Teen Scene for the music and the wild night’s we’ve had.

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

Playing Latin at the 100 club soul allnighter –  although it was a great night and very memorable, some of the late night punters ruined it for me as they weren’t too complimentary about my choices! Oh well…

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Luis Soulful – he has such a breadth of sound in his collection, he has so much knowledge of the different genres and when it comes to having a party he knows how to help it along!

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Starting out in the scene going to clubs like Mousetrap and Juke Box Jam and then heading out of London to Pow Wow were the clubs that shaped my interest and passion for music. I still talk about those clubs today and am glad to see that most are still going strong.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Jimmy McCraklin – What’s that. 11 months of looking twice a-day. Then one day it came up listed on the B side for £9.50. I had no only got a record which was forty-five times less than it’s current value but I had got back hours of my life I had spent looking for it! It was all worth it!

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

I haven’t got a favourite band/musician. My music taste is quite varied and I choose to listen and be influenced by different things at different times depending how I’m feeling.

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

What ever makes people dance. I’ve got to many other collections (clothes, scooters) to be worrying too much about that.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Mainly at Teen Scene (London) at the moment. I’m planning on heading back over to Europe a bit more to play again after some time out collecting again and focussing on my label. I also play at various venues 2 – 3 times throughout the week in London.

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

Ray Pollard – Soulmate

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. Al Escobar – Tighten Up 
2. Bobby Quesada – Batoala Boogaloo
3. New Swing Sextet – Monkey See Monkey Do
4. Wayne Carter – Mad mouth woman
5. Willy Mcdougal – Don’t turn away
6. James Brown – I’m Satisfied
7. The Invitations – Watch out little girl
8. Rene Bloch – Watucha
9. Wilie Bo bo – Spanish Grease
10. Ivy Jo – I can feel pain

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. Berta Rosen – Boogaloo en cuarta dimension
2. Pervis Lee – You Don’t Care
3. Bobby Valentin – Geronmino
4. Bobby Rush – Gotta have money
5. Bobby Moore’s Rhythm Aces – Go ahead and burn

 


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

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June 29, 2015 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews UK Tags:, , ,
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Paul Molloy – Hey Mr DJ!

This entry is part 4 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

We recently caught up with DJ Paul Molloy. 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 into music at school. At first it was Madness and the Specials and then I borrowed a Jam LP!

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

It would have been a do in Leeds in early 1986 (Conservative Club). There was a mass brawl, which was quite common in those days.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Saturday night Glasgow Mod Weekender 2012 final slot. Place was packed out, and nearly everyone was dancing, a really good buzz.

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

I suppose there’s been a fair few ‘Phoenix Nights’ type moments over the years, but hard to isolate a single time.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Gav Arno and Mick Parry from Pow Wow. Real music enthusiasts. Long time fave’s include Pid and Mark Ellis. Closer to home around Glasgow Nick Peacock, Mark Robb and my old buddy Mikey Collins are all tip-top.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I always like to hear a mix of all styles at Mod do’s. My sets try to reflect that.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Well a find would be: I picked up some nice bargains over the years but the fist pumper was I’m the Face for £375.  Discovery: hard to say cause you might play a tune in Scotland that no one else has, yet it could have been popular elsewhere in the scene (the Scottish scene is fairly isolated).

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

Initially The Jam and Paul Weller. My fave artists are The Small Faces and The Action. Latter day loves are, The Five Aces and Big Boss Man.

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

Not really. Like many though I have a decent pretty Motown section on the shelf.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Tailor Made Mod Club (2nd saturday every month)
The Barony Strathclyde Student Uni
John Street, Glasgow 10- 3am

Finger Poppin (last Friday of the month)
Mc Chuils
High Street, Glasgow 8-12pm

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

Always fancied a copy of ‘I Dig Everything’ by David Bowie.

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

Current Top 5 Tracks:
1. Baby Jean – If You Wanna (Stacy Demo)
2. Joe Simon – Long Hot Summer (Sound 7)
3. Berry St Station – King Bee (Le Cam)
4. Reg Guest Syndicate – Underworld (Mercury)
5. The Universals – Hey You (Page one)

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:
1. King Size Taylor – Somebodys Always Trying  (Decca)
2. Herbie Goins – Cruisin (Parlophone)
3. Ray Barretto – Mercy Mercy Baby  (London Demo)
4. Junior Walker & the All Stars – Shake and Finger Pop (Soul)
5. The High Numbers – I’m The Face (Fontana)
6. Brenda Hollaway – When I’m Gone (Tamla)
7. The Poets – Thats the way its got to be (Decca)
8. Jackie Edwards – I Feel so Bad (Island)
9. The Quick – Berts Apple Crumble (Deram)
10. Barry Barefoot Beefus – Barefoot Beefus (Loma)


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

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July 7, 2015 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Tags:, , ,
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Mary Boogaloo – Hey Mrs DJ!

