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The Beatroots (Newbreed)

This entry is part 9 of 9 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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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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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 9 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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November 16, 2014 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Big Boss Man (Newbreed)

This entry is part 9 of 9 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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Yann Vatiste – Hey! Mr DJ

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

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

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

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

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

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

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

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

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

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

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

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

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

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

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For futher information, please check our Facebook page.

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

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

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

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

Current Top 5 Tracks:

In no particular order

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

Web Links:

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

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

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

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

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

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

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

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

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

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

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

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

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

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

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

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

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

Current Top 5 Tracks:

I will go with these from the shelves:

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

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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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Soul Sam – Hey! Mr DJ

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

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

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

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

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

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

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

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

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

Raynscourt Hotel, Great Yarmouth (best cross over events)

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

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

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

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

05. Your favorite scene DJ’s and why?

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

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

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

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

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

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

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

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

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

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

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

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

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

Top 10 tracks of all time

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

Current Top 5:

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


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

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Niamh Lynch – Hey! Mrs DJ

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

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

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

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

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

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

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

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

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

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

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

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

All character building experiences!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

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

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

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

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

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

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

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

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

Current Top 5 Tracks:

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

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facebook.com/russ.popcornpony
Twitter – @popcorn_meister

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

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


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

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Chris Dale – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

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

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

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

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

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

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

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

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

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

05. Your favourite DJ and why?

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

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

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

07. What was your best ever find/ discovery?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

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

11. What record you would most like to own?

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

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

Top 10 tracks of all time:

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

Current Top 5 Tracks:

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

Next Club Spots: Nuts 17th Anniversary at the Phoenix, Cavendish Square, London – November 8th 2014


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

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Northern Soul – Film Review

‘Northern Soul’ by Elaine Constantine

The ICA, London, SW1Y 5AH – October 2014

The anticipation had reached fever pitch here in the UK for the release of ‘Northern Soul’ by Elaine Constantine. Delays after funding troubles and soundtrack licence issues only added to the great sense of achievement when the cinema doors finally opened. I had heard glowing reports from scene stalwarts who had managed to see the film before its release so I was already won over. A social media campaign ensured that the film was shown in well over one hundred cinemas on the opening weekend. I managed to get along to the Institute of Contemporary Arts on the Mall to see it for myself on the big screen.

It’s a tale of two friends growing up in a small town in the north of England during the early seventies who discover the world of Northern Soul. The main character John played by Elliot James Langridge meets Matt (Josh Whitehouse) by chance at the local youth club and the adventure begins. The two lads dream of travelling to the US to find Northern Soul 45’s and becoming hotshot DJ’s, encouraged by discovering Wigan Casino DJ Ray Henderson (James Lance) cover up record by the Salvadores.

During their journey the two boys come across all sorts of characters in a roller coaster ride of emotions and amphetamine fuelled tragedies, triumphs and tribulations. Plenty of humorous moments including John’s fascination with the excellent Soul sister Angela (Antonia Thomas) which transcends you back to those awkward adolescent teenage years with a smile. In fact that is the beauty of this film it reawakens all those memories and the excitement you felt when you first discovered the scene and other people who shared your passion.

What Elaine also manages to capture with great effect is not only the landscape, clothes, cars, haircuts and language of the era but the excitement and energy in the dance floor scenes which are incredibly hard to film. All those practice and casting sessions clearly paid off as well as promoting talent from within the scene and consulting key people from the era to give ‘Northern Soul’ a rare authenticity.

Naturally the excellent soundtrack is the driving force and had plenty of people shuffling around in their seats whom under normal circumstances would be up dancing and clapping at the appropriate moments but were very encapsulated by the film.

The ICA was full of folks around my age group who really enjoyed the movie however I hope this film will reawaken the long lost tribes and inspire the youth of today to make it their own.

You can purchase the soundtrack as well as the film on DVD but do try and get along and experience the film on the big screen if you can. Check out a list of Cinemas showing the film HERE!


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drrobert

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

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October 21, 2014 By : Category : Film Front Page Inspiration Media News Picks Reviews Tags:, , ,
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Euroyeye 20th Anniversary

Gijon, Spain- 31 July 4 August 2014

Hundreds of Mods and 60’s lovers from around the World have gathered in Gijon every summer for the last twenty years for this unique festival in the northern Spanish province of Asturias. This means a great deal to us so we put probably the best line-up in our history together to celebrate this milestone.

