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Le Beat Bespoké 6 LP review – Rhys Webb

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Record Picks

Le Beat Bespoké, now at volume six has been delivering a tailor made compilation of underground Sixties club hits for a decade now. Compiled by New Untouchables organiser Rob Bailey it has been an introduction for many to the sights and sounds that have been fuelling the dance floors of happenings like Mousetrap, Crossfire and the annual Le Beat Bespoké festival.

Where infamous compilations such as Pebbles, Back From The Grave and Rubble have focused on the lost treasures and treats from the vaults of fanatical collectors, Le Beat Bespoké differs in that it is made by a DJ with the intention of delivering an LP that will keep your feet moving from start to finish. For those familiar with the club nights it’s a flashback to evenings spent enjoying the tunes and for the uninitiated it’s an invitation to experience what lies inside those legendary London haunts that have become so important to so many.

The twenty tracks on volume six stomp and shake through a variety of genres from the distorted crunch of opener ‘I’m The Man’ by Jerry Holmes to the swinging euro soul of Belgium’s Birds And The Bees with ‘Tiger Dance’. There’s a few great Belgian cuts to be found here ‘Girl In The Future’ is a great example of the fine fuzz-tone the countries more weird and wonderful producers seemed to favour back in those hazy days.

Soul is also represented with Monica’s deep funk take on the Richie Havens classic ‘Freedom’, It’s a belter with a truly way out wah-wah guitar solo.

You can find fantastic American garage punk collected here too ‘It Happened’ by Paul Martin is a moody organ lead snarler, ‘Rat Race’ by The Tears is a Beatlesque pop treat and ‘Poor Poor’ Genie by Damon is probably one of my favourites collected on this LP. Recorded by a mysterious traveling musician in 1969 and laced with finger symbols, Eastern rhythms and lysergic acid drenched guitar lines, it’s certainly a 3-minute trip I’m happy to keep dropping.

There’s only a couple of UK cuts represented on this volume but I have to say that Samurai’s ‘Temple Of Gold’ released in 1968 on United Artists is one of the most exciting discoveries of recent years for me. Although not strictly a British group, (band leader Tetsu Yamauchi was Japanese), the single was recorded in London with British musicians and is a super psychedelic track complete with Flutes, Sitars and Strings, this is a 45 I’m sure will be found on countless want lists for
years to come.

Album closer ‘The Lesson’ by The Cords, from Texas, is a great choice of final track and will remind many regular attendees of the compilers long running club nights about how much fun can be had listening to this great music. The album is a great document of whats happening right now at those clubs. Although not every track might be your cup of tea, this is a fantastic glimpse in to the record boxes of one of the scenes most progressive DJ’s. Grab your copy here!

 


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Horror by day, vinyl junkie by night, Rhys is a DJ and collector whose passion for underground sounds started back in his teens attending the Mousetrap allnighter. Promoter of London club ‘the Cave’ he has also been seen moonlighting in another combo called ‘The Diddlers’ masquerading as a demented frontman about to smash his numerous sets of maracas on your bonce.

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April 29, 2015 By : Category : Beat DJs Front Page Fuzz Garage Inspiration Music Psych Reviews Scene UK Tags:, , ,
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Rob Bailey on Margate Mod and Sixties Festival

I recently met up with Rob bailey, AKA DJ Dr Robert to chat about his joint new venture ‘Great British Music Culture’ (go to: www.gbmusicculture.co.uk) and their first Event ‘The Margate Mod and Sixties Festival’ (full info here). Here is what he had to say!

01. What was growing up in the Kent area like and what are your first musical related memories?

Music was all around me from an early age especially at school with the ever so cool sixth formers and our home economics teacher Miss Potts (who was every young Mods dream) riding her Vespa to school. Quite a few of us signed up for her classes she was a bit like Fay Hallam of Makin Time but before her time this was 1982/83. The music followed on from the style at first.

02. Margate, Kent, the Medway area have all been a vibrant historical ‘musical delta’ over the years?

Being close proximity to London helps of course but growing up near Medway in the early eighties was exciting. Along with my short spell at Gillingham football club my other passion was music. We had that in abundance and attitude from local heroes the Prisoners and JTQ followed when the Prisoners split. We also had a great DJ’s like Graham Sage and Keith Rylatt who run Bogart’s Soul club, Jo Wallace at Churchill’s and the King Charles Mod nights. In 1985 the Cool Running Scooter Club started organizing its own nights in Maidstone where both Lee Miller and I started our DJ journeys. This was going on all over Kent we met the Canterbury lads Jake, Paul, Nick and Chris also the Llewellyn brothers and Matt, Tony and Simon from Thanet. All these areas had their own Mod related nights and scenes. Allan Crockford used to work in my local Our Price record shop during the day and be a Prisoner or member of JTQ by night!

03. Margate itself was quite a Modernist Weekender Mecca in the golden era and the New Untouchables used to stage events there, why did this stop?

Margate like Brighton is close proximity to London and hit the headlines back in 1964 and will always be synonymous with the Mod scene. It’s has a great beach and the first ever fun fair Dreamland which reopens its doors this summer.