This entry is part 5 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

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

Music has always been of paramount importance to me and has completely shaped my life. When I was a little girl in the 60s, I got my parents to buy me a portable record player. I would ask for records instead of dolls, ice cream or whatever ‘normal’ girls would desire back then. I remember owning singles like soundtracks, kids tunes, glam rock that I played to death! Then in the 70s I graduated to tapes and a new world of possibilities opened up for me. I was constantly exchanging tapes and getting older friends to make compilations for me. Music was my mission and I very thirsty! Finally, in 1980 I moved to London because of its florid music scene and the rest is blah blah blah…

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

I can’t recall, but it must have been in Florence in the mid 80s, in a club called
Salt Peanuts.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

In Rome a few years back, I DJ’d right next to an ancient Roman
burial monument.

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

Clearing dance floors!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

No one. I don’t admire DJs.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I’ve tackled many different genres throughout the years. The thing with me is that I’ve always played what I wanted, how I wanted, not what other DJs were playing. I’d play anything I like with dance floor appeal. My style is mostly characterised by a gritty, under-produced sound.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I resent that word: ‘discovery’. How can anyone make such a claim on 40+ years old music?

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

David Bowie and Iggy Pop.

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

I only buy Jazz LPs.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

I’m on a self-imposed semi-retirement and I only play whenever I’m in the mood.

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

So many but I’m not obsessed in finding any of them.

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

There are an infinite amount of favourites, but from the top of my head:

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. Yusef Lateef – Snafu (this track represents everything I love about jazz. Absolutely divine!)
2. Art Blakey – A night in Tunisia
3. Abbey Lincoln – Afro blue
4. Cal Tjader – Afro blue
5. Bud Powell – Coming up
6. Freddie Hubbard – Red clay
7. Clifford Jordan – John Coltrane
8. Miles Davis – Right off
9. Erroll Garner – Stormy weather
10. Bobby Hutcherson – Ummm

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. Chico Hamilton – For mods only
2. Bro Jack McDuff – Hot barbecue
3. Blue Mitchell – High heel sneakers
4. Bill Doggett – Koko
5. Baby Face Willette – Swingin’ at Sugar Ray


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

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June 28, 2015 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Swifty – Hey Mr DJ!

This entry is part 6 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

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

I’ve always listened to music before my time and I’ve always found the sounds and fashion interesting. As a youngster I remember the random blasts of classic Motown and Two-Tone being played around the house from my parents, but more often than not it was Spandau Ballet and ABC! In my early teens I started getting into the Mod scene, and yes I did have a parka at the time! I then went on and developed my style into suedehead and now an Ivy League/50’s type attire. Throughout the progression soul has always been
my main addiction.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

A pub in Brighton when I was about 20, a mate and I started a night called Smokestack Lightnin’.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Recently back in May, Mr Rob Bailey asked me to DJ at The Phoenix in London alongside Carl Fortnum.

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

This has slipped my mind right now!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Butch, Carl Fortnum and Ady Croasdell.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

The sounds of ‘These Old Shoes’, ‘Capital Soul Club’ and ‘100 Club’ of the late 90’s early 00’s. I’ve been given CD’s from friends who originally went there.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Maybe The Blue Jays – Point Of View; finally getting one of my all time favourite records off of a good friend of mine after pestering him to sell it for two years. Patients and perseverance pays off!

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

Local shopkeeper and soul DJ Si Bridger has had an influence on my sound especially when I first started collecting records. He mentioned that he had a sales box so I would flick through only recognising a handful of them. I would be pestering him daily ‘Have you got this record?’ ‘How much is this one?’. Si would tell me about soul clubs in the late 90’s, early 00’s such as ‘These Old Shoes’ and ‘Capital Soul Club’, I love the sound from these clubs and the records that have been broken there. If I had to pick one soul artist it would have to be Darrow Fletcher followed by Marvin Gaye!

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

Anything that makes my hair stand on end and gets me out on the floor!

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Too Darn Soulful
Brighton – First Friday of the month – Komedia – Gardener St
Brighton Got Soul
Brighton – New Untouchables Northern Soul All-Nighter – 30th August 2015
The Uckfield Soul Night
Uckfield 12th September 2015
Across The Street
Tunbridge Wells – 19th September 2015
Skegness Soul Weekender
Skegness – 25/26/27 September 2015
Portsmouth Soul Weekender
Portsmouth – 25/26/27 March 2016

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

Mello Souls – We Can Make It (Mello)

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

Impossible to choose my top ten all time favourite tracks but here are the first ones that come to mind.

