Alan H – Hey! Mr DJ

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

Dr Robert from NUTSMAG took some time out to talk to the wonderful London based Scene DJ Alan H 

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

I would say I first got into music in 1979 listening to the Two Tone bands and the Jam. Saying that, there’s always been music in the family as my Dad is a Jazz musician. He plays the Trombone and he still plays today.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

My first proper DJ set was at Le Beat Route Club in soho back in 1982. I think I stood in for Alex Gerry as he was away on his Holidays. I played a mixture of Motown and a few Northern things. I started running my own nights around this time. Think I’ve still got the home-made flyers and posters knockin’ about somewhere.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Now this is a hard one. There’s been so many: The Boiler in Barcelona is always tops, Smart Club Madrid, Euro Ye Ye… actually all the European ones are Brilliant. In the UK: The Pow Wow, No way Out, The 100 Club All-nighters and the Mousetrap, of course, I love it down there! The men from Linz for Michael Wink DJing on a boat going down the Rhine, now that was somethin’!

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

No centres, terrible sound systems, one deck, Dance floor full of people off the street who are not into it and making a nuisance of themselves. Luckily that doesn’t happen too much nowadays.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Irish Greg, he was playing Helen Troy, the Crystals and stuff like that back in the late 80’s – early nineties when he was resident at the 100 Club All-nighters. Mik Parry, he’s the boss DJ. Love his 45’s and his style. Val Palmer, pure class. Niamh Lynch, she’s found so many great tunes. Chris Dale and Lee Miller, Mousetrap residents great 45’s, Mace ‘cause he’s got the Dogs and Bill Kealy ‘cause he’s got all the 45’s I want and he rocked the floor at RnB@Canal125 when he DJed for  us. Theres loads more. I’ll give a shout out to Jamie Parr, Tomás and Scott who are keepin’ things going and diggin’ deep into the vast expanse of Vinyldom.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Just love pre-1966 stuff. There’s so much energy going on in that crossover from Doo-Wop into RnB and Soul… Harold Jackson – Freedom Riders, is a prime example – that 45 just explodes outta the speakers!

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Don’t think I can say I ever discovered anything as I’m sure everything has been played before somewhere. Little Richie – One Bo Dillion Years, I had that covered up back in 1984. No one knew it. I picked it up from Rock On records in Camden Town for a quid.

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

I love Hammond tunes, so anything by Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith… but love the Hammond on soul tunes, Tina Florence – Too Much for You, Baby on Apt springs to mind. And favourite artists: Chuck Jackson, Jackie Wilson, Maxine Brown, Garnet Mimms, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, The Skatalites, Slim Smith, Jackie Opal, Techniques, Paragons, Jackie Mittoo… the list goes on and on and on!

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

Used to collect Okeh 45’s. Got about 120 now.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Hip City – November 3rd @ The Britannia 20 Monument Street, London and the New Untouchables Nutty New Year. Also, the Mousetrap RnB All-nighter on 14th Jan, where I’ll be celebrating my birthday.

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

Gil Bernel – The Dogs on Bumps, please!

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourite’s and a current top 5 spins?

 

All-time Top Ten

1. Maxine Brown– Let Me Give You My Loving [Wand]

2. Chuck Jackson – Hand It Over [Wand]

3. Jackie Opel – I Am What I Am [Rio]

4. Jackie Wilson – Just Be Sincere [Brunswick]

5. Carl Underwood – Ain’t You Lying [Merging]

6. Techniques – Travelling Man [Treasure Isle]

7. Jimmy Phillips – She Belongs to Me [Bumps]

8. Zenobia Bonner – All Alone [Accident]

9. Jackie Mittoo – Hot Milk [Bamboo]

10. Hal Miller – A Blessing in Disguise [Mala]

Current Top Five

1. Preston Foster – He Gave Me [Get it]

2. Hayes Cotton – Black Wings Have My Angel [Resist]

3. Bobby Bennett – Never Going to Let You Down [V-Tone]

4. Jay F. Kaye – My Bonnie [Sonata]

5. Frankie and the Demons – Man from Soul [JCP]


 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

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.

More Posts - Website - Twitter - Facebook

January 2, 2012 By : Category : Articles Clubs DJs Events Interviews Music Scene UK Tags:, , , ,
0 Comment

Dr Robert – Hey! Mr DJ

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

A short profile of New Untouchables Head Honcho and globe spinning DJ Dr Robert 

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

Through the kids at our school and one of our teachers who used to DJ and played ‘Green Onions’ at the Christmas disco (quite sure they don’t play that anymore). Mum and Dad’s old vinyls – mainly 60’s pop and the odd Motown and Ray Charles record. We also had some great local bands in the Medway area including the Prisoners and Milkshakes.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

Along with old pal Lee Miller at our local ‘Cool Running Scooter Club’ nights held at Ditton Community Centre. The system comprised of two old 70’s record players from our homes hooked up to two speakers.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Wow, tough one! So many great experiences in the last twenty-five years.

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

My worst experience has to be the trip to the Wilderbeat Festival in Canada. After a long travel by airplane and then a car ride from Toronto down to the lakes. An hour before I was meant to start the festival was closed down by the Police for noise problems.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Another tough question! So many good DJ’s on the scene that are easily identifiable for particular songs or sounds that contributed so much. Ady Croasdell as the first ten Kent albums had a profound influence on getting me interested in buying the rarer Mod club sounds. My DJ team Pid, Chris Dale, Speed and Lee Miller for so many fantastic performances over the last twenty years and also the great variety of Mod sounds. International DJ’s like Philippe Golbert, Michael Wink and Frantz who have contributed many great discoveries, I could go on and on.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

My sound has changed naturally over twenty-five years and I genuinely enjoy a wide variety of Mod and 60’s sounds which is why I’m still able to enjoy it after all this time. When I started DJing at the weekenders and London clubs it was a mix of Northern/R&B/Jazz/Ska and some British sounds. After a few years, I wanted to do something different as hardly anyone in the UK played Freakbeat and then Psychedelic and Garage music soon followed. In 2004 the NUTs Organisation started the Le Beat Bespoké LP series and the annual event. I still buy all the styles of music I love and play different choons at different venues.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

One that comes to mind is the Gene Latter – Holding a Dream on UK Spark which has a super blend of Soulful vocals, fuzz guitar with funky drums.