In 2002 New Untouchables revived it for a couple of years with great success but the problem was the town was detioriating around us.

04. So tell us what changes have been afoot in that Margate for those not from the local area?

Fast forward a decade and the new Turner Arts centre has transformed the town. Our venue the Westcoast and Black Cat Club in the heart of the old town is surrounded by vintage shops, boutique hotels, family run cafes, restaurants, tea rooms and even an old sweet shop. The UK’s first ever fun fair, Dreamland will reopen its doors for the first time in over a decade this summer. Margate also offers one of the best Beaches in Britain and one of the few places you can watch the sun rise and set.

05. So you have a new event called Margate Mod and Sixties Festival what is the new venue like?

The venue is fantastic space opposite the harbour in the heart of the old town and is a similar size and space to the Komedia in Brighton with two rooms and offers a great live music space. The smaller venue Black Cat is already hosting some great club nights that are Mod and Sixties friendly with Profumo, Wahoo, Face Up and the Soul Cellar. It will also be serving the best Caribbean food in town during the day all weekend.

06. What live bands have you got lined up for this Event?

We start as we mean to go on with a stellar line-up of live bands. Kicking things off Friday is closest you will ever get to hearing the Small Faces live. The Small Fakers have built a superb reputation as a must see live band for all things Small Faces. Saturday daytime is out Battle of the bands (go to: www.gbmusicculture.co.uk to enter). I can’t wait for Sat night and a chance to see Graham, Allan and Wolf in action playing all those songs I love from the Prisoners, Solarflares and Prime Movers. Sunday daytime we have two explosive young bands, the first from Spain the Faith Keepers are best described soulful dynamite and already blew the roof of in Brighton two years ago.  They will be joined by young London band The Turning who play 21st century Mod pop and recently supported mates The Strypes on tour. Sunday night James Taylor takes centre stage with those groovy Hammond vibes before our Northern Soul allnighter gets underway.

07. What about DJ Talent to fill those dancefloors?

We have a great mix playing of DJ’s playing across the board Mod and sixties sounds including the New Untouchables regulars along with local guys from the clubs mentioned above and special guests from the London area.

08. Anything else going on for Scooterists? Is there a meet up for those riding down from the London area?

There are two ride outs over the weekend. Our first ride out is organized by Bar Italia Scooter Club on Sat 23 May and leaves Blackheath Tea Hut on the A2 at 10am stopping at Medway Scooters in Strood and continuing down the A2 arriving at the Piazza opposite the Westcoast on Margate seafront early afternoon. Our second ride out is by the THANET AREA SCOOTER SERVICES to Ramsgate via Broadstairs, meeting at 12 noon on Sunday 24th at the Piazza. We have arranged parking in the Piazza with road closures on those days for scooters. The scooter Competition is sponsored by THANET AREA SCOOTER SERVICES, BAR ITALIA and THE PIRATES S.C and will take place at 3pm in the Piazza on Sunday 24 May 2015.

09. So there is a great outdoor area at the venue, tell us about that and how you will use it?

Our daytime events are on the Piazza opposite the Westcoast in the heart of the old Town right opposite the beach. We will have a stage with live music both days including battle of the bands on Saturday afternoon, open decks DJ sessions, scooter comp, market and record fair, food and drinks available at special prices for wristband holders.

10. How can folks buy a ticket and find out more?

The full program and tickets are online at: www.gbmusicculture.co.uk

If you want to enter battle of the bands or a trade stall or a spot at the Open decks session please contact us here!


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April 29, 2015 By : Category : Bands DJs Events Front Page Interviews Music News Picks Scene UK Tags:,
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Newbreed – The Loons

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series Newbreed4

Band Members:
Mike Stax (vocals)
Anja Stax (bass,vocals)
Marc Schroeder (guitar)
Chris Marsteller (guitar)
Mike Kamoo (drums)

Discography:
1998 LP ‘Love’s Dead Leaves’ (Get Hip)
2004 CD ‘Paraphernalia’(UT Records)
2010 LP ‘Red Dissolving Rays of Light’ (Bomp! Records)
2012 7” ‘If You Could Read Your Mind’ (split single with Clinic) (UT Records)
2015 LP ‘Inside Out Your

01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

The band first formed in 1996. There were a lot of lineup changes early on. Anja arrived from England in 1999 after leaving the Diaboliks, Marc joined in 2000, Chris around 2002, and Mike Kamoo in 2005, so we’ve had the same lineup now for ten years, which means we’ve developed a genuine bond as friends and chemistry as musicians.

02. What influences do the band members have in common?

Between us, I’m sure thousands of influences can be factored into the equation, but there are many that are common to all of us, primarily the Pretty Things, Love, the Yardbirds, the Who, the Kinks, the Outsiders, Q65, the 13th Floor Elevators, MC5—you know, the GOOD stuff!

03. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

The Schitzophonics are the best band to emerge from the San Diego area in a long time. They’re like a super high-energy cocktail of early MC5, the Sonics, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Little Richard.
The Neumans from Orange County – archetypal 60s garage, Vox amps and black roll-necks, great music and great people. We love them.

04. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?