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. The Jokers – Soul Sound.
2. Nat Hall – Why.
3. The Montclairs – Hey You
4. Jimmy Bo Horne – I Can’t Speak.
5. Johnny Mae Mathews – I Have No Choice.
6. Ben E King Getting To Me.
7. Paris – Sleepless Nights.
8. Charlene and The Soul Serenders – Can You Win.
9. The Four Tops – Baby I Need Your Loving.
10. Ty Karim – All At Once.

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. The Blue Jays – Point of View.
2. El Corols – Chick Chick.
3. Paramount Four – You Don’t Know.
4. The Soul Communicators – Those Lonely Nights.
5. The Constellations – I Didn’t Know How To.


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

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July 8, 2015 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Tags:, , ,
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Dean Thatcher – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 7 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

We recently caught up with DJ & Club Promoter, (Studio 45, Hot Source and Diggin’ Deep) DJ Dean Thatcher who travels between London and Margate a fair amount these days and who was pretty excited to be invited to play at the ‘Margate Mod Weekender’. Here is what he had to say about his passion for Music, DJing and rare records.

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

My Mum tells me I could dance before I could walk. Earliest recollections are The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

The local youth club when I was 14 years old.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Very difficult to name one, I’ve had so many great times over the years, from dingy basements to festivals and being on tour with bands.

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

Passing out through exhaustion mid-set and getting taken to hospital!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

There’s loads of top DJ’s doing-the-do including Alan Handscombe, Jo Wallace, Dr Bob Jones, Eddie Piller, French Fred, Tony Jackson, Swingin’ Kitten, Emmet Keane, Gavin Page, Richard Epps, Rocky, Stephen Saunders, Neil Barker and Adrian Jae to name just a few. In my opinion however – a great DJ takes you to another level!

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I’m willing to listen to all styles and I love to hear something I’ve never heard before, so keeping open minded is very important, but there is good and bad in all genres. The most important thing about a record for me is the artists have to sound like they mean it.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Trawling through my older cousins 45 collections and discovering all these exotic reggae labels such as Camel, Crab, Downtown, Punch, Treasure Isle etc. Also my Step-dad’s Soul LP’s that really turned me on to Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, The Four Tops and James Brown.

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

My favourite artists are Marvin Gaye and David Bowie. I am influenced by everything I hear.

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

If I hear something that floats my boat then I have to have it.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

The last Saturday of every month at Studio 45, The Social, London W1. Plus guest spots around the U.K. & Europe.

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

The rarest and most expensive one ever. Then I would sell it and have a fantastic holiday from it!

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (Tamla Motown 1971)
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust (RCA 1972)
Van Morrison – Madame George (Warner Bros 1968)
John Barry – Midnight Cowboy (United Artists 1969)
Lamont Dozier – Why Can’t We Be Lovers (Invictus 1972)
The Damned – New Rose (Stiff 1976)
The Four Tops – Do What You Gotta Do (Tamla Motown 1969)
Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman (Capitol 1968)
Otis Redding – My Girl (Atco 1965)
Wire – Three Girl Rhumba (Harvest 1977)

Current Top 5 Tracks:
Razzy – I Hate Hate (MGM 1974)
Harvey – Anyway You Wanta (Tri-Phi 1962)
The Upsetters – For A Few Dollars More (Camel 1969)
The Enchantments – I’m In Love With Your Daughter (Faro 1965)
The Melody Enchanters – You Send Me (Doctor Bird 1966)

Weblinks:
www.facebook.com/studio45

Next Club Spots: Margate Mod Weekender, Bognor Soul All Dayer, Ibiza Soul Week, Studio 45, Diggin’ Deep, Skagate Weekender, Hot Source, Margate Soul Weekend, Bournemouth Soul Weekend.


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

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April 29, 2015 By : Category : Articles Club Soul DJs Front Page Interviews Music RnB Scene UK Tags:, , ,
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Val Palmer – Hey! Ms DJ

This entry is part 8 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

We caught up with DJ Val Palmer. Here is what she had to say about her passion for Music, DJing and rare records prior to her next Crossfire slot in London.