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

The Beatles, as you can’t deny the consistent quality and the very same artists they themselves idolised and covered at the start of their career, ended up covering the Beatles songs a decade later.

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

Never fallen into that trap. I’m a DJ, not a collector. I buy records with the dance floor firmly in mind. It’s become such an expensive habit now, especially if you draw records from more than a couple of genres like I do.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

At numerous New Untouchables events and clubs like Mousetrap, Le Beat Bespoke, Brighton, Margate, Crossfire, Blues Kitchen and International weekenders and festivals. Keep an eye on the website and my facebook page.

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

Soul record: Gwen Owens – Just Say You’re Wanted (And Needed)
Groovy Record: The Pretty – Moustache in Your Face

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

Top Ten

1. Mike Leslie – Right or Wrong

2. Caleb – Woman of Distinction

3. The Paragons – Abba

4. David Bowie & Lower Third- Can’t Help Thinking About Me

5. Rebel Rousers – As I Look

6. Eddie Jefferson – Psychedelic Sally

7. Billy Hawks – Oh Baby

8. Hold Back The Sunrise – Ron Gray

9. John Lee Hooker – Money

10. All My Loving – Prince Buster

Soulful Sounds

1. Charles Spurling – Just A Minute

2. Bo Junior – Coffee Pot Part 1

3. Vivian Reed – The Shape Of Things To Come

4. Jesse Slaughter – I Had a Dream

5. Utee – Rosa Lee Brooks

Groovy Sounds

1. The Cords – Too Late (To Kiss You Now

2. I know – Dan Nix & The Teen Sounds

3. Oedipus & The Mothers-  How It Used To Be

4. Travis Pike’s Tea Party – If I Didn’t Love You Girl

5. The Tears – Rat Race

 


 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

Eron Falbo - EDITOR

Brazilian polymath Eron Falbo came to London in 2009 after leaving his band ‘The Julians’ to pursue a solo career and become a cosmopolitician. Falbo began writing at the age of 11 for the school newspaper. By the age of 16 he had got his first job as a journalist. His experience in other magazines stretches from film critic to travel writer, passing through much but never leaving the culture spectrum. Apart from writing, Falbo is also an emerging singer. He was invited to record an album in one of the best studios in Nashville, Tennessee by none other than legendary producer Bob Johnston, who recorded the best material by the likes of Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash (all acclaimed writers). As of yet he’s only released one single, ‘Beat the Drums’ which was featured on Dermot O’Leary’s “Go Buy Monday” (single of the week) for BBC Radio 2, among other media. Currently, Falbo fronts the band ‘the Kyniks’ in venues in London and around the UK and can be occasionally spotted prowling the scene of the New Untouchables taking notes.

More Posts - Website

February 14, 2017 By : Category : Articles Clubs DJs Events Front Page Interviews Music Scene UK Tags:, ,
0 Comment

Mik Parry – Hey! Mr DJ

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

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

I heard ‘White Lines’ & ‘The Message’ around 1984 aged about 9 and was into just hip hop for a few years until I saw ‘The Blues Brothers’…

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

Aged 19 I got the residency in the ‘acid jazz’ room at a big House night at ‘The Leadmill’ In Sheffield. That would be 1994.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I can only ever remember the last 5 years if that, but some nights in Glasgow stand out, as do the Boiler weekenders in Barcelona, some Pow Wows and always the Friday at Le Beat Bespoké.

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

Definitely around the millennium, when 60s & vintage music in general just suddenly died in the mainstream. There were some bleak nights for a while before I gave up on it and started going to mod / R&B / soul clubs, dancing & listening instead of DJing.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Gav Arno, Mace, Callum Simpson, Alan Handscombe, Neef, Nashee, Mikey Collins, Soulful Jules, Thorsten Wenger & many others… I like DJs who might play something different or new, can play a broad range of mod-friendly styles and have an ear for a big tune before it’s big.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Probably my years playing to a mainstream audience, your selection has to have an immediate impact as they don’t generally know the music too well. But it’s the same principle anywhere – if it’s quality & catchy, it doesn’t have to be known. I’ve always liked well produced, well executed catchy records with a groove, well known or not, quality should be constant.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I found Jack Hammer’s ‘Swim’ for 50p in the mid 90s and it rocked the dance for 5 years – it defined my style then. Johnathan Capree was the equivalent 10 years later. I didn’t discover it, but I certainly regard it as a good value purchase! I’ve had my share I suppose…

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

When I was about 13, I got ‘Wade In The Water’ by Graham Bond at a car boot sale [The Sound Of 65 LP]. I was already listening to Booker T & The MGs, John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles etc but this changed my outlook from well known, famous artists to the underworld of mean sounding obscurities – artists more concerned with underground than mainstream culture. But that 60s organ groove sound was me and still is. After that the next big things were funk, starting with ‘Urban Classics’ which I heard around 88 and then all the rhythm & blues & rhythm & soul which I started hearing in the late 90s but mostly in the incredible r&b feeding frenzy of the 00s. That more produced R&B sound, for me, was the best of everything I’d heard to that point. Charles Sheffield or Ernie Washington being perfect examples.

I don’t really get too concerned with particular  artists but some of the legends are so for good reason – Ray Charles, Jerry Butler, James Brown, Howlin Wolf, Oscar Brown JR…I admire people who could make a crap song sound good. I particularly like Young Jessie actually.

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

Not really, I just collect individual tracks that have the character I like. Although, I used to have a thing for 60s soundtracks in a more collecting sense, including 60s advert, spoken word & radio spots records. I’m interested in 60s culture & it used to be very cheap.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

No Way Out in Feburary I think. I don’t DJ so much any more.

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

An original of The Sharks ‘You Made Me Warm’ would be nice… I can’t be playing those boots…

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

All-time Top Ten

1. Young Jessie – Brown Eyes
2. Oscar Brown Jr – Humdrum Blues
3. Little Joe Hinton – Let’s Start a Romance
4. Gene Toones – What More Do You Want
5. Prince Buster – Linger On
6. Lamont Dozier – Dearest One
7. Charles Sheffield – Voodoo Working
8. Freddie Houston – If I Had Known
9. Tony Middleton – And I Love Her
10.Terry Callier – Ordinary Joe

Current Top Five

1. Johnny Dee – Strange Love
2. David Del Cunte – Over & Over
3. Speedy Cal – Broomstick Rider
4. Clare Sisters – Cool Cool Cool
5. Ernie Cast – Betty Moretti


 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

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.