The scene in Southern California has been undergoing a resurgence in the last few years with the appearance of bands like the Mystic Braves, the Allah La’s, the Sound Reasons and the aforementioned Schitzophonics and the Neumans as well as the return of the Unclaimed, who kicked off the entire West Coast garage revival scene in 1979-80. There’s also the all-girl garage band the Rosalyns (which includes Anja) and the Diddley Daddies (with Mike on bass). We see a lot more younger people at our shows now, which is really encouraging as it means the scene is regenerating rather than growing stale and grey.
There are also a few DJ clubs but it’s mainly about the bands and live music, a bit different from the European 60s scene. The scene is also a good mix so you have your Garage/Freakbeat people along with Scooterists, Mods and Punk Rock kids wanting a good time.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

Psychotic Beat.

06. What are your live shows like?

Whether we’re playing to five people or 1,500 people, there’s a certain level of intensity we’re trying to bring to every show we play. The goal is to connect with the audience, engage them with our music, and hopefully have them leave the venue with our songs still ringing in their heads. We feel that, along with memorable songs, a band needs to bring some visual excitement to the stage. We’re never going to just stand there staring blankly at the floor, we’re going to be looking sharp, moving around and trying to grab your attention any way we can.

07. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

I listed our main influences back in question #2. We do have a few covers that we’ll throw into our set list, according to our mood on the night: “Alexander” and “LSD” by the Pretty Things, “You’re Gonna Miss Me” by the 13th Floor Elevators, “My Time” by the Golden Dawn, “All in Your Mind” by Stray, “I Unseen” by the Misunderstood, and even “New Rose” by the Damned, if we’re feeling particularly amped-up and anarchic.
We despise mediocrity in all its forms, bands who spend more time on their ‘look’ than their songs, musicians who use technology as a musical crutch, and people who are always chasing the next trend instead of trying to stake out something original of their own.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Mike Stax:”I’m a voracious reader. Kingsley Amis, Graham Greene, Ross Macdonald, John Le Carre, Lawrence Durrell, L.P. Davies, and Phil K. Dick are a few of my favourite writers and a constant source of inspiration.”
Anja: Also reading a ton but as far as other influences go I am always drawn to design and architecture. Obviously fashion, which I still continue to make and work on with my clothes label here in So Cal (I used to be part of Babzotica Boutique back when I lived in the 90s in London). And my friends!
Marc: Family, friends and surfing. Very simple.
Mike: Any art form that inspires and appeals to my senses.
Chris: Which do you mean sex or drugs?  (Sorry.  Spinal Tap moment = Poor attempt at being clever). Well… I suppose the only true answer would be life, right?

09. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

All of the band members contribute to the songwriting. Generally, one person will bring a riff, a chord progression or a basic song structure into the practice room; then we all put our heads together and shape it into a full-fledged song. I (Mike) come up with all of the lyrics and most of the vocal melodies. The songs are mostly drawn from personal experiences or observations of the world around us. Sometimes I get inspiration from historical events or personalities. For example, we just wrote a song called “Miss Clara Regrets,” which is all about the 1920s movie actress Clara Bow. It’s going to come out soon on a single on Dirty Water Records.

10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

Mike: “My Desolation” is my current favorite, because it’s a lot of fun to sing live. Favourite song by another artist? “Can’t Stand the Pain” by the Pretty Things – I never tire of that song.
Anja: I like “Miss Clara Regrets” right now; it’s back to the basics and super tribal, really fun to play. Also “My Desolation” for its intensity. By another artist, wow, so many….let’s say top three are MC5 – “Lookin’ At You,” Rupert’s People – “Dream In My Mind” and 13th Floor Elevators – “Slip Inside This House.”
Marc: My favorite song right now from the Loons is “As the Raven Flies”. Probably one of my favorite songs of all time is “Signed DC” by Love. Also “Bo’s Bounce” by Bo Diddley.
Mike: I’m really enjoying ‘Miss Clara Regrets’ at the moment. ‘Dead End Street’ by the Kinks is high on the list currently.
Chris: “Heyday”, and of course, ALL of The Misunderstood set we’re doing with Glenn!  What great songs! What’s your favorite song by another artist? I apologize, but this is an impossible question to answer.  How do you think I fell for music in the first place?

11. How would you describe the current underground scene?  Do you participate?

I think the current underground scene is in a reasonably healthy state at the moment, and, yes, we actively participate whenever possible. Of course the scene is clogged up with a lot of mediocre bands, narcissists and bandwagon jumpers, but that’s always been the case. There are also some great bands who are contributing with some potentially timeless music – I hope we’re one of them. Luckily we have a few great life clubs/club owners here who genuinely support bands for the love of the music.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

It’s always been a challenge getting the media over here in the States to give us any attention. Too often they write us off as some kind of ‘60s revival act, because we dress a certain way and utilize vintage equipment and instruments. It’s only in recent years that they’ve begun to take us seriously and realize we’re creating music that is new and reflective of our own personalities, not some kind of nostalgia trip or historical reenactment.

