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NUTsCast – Sessions – part 13 (episode 22)

NUTsCast October 2016
In this episode of the Nutscast Sessions, The Baron looks ahead to the mighty Crossfire Allnighter with tracks by the bands representing the Heavy Soul Records showcase, selections by our guest DJs and new songs by French Boutik, Missing Souls and The Embrooks. Also listen out for a one-off special ‘The Baron’s Belters’. Three tracks from his lordship’s personal collection.

Graham Lentz

AKA ‘The Baron’ - Like many of his generation, The Jam started Graham's love affair with all things mod back in 1977. He is the author of 'The Influential Factor - A History Of Mod' which was originally published in 2002. An extract from the book was re-printed in Paolo Hewitt's 'The Sharper Word - revised edition' in 2011. Being a self-confessed 'broad-church' mod, Graham's interests range from Modern Jazz to today's up-coming new bands and everything in between. Although he has a passion for mod history, he also has a passion for the new. Whether it's music, clubs, media of every kind, clothing, scooters or art and photography, Graham supports, promotes and encourages as much as he can, because that's how we keep going. 'Give it a chance' is his motto. If it's not for you, that's cool, at least you tried it.

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October 11, 2016 By : Category : Bands Front Page Music Podcasts Reviews Tags:, , , , , , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Phil Bush

We caught up with Phil Bush recently for a chat about his passion for music.

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

Regrettably, my first record was a Gary Glitter 7” but I didn’t get it off him personally. First got heavily interested in music at school, late 70’s 2-tone and mod revival era.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

Good question – I don’t know exactly. It would have been one of our local scooter club nights during the early 80’s. But I wouldn’t have called myself a DJ then because we all used to get stuck in on the decks back then.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I’ve had some very memorable nights. Recently I got the chance to take my full valve system to Reggae Geel in Belgium. 60,000 people (not all in my Marquee, though!) and a fantastic event, even though I was very ill. We used to run some weekenders down Margate – the ones we had with Dave Barker and Derrick Morgan were out of this world.

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

I had an experience abroad a few years ago where we got caught up in a full-scale district riot, which was lively. Then at the same event, a rock fell out of the wall and went through a £1000 Buster tune of mine. I decided to call it a night!

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

I am not going to make friends here am I? The lads up the Itch in Hull play good R&B which is not what you normally hear on the broader scene. I like listening to what Craig Simpson has to play when I get to hear him. On the reggae scene, the likes of Asher G, King Floyd and Sugar Merchant are all a great listen on the right night. On the skinhead scene, Brian Kelson is always trying out new tunes which is, what it’s all about.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

My selection is driven by Sound System. I’ll play some tunes that others would probably swerve because I know I can get something more out of them on a heavy-set. Reggae sound system is an instrument, not a PA, and should be used as such.

07. How did the Sounds & Pressure Sound system come about?

I got disillusioned with hearing reggae on weak PA systems and I wasn’t known as DJ so I never got asked to play. Also no-one on the skinhead, mod or scooter scenes had built a big vintage sound system before so I decided to solve all my problems in one go. S&P was the first by many years and it sparked some interest because now there are quite a few of them.

08. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I guess my real discoveries are some Buster pre’s that no-one has as far as I know. They’ll only get drawn in a clash. In reality, a lot of finds and discoveries are really just re-discoveries. Simple £5 tunes that hit a sweet spot with an audience and become popular. Take Girls for instance by Jerry and the Bluebells from ’75. No one knew it. Not even any of the reggae old guard had heard it before, but now loads of people play it.

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

Musically it would be Paul Huxtable who owns Axis Sound System. Myself and he are completely aligned in attitude when it comes to sound system matters. Favorite artists – I guess overall has to be Prince Buster.

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

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

11. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Bamboo Club, Lincoln.

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

Black Dragon, Buster’s Allstars. I believe the acetate is in Japan.

