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Niamh Lynch – Hey! Mrs DJ

This entry is part 7 of 7 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

Web Links:

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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October 29, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music UK Tags:, , ,
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Chris Dale – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 6 of 7 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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October 29, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music UK Tags:, , ,
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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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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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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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Paul Orwell and the Night Falls (Newbreed)

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Newbreed4

Band Members:
Paul Orwell (Guitar,Vox)
Michael Parrett (Bass)
Stu Marsh (Guitar)
Scotty Roberts (drums)

Discography:
Tell Me Tell Me (vinyl only) single,
Only 250 made and sold out in just 7 days of Pre Order a month before release

Updated Releases and Tour Dates: Tell Me Tell Me / Little Reason 45 on Heavy Soul Records (SOLD OUT)

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

As a band not long, we have done around 14 shows, I met Michael at a gig we did ages ago in different shit bands, I trashed the stage before he got on, fun times!

I got him to trade the guitar in for a bass, the other members answered adverts I put out it’s worked out well.

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

The Beatles and 60′s fashion.

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

Nah, they are all bleak, boring and predictable… well from what I can see and hear.

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

I haven’t found one, a massive gap in the market I think.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

Freak Beat.

06. What are your live shows like?

Fun, tight, magical, raw.

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

A lot of early beat, R&B and RnR. We only play lively covers if at all that we enjoy, not your every day covers the more obscure the better.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Hard one as my whole life is music, from producing, writing, and finding new gems. I love record collecting and Art.

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

Me (Paul Orwell) and my tainted heart, messed up mind and butchered soul.

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

My personal favourite is “Little Reason” as I sometimes get a chance to go and interact and dance with the crowd, we sometimes do a cover of “When The Night Falls” By The Eyes, that’s fun!

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

Not really, I’m only sociable around friends, family and fans. I’m not one of those who find it important to be part of a scene, just to do my own thing, that’s what is important. If people like it, great if they don’t, sod them.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Producing a track that takes me weeks to get right.

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

We are good with rehearsals, we are perfectionists so we can get everything right to enjoy being loose on stage. We only play gigs that suite our style, sod playing a load of indie gigs, no fun in that. I record every day, lots of interesting things coming up including new releases, new videos, maybe some more gigs abroad. I would love to do a tour.

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

It’s been along long while since I’ve read a music mag or listened to any up to date radio station, so I can’t really answer. I should imagine it’s all favouritism.

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

Again I don’t listen to much past 1972, I like some, Hypnotic Eye and The Teamsters seem to have some magical sounds going on.

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

Producers: George Martin, Joe Meek, Phil Spector

Artist alive: Paul McCartney,

Artist Dead: John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Syd Barrett, Otis Redding

These artists all play big parts in the way I think and are very important to me and music.

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?

Record deal would be nice and some good support slots.
29 September 2014 – The Finsbury, London with Magnetic Mind
11 October 2014 – Crossfire 25, 229 venue, London

Web Links:

facebook.com/PAULORWELLOFFICIAL
twitter.com/PAULORWELLMUSIC
soundcloud.com/paulorwell


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

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September 18, 2014 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , ,
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New Electric Ride (Newbreed)

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Newbreed4

Formed from the last surviving members of the hardest working pub/club band in north-east England, New Electric Ride have achieved some remarkable things in the short time they’ve been together. With support slots for legendary 1960′s group – The Pretty Things, under their belt, a Black Cab Session recorded, regular airplay on UK, Spanish, Belgian and French radio, it’s no wonder that N E R are hotly tipped as one of the best new acts to emerge from the recent psychedelic resurgence.

Band Members:
Jack Briggs (Guitar/Vocal)
Paul Nelson (Organ/Vocal)
Adam Cole (Bass/Vocal)
Craig Oxberry (Drums/Vocal)

Discography:
EP (2013)
Balloon Age (2014, Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records)

Updated Releases and Tour Dates: facebook.com/events  &  facebook.com/doublesightweekender

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

We’ve been recording as New Electric Ride since November 2012! Jack, Adam and Craig played as a pub band for 3 years and we met Paul at a wedding gig we played. We were looking for an organist and he said he’d love to have a go. Sort of went from there, really!