13. How often do you rehearse? Play live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

We rehearse about once a week. As we rehearse at Mike Kamoo’s recording studio, Earthling, we can record as often as we want—whenever we feel inspired. Our new album, Inside Out Your Mind will be released on May 27. We play live about twice a month on average. We have a couple of exciting upcoming shows: first our album release party on May 28 in San Diego, then of course our set at Le Beat Bespoke in London on April 3.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

There’s not an active national music press in the States like there is in the UK, so the only media coverage most bands get is either through zines and blogs or in the local media. It’s only in the last two or three years that the local media has begun give us any significant coverage. We appreciate all we get because it really does make a difference.

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

Mike: Nothing mainstream. But I like quite a lot of underground bands from around the world including the Sadies, the Schitzophonics, the Higher State, the Beat Pack, Los Grys Grys, Clinic, the Flowers of Evil, the Royal Flairs and the Maharajas.
Anja: I really like Clinic, The Sadies, Fogbound, the now defunct Soundtrack Of Our Lives, plus the bands we already mentioned from here in California.
Marc: Graham Day and cohorts Allan and Wolf have continued for 30+ years with a singular vision of quality rock ‘n’ roll. I think they sound about as good today as they ever have. Gives me hope.
Mike: Deerhunter, Tame Impala, Caribou, and Viet Cong
Chris: Another difficult question to answer without proper discussion.  I will say… I’ve always liked The Church.  Not sure if that qualifies as current or mainstream or underground (I think they’ve been all the above), but nevertheless they’ve been making good records for 35+ years.

16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

Mike: I’d like to record with Dave Hassinger at RCA Hollywood in 1966 – with Jack Nitzsche helping out with the arrangements. Why? Aftermath, Between the Buttons, and “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night.”
Anja: For a treat I would love to record with Liam at Toe-Rag again; good times! Jorge from Dr. Explosion is also doing some great work, someone get us back to Spain fast 😉
Marc: I would love to record with Kim Fowley, a great supporter of the Loons. Unfortunately we lost our chance. Liam at Toe-Rag would be cool; I love the sounds from that studio.
Mike: Jorge Explosion – Circo Perrotti. I heard the Fogbound recordings and would like to see what’s going on over there!
Chris: Holy Sh*t!  Is time travel possible?

17. What should we expect from you in the future?  What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

Our goal is to keep getting better – write better songs, make better records, play better gigs, and reach as many people with our music as we possibly can. In the immediate future, we’re looking forward to collaborating again with our friend Glenn Campbell of the Misunderstood, and to bringing our music to London for Le Beat Bespoke.

Web Links:

facebook.com/pages/The-Loons
reverbnation.com/theloons9

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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 1, 2015 By : Category : Bands Interviews Music Scene USA Tags:, , ,
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Warren Boogaloo – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 15 of 21 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Warren Boogaloo is based in London, UK and describes himself as Head Honcho at at Boogaloosoul since 2000. He took some time out recently to talk to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

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

Late 70’s at the tender age of 15, going to a youth club when my brother Norman used to dj got me into Northern soul. 2 weeks later I went to my first allnighter.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

St Peter’s social club Gloucester 1979.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Subway soul in New York was an amazing experience. Also the first time I played at the 100 club in London was incredible. The most beautiful place I’ve played at was in Italy on the banks of a lake outside Perugia with some great friends who came over for the weekend.

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

Anyone remember the Lord Nelson on Holloway Road?
More like the battle of Trafalgar.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Anyone who can work magic on a dance floor with varied sounds. Bold, uncompromising djs who play great tunes always have my admiration.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I love all types of music but probably Latin sounds take the edge for me.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Not my discovery but hammering away with Manny Corchado many years ago to empty dancefloors makes me smile now.

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

Too many to list. Some of my favourite artists are Marvin, Donny Hathaway, Ella Fitzgerald, Brenda Holloway, Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, Nat King Cole and Nancy Wilson.

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

Any Latin and French Motown picture sleeve.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Boogaloosoul’s been running for over 14 years now. Not sure it’ll be around much longer as they’re pulling down the building but actively looking for a new venue.

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

Martha Starr – Sweet memories

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. Fascinations – Girls are out to get you – Sue
2. Tobi Legend – Time will pass you by – Mala
3. Betty Wilson – I’m yours – Dayco
4. Pat Lewis – No one to love – Solid Hit
5. Hector Rivera – A chance for romance – Barry
6. Marvin Gaye – Love starved heart – Tamla
7. Tommy Ridgely – My love gets stronger – International city
8. Ray Medina – Head’s head – Mares
9. Joe Matthews  – Ain’t nothing you can do – Kool Kat
10. The Cairos – Stop overlooking me – Shrine

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. Lewise Bethune – Chi-town Boogaloo – Sack
2. Nancy Wilcox – Gambler’s Blues – Studio acetate
3. Charles Johnson – You made a mistake – Rainbow
4. Perry and the Harmonics – Doing the monkey with James
5. JT Parker – If you want to hold on – Academy

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Next Club Spots:

Boogaloosoul – 13th Dec


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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 22, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, ,
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Arthur Fenn – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 16 of 21 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Arthur Fenn is based in Selby, Yorkshire, UK and describes himself as a DJ Collector. He took some time out recently to talk
to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