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

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. Let’s Get Together – Henry Buckley, Gayfeet ‘68
2. Tribute to Nehru – Skatalites, Randy’s ‘64
3. I love the reggae – Gaylads, Randy’s ‘68
4. Girls, Jerry and the Bluebells – Torpedo ‘75
5. Nameless – Busters Allstars Pre ‘65

Top 5 Tracks of All Time:

1. Heavenless – Vin Gordon, Studio 1 ‘68
2. Going home – Theo Beckford, Worldisc ‘60
3. Just tell me – Maytals, Beverley’s ‘68
4. Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
5. Manny oh – Higgs and Wilson, WIRL, ‘60

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Next Club Spots:
Saturday 22nd October, Crossfire 29, London
Saturday Dec 10th, Bamboo Club, Lincoln

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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September 27, 2016 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Hey Mr DJ! Charlie Salvidge

NUTsMag caught up with Charlie Salvidge recently for a chat about his passion for music.

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

My Dad was a local radio DJ and growing up I immersed myself in his collection of 45s, many of which had been relieved from the BBC grams library in Bristol. The Beatles’ ‘She Loves You’ and The Tornados’ ‘Telstar’ were the ones that left the most profound impact.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

Probably my cousin Leila’s Wedding in Edinburgh. I played some melt melting psychedelia to an indifferent audience then received a substantial burn injury when a stray spark from an indoor sparkler lodged itself between my leather wristband and wrist.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

DJing at The Park stage, Glastonbury 2015. Feeling the vibrations from the immense PA and witnessing a crowd of trollied festival goers get their groove on to Hawkwind and Sabbath through an inch-high slit in front of the decks was exhilarating stuff!

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

When a bloke came up and ‘scratched’ with one of my most treasured discs (think it was Paul & Richie and The Crying Shames) at some gig in central London. I almost scratched his block off.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Me old pal Rhys Webb has most of the best psych singles, me old pal Sam Davies has got all the others.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I enjoy sounds that are of a fast tempo just as much as languid folky numbers. Above all I love well-produced pop singles or things with weird effects. I don’t really know why! I just like a song with a lot going on instrumentally or
production wise.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

In all the years of searching for bargains I’ve only ever successfully found two rare records for cheap, The First Editions’ ‘Just Dropped In..’ and Don Fardon’s ‘Belfast Boy’, both for 50p in a Gloucester charity shop. San Francisco seems to be a good place to find albums by people like Country Joe and Quicksilver Messenger Service for a dollar, usually they’re a bit battered but you can’t find anything like that in an English record shop for less than a days wages of a brakeman.

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

The Beatles.

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

Mud, Bread, Pilot, Vladimir Ussachevsky and The Master Musicians of Joujouka.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Occasionally at The Lexington, Islington, and sometimes at one of Mr. Bailey’s nights. I’m doing Crossfire later this year.

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

Kevin Ayers – Soon, Soon, Soon. Unfortunately it doesn’t exist!

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

Current Top 5 Tracks:

The Rationals – Guitar Army (Crewe – ‘70)
Motions – Take The Fast Train (Decca, ‘68)
Clear Light – She’S Ready To Be Free (Elektra, ‘67)
Steve Flynn – Mr Rainbow (Parlophone, ‘68)
Yellow Taxi – Anna Laura Lee (President, 70)

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever
July – Dandelion Seeds
Buffalo Springfield – Rock &Amp; Roll Woman
Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday
Names And Faces – The Killer
The Zombies – Leave Me Be
Jon – Is It Love
Kevin Ayers – Singing A Song In The Morning
The Byrds – Lady Friend
The Who – Cobwebs And Strange

Social Networks:

Main Site: www.thebandtoy.com
facebook.com/charliesalvidge

Next Club Spots:
Crossfire 29 – 22nd October, London

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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September 22, 2016 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ Liam Large

NUTsMag caught up with Liam Large recently for a chat about his passion
for music.