More Posts - Website - Twitter - Facebook

February 6, 2012 By : Category : Front Page Music Tags:, ,
0 Comment

Spider Webb – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 4 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ

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

I guess I was listening to bands like Blur and Pulp when I was at school. A gang in the year above started wearing parkas and I can remember going home and asking my Mum what a Mod was. It was just before Quadrophenia was re-released – so perfect timing for an introduction in to a way of life that I still live by most rules today! Bands like the Small Faces and the Who were my early favourites and of course the Motown groups. I was lucky enough to get my nose into an old Southend ‘Face’ from the 80s Northern Soul collection around that time which was a massive inspiration.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

I actually got into the idea of collecting vinyl quite early on and played my first set in my mid teens at a venue called Club Riga in Southend-on-Sea. It was in support of a local band called the Phreak Beats. I probably owned about ten 45s then.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

One favourite evening I’m often reminded of was a particularly Psychedelic affair at Rob Baileys ‘Hipsters’ night. It was just one of those moments where everyone in the room was completely on the same trip! Musically and otherwise!

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

I’m fortunate enough that I haven’t had any particularly bad experiences. I have played a few regional ‘indie club’ DJ spots with the band that have been miserable.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

My favourite scene Dj would have to be Speed, he really turned me on to the best in UK Psych and Freakbeat which is my main collecting passion now.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

For me it would be early trips to the Mousetrap and a real interest in the classic UK stuff, I feel comps like ‘Chocolate Soup’ and ‘Rubble’ really unearthed some of the finest British sounds and can’t be beaten. I’m on a constant quest to find all of those great British monsters.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

After about five years of searching I finally turned up a copy of The Martells ‘Time To Say Goodnight’ for £8 that was nice. I’m sure there’s a few tunes I’ve dropped that haven’t been played out before but no specific titles come to mind. If it’s been hanging around for 40 years someone is going to have to have heard it first!

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

I would have to say its an over all sound and feeling you get from listening to the best far out psych and beat stuff that I dig. It has such a specific feeling. My favourite psychedelic group will always be July.

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

I buy all sorts really, old and new. My main passion is the Psychedelic sound, from speed fueled freakbeat to acid drenched psych and from all over the world. I still buy a lot of soul and rhythm and blues. I like to make sure I can dust off those 45s as much as I can!

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

I’ve been hosting the Cave Club at the Buffalo Bar, Highbury and Islington for five years now. I also regularly enjoy spinning for the New Untouchables. You can often find my name popping up on flyers outside the 60s club circuit too.

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

Hmmm, I’d like a copy of ‘Searching in the Wilderness’ by Allen Pounds Get Rich.

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

 

All time top Ten

1. Tintern Abbey – Vacuum Cleaner

2. The Fox – Hey Mr Carpenter

3. The Factory – Try A Little Sunshine

4. July – Dandelion Seeds

5. Spice – In Love

6. Caleb – Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad

7. Open Mind – Cast A Spell

8. Mike Stuart Span – Children Of Tomorrow

9. Fleur De Lys – Gong With The Luminous Nose

10. Paper Blitz Tissue – Boy Meets Girl

Current Top Five

1. Orange Machine – You Can All Join In

2. Soul Proprietors – All

3. Geranium Pond – Dogs In Baskets (Ibc acetate)

4. Sonic Invasion – Go Out And Get Her (emidisc acetate)

5. Brendan Phillips – Something’s Happening Outside


 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

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.

More Posts - Website - Twitter - Facebook

March 9, 2012 By : Category : Articles Clubs DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, ,
0 Comment

Holly Calder – Hey! Mrs DJ

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

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

I’ve been into music for as long as I can remember, I was well moulded by my Dad who has always been a music nut. My earliest musical memories are of tapes he made me, one ‘Hits For Holly’ had a variety of stuff from The Clash to Syd Barrett. I also had an Elvis tape I listened to till it wore out.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

The first time I ever did a DJ slot was probably in a place called The Vale, where a band I used to manage did a night, and we used to put on bands.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

The most memorable spot was probably the first time we played at the evening events at All Saints in Lavarone, Italy in 2009. All Saints was the first proper 60s Weekender I went to, back in 2005. I never had a clue this world existed till then, I was instantly hooked, so it was special to be invited to DJ there a few years later.

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

There’s been plenty! Usually involving a broken deck or something, the worst I can recall was a month after moving Eyes Wide Open to a new venue, and the sound completely going out. I think someone had accidentally unplugged something. Disaster, the night was over before it had really begun.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Paddy & Sarge, Andrew Divine, Rob, German crowd.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Childhood, friends, other DJs, weekenders/clubs.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Not sure this is the answer you’re looking for, but probably getting my hands on the Nuggets compilations, they really changed everything for me.

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

I guess, again, my Dad probably has been. He raised me on Syd Barrett and early Pink Floyd, and they/he is probably still my favourite 60s artist today. I’ve taken his early teachings and run with it, now I play him mixes and tapes and he says things sound familiar to him, and it turns out he was pals with the bands I’m listening to now. If only he still had his record collection from back then!

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

I collect whatever I love, and what I think people will dance to. I only really collect records to DJ with, so I almost exclusively buy psychedelic records, or garage records. I also buy stuff from new bands, favourites at the moment are The See See, Sulk and By The Sea.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

At Double Sight, the Psych weekender we’re hosting in Glasgow in October. It’s running across 5 venues over 4 days, from October 4th to 7th. I’m not running a monthly club at the moment, but DJ in a few bars in and around Glasgow every couple of weeks.

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

There’s a never ending list. At the moment it’s probably Double Sight/Fredereek Hernando by One In A Million, which we named our weekender after.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourite’s and a current top 5 spins?

And even harder to decide, and something I’ve actually never thought about before. Here are some which spring to mind as long time dance floor favourites.

All time top Ten

1.Wade In The Shade – Daddy Lindberg

2. It Won’t Be The Same – Gavin Hamilton

3. Little Girl – Dick Wagner & The Frosts

4. Fire – Pegasus

5. La Revolution Francaise – Y Mouille a Sciaux

6. I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges

7. House Of Glass – The Glass Family

8. Kicks & Chicks – The Zipps

9. Flash & Crash – Rocky & The Riddlers

I always find this question difficult… so hard to narrow it down, and its always changing, but at the moment my top 5 is probably this, in no particular order.