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

I was sixteen and working at our local golf club, I’d always liked soul stuf but on a visit to the local youth club I heard things like The Fuller Bros, Bob Relf & I was blown away.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

About a year later I was buying bits like the Montlairs “Hung Up” & Eddie Foster “never knew” off Bob Cattaneo from Daly City at 75 cents each. I soon had enough records for a “hot box” and started playing records at Leeds Central with a mate before the residents Frank & Twink arrived, I remember so well dropping the first real known copy of The Four Perfections (a $5 buy from Bob) as Frank came down the stairs, his face was a picture. I now had a taste for this djing lark & shortly after (1978) got a break through John Manship to join the team at Cleethorpes Winter Gardens. By the end of the year I was guesting arround the country.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

My most memorable spot! Wow that’s a tuff one, my one & only main room hour at the Casino makes me smile but closely followed by my first gig in Europe which was in Frankfurt, that was so exciting and I still feel the same every time I play outside the UK (and of course the few I do here).

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

Worst? Getting the sack from the East Anglian Soul Club for playing too many 60’s newies at St Ives circa 79.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Sam for his never ending enthusiasm in the search for new records & his delivery of them.
Butch, pretty obvious really.
Colin Curtis, his influence in my early years was so important to me.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

The Highland Room 74/75, Arthur.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Early visits to the states had me finding the first Greater Experience, William Powel & such but finding the 3rd known copy of The Inspirations on Breakthrough in St Louis for $1 was a thrill.

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

My Mum & fav artist’s would be Len Jewel, Willie Tee and Maxine Brown.

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

Not really, could never afford to do that properly but as I’ve got older I adore group harmony.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Residency’s have never been my strong point but of course Maria runs Boomerang 4 times a year & I keep turning up.

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

I’d love the Little Ceaser c/up that Steve G & Butch play.

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

all time 10 mind blowers?

1. John & Wierdest
2. Mel Britt
3. Sam Williams
4. Willie Hutch (Love runs out)
5. Len Jewel
6. Larry Houston (Lets spend some time)
7. Melvin Moore
8. Maxine Brown (Million)
9. Carstairs (Hurts me girl)
10. Charles Mintz (Lucky guy)

Current Top 5 Spins:

1. Ron Shy- Don’t You Know (Little Star 7″)
2. Bernard Drake – I’ve Been Untrue
3. Alan Harris- Love is the Only Answer
4. Clarence Reid- You Knock Me Out
5. Love Warmth & Affection- Talkin Bout Love

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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 22, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , ,
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Andy Roseaman – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 17 of 21 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Andy Roseaman is based in Brighton, UK. He used to host Mojo to Go Go down here in Brighton for around 6 years. Have played the Hipsville weekender, Fuzz for Freaks, Brighton Mod Weekender, Dollyrocker in Bournemouth, a mad night in Pamplona and various gigs supporting bands in London and Brighton. He took some time out recently to talk to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

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

Some friends of mine collected garage comps back in the 80s, Pebbles, Boulders etc. and I was hooked from then. Saw a lot of garage and trash bands in those, my teenage days.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

Long time ago, back in the 80s at my local college. They had garage/trash nights on a regular basis and I knew the student union guys quite well and they asked me to spin some tunes.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

NUTS New Year’s Eve at 229 last year. I distinctly remember two years ago at the Brighton weekend three ladies from Asturias (you know who you are!) flashed their knickers at me whilst behind the decks! I nearly miscued the next record after that. Should happen more often if you ask me!

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

Thankfully I have been very lucky. Met some wonderful people and still do.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Many great Dj’s out there but in particular Rob for championing the bespoke sound. Peter Feely, the Spanish lads at Euro Ye Ye each year (my favourite festival), Fabrice and Ben Jones, also at the EuroYe Ye this year. I like to tune into Gerry Germans monthly radio show to hear some of the more popular tunes across Europe.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Phasing and fuzz. I have always listened to ‘swirly’ tunes, thumping fuzz guitar, and keep an eye on what sounds go down well on the dance floor and looking out for new tracks continually. The best feeling is when someone comes up to you at the decks and says ‘What the hell was that tune you just played?’ That makes my night. As long as the dance floor is busy I’m happy and hopefully the crowd are too. Meeting lots of new, young faces on the scene lately so it is also great to introduce them to tracks.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Not a mega rare track but Palito Ortega – Amanecer Sin Ti. Great Latin psych/funk track which has gone down really well this year.

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

I have always liked The Stones, Pretty Things, Yardbirds, Animals and lesser known bands. Many of the 80s garage groups had a huge impact on me then. The Pebbles and Nuggets comps very influential too.

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

I buy a variety of stuff but do like Texas, Michigan and Florida garage/psych 45s. I am always on the lookout for new tunes from around the world especially those sung in Spanish and Italian. Psych, Garage, Euro beat and Hammond groovers.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

New Year’s Eve in London. I no longer have the time for running a regular club night so I guest at various events. Played the Brighton Weekender several times, in my home city, which is always good fun and a privilege.

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

Like most of us I have an endless wants list but The Warlords – Real Fine Lady.