Thursday kicked off in style with a free live gig in the main square of the city with local Spanish Soul band Attica Revolution warming up the 4000+ people with a great mix of originals and covers before Motown legend Brenda Holloway hit the stage for the first time in Spain and blitzed the audience with a magnificent performance. Brenda played almost the same set as Modstock covering big hits ‘When I’m Gone’, ‘Every Little Bit Hurts’ and ‘You Made Me So Very Happy’ and underground hits ‘Reconsider’, ‘Starting The Hurt’ and ‘Crying Time’. Two encores brought the show to close eventually leaving many happy smiling faces waiting for more action.

In truth the festival already begun a couple of weeks before with various art exhibitions and 60’s cult films which are free to visit for a whole month visit the website www.euroyeye.es to view the full program. The first of four allnighters was a short walk away from the main square and after some tapas washed down with local sidra I was ready for one of the hottest bands around right now The Night Beats from Texas. A loud hypnotic beat pinned by the bass and drums with psychedelic guitars and a great front man whipped the crowd into a frenzy and all too soon for me it was over. The night continued with DJ’s doing a sterling job playing sounds from cross the 60’s spectrum.

Friday morning came around far too soon, the first Scooter cruise was a big buzz as usual. The scooters gathered at the open day at Laboral with Lambrettas and Vespas from all Spain (and a few from abroad including Marco & Steve Groves & Friends from Scooter Emporium) at midday to enjoy the live shows, djs, stalls and exhibitions. After the acoustic gig of Nolan Porter and Neil Jones the exhausts of more than 120 scoots begun to burn west towards what some said was the best sights they had ever had on two wheels. A couple of hours everyone came back to the LAB for the exper-i-mental  Rubayat live 8:2 set, something that has never been done before in our scene.

Doors opened at 10pm for the second allnighter with UK band Stone Foundation which many readers here are familiar with making their Spanish debut. Needless to say they won the crowd over with songs from the fantastic new album ‘To Find the Spirit’ before another US Soul legend Nolan Porter also making his Spanish debut joined them on stage playing his scene faves and choice covers. After the live music the allnighter was wild with two dancefloors and the best mod and 60’s music played by over a dozen DJ’s from around Europe.

Saturday morning at 11am we decided to meet at a fantastic new place, all the vintage scooters gathered in what we call “El Rompeloas” (“wave-breaking wall”), in the sports port with the luxury yachts and fishing boats making a great background for nice pictures. After lots of shots and beers the long love (and loud) caravan headed East towards a “walk & ride” called the Claretian Route, almost coming to a stop at very old pathways in the hills near Luanco. The ride finished at the posh Golf Club of Castiello for a vermouth and great Asturian lunch, price giving, raffle and yet more beers, wine and sidra. Lambretta Club of Spain annual meeting also took place with interesting news for members, some of them I know you will love and enjoy very soon (agree, Andy?).

Then it was off to The Battle of the Bands as Sala Acapulco. After watching 4 great bands the winners were Gamonides, they will record a single at Circo Perrotti studios for free as well as getting the support slot at the allnighter on Saturday night. The heavens opened with torrential rain from early evening into the early hours of Sunday morning making an interesting evening on the terrace at the Oasis. Our headline band from La Coruna Fogbound with Fernando from the Elephant band on Hammond gave a great performance with strong originals and great covers like the Artwoods ‘In the Deep End’ which was appropriate for the Oasis swimming baths. The allnighter afterwards was frantic and really crazy ending gone past 8am with lots of people asking for more… not me.

My brains showed me white flag on the Sunday so no scooter action for me. Any fragile souls will have had their bones and brain shocked to the core when Graham Day & the Forefathers hit the stage ripping through over thirty years of Prisoners, Prime Movers, Solarflares and Gaolers material. The Catalan support Los Retrovisores played a mix of US and Spanish Soul and Pop with clever covers and great arrangements of the scene classics. The last allnighter was a blast again with a short break for Mr & Miss YeYe which are always chosen for their party antics over the last four days. Worthy winners were Raul from Andalucía and Amanda from Brazil. Champagne popped and crowns and banners fixed and it was time to party like it was the last one ever at the Oasis. Dr Robert was scheduled to finish at 6am and after about 5 encores with Esther Phillips ‘Just Say Goodbye’ and The Animals ‘It’s My Life’ the songs I can remember, the party was over for another year.

A fantastic restaurant was booked for everyone Monday to enjoy the local dishes and Sideria before their journey home.

Join us next year from 31 July to 3 August 2015 for EURO YEYE 21.

Pictures by: Eva Lussina Lopez Guisaraga
More photos and news at: www.euroyeye.es

Many thanks to all sponsors and all the artists, bands, djs and everybody involved in the organisation or simply everybody that made it to the yeye in these difficult times to create this unique atmosphere.


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drrobert

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

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September 18, 2014 By : Category : Bands Clubs DJs Europe Events Front Page Music Reviews Scene Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , ,
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