Current Top Five  

1. I’m Just A Fool – Shelly Y Nueva Generacion

2. Sycamore Sid – Focal Point

3. Don’t Let It Get The Best Of You – Nimrod

4. Holding A Dream – Gene Latter

5. Unskilled Worker – The Dukes

DJ Promo Links

www.doublesightweekender.com

www.eworecords.com

www.facebook.com/doublesightweekender

www.facebook.com/eyeswideopenclub


 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

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.

More Posts - Website - Twitter - Facebook

August 8, 2012 By : Category : Articles Clubs DJs Events Front Page Interviews Music Scene UK Tags:, ,
0 Comment

Callum Simpson – Hey! Mr DJ

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

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

I got into the mod/scooter scene at 15 years old. I bought my first scooter, a Vespa 50cc Special and joined a scooter club called High Moderation. I had an older brother and cousins who were into the Mod scene so I started to hang around with some Mods who were a year above me at school. Once into the fashion it was only a matter of time before I started to get into the music. I started listening to bands such as Paul Weller, The Jam, Small Faces and The Who. My brother had a big part to play in my musical taste progressing, as he was listening to bands like The Specials, Madness and was listening to lots of soul and Motown compilations, which exposed me to artists like Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops and Martha Reeves.

At 16, looking slightly older than my age (not the case now), I was able to start going to clubs like Brighton Beach, local soul nights and the occasional scooter rally. This is where I was exposed to lots of new sounds. I was hearing records like Mel Torme – Coming Home, Sandi Sheldon – Gonna make me love you and Sam Dees – Lonely for my baby. As you can imagine I was blown away by these sounds and the exposure made me delve a little deeper into the music and vinyl records. I bought my first record from Boogaloo Records in Leicester when I was 17 for 6UKP and it was Ray Charles – Go on home.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

My First DJ set was in Birmingham; by this time I lived for the weekends and was travelling up and down the country regularly attending mod/soul nights. Through attending nights on a regular basis Pid asked me to DJ along with a couple of mates Soggy and Gibbo. Dudley Steve was also on at the same night. I remember playing records like Joe Tex – You better believe it baby, JJ Jackson – Oh Ma Liddi and The Artistics – hope we have. I also remember playing a reissue, but this was before I was aware of the OVO policy! A couple of people looked amazed that they saw a young 17 year old lad behind the decks playing Bobby Adams & Betty Lou – Dr True Love…quite funny thinking about it now!

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

My most memorable DJ set has to be in Barcelona at the Boiler club. The city is amazing enough but the Boiler Club is how clubs should be, exciting, vibrant and a full on party from start to finish. I was deliberating weeks before about what I should play and selecting records for my play-box! I was pleased with my sets and judging by the dance floor so were the dancers, it was packed from start to finish… I even played a B-side by mistake and the dancers liked it, thankfully it was a very good B-side!

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

If ever you get asked to DJ at a wedding DON’T DO IT! I was asked off the back of running a club called ‘Shoutin the Blues’. One of the bar men liked the music and asked me to play at his wedding. At the time I was about 18 or 19 and thought that I could make a few quid. I made it clear that I only had Soul, Mod, R&B, Latin records and that he wouldn’t be getting the usual type wedding DJ playing music like ABBA, The Village People etc. He was adamant that he wanted something a bit different and that his guests would enjoy the music. I agreed to do it and for a price of £150, which I thought wasn’t bad for a few hours work! How wrong could I have been!

I was conscious not to play rare stuff, so I took more mainstream (to me) records which consisted of lots of Motown and dance floor friendly classics. Anyway to cut a long story short only 1 person danced throughout the whole night and that was towards the end of the night… funnily enough it was probably the rarest record I played all night ‘Billy Hawkes – Oh Baby’. Towards the end there were a group of lads who were sat at the back of the room, one of them came to ask me if I would play ‘You’ll never walk alone’, me being a Man United fan replied “I don’t play that stuff”, every record I played then was drowned out by a chant of “Who the f hell are you”. Shortly after that I decided to call it a night. I got my wages and left. Looking back now it’s pretty funny but at the time it was a nightmare!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Mik Parry – Forward thinking and so ahead of the game it’s unreal. It’s only now other DJ’s have been able to acquire records he was playing years ago. A) because the records are pure quality and B) they have seen his playlists. Check out his You tube channel ‘POW WOW MIK’

Karl Heard – Is what I call a proper DJ! This man has the ability to create an atmosphere like no other. Karl had a record collection to die for, but has now sold most of them off…not that I’m complaining! You think of all the big tunes – Volumes, Charles Johnson, Judy Stokes, Notations, Magicians, Harvey Averne, Johnny McCall AND Karl had or has these and loads more of this calibre.

Gav Arno – I always say it but it’s true, he’s a dark horse! Every time I hear him behind the decks and also when I have a look through his playbox he surprises me with what he has. Gav has a passion for unearthing quality unknown records, he finds tomorrow’s big records today!

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

The three DJ’s I have mentioned in question 5 have helped me shape my taste, especially Karl Heard, over the last few years. Another is by regularly attending club nights and hearing DJ’s spinning new (to me) interesting records. The thing I love about Mod nights is you get such a varied taste of music from Soul right through to Jazz.

The internet is also a great way to hear new records and other DJ’s from around the world. Shows such as Jester Wild and YouTube channels are a great way to hear new stuff. Over the years I have collected all sorts but now I am much more selective about what records I buy.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Tough question…my best discoveries are records I have recently posted on YouTube, Lil Archie & The Majestics, Leave my Girl Alone & Victor Lane, There’s Something About You. I have had them for about 4/5 years now and have been searching hard since but have never come across other copies. That is the reason why I have put them on YouTube to give them more exposure but also to see if other DJ’s/collectors can unearth copies…good luck!

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

I honestly don’t have a favourite artist, I really like Marvin Gaye but not sure I could call him my favourite. I would relate this back again to question 5 and say that in my time as a resident at The Pow Wow Club, Mik and Gav were massive influences over me musically. The stuff these guys were playing was unreal! Imagine being 19/20 and hearing The Jokers, Jonathan Capree, The Fads, Young Jessie etc. Both well ahead of their time and two great DJ’s.