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

A love and appreciation for music from the 1960′s/70s and a desire to write and record interesting pop music. We’re not real into ‘jamming’, as such. We’re much more interested in writing pop songs.

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

We’re living in London at the moment, but where we’re from (Sunderland) there are some great bands kicking about. Lilliput, Hyde & Beast and Field Music stick out. They’re all just doing their own thing and not trying to play to any current popular genre.

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

In Sunderland it’s pretty dead, but here in London is thriving! We really love it down here.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

Polished, lysergic sleaze-pop.

06. What are your live shows like?

I think they’re pretty intense! The songs can be quite complicated to play and a lot require 4-part harmony, so we’re always kept our toes to an extent. It can be quite hard work due to all the tempo changes and falsetto vocal, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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

Zappa, Beefheart, Moby Grape, Black Sabbath, Dungen, Peter Wyngarde, Cream, Jethro Tull, Colosseum, Mountain, Tame Impala, Can, Yes, Bobbie Gentry, the list is endless.

I’d like to cover some Tull songs. Any excuse to play the flute.

I don’t think we really despise any artist, to be honest! We despise a lot of how the music industry works, ha. I guess

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

London, Paris, Nepal, the Marquis de Sade, cacti, succulents, Ambrose Bierce, David Icke, isolation, insects, plants.

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

Everyone writes individually, never together, for some reason!

Subjects range from Submarines, French libertines, love (of course), lust (of course), animals, cannibalism and the Royal Family.

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

I can’t speak for the other lads, but I love playing Mr. Bumblebee. It has a lovely bounce and interesting parts.

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

I think it’s thriving. People are really beginning to take note of all the great things that are happening at the moment. We don’t participate as much as we should, but when we do, we always have a great time.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Recording an LP was really bloody hard. Mainly because we had such a short period of time to get it completed, and we are split between London and Sunderland. We had to get the train/coach up to Sunderland every weekend for a month and just hammer the sounds out. It was tough.

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

We usually get together to rehearse before a show, but apart from that, never! We’re looking to hammer the gigs over the rest of the year and hopefully (fingers crossed) get over to the USA in 2015.

Always interesting things on the horizon! New single, collaboration with Peter Wyngarde, some debauched videos to name a few!

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

Poor. The levels of snobbery and ‘cool’ are outrageous at the moment. The whole ‘psych revival’ is getting old, too. It seems like anyone with a phaser pedal and a fringe can be in a ‘psych band’.

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

Tame Impala are impeccable, Prince Rupert’s Drops should be on every radio station, Hidden Masters are absolutely brilliant. There are loads of great bands at the moment, but they’re all being overshadowed by the ones with money. Billboards on the London underground for Temples?! Crazy.

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

Jonathan Wilson for me, absolutely phenomenal musician and producer. It’d be worth it just to see his collection of amps. What a guy, so passionate.

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?

More music! We’re planning on releasing a single before Christmas that we think may draw some interest. Gig-wise we’re playing the Doublesight Weekender in Glasgow on October 4th and the amazing Crossfire 25 night on the 11th! Can’t wait for October!

Web Links:

newelectricride.com
facebook.com/newelectricride
soundcloud.com/newelectricride
newelectricride.bandcamp.com


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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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The Wicked Whispers (Newbreed)

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Newbreed4

Band Members:
Mike  Murphy (Vocals/Guitars)
Toby Virgo (Bass/Backing Vocals)
Steven Penn (Organist)
Andy Smith (Guitars)
Nathan Sayer (Drums)

Discography:
2011 – EP ‘The Dark Delights of the Wicked Whispers (Electone)
2012 – Single ‘Dandelion Eyes’ (Electone)
2013 – Single ‘Voodoo Moon’ (Electone)
2014 – Single ‘Chronological Astronaut’ (Electone)
2014 – LP ‘Maps of the Mystic’ (Electone)

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

The Wicked Whispers formed in 2010 but arrived in 2011 with ’‘The Dark Delights of The Wicked Whispers’ EP on limited 10” which put the band on the map. We  played our first debut show onown event called ‘The Butterflies Ball and The Grasshoppers Feast’ bringing Arthur Brown in as support.. Mike Murphy formed the band after demoing a new project and decided to put a band around it which then evolved into the band people know today.