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

Being the youngest of seven kids I grew up listening to the Beatles, Stones, Kinks and Chuck Berry, so have always been into music and was buying records from the age of about nine. I caught the best of the 1970s from Roxy Music to punk, and gradually discovered the soul scene via the re-issues that came out of the ’79 mod revival. I just carried on buying records as usual.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

The er… glamorous Crown & Sceptre pub in Great Titchfield Street. A local new year’s eve bash run by my neighbour, Ady Croasdell.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Definitely the first time I DJ’d at the 100 Club all-nighter in the mid-80s – I’d arrived! Talk about a challenge – I heard some guy say ‘F*ck me – it’s a bird DJing…’ More recently, playing at the Subway Soul Club in New York is always a blast, there’s something very satisfying about playing those records back on their home turf.

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

An excruciating ‘soul’ night at Whitechapel Art Gallery, of all places. It was the bad idea of some trendy arty types, so virtually zero punters. Me, Keb and Jo Wallace DJ’d to each other all night and there were no middles/spindles, so records were sliding all over the decks, we had to be creative with chewing gum. There were also no wages.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Ian Clarke, Ady C, Bob Jones and the London mob were a huge influence, and I’ve always really rated people like Dean Rudland who can play across any genre, any time. I admire DJs who’ll throw in a few £5 records along with all the uber-rare expensive stuff, there’s so much that is overlooked because it’s not obscure enough.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Well, I’d like to think that good taste has something to do with it? I tend to ‘shape my sound’ depending on what kind of gig it is – from northern to 70s / crossover, or with a smidgen of r&b and funky stuff thrown in, as necessary. I think I’m fairly adaptable, so long as I get my cab fare home.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Stumbling across three mint copies of John & the Weirdest (Can’t get over these memories / No time) in a well picked-over record store in Los Angeles. (They were filed next to Elton John…) I flogged them all eventually, and am probably the only person to get a begging letter from Butch.

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

I guess it would have to be Curtis Mayfield, which may sound predictable, but the guy has shaped entire generations of music and political awareness. I saw him play a gig at the Town & Country Club in the 90s, just him on guitar plus bass and drums. It was incredible, yet he didn’t even have a record deal at the time.

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

Not particularly, if you obsess over collecting labels, you end up having to buy the rubbish tunes too. In general I’m partial to mid-tempo, which seems to be rather unfashionable at the moment. However, these days I tend to rummage around the bargain bins for classic stuff that I missed the first time around.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

The next slot is New York’s Subway Soul club on October 3rd, and then back to London for Crossfire the following weekend, Sat the 10th of October.

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

Right this minute, it would be Charlene & the Soul Serenaders – Can you win. Everyone seems to have one except me, which is really irritating, and it’s not bloody cheap.

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

Impossible to answer of course, but off the top ‘o’ my head, these are some of my all time faves.

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. Gambrells – You better move (Carla)
2. Tony Hestor – Watch yourself (Karate)
3. Larry Atkins – Ain’t that love enough (Highland)
4. Johnny Robinson – Gone but not forgotten (Okeh)
5. Sharon McMann – Got to find another guy (Karen)
6. Edwin Starr – Just my kind of woman (Ric Tic)
7. Carol Anderson – Taking my mind off love (Whip)
8. Willie Tee – First taste of hurt (Gatur)
9. Vows – Tell me (VIP)
10. Trends – Thanks for a little lovin’ (ABC)

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. Rhetta Hughes – You’re doing it with her (Tetragrammaton)
2. Tommie Young – That’s all a part of loving him (Contempo)
3. Limitations – I’m lonely, I’m troubled (Bacone)
4. Brenda George – I can’t stand it (Kent)
5. Claude Huey – Why would you blow it (Galaxy)

Next Club Spots: Crossfire  for NUTs, 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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Lady Kamikaze – Hey! Ms DJ

This entry is part 9 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

We recently caught up with DJ Lady Kamikaze. Here is what she had to say about her 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 into Rock n Roll & Rockabilly, Blues and 50’s fashion when I was 16 through my friend in the late 80’s in Japan. I was hooked and then started listen related music.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

Lady Luck Club (Organised by DJ El Nino, Jake Vegas & Ronnie King) in 2002. I went to Lady Luck Club when the club was held in the basement of Strip Joint and I had an awesome time. Saw Nino DJing there and I felt that he is really enjoying to play, I thought “I wanna feel that” So I asked him If I could have a spot at the Lady Luck Club. And the rest is history.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

At Hangar Rockin’ Festival 2012 in Switzerland. In the middle of the mountain in the witching hour of hot summer, The moon and the stars were shining overhead, I played with couple of other DJs who I met for the very first time. We all knew that everyone there was connected and feeling just happy by music and vibes without a doubt. A fantastic experience.