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

Not in the slightest, if it’s good and I like it I’ll have bid/buy it. I don’t just buy records for DJ-ing with though. If I hear a record that I like but is not right for playing out, depending on cost, I will still by it for Sunday afternoons relaxing at home, listening to a few records.

Although I do like the Soul Brother Records label. It can be found here.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

I am not currently a resident or running any club nights but I get asked to guest DJ quite a bit, so if you keep your eyes peeled I’m sure you will my see my name on one or two flyers. In terms of running my own night… watch this space! Callum 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?

Another tough one, it would have to be either Eddie Parker, I’m Gone on Awake or The Hopkins Bros, Shake Cherri on Magnetik. I can remember when I first heard both of these records for the first time and thinking Holy smoke!

I first heard Eddie Parker in Sweden at the Soulastic All-nighter when Ginger Taylor was playing. When the first few notes came in the atmosphere was something I had not experienced before at a soul all-nighter and something I will never forget. That night we all went onto an after party and one of my friends had what I thought was a copy of ‘I’m Gone’ and the only difference between his copy and Ginger’s was that my mate’s was a boot (the look-a-like boot). I wasn’t aware of the value of the record at this point and I thought he had a copy, he then explained it was worth in the region of between 5-7K, needless to say, it was hammered that night and played probably about 30 times at the after party… oh what good times!

I first heard Andy Dyson play The Hopkins Bros at Lifeline a few years back and again the place went crazy. Only a handful of DJ’s had it at the time, all the big boys such as Dyson, Butch, Ian Wright… I’m not even sure if Mick H had one at that time!? Shame that it has been booted now! It’s still record of the night every time I hear it out, but I hate that I can now go online and buy a boot of it for £10, it has to be OVO!

12.  Please give us a top 10 all time favourite’s and a current top 5 spins?

Top Ten Favourites:

1. Eddie Parker – I’m gone

2. Hopkins Bros – Shake Cherri

3. Jonathan Capree – I’m gonna build me a mountain

4. Carol Anderson – Taking my mind off love

5. Ray Agee – I’m losing again

6. Billy Hawkes – Oh baby

7. Volumes – I ain’t gonna give you up

8. Otis Lee – Hard Row to Hoe

9. Parisians – Twinkle little star

10. Tobi Lark – Sweep it out in the shed

Top Five Spins:

1. The Sacred Four – Somebody watching you

2. Ray Agee – I’m Losing again

3. J T Parker – If you want to hold on

4. Judy Stokes – Real Man

5. Charles Simmons – Save the World

Next Club Spots: Nuts 20th Anniversary at Orleans, London – Sat November 18th 2017


 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

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.

More Posts - Website - Twitter - Facebook

September 6, 2017 By : Category : Articles Clubs DJs Events Front Page Interviews Music Scene UK Tags:, ,
0 Comment

Ginger Taylor – Hey! Mr DJ

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

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

1966/67 was into Spencer Davis and Tamla Motown and then Small Faces. Started buying records.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

Stile Youth Club Todmorden.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Too many to mention in the UK and all over Europe.

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

1976 – Northallerton Civic Hall North Yorkshire – Lots of kids, mums and dads asking for ABBA!!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Richard Serling – knows what it’s all about on the dancefloor and a pleasure to work with.

Butch – always finding quality new discoveries

Soul Sam – Bless him – his enthusiasm at his age. His spots are either good or not so good!

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Black music and fond memories of the 60’s.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I am No. 1 for re-activating oldies. Once you have purchased these finds/discoveries. Twenty four years ago buying Timi Yuro and before that having the first copy of Just Like You Did Me – Yvonne Vernee (Sonbert). In 1977 also recall at the same time myself and a couple of DJ’s first playing My Loves Gone With the Wind.

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

Tamla Motown – Marvin Gaye. All time favourite singer is Jackie Wilson.

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

UK Soul labels from the 60’s and quality imports.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Resident DJ 3rd Friday every month Yorkshire. Lawton Civic Hall Nr Wigan 2nd Friday of month. King Georges Hall Blackburn and Kings Hall Stoke allnighters. Most of the top weekenders.

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

I’ll be honest always chasing records and been very fortunate over a long period in life to have got most of the records I have always wanted but there is always something new to discover and that keeps you going.

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

All 1960’s except for No.10

1. The Right Track – Billy Butler (Soul City / Okeh USA)

2. Just a Little Misunderstanding – Contours (Tamla Motown)

3. I Won’t be Coming Back – JD Bryant (Shrines USA)

4. It’ll Never be Over for Me – Timi Yuro (Liberty-UK)

5. If You Ask Me – Jerry Williams (Calla)

6. You’ve Been Away – Rubin (Kapp)

7. The Next in Line – Hoagy Lands (Stateside UK)

8. I’m the One To Do It – Jackie Wilson (Coral UK)

9. The Drifter – Ray Pollard (United Artists UK)

10. I Like To Get Near You – Richard Caiton (Uptight USA 70’s)

Current Top 5 Tracks:

(All 1960’s)

1. If You Want to Hold On – JT Parker (Academy)

2. I’ll Believe in You – Nancy Wilcock (10” Pied Piper Production)

3. Heartache Souveniers – William Powell (Powerhouse)

4. Sweet Temptation – Ward Burton (Panther)

5. Money Can’t Buy my Love – Vivien Jones (Lark)

 


 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

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.

More Posts - Website - Twitter - Facebook

August 8, 2012 By : Category : Articles Clubs DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, ,
0 Comment

Richard Searling – Hey! Mr DJ

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

Richard Searling is one of the most famous and successful men in northern soul. He is a multi talented soul music promoter, disc jockey, radio broadcaster, record company owner and expert in northern soul music.

He is likeable, charming and down to earth and his influence on the northern soul scene is indisputable, a soul fan will buy a record based purely upon Richards review of it.

I really wanted to meet him and was delighted when he agreed to an interview during the northern soul weekender at the impressive Blackpool Tower earlier this year.

Richard has been interviewed several times, so what do you ask a man who has been asked everything-no rude replies, please! I was curious about his opinion of the state of the northern soul scene. I asked Richard what did he think of the “vinyl only policy” and how it is a mainly, unhealthy, controlling influence on scene, Richards reply surprised me and you can hear it during my interview now!