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

There were records and music around me when I was young as my father is a musician. I would listen to what was playing and then began to develop my own taste at quite a young age, from around 9 or so gravitating to the soul and blues stuff in my Dad’s collection and a couple of years later getting into Hip Hop which really opened me up to the full spectrum of black American music, and since then I’ve been constantly trying to find new sounds and styles which fit my ear. Record collecting might be a strange and ignoble pursuit at times but music is always an enriching, pure and wholesome addiction!

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

I honestly can’t recall. I was always trying to broadcast my tastes to my friends via mixtapes etc. My first public outing as a DJ was probably a house party when I was 15 or 16, then I would do turns on the little common room radio thing at 6th Form College. In terms of first playing at a club, I was probably around 17 or 18 but I can’t remember where or what.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Another one that’s hard to answer, there are so many memories, most of them vague. I enjoyed it when Jukebox Jam hit its peak after about a year at the original venue, the George Tavern. Other than that, there’s been lots of times throughout my many years DJing here and there when you just feel that you have the crowd in tune perfectly, which may not happen as often as I’d like because I tend to go for a more roundabout approach, not playing too many obvious classics. This does mean that when you do connect fully with the crowd, it feels more rewarding I think, when you’re playing stuff from different genres and things they may never have heard before, and they go with it.

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

Similar answer – too many to pick from, haha. DJing is not nearly as glamorous as people may think, and if you’re ploughing away at a niche angle, even less so. You can find yourself doing near-pointless spots to indifferent bordering on hostile crowds for the sake of a little bit of pocket-money.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

I’m going to mainly list a couple of people I know, and not because they would be offended if I didn’t mention them, but because these are people I’ve connected with predominantly through music so it means there is some shared taste – I’ll go with Duncan Brooker, who is the most dogged record obsessive I know, has compiled many very successful compilations but is yet still largely under-exposed, Snakester who played at Jukebox Jam with me and is probably still the best DJ I’ve heard for 50s R&B. On the R&B / mod scene in particular, I give credit to Mik and the Pow Wow lads obviously, for popularizing so many great records – any scene needs reinvention to survive, and they breathed fresh air into it.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

You take up influences all over the place, but the one thing that really guides you – or at least should do – is nothing more complicated than your own taste. For me, I have always honed in on a kind of melancholic sound. Black Music from all around the world is often infused with melancholy, so even the best, seemingly joyful and uptempo dance music has this underpinning juxtaposition of sadness found either in the key, melody or lyrics – or all at once. I also like many genres, I don’t want to ever limit myself to one particular era or style, and I’m constantly trying to find that sound in many different areas and if at all possible build those different records into my sets.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I don’t know, I think the concept of discoveries is a bit bogus. A bit Christopher Columbus! There are plenty of records I’ve picked up and not seen anyone else I know either listing or playing, but I don’t know if that’s because other people didn’t really feel them as I did, and either way I don’t really claim to have discovered anything – all old second-hand records by definition have been owned and played by someone before you!

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

From a young age, people like James Brown, Otis Redding, Elmore James, and rap groups like ATCQ, Nas, De La Soul, Ultramagnetic and many others.

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

No, label running is a collecting thing primarily. I’ve always seen myself as a DJ who collects, so the music is the first thing I care about, not the logo on the label.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

I’ve been a bit quieter than normal this year, but I do a residency at Strongroom with Cousin Benson and guest spots around and about. Will hopefully be getting back into a little promoting soon.

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

I’m not telling.

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

Current Top 5 Tracks:

Fitz Vaughan Bryan – Koyato
Morris Pejoe – Screaming And Crying (Abco)
Delores Ealy – I’Ve Been Looking (Velvet)
Ethiopians – Give Me Your Love (Doctor Bird)
Creations – I Wanna Talk To You

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

I like so many different kinds of music that this is really difficult, and if I tried to compile this list again in 30 minutes time the songs would probably be completely different, but here are 10 songs that after all the times I’ve listened and loved them, I can only presume I’ll never grow tired of hearing again. Most of these aren’t songs to dance to, they’re mostly ballads. I love uptempo stuff, especially to DJ obviously, but for me it’s the deeper stuff which seem to stay with me the longest. No order to these.