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

At the 50’s – 60’s music event in London, A girl came up and requested me to play “R&B” when I was playing 50’s Rhythm & Blues. I said “I’m playing it right now” she said “You are not, Bitch”. Of course, she meant “Rihanna”.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Hard to choose, There’s so many great DJs out there! And I don’t really belong to a specific scene. But I must say that DJ Duncan Brooker, Marc Hype, El Nino have had kept me dancing all night and I was deeply impressed.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I play many genres of music from the 30’s to the 70’s that catch my ear and heart, and that I have got ants in my pants…

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

“SOUL Part 1 & Part 2” by S.O.U.L on Musicor Records. Love the lyrics on Part 1!

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

Again it’s hard to choose, To many to list!

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

No but I collect and play 45’s & 78’s.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

CHAIN GANG – Every Last Saturday of the month – @ The Pack & Carriage, 162 Eversholt Street, London, NW1 1BL

TROPICAL YARD – Every 1st Sunday of the month – @ Floripa, 91 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2 3HZ

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

Lindo Paisaje / Oscar Fajardo
I love The Reggay / The Gaylads

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. Tolu / Lucho Bermudez
2. Jungle nights In Harlem / Duke Ellington
3. Midnight In Moscow / Kenny Ball
4. Minor Swing / Django Reinhardt
5. Sea Lion Woman / Nina Simone
6. Arte Belle / Ken Boothe
7. Truth And Rights / Johnny Osbourne
8. My Nerves / Little Willie John
9. Somewhere Down The Line / Little Johnny Taylor
10. I’m Troubled / Marie Knight

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. Unchain My Heart / Herbie Mann
2. Baby You Got Soul / Van Preston
3. Voodoo Moon / Jackie Mitt
4. Pearl, Baby Pearl / Benny Poole
5. I’m back to stay / Hank Ballard

Next Club Spots: Crossfire27, Sat 10th Oct 2015, 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 23, 2015 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, ,
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Keith Money – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 10 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

We caught up with Keith Money recently who lives in Dundee in Scotland to talk about his passion for good music.

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

I first heard it properly as a 16-17 year old at the local youth club. I was listening to Jackson 5, Roxy Music, Bowie and things like that at the time.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

My first DJ at a proper soul night was at the Claremont Hotel in Edinburgh in the late 80’s

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

So very many to choose from, but I have had some really great nights in Madrid, Rimini, 100 Club, Hamburg, etc.

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

Again I’ve been quite lucky and not had too many – years ago I drove down South to a venue with about 20 people in it which was a disaster.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

All time favourite is Butch, as he has been at the forefront of playing quality new sounds of all types for over 20 years, and also Soul Sam for the same reasons. In the past it was always Richard Searling for his constant quality taste in music.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I just try to do my own thing and play records that I like and fit them into my spot so it doesn’t sound dis-jointed.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

This is always tricky because there is usually some one who played it before you but I think the popularity of Soul Incorporated ‘My Proposal’ has a lot to do with me although not played first by me.

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

Biggest influence musically is probably Motown and Philadelphia, Favorite artist Al Green, Whispers, Moments.

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

No specific ones just what a like when I hear it.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

I DJ regularly at the 100 Club and at lots of venues up and down the country including Cleethorpes and Prestatyn Weekenders and in Europe.

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

Sandy Golden ‘Your love is amazing’/‘When we are alone tonight’ on Masterpiece!

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

Current Top 5 Tracks:

This is hard as it changes but in there would be:

1. Four Andantes – Hipper than me – Mo Do
2. Roy Roberts – So much love – Sugar
3. The Cytations – Darling you do – Granjun Records
4. Little Al – Lonely days of my life – Shell Records
5. Joey Irvine – Theres a man – Baltic Records

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

Again very hard as it change and in particular order:

1. Del Larks – Job opening
2. Little Anthony – Better use your head
3. Vondells – Hey Girl
4. Shirley Lawson – One more chance
5. Yvonne Baker – Didn’t say a word
6. Tobi Legend – Time will pass you by
7. Mel Britt – Shell come running back
8. The Vibrations – Cause your mine
9. Cashmeres – Showstopper
10. Major Lance – You dont want me no more

Next Club Spots:

Very lucky to have been asked to play in lots of clubs including The 100 Club, Wilton Ballroom, Winsford, Rugby, Ritz and too many to mention, I have also done lots of Weekenders including Prestatyn, Cleethorpes, Fleetwood and lots others.

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


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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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December 1, 2015 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:
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Nige Brown – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 11 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

We caught up with Nige Brown recently who lives in Stafford to talk about his passion for good music.