 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

Kath Newman

What is northern soul? Predominately, rare, black, American, soul music of the 60’s and 70’s. First called northern soul in 1968 by Dave Godin editor to Blues and Soul magazine, when many young people in the North of England in the late 60’s and early 70’s were listening to this music. “ Some of it you will hate, most you will love”. I am a northern soul deejay, radio/TV broadcaster and music journalist living in the sunny southcoast of England. The genres I love are the blues, rhythm and blues, soul and in particular northern soul. I started deejaying due to a lack of northern soul events in Brighton. I like the good quality rare, northern soul, but to hear it I had to find good deejays or play it myself. For several years I have been privileged to interview great artists and deejays from the unique, music scene that is northern soul, such as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and the successful deejay Richard Searling. Each month I will be bringing you an interview of a northern soul artist or deejay and keeping you informed of forthcoming events. I am interested in your thoughts, experiences and suggestions about northern soul and would like to quote you here each month, drop me a line at either: Email: souldeepevents@yahoo.co.uk or Facebook.com/ kath newman

More Posts - Facebook

November 22, 2012 By : Category : Articles Clubs DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, ,
0 Comment

Miguel Ygarza – Hey! Mr DJ

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

Resident DJ at Mushroom Machine Club, Mod Generation Club & Teenage Kicks Club, all in Madrid, Spain. Organiser of many other events and parties related to those ones mentioned.

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

I was really young when I started to listen to music, 7 to 8 years old, mostly new wave and power pop stuff in the very early 80s.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

Don’t remember exactly but it should have been 1994 at the Pussycat Bar in Madrid maybe, a mod club at that time.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Well, very difficult to choose one. I remember great nights at Euroyeye, La Beat Bespoke. Most of the nights here in Madrid, where we have the best people around in the parties.

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

I am very easy going, I enjoy nearly everything everywhere, so hard to think about a bad experience. I need very little to make my day or night.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Well, there are many great DJs around, but Sebas Aviles from Mallorca is great, a very good friend of mine indeed, he can make everybody dance for hours, and never fails. Also Stephan Golowka from Frankfurt, Lolo from La Coruña and Rob Bailey from London, all play my favourite music.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Don’t know really what, but step by step I went to play mainly psych, freakbeat & garage when I DJ. That’s what I really like most.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

There were so many great finds in my life, I’m always looking for records, every time I travel I look for record shops and flea markets, I was very happy the day I got the Spanish pressing of Scots of St James – Tic Toc for a couple of Euros in a well known shop in Madrid, together with many other great singles at a fantastic bargain price.

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

I must be honest, Los Flechazos were a very big influence in my life, as in most of the people in my age into mod/60s from Spain. Also the Small Faces, Fab4 and The Who. That brought me to all the rest.

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

Mainly 60’s freakbeat, psych and garage, but also soul and R&B, punk and power pop, folk. Original pressings always, and better in picture sleeves if singles.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Well, I have uploaded many records from my collection to my youtube channel: youtube.com/user/MushroomMachineClub
Not all from my DJ set, but many things in my set are there.

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

All the records I like and I still don’t have, all of them!

12.  Please give us a top 5 all time favourite’s and a current top 5 spins?

Top 5 Tracks of All Time:

1. Tickets – El rigor de las Desdichas (Columbia, 1969)
2. Shocking Blue – I Saw Your Face (Pink Elephant, 1971)
3. Los Chicos – Quiero un Poco de tu Amor (RCA, 1971)
4. The Moon – Walking Around (Imperial, 1968)
5. Nazz – Forget All About It (SGC 1968)

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. Caleb – Woman of Distinction (Philips, 1967)
2. Tintern Abbey – Vacuum Cleaner (Deram, 1967)
3. Open Mind – Magic Potion (Philips, 1969)
4. Complex – Witch’s Spell (Private label, 1970)
5. Small Faces – Son of a Baker (Immediate, 1968)

DJ Promo Links
facebook.com/miguel.ygarzagutierrez


 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

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.

More Posts - Website - Twitter - Facebook

February 5, 2013 By : Category : Articles Clubs DJs Europe Front Page Interviews Music Scene Tags:, ,
0 Comment

Ady Croasdell – Hey! Mr DJ

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

Ady is a living ‘Soul Scene’ legend running the 6TS Rhythm & Soul Club at the 100 Club Northern Soul All Nighters and co-running the Crossfire Allnighters.

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

The Animals. While living in Derby 1964.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

The Last Chance 6TS allnighter, 21 Oxford St in 1982.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Every closing Sunday night at the Cleethorpes weekender.

4. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Butch for new sounds, Mick Smith for the old ones.

5. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Randy Cozens showing me there was more than Northern to soul dancing.

6. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Sharon Scott – Putting My Heart under Lock and Key, most famous ones are Melba Moore – The Magic Touch and Frankie & Johnny – I’ll Hold You.

7. Biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

Impressions, Lou Johnson & Maxine Brown.

8. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Crossfire – The next night is on Saturday Oct 21st 2017.

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

That one that hasn’t been discovered yet.

10. Please give us a top 10 all time favourite’s and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. Kim Weston – Helpless
2. Carla Thomas – I’ll Never Stop Loving You
3. Four Tops – Baby I Need Your Loving
4. The Parliaments – This Is My Rainy Day
5. The Sensations – Demanding Man
6. Spellbinders – Help Me
7. Ben E King – Getting’ To Me (Atco acetate)
8. Sharon Scott – I’m Not Afraid (acetate)
9. Barbara Lynn – This Is the Thanks I Get
10. Luther Ingram – Oh Baby Don’t You Weep

Current Top 5 Tracks: 

1. Nancy Wilcox – He’ll Be Leaving You – Pied Piper
2. September Jones – Voo Doo Mademoiselle – Pied Piper
3. Magic Night – If You and I Had Never Met – Roulette
4. Melvin Parker – If I Had My Way (acetate)
5. O C Tolbert – Marriage Is Just a State Of Mind (Dave Hamilton acetate)

DJ Promo Links
www.6ts.info
facebook.com/pages/6Ts-Rhythm-and-Soul-Society/6320844642

 


 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

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.

More Posts - Website - Twitter - Facebook

September 6, 2017 By : Category : Clubs DJs Front Page Interviews Music Scene UK Tags:, ,
0 Comment

Sarge – Hey! Mr DJ

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

Dr Crippen’s Far Out Underground All Star Acid Rock DJ Team in Belfast.