Irma Thomas – It’s Raining
Sun Ra – Somewhere In Space
Slum Village – Untitled
Combo Loco – Ven Mi Amore
Paragons – Danger In Your Eyes
Little Ann – Deep Shadows
Muddy Waters – Can’t Be Satisfied
Ornette Coleman – Lonely Woman
Howlin Wolf – Moanin At Midnight
Theron & Darrell – I Was Made To Love Her

Social Networks:

Main Site: www.jukeboxjam.org
facebook.com/Liamlarge

Videos: My channel is here, all kinds of random stuff
www.youtube.com/liamsrekkids

Next Club Spots: Crossfire 29, October 22nd, London

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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October 3, 2016 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ Cosmic Keith

NUTsMag caught up with London-based, DJ Cosmic Keith recently to talk about his life as a DJ and collector.

01. How And When Did You Get In To Music and What Were You Listening To Then?

The early 1980’s and the London Trash scene. Bands like the Milkshakes, Stingrays, Vibes, Cannibals, Del-Monas etc. Would visit the Clarendon Hotel quite regular in Hammersmith.

02. Where Was Your First DJ Slot?

Was a small club in Bishops Stortford at the Half Moon.

03. What Was your most memorable DJ spot?

The Sonics first ever show at the Town & Country Club in 2008, Kentish Town. Such an amazing night!

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

Any gig where the equipment does not work, that’s a nightmare…

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Oh man, I like so many different DJ’s from all types of scenes and non scene as my musical tastes are quite varied. I dig London’s Barney Koumis (Savage Kick & Desperate R’n’R Comp’s) and Johnny Hoodoo as he always play’s some unusual tunes.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I started with 1950’s Rock’n’Roll, R&B, Rockabilly and played that for many years but found myself drifting in to the early 60’s Teen Punk/Garage sound about ten or so years back as it’s more hard edge sounding. The European Rockabilly scene was heading in to the country side of things so that was a cue to jump ship. Have always loved UK and European Beat bands, so it’s a no brainer really. My ideal night is to play everything!

07. What was your best ever find/ discovery?

Had a few over the years, my fave is a record by Bob James & The Creations ‘As My Heart Is To You (Creation) Rock’n’Roll never died in 1959 as quite a few guy’s were still true to the cause right up to the late 1960’s. This record was from 68’ no less and an absolute nugget!

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

Did not have to think about this…. Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Howling Wolf, Little Walter etc. Those guy’s pretty much shaped my musical tastes and still love the classics with a passion. Rock’n’Roll will always be my baby.

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

Most defiantly not as I have my fingers in a lot of pies musically. Love Garage, Freakbeat, Surf, R&B right down to down-home Blues and 1950’s Rock’n’Roll.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Next one is at Crossfire but nothing regular until I move back to the Capitol, hopefully next year.

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

Hum…. Madd Inc ‘ ’ll Be The One‘ (IKON) There are plenty I’d love to get my mitts on…

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

Current top Five Tracks:

Keith Kessler – Don’t Crowd Me – MTW
Danny & The Counts – You Need Love – Coronado
The Royal Flairs – Suicide – Marina
Paul Bearer & The Headsmen – I’ve Been Thinking – Riverton
Oscar & The Majestics – Gotta Have Your Lovin’ – USA

Top Ten Tracks Of All Time:

The Chevelli V – Come Back Bird – UMI
The Lyrics – So What – ERA
Bob Marriott – I’ll Walk A Mile – Jayco
Bo Diddley – Somebody Beat Me – Chess (uk)
The Blue Beats – She’s Coming Home – Festival
Chuck Berry – You Can’t Catch Me – Chess
The Outsiders – Do You Feel Alright – Polydor
The Syndicate – The Egyptian Thing – DOT
Howlin’ Wolf – Down In The Bottom – Chess
The Tamrons – Wild Man – Pyramid

Next Club Spot:

Crossfire 29 , Saturday 22nd October, London

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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October 3, 2016 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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