Current Residency: Top of the Nags – Manchester

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

As a young man in the 60’s my first interest in “music” was the Beatles which influenced me into listening to Tamla Motown, as their early albums were influenced by writers such as Smokey Robinson and Arthur Alexander. My first “soul club” was Stafford Rugby club in 1970. The Dj’s played the sounds of the Twisted Wheel in Manchester. Unfortunately I never got to go to the “Wheel” but I did become a regular visitor to The Catacombs in Wolverhampton and also the now iconic “The Golden Torch” in Stoke-on-Trent

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

Lots of local soul nights but my first major venue was as TSOP
Prestwich Manchester.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I have worked on the soul scene for a number of years doing all the major venues such as Kings Hall Stoke, Tony’s Empress Blackburn,  Bretby, Blackpool Tower and Winter Gardens, Stafford TOTW, Prestatyn weekenders, also Ibiza, Sweden, Italy, Germany, and Spain but to answer the question the most memorable spot for me was playing the 100 club in London.

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

Having to stop a playing record because someone who had consumed more beer than he could handle actually fell onto the decks.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Soul Sam, the reason being he always been innovative from day one and still is even though he is now in his early 70’s. He still has the same drive and passion to champion new sounds.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I always trust my own judgement in exploration and sampling of what is out there, taking into account new trends but I also take into account the need to play with a responsible attitude in that I try to satisfy the paying public.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

My first best ever find was Barbara McNair “You’re gonna love my baby” on UK Tamla Motown TMG544 in a Stafford junk shop in the early 70’s. My best ever discovery was a sound by Terri Mathews “Round & Round” on the mystical “Preview” label.

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

Without a doubt Marvin Gaye.

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

I collect anything that sounds soulful, my first criteria is that it has to be good to the ears and feet. I don’t impose any rules upon myself with regards to label artist and genre. The only set criteria are that it is an “original” release.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

This year all over the UK, Rome and the South of France, see flyers and internet for details. I also have a number of mixcloud sets available on the internet.

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

Sandy Golden Your love is everything on the Masterpiece record label.

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

Current top five spins:
1. Four Tracks – Like my love for you – Mandingo
2. Aquamen – Line and track – Hiback demo
3. Lil Major Williams – Girl don’t leave me – Williams111
4. Johnny Rogers – Gonna make a change- Amon
5. Little Tommy – Baby can’t you see – Sound of Soul

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:
1. Jackie Lee – Darkest Days – ABC
2. The Invitations – What’s wrong with me baby – UK Stateside demo
3. The Sharpees – Tired of being lonely – UK Stateside demo
4. The Charades – Key to my Happiness – MGM
5. Willie Tee – Walking up a one way street – Nola demo
6. Maxine Brown – Let me give you my lovin – Wand demo
7. Masqueraders – That’s the same thing – Soul Town
8. Patti Young – Head and Shoulders – Enstrat
9. JJ Barnes – Please let me in – Rictic demo
10. Jackie Wilson – You brought about a change in me – Brunswick demo

Next Club Spots:
Soulstew – Manchester
Westward Ho Weekender – Devon
Different Strokes – Manchester
Go Go Children – Bristol
Toon Allnighter –Newcastle
Horse & Jockey – Doncaster
Trabant Bar – Rome

Le Beat Bespoké 11 – London (Easter 2016) 24th to 27th March – see all the details HERE!

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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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March 2, 2016 By : Category : Club Soul DJs Front Page Music UK Tags:, ,
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Sebas Avilés – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 12 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

We caught up with Sebas Avilés (Capitán Groovy) recently who lives in Palma de Mallorca, Spain to talk about his passion for good music.

Reference: Organizer IOM Mod & 60’s Weekend (Mallorca)

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

My interest in music started early. With 13 years, early 80s, I was very interested in what I heard on the radio: new wave of Spanish and international groups. I had a sports lesion that forced me to stay in bed for several months and listen to the radio was very good company.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

At first, I recorded tapes at home then reproduces in some bar, club in Mallorca, but the first time I was playing records was in Lleida (Catalonia),1989 in a local pub “Pentagrama” It was there, during the time I was studying, that I started playing music in local Allnighters and the Mod & 60’s weekender
“Walrus Weekend”.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I remember many good times in the last 25 years .. my first time at the International Purple Weekend (León) and my first time outside Spain, Aachen (Germany) in the mid 90’s. Also, closing several festivals in Spain playing music for more than 2 hours… Surely my best moments have been in Spain, the parties are very long and crazy ha ha ha.