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

I was just getting hairs on it when Maggie Thatcher was elected in ’79 and in the throws of the troubles in Belfast so music became of the utmost importance quite early on. Like most with an older brother I got his records in my ears whether I liked them or not. The likes of Blondie, some glammy nonsense and then, Baaaam! punk happened. Soon after that the Blondie single hadn’t come into the record shop yet and so my brother bought ‘Time for Action’ by Secret Affair instead and next thing I knew there was a white SX200 taking up half the back yard.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

Goodness, I really can’t recall but I think I was wearing my black shirt with the snails on it, I loved that shirt, maybe late 80s.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Hard one…torn between the acid jazz boat trip and Lou’s 30th birthday party.

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

Torn between an office party where this geezer comes up and says ‘this music is crap do you have any ‘middle of the road’ and I says: “What the band?” And he says: “No the genre.” Also Lou’s 30th birthday party.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

The standard wonder that is Jack White and his selections used to send me, but he’s cleared off to the land of funk and honeys now so it’s hard to say as I like a lot of DJs outside of the scene as well so far too many to mention but gotta dig on the Glasgow battalion, the German lot, my wee mate Paddy the Face and of course the craftsmanship of Rob.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Dancing. I’m lucky in that I have DJd in lots of different places with different crowds, from heads who listen to spangled muntfruggers who just gotta move, but when it comes to the 60s scene stuff its gotta get ya up.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

£30 in a car park… sweet.

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

My mates; but all three Pointer Sisters were cool, but if I had to choose, I’d say Ruth was definitely my favourite. We’d tell jokes, play cards on the tour bus, and just generally have a real good time. I was with her in this hotel lobby in St. Petersburg when she came up with the basic chord structure for “Automatic,” and after that, she’d always say I was her good-luck charm. But like I said, all three were real cool. Touring with them was one of the best times I’ve had in this crazy business. In ’86, I left to tour with Richard Marx, and we had a lot of success, especially with the “Repeat Offender” tour a few years later, but it just wasn’t the same. I tell you, I really miss those gals.

9. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Various Belfast events.

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

All of them.

11. Please give us a top 10 all time favourite’s and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. Deep Purple – Hush
2. Four Blazers – Hush
3. Kris Ife – Hush
4. Funky Junction – Hush
5. Woody Herman – Hush
6. Love Affair – Hush
7. Somebody’s Image – Hush
8. Los Rockin’ Devils – Hush
9. Sylnana Velasco – Hush
10. Kula Shaker – Govinda

Current Top 5 Tracks: 

1. The Churchills – Sunshine Man
2. Orange Machine – Dr Crippen’s Waiting Room
3. Fallen Angels – Everything Would be Fine
4. Arcadium – Poor Lady
5. Mr Love – Ease the Pain

DJ Promo Links
facebook.com/groups
facebook.com/sarge.mcsargey
twitter.com/SARGENSTEIN
mixcloud.com/sarge/
spring-heeled-sarge.podomatic.com/


 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

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.

More Posts - Website - Twitter - Facebook

February 5, 2013 By : Category : Clubs DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, ,
0 Comment

Bill Kealy – Hey! Mr DJ

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

Promoter/Resident at ‘For Dancers Only’ club in Wexford and semi-regular resident at ‘Sleepless nights Soulclub’ Dublin.

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

Got into music big time in the early eighties through the Mod Revival and then bands like The Prisoners came along with a much more sixties sound. Northern Soul was quite big in Dublin at the time but to be honest that whole scene passed me by.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

When I was in College in Carlow in 85/86 I used to play a local pub playing mainly mod revival / sixties.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

It’s hard to pick one; stand outs have been The Boiler in Barcelona, Klubb Magnus in Oslo. Always the Hideaway, plus and Basics and Friday Street in Scotland, and of course the Mousetrap and R’n’B 123 earlier this year were a bit special.

4. What has been your worst DJ experience?

I remember one night at a ‘Northern Soul’ club in Ireland they only had CD decks and couldn’t understand why I had only brought records.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Alan Handscombe, Chris Dale, Steve Hiscock, Soulful Jules, Niamh Lynch, Neil Henderson, Davie Hudson, Jimmy and Luis Soulful, Andy Pollard; they’ve all introduced me to new tunes and have such a great passion. Jamie Parr and Alfredo Maddaloni came to Dublin recently and they rocked the place.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I love the sound of records from the mid to late fifties/ early sixties, before the sound was sanitised for white America. The records were produced for the dancefloor and that’s why they still sound so good.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I can’t lay claim to discovering any record but my best find was Harry Starr at a record fair in Wexford for a tenner.

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

My favourite singer ever is Little Willie John, his voice is unique. I also love Ike & Tina, Howlin’ Wolf, Lavern Baker, Ray Charles.

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

I don’t collect any specific labels, I’d never be able to afford it for a start. I don’t ever buy a record unless I really like it no matter how popular it is.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Currently working on a new night in Dublin, I’ll be at Sleepless Nights in Dublin and of course For Dancers Only, check the club page for details.

Next Club Spots for 2015:

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

11. Please give us a top 10 all time favourite’s and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. Harry Starr – Another Time, Another Place
2. Danny Owens – You’re a Little Too Late
3. Four Tops – Baby I Need Your Loving
4. Gay Poppers – I Want to Know
5. Ernie Washington – Lonesome Shack
6. Little Willie John – I’m Shakin’
7. Sity & James – You Needn’t Tell Me
8. Mary Ann Fisher – Put on your Shoes
9. Sammy Ambrose – Monkey See, Monkey Do
10. The Ascots – She Did

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. Ercel Jones – That’s My Man
2. Roy Brown – Mr Hound Dog’s In Town
3. Otis Blackwell – Let the Daddy Hold You
4. Katherine Hughes – How Can I Go
5. Ruby & the Wonders – Don’t Cha Do It

DJ Promo Links
www.facebook.com/groups


 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

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.

More Posts - Website - Twitter - Facebook

December 1, 2015 By : Category : Clubs DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, ,
0 Comment

Pid – Hey! Mr DJ

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

Pid is one of Birmingham and the UK Scenes’ most respected and longest serving DJs, who has appeared at nearly every Modernist Type Event there is on offer over many years. We asked him a few questions recently and here is his replies.