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

  1. Chevelle V – Come Back Bird
  2. The Haunted – 125
  3. JC Heavy – That Woman’s Mind
  4. The Interns – The Trip
  5. The Rovin Flames – How Many Times
  6. The Quests – Shadows in the Night
  7. Palito Ortega – Amanecer sin ti’
  8. Snapshots – Hip Hip Hurray
  9. The Premiers – Get on this plane
  10. The Rolling Stones – Paint it Black

Current Top 5 Tracks:

  1. The Appleglass Syndrome – Someday
  2. The Shadows of Time – Search Your Soul
  3. Karo – Dans le Ventre d’une enorme baleine
  4. Washington Merry Go Round – Got ta Got ta
  5. The Cords – Aint  That love

Next Club Spots:

NUTs New Year’s Eve Bash, 31st December 2014, London


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

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December 22, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Edu Domingo – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 14 of 21 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

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

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

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

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

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

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

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

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

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

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

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

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

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

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

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

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

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

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

Two above any others: Sam Dees and The Impressions.

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

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

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

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

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

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

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

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

Current Top 5 Spins:

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

Web Links:

facebook.com/MovinOnBarcelona
mixcloud.com/movinon/

Next Club Spots: 

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

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

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December 22, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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The Beatroots (Newbreed)

This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series Newbreed4

The Beatroots are a Glasgow based band featuring members of The Hardy Souls, Figure 5, Red Sands and the Last National Band. The Beatroots perform their own take on psych classics, with live sitar and mind blowing sounds adding their own unique twist to the mix…

Band Members:
Neil Donaldson (Vocals, Percussion)
Graham ‘Groovy’ Gordon (Bass, Sitar)
Seb Jonsen (Drums)
Ian Hill (Keys/Bass)
Campbell Lindsay (Guitar)

Discography:
The Count/Hell Will Take Care of Her 7” single

01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

It happened by accident really about 2 years ago. Paul Molloy (Tailor Made/Friday Street) needed a band for his monthly night in McChuills which was in a couple of weeks time. I suggested I could get a band together for it so I got in touch with Seb and Groovy and we put The Beatroots together and played what was a probably a pretty ropey first gig at Paul’s night.

02.What influences do the band members have in common?

A love of 60s music. We all have very different tastes but a love of garage, psych and freakbeat is what we all share.

03. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

We are spoiled in Glasgow really. Helicon, The Fast Camels, Big Hogg, Trembling Bells, Crash Club, The Cosmic Dead, Medicine Men, The Wellgreen and Mushroom Club are all fab. The Fast Camels are particularly great both live and on record with great pop songs that echo early Pink Floyd and Sell Out era Who.

04. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?

Glasgow has a great club scene with something for everyone who has a love of underground music from the past. Tailor Made, Divine, The Freakbeats Club, Gimme Shelter, Nowt But Northern, Eyes Wide Open as well as the Glasgow Mod and Double Sight Weekenders all play quality tunes from start to finish.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

Like a 60s Psych Pop version of a trad folk band. We select not-so-well known songs and do our own interpretation of them. With added sitar.

06. What are your live shows like?

Great fun!

07. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

We play mostly all covers with only a couple of originals. Every musician that plays or has played with The Beatroots has their own band/project that they are involved in so we get together to indulge ourselves in doing songs by our favourite bands of the 60s and obscure psych 45s. Like The Doors’ Peace Frog or I Know What I Would Do by The State of Mickey and Tommy.

I don’t really depise any music these days, I have mellowed somewhat and grown to love a lot of 80s Pop that I would have once hated so I am wary of slagging off anything in case I go on to like it later in life. I do however despise the duke box in Nice n Sleazy. It is beyond pretension. Not that the music on it is bad, but when you are in a pub at 1am you don’t want to be hearing some Low album track. They should check out the Kempock’s in Gourock for some tips!

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

The more dandyish aspect of Mod fashion. And grass.

09.Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

Oh all the usual… love, betrayal, murder and death!

10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

I love doing the 2 songs that are on our 7” single. Our own song The Count and the b-side Hell Will Take Care Of Her originally recorded by Brass Buttons.

11. How would you describe the current underground scene?  Do you participate?

Colourful and vibrant. That you can be in London, Derby, Belfast or Berlin and have a mental night and meet so many lovely people is a beautiful thing. I have had some of the best nights of my life at weekenders all over the UK, at home and abroad since first going to Scarborough Mod Rally in 2002.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Dealing with Seb!

13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

We rehearse every week and gig about twice a month.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

It is pathetic. Especially on telly. We really need a less mainstream programme than Later with Jools Holland that would showcase the likes of Wolf People and Dead Skeletons and also cover the Liverpool Psych and End of the Road Festivals. Youtube and the internet is all well and good but I do miss looking forward to a good music programme on Channel 4 or the BBC. Shindig! TV perhaps?

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

The War On Drugs, Cate Le Bon, Real Estate, Warpaint, Kurt Vile, Woods, The Sufis, Quilt, Ty Segall and Goat all spring to mind.

16.Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

Recording the Red Sands album with Marco Rea at the Barne Studio in Clydebank was a great experience and what I would do again if making another record.