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

I only remember one, because of the drink … I had the feeling that the decks were moving from side to side, it was hard fit the records, but really I just needed a bit of concentration!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Many Djs ! Rob, Speed, Alex Diez, Mr.Anello … were my teachers … they played the records I wanted to play and I only had in Lp compilations.
In the last years: Miguel Ygarza, Lolo, Tony Sanchez, Stephan Golowka, Frantz, they always discover new songs!

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I think it was the variety of styles in which I move. From the beat to psychedelia, through the freak beat, blue-eyed soul, garage. I’m pretty eclectic when I play records and try to give new life to the dance floor.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Surely it was Fire & Ice – Music Man.
I bought this record by less than 5 dollars without having heard and just because I liked his song “Mirrors”. Over time it became a classic in the box of many djs

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

I have gone through many stages of mod & 60’s music scene. So my influence is very great: hammond groovers, rare soul, beat, British R & B, garage, pop-psych … groovy baby, groovy! I love Small Faces!

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

No, I collect everything that I like. See previous answer!

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

In Mallorca I usually play records in different places and when I travel out. The next travels : Rome, London, Lleida

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

All records I have in my home, all have their moment.

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:
1. Eddie Jefferson – Psychedelic Sally
2. The Richard Kent Style – You Can’t Put Me Down
3. The Bit’ A Sweet – Is It on, Is In Off
4. The Who – Daddy Rollin’ Stone
5. The Birds – Say Those Magic Words
6. Small Faces – Grow Your Own
7. The Standells – Try It
8. 13th Floor Elevators – You’re Gonna Miss Me
9. The Zombies – Just Out Of Reach
10. The Left Banke – I’ve Got Something On My Mind

Current Top 5 Tracks:
1. Shel Naylor – One Fine Day
2. Tony Colton – I’ve Laid Some Down In My Time
3. Tonto & The Renegades – Little Boy Blue
4. Tony And The Vizitors – Saturday’s Son
5. The Bucket – I Can’t Help Thinking Of You

Web Links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CapitanGroovy

Next Club Spots:

Massimo fa 50 anni – ROME 4 March
LE BEAT BESPOKE 11 – EASTER 2016 – LONDON 24-27 March


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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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Juan VG Duque – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 13 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

We caught up with Juan VG Duque recently who lives in Madrid, Spain to talk about his passion for good music.

Reference: Resident DJ at Mod Generation Club, Madrid. Part of The John Colby Sect Record Label

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

When I was a child I used to look over my parents’ records collection. I was fascinated by one box of cassettes recorded by a friend of them who traveled to London frequently. There was 60’s pop, punk or even reggae. Lucky me! I’ve always been very DIY so I have made/done my own style with all the things I have learnt or someone share with me.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

As far as I remember was in Madrid at Groovie, 2010.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Mushroom Machine Club in Feb’15. Crazy and funny day…and night! I was with Fogbound traveling from León to Madrid when our van broke down. We spent the evening waiting for a friend to pick us up…

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

I’ve been very lucky spinning records. I can’t remember a bad experience at all.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

I love a lot of Djs from Spain: Miguel, Sebas, Emilio, Xavi… They are real friends, amazing record collectors & Djs, I could stay with them days and days learning and talking about music. But if I have to choose my favourites Lolo and Ángel Brocos are the DJs. They’ve taught me almost everything I know about DJing and I love their taste. Coruña rules, neno!

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

In my box there is place for anything : from soul rhythms to garage punk. A DJ must be versatile spinning records.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I like when I find some U.S. band with british influences. I think records like Meddy’s People – Fantasy World or Mechanical Switch – Everything is red are good examples.

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

I love all freakbeat & popsike records from UK. Classic or rare; Pretty Things or Winston Fumbs. I never get tired of this amazing music.

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

No, but I’m always filling gaps in Decca & Deram labels.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Mod Generation Club, the club I run with Miguel Ygarza & Alber Acedos
in Madrid.

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

I couldn’t say just one … I want all the records of the world in my library haha!

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:
1. Caleb – Woman of distinction (Phillips – 1967)
2. The End – Cardboard watch ( Introspection – Decca – 1969)
3. Outsiders – You remind me (Polydor – 1968)
4. The Byrds – I Wasn’t born to follow ( Columbia – 1969)
5. Gene Latter – Holding a dream ( Spark – 1969)
6. Actress – It’s what you give ( CBS – 1969).
7. Left Banke – She may call you up tonight ( Smash – 1967)
8. Turquoise – Saynia ( Decca -1968)
9. 4PK – Down and Out ( No Label – 1966)
10. Barrier – Spot the lights ( Philips – 1968)