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

As a kid I used to get dragged along to watch bands at various working men’s clubs by my Parents, mostly Jazz stuff, then in the late 70’s my mate played me The Jam LP, All Mod Cons and that got me into the mod thing.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

I think it was upstairs at the Upper Grounds Pub (nick name The Rat Pan) in Witton, Birmingham.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

The Isle of Wight rallies, probably when the Action played.

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

Ronnie Scotts in Brum a few years back, it was the August Bank Holiday Monday after one of the rallies – I was knackered. They’d asked me to DJ at a soul all-dayer in between these soul bands that were doing all this Blues Brothers stuff, they were shit. It finished about 2.30am, they didn’t give me a cent and I had to be up for work at 5am.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Any DJ who can keep folk on the dance floor.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

The variety of sounds, anything from early R&B to 60s beat and psych.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

It was an over the phone auction and I won a track called Love is in the Air by The Liberation Street Singers.

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

Biggest influence was definitely all the early Jam songs,  I haven’t any favourite artists in particular.

09. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

The Moseley Arms, Digbeth, Birmingham and some of the NUTS rallies/events.

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

Blimey, tough one, it will probably be completely different tomorrow.

All time Top Ten:

  1. Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightning
  2. Danny Owens – You’re a little too late
  3. Billy Hawks – Oh baby, I believe I’m losing you
  4. The Contours – First you look at the purse
  5. Jackie Wilson – Soul Galore
  6. The Action – Lonely Room
  7. Tintern Abbey – Vacuum Cleaner
  8. Tito Puente – Hit the Bongo
  9. Jimmy Smith – The Cat
  10. Mose Allison – Baby Please Don’t Go

Current Top 5 Tracks:

  1. Evil Eve – Tommy Youngblood.
  2. Jolly Jax – Preciate’ it.
  3. Silas Hogan – I’m in love with you baby.
  4. Lloyd Nolan – I don’t know about you.
  5. Liberation street singers – Love is in the air.

Next Club Spots: Nuts 20th Anniversary at Orleans, London – Sat November 18th 2017


 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

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.

More Posts - Website - Twitter - Facebook

September 6, 2017 By : Category : Club Soul DJs Front Page Interviews ModJazz Music RnB UK Tags:, , ,
0 Comment

Tony Sanchez – Hey! Mr DJ

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

HQ: San Diego, Ca. Tony has graced the USA Scene for many years and put together the Fuzz, Flaykes and Shakes compilations, and also DJs at various clubs in Los Angeles and San Diego, we asked him a few searching questions recently and these were his responses.

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

I started playing 45s on my Mattel record player when I was about six years old. My sisters were teenagers in the 1960s, I found their records and I began spinning the Rolling Stones, Beatles and Kinks. My obsession continued well into high school watching local bands like the Crawdaddys. During this time, I listened to a lot of UK punk and power pop as well as the British-invasion groups.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

I did a few guest spots at the Lhasa club in Los Angeles in the 80s but didn’t do a regular DJ slot until Hipsters in San Diego back in the 90’s.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

My favorite DJ spot was at the Wild Weekend parties in the UK. and Spain. These weekenders brought together fans from all over the world and created many new friendships. I consider myself very fortunate to have been part of these festivals.

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

I don’t have a worst DJ experience, but the most challenging ones are when you are djing for a crowd of people requesting Madonna and Green Day.

05. Your favorite scene DJ’s and why?

I enjoy DJs that spin 45s that I don’t know but blow my mind on the initial play. European DJs always surprise me and in the States I always dig Jack White’s sets.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I would say seeing live bands but I think as you age, your taste matures. Growing up in San Diego, bands like the Crawdaddys and the Tell Tale Hearts were my biggest influences and directed me towards British R&B, Dutch beat and American garage. As I grew older, I started digging psychedelia and some harder progressive sounds. Currently as long as it has a strong hook and is danceable, I’ll probably dig it. I have started to DJ songs that I never would have considered ten years ago.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

In 1986, during my first trip to London I found a copy of ‘Not to find’ by the Golden Earrings for eight pounds.  This is one of the rarest Dutchbeat 45s and was later valued at about 1,500 pounds. Another great find was in Phoenix, Az. I came across a copy of “Shadows” by the Electric Prunes for six dollars. This track is a one-sided promo that was released for the movie ‘The Female Trap’. I’ve recently been offered £3,281.75 for it but it’s staying in my collection for now.

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

I think bands that I went to see and dance to in San Diego such as the Crawdaddys, the Tell-Tale Hearts. As for 60s acts, my favorite groups were Them, the Zombies and Love.

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

I went through a phase of trying to find all UK beat 45s that were released as American pressings.  Some top ones include The First Gear ‘Leave my Kitten Alone’ on Mar-Mar Records and Tom Jones ‘Chills and Fever’ on the Tower label. I also will buy any garage 45 from San Diego even if it’s mediocre.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

I was putting on club nights called Mind Machine and Haunted House-Au-go-go in Los Angeles but took some time off for personal reasons and now am back doing guest spots for various clubs in San Diego and L.A. I’ll be back doing another club night in L.A. soon.

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

I get asked this a lot but to be honest there are hundreds to list and most I don’t even recall until it lands in my hands at a record fair.

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

  1. The Allman Joys – Spoonful (Dial)
  2. The Legends – High Towers (Railway Records)
  3. William Penn Fyve – Swami (Thunderbird)
  4. The Backgrounds – Day breaks at dawn (Cenco)
  5. The Trolls – Walkin’ Shoes (Peatlore)
  6. The Dream – Can I ask you one more question (Havoc)
  7. Washington Merry-Go-Round – Got-ta Got-ta (Piccadilly)
  8. The Coachmen – Grapes of Wrath (Sea-ell)
  9. The Allusions – G ypsy Woman (Parlophone)
  10. Raven – Calamity Jane (Rust)

Current Top five DJ Tracks:

  1. The Backgrounds – Day breaks at dawn (Cenco)
  2. Washington Merry-Go-Round – Got-ta Got-ta (Piccadilly)
  3. Sunlight – Colors of Love (Windi Records)
  4. The Chants – Hypnotized (B-ware)
  5. Indiscrimination – Wishful thinking (Decca)

facebook.com/tonythetyger


 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

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.

More Posts - Website - Twitter - Facebook

June 3, 2013 By : Category : Articles DJs Front Page Interviews Psych USA Tags:, , , , , ,
0 Comment