17. What should we expect from you in the future?  What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

Martin Keith that played guitar with me in both Figure 5 and Red Sands will be joining us along with well known face on the scene Charlie Bennett for the show in London at New Year which will be our last. For a good while anyway. I am going travelling in 2015 but I would like to think we will play again at some point, it has been a blast.

Web Links:

facebook.com/thebeatrootsband


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

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November 16, 2014 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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The High Learys (Newbreed)

This entry is part 9 of 14 in the series Newbreed4

The High Learys are a four piece rhythm and blues band from Perth, Australia. Forming in 2011 the band have taken influence from artists such as Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Slim Harpo, The Rolling Stones, The Zombies, The Hollies, The Standells, The Bee Gees, The Animals, The Yardbirds and The Kinks.

Band Members:
Jamie Turner – Vocals, Bass
Mike Nutt – Organ, Vocals
Matt Williams – Guitar
Adrian MacMillan – Drums

Discography:
2013 – Album ‘Here Come The High Learys’
2014 – Single ‘Clear My Mind’

Updated Releases and Tour Dates: facebook.com/events

01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

We’ve been playing together now for nearly 3 years. Myself and Matt are cousins and have been playing music together for ages. We met Mike while at school and started playing in bands with him at an early age, a few years later we met Adrian around town while we were all playing in different bands, we decided to get together and start The Learys in 2011 and have been going strong ever since.

02. What influences do the band members have in common?

We all share the love for the 60’s groups, even though we might take influence from different artists we can all agree that our sound is very much built on that.

03. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

Thee Gold Blooms are from Perth, Western Australia, they are fantastic!
Their music is very surf influenced and their songs are so damn catchy.

04. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?

It’s not too bad actually, we are fortunate to have bands like The Stems come from our neck of the woods, there is also some great bands in the eastern states like The Frowning Clouds.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

It’s a modern take on our 60’s influences. We’re very influenced by the British invasion and so I think that definitely comes through in our playing. The combo organ always adds a nice touch to our songs.

06. What are your live shows like?

I’d like to say it’s energetic, fun and captivating.

07. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

Our main influences are bands like The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and The Zombies. Our current covers are by The Easybeats, The Clovers and Status Quo. We despise commercial and generic boy band garbage.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Outside of music we are influenced by all sorts, such as art, books and even new technology we find really interesting.

09. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

Jamie and Mike write the majority of the songs. The songs are usually about anything from girls to a particular state of mind.

10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

Our latest single Clear My Mind is probably our favourite, although at the moment we have some brand new songs that will hopefully be appearing on our next album which are really great to play. Our other favourite is Ice In The Sun which is a 1968 classic by Status Quo, we love playing that one!

11. How would you describe the current underground scene?  Do you participate?

It’s very much alive! There are some amazing bands in the scene that are great players and who write some great tunes as well. We participate when we can!

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

I think our 2013 European tour was a huge challenge, it was so much fun but it was exhausting for all of us.

13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

We rehearse at least once a week and play at least a show a fortnight. We like to get into the studio as much as we can! The European Tour is coming up and that’s going to be great.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

It’s always interesting reading articles and interviews of bands. You really get to know the artist and see what they’re all about. Live reviews are always interesting as well.

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

A few bands we really like at the moment are Temples and Jacco Gardner.

16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

Abbey Road is the dream as I’m sure it is for most bands. We’ll get in line and keep buying our lottery tickets though. Phil Spector would be great to work with if he wasn’t a holding a gun or anything sharp…

17. What should we expect from you in the future?  What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

We hope to write and record a new album in 2015. Our European Tour is really exciting as well, we’re really looking forward to heading back and playing some shows in our favourite countries.

Web Links:

facebook.com/thehighlearys
twitter.com/TheHighLearys
soundcloud.com/the-high-learys


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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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Big Boss Man (Newbreed)

This entry is part 7 of 14 in the series Newbreed4

Big Boss Man formed in November 1998, Their sound is a hip Heavy Hammond hybrid of pop, 6T’s R’n’B / Latin soul and funk. Early 1999 they got themselves a gig at the renowned “Blow Up”, then situated at the Wag club London, as usual the club was packed and the crowd absolutely loved the Big Boss Sound. They were then immediately signed up to the clubs very own “Blow Up” record label. The first release can be found on V2 Blow Upcompilation “Blow Up A Go-Go” with the demo version of the track Humanize, (recorded in the bands very own Ramshackle studios).