Current Top 5 Tracks:
1. MG & Escorts – A Someday Fool
2. Enough’s Enough – Please Remember
3. Paper Blitz Tissue – Grey Man
4. Stone Cutters – Fellow Slave
5. The Attraction – She’s a Girl

Web Links:

Main Site: www.thejohncolbysect.com
Mod Generation Club – Facebook: www.facebook.com/modgenerationclub
The John Colby Sect – Facebook – www.facebook.com/thejohncolbysect 
Twitter: twitter.com/johncolbysect 
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thejohncolbysect
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/thejohncolbysect

Next Club Spots: Saturday 12 Mar, 2016 – Mod Generation Club

Le Beat Bespoké 11 – London (Easter 2016) 24th to 27th March – see all the details HERE!


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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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February 20, 2016 By : Category : Bands DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Flo – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 14 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

We caught up with Flo recently who lives in Munich, Germany to talk about his passion for good music.

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

I grew up listening to my dad’s Rolling Stones and my mum’s Beatles records as a child. I loved them both at that time (talking about the bands here). When I played guitar in a heavy rock band as a teen, we shared a rehearsal room with a pretty cool 60s garage band. I really liked their sound and got introduced to the Pebbles and Nuggets compilations later on. I became addicted to collecting vinyl when I moved to Munich and had my first 60s night outs at the legendary Atomic Café. “Deeper Shade” and “Beatschuppen” were my favorite parties at that time. We were dancing to soul, beat, garage and power pop.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

My first proper DJ slot was probably at the Atomic Café back in the early 2000s (thanks, Bella, for inviting me!). Such a shame it had to close its doors forever
last year.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

The most incredible and unforgettable spot I got the opportunity to spin records was “Double Sight Tokyo” this year. What an amazing location and beautiful crowd! I can really recommend a visit to swinging Tokyo, when there´s anything like this on the menu again. It´s totally worth it. Thanks to Satoshi again.

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

I guess every DJ remembers a horrible gig at a mediocre bar, involving a broken sound system and a terrible birthday crowd asking for some “fun music”. Oh and deejaying at a wedding can be awkward too.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

That might be Stephan Golowka (was good to host “Echoes Of Time” with him back in the days) and Paddy & Sarge (always great fun).

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I think travelling across Europe and listening to so many great DJ sets at weekenders like Lavarone, Double Sight or Le Beat Bespoke shaped my sound as a DJ. It has been inspiring to dance to so many great records I never heard
of before.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Maybe that hidden Greek grill & bar place around the corner (just kidding) and probably a copy of “La Metamorfosi” a while ago.

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

Kinks, Sonics, Music Machine, Who, Small Faces, Rolling Stones, Charlatans, Stone Roses, Kula Shaker and many more…

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

I’m afraid – no. I’m into US garage, UK psych, freakbeat and groovy stuff from all around the globe. A good choon should include fuzz, wha wha sounds, phasings and tape delay if you ask me.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Me and my mate Claude Gagalka host a club night called “News from the Moon” every now and then. You should come to Munich!

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

That would be “Pretty – Mustache In Your Face”

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

La Metamorfosi – Scusa eh (Polydor, 1969)
Calum Bryce – Love Maker (Conder, 1968)
Mike Stuart Span – Children Of Tomorrow (Jewel, 1968)
Icarus – You´re In Life (Spark, 1968)
The Unit – Would You Believe What I Say (Fontana, 1967)
Daddy Lindberg – Wade In The Shade (Columbia, 1967)
Zorba & The Greeks – One And Only Girl (Golden State)
Paul St James & The Franky’s – Girl In Future (Monopole)
The Legends – High Towers (Railroad House, 1969)
Shades Of Morley Brown – Pretty Blue Bird (Mercury, 1968)

Current Top 5 Tracks:

The Pagens – Mystic Cloud (ISH-KOMM)
Jude – The Inner Me (Brownstaff)
Graf Zepplin – You´re In My Mind (Orlyn, 1968)
Walham Green East Wapping – Sorry Mr. Green (Columbia, 1968)
The Longboatmen – Take Her Any Time (Polydor, 1966)

Reference: Resident DJ at “News From The Moon” / “Echoes Of Time” in Munich

Social Networks:
Facebook: facebook.com/flo.tipptop 
Mixcloud: mixcloud.com/claude-ga

Videos: Jude – The Inner Me

Next Club Spots:

Friday 12 February 2016 – News From The Moon, or go here for info!
Saturday 12 March 2016 – CRIPZ, or go here for info!

Le Beat Bespoké 11 – London (Easter 2016) 24th to 27th March – see all the details HERE!


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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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February 1, 2016 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, ,
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