Band Members:
Nasser Bouzida: Organ, Mono-synthesizer, Bongos
Desmond Rogers: Drums
Scott “the Hawk” Milsom: Electric bass & Double Bass
Trev Harding: Guitar

Discography: (Blow Up Records unless stated otherwise)

Singles:
Sea Groove/Version (Blow Up Records) (2000) , Big Boss Man/Version (2001) Big Boss Man” The Hawk”/Frank Popp “leave me alone” (2005) (Record Kicks)
Party 7/Kelvin Stardust (2006), C’est Moi (2009) (promo cd only) Black Eye (2010) (promo cd only), Aardvark (2014)

Albums:
Humanize (2001), Winner (2005),
Full English Beat Breakfast (2009), Last Man on Earth (2014)

Compilation Appearances:
Blow Up a go-go (V2) The Later Lounge 1 & 2 (2000 ) (Later Magazine), It’s a Cool Cool Christmas (Jeepster) 2000, Unique Club Culture (Unique) 2000, Midem 2001 (Manchester Music) (2001) Robbi, Tobbi und Das Fliewatuut (Diggler) 2002, Soul Shaker 1 & 2 (2004/5) The Outernational Sound (18 St Lounge), Urban Deluxe (V2)(2005) Kitsch World Tour (Keks) 2007, Come on Soul (Legere) (2007), Raymann is Laat (Sonic Sorcery) 2008, Pradat (EMI) 2008, Vollanalog (private press LP) (2009) Blow Up Sampler (Blow Up) (2011)

Updated Releases and Tour Dates:
28th Nov ’14ZooZoo at The Blues Kitchen, Camden, London, UK
29th Nov ’14 – Jazz Cafe, Camden, London, UK
19th Dec ’14 – R3VIVAL, La Maroquinerie, Paris, FRANCE
27th Dec ’14 – Hipsville Xmas A Go Go, Fiddlers’ Elbow, NW5, London, UK

01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

We have been together since 1998, Nass, Scott and Trev had been friends playing in bands for years, and when their last band “Skooby” hit the rocks the guys set up Big Boss Man mainly for fun; Nass, known principally as a drummer until this point came out from behind the kit to play organ & bongos and front the band. Scott played double bass in the early days.

One night we played at the Blow Up night at the Wag Club in Soho and were approached to sign to the Club’s Record Label and publishing company, they offered to pay for enough really good recording studio sessions, quality mixing and mastering to make a record we would all be happy with, and cut us in on a good deal so we haven’t looked back since. Around the same time we were invited to play at the Euro YeYe festival in Northern Spain, where we had a blast, it opened our eyes to the scene outside of Great Britain and the possiblities for touring that could be had, we have now toured Spain 5 times!

02. What influences do the band members have in common?

We all love playing, recording, creating, Soul, 60’s Garage, 60’s R’n’B, Psyche, Funk and Bongo-Fuzz sounds.

03. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

We would def recommend: The Bongolian, The Hawkmen and The 45’s, they all feature members of Big Boss Man!

04. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?

We are from all over, obviously London is great: club nights like: NUTs, Weirdsville, Dirty Water etc, Bristol has the frat house and department S.
Still working on Swansea, although there is a good Northern soul night that takes place in Pontadawe occasionally.

05. What are your live shows like?

We are a mainly instrumental band; we have the stage set up with Nass pounding the organ and bongos opposite Des beating the hell out of the drum kit and the two of them going generally mental whilst the Hawk and Trev hold it together.

06. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

We don’t do covers these days, though back in the beginning we used to do a rocksteady version of Peter Tosh’s “Steppin’Razor” and a Hammond Version of Elvis’s “His latest flame”

Our biggest influences are mostly black guys called Jimmy: Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Cliff, Jimi Hendrix, plus James Brown.

We don’t despise anyone!

07. What are your main influences outside of music?

Spinal Tap.

08. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

Nass writes most of the songs, but there are quite a few team efforts and co-writes. The few vocal numbers we have deal with; love lost, life’s bizarre experiences E.G. “Trans Adonis” and odd people we have met along the way. E.G. “Hail Caesar”

09. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

Our Favorite song has got to be “Last Man on Earth” from the new LP/CD/digital download “Last Man on Earth” on Blow Up Records

Another Artist; anything by James Brown, say, “Sssh for a while” his avant-garde keyboard work on that track is second to none!

10. How would you describe the current underground scene?  Do you participate?

There are loads of great nights going on all over Europe, more than ever, we participate occasionally!

11. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Deciding which tracks to put on the new LP we settled for: Aardvark, Theme from Last Man on Earth, Blow your own, Hail Caesar, Changing Faces, Crimson 6Ts, The Bear, Project No.6, Le Dernier Homme Sur Terre, Shot Down, Trans Adonis, Painted Rainbow, Sladey and Last Man on Earth (vocal version).

12. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

We are always rehearsing, and have been playing a lot in 2014 to promote the new LP, we have been asked by one of the shows on BBC6 Music to come in and record a session, so hopefully that will work out then more gigging in 2015 followed by recording at Beat Mountain and Dog House Studios.

13. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

Just get Shindig Magazine, that has it all covered!

14. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

There’s loads of great new bands out there if you look, “The Turning” for instance, good bunch of guys!

15. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

Who: Any of the Soul Legends before it’s too late!

Where: Hitsville USA in Detroit (Motown Studio) or Studio 1 in Kingston Jamaica! Maybe some of the spirit of the classic tunes recorded there would rub off on us.

16. What should we expect from you in the future?  What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

Well we better get working on BBM IV! Next year we return to Spain (In April) so really looking forward to that. And hopefully dates on the UK festival circuit.

Web Links:

big-boss-man.com
facebook.com/BigBossMan
twitter.com/BigBossMan


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

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November 10, 2014 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music News Tags:, , , ,
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