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

The Doors, Love, Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Byrds, Jimmy Campbell and James Brown.

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

The Levons and Red Sands because they are great and also on Electone Records.

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

It’s a small scene in Liverpool which we don’t have much involvement with being honest . There are regular nights at The Go Go Cage (held at the Cabin Club) but we occasionally put on huge shows ourselves like ‘The Butterflies Ball and the Grasshoppers Feast’.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

That’s up to the listeners but you could say it’s a melting pot of US west-coast meets London 60s jangle wrapping around some lucid songwriting.

06. What are your live shows like?

Pretty intense as a lot of our songs are very intricate and short but we like to put on a full on live performance and give it our everything on stage.

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

Our main influences we’ve touched on. We rarely play covers as we put more time into developing our music but we have played tracks by Jimmy Campbell and the Velvet Underground at shows. We don’t despise anyone but we know what music we can relate to and like.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Love, lie and positivity. Plus a load of ale and general laddish behavior.

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

Mike Murphy writes the songs and prepares the music. The subject matter is vast but he mainly likes to develop dream like perspectives and tries to explore unanswered questions and wonders.

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

Each member of the group would say something different but ‘Chronological Astronaut’ has been a favorite since the band formed.
Same regards to our favorite songs but lets just say ‘Michaelangelo’ by Jimmy Campbell because it is a classic.

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

Were not too clued up but it seems fragmented currently. When we started hitting the road in 2011, there was a tight circuit of bands including us playing the same nights up and down the UK. We have seen sparks of this but its not as tight as it was. It would be great to get this going again but we will be popping up at a couple in the near future.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Recording our debut album and Mike Murphys challenge as first time producer.

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

It all depends as there are several levels to consider. We are always working on the next thing and split rehearsals up to required functions. If we have a live obligation we prepare for it, we don’t rehearse blind. But weve already started working on the next thing to follow up from our debut album out September so we are doing sessions for that.

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

This is a complicated one as we are fully aware of how the music industry works. We just want to play and release our music and if anyone in the press or media  likes our music and wants to play and write about it, that’s great.

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

Of course, there’s loads of great stuff currently. Highlights are Temples, French Boutique and Michael Head and the Red Elastic Band.

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

Theres loads we would like to do. Recording in Sunset Sound in LA is on our list. Regards producers that would be telling our next steps but someone looking to develop new ideas from our favorites music that inspires us.

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?

Theres always stuff coming up but we are most excited about promoting our debut album through the UK over the next few months with some great live shows. Our big album launch in Liverpool will be great as its being held at The Kazimier which is a stunning venue. We are also bringing the brass and string section with us on that one. We have an exciting Crossfire 25 show in October ( the 11th) launching the LP in London and then we are doing some tour dates with Ian McNabb and The Moons with much more on the way including another headline tour. Beyond our debut album lets just say the follow up will be quick as we are headed into the studio before Christmas.

Web Links:

thewickedwhispers.com
facebook.com/thewickedwhispers
twitter.com/Wicked_Whispers 
soundcloud.com/thewickedwhispers


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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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Nick Brown – Hey! Mr DJ

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

Nick Brown is based in London, UK. He describes himself as a London Rare Soul DJ and promoter, ran the Scenesville nights at Notre Dame and The Camden Centre in the early Noughties. He 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?

As a young kid I had older brothers and sisters, so I was always exposed to some sort of music, but really got into music seriously with 2-Tone in 1979/80 and was a regular at the Orpington Civic Hall Mod nights between then and 1984, when they finished. It was an under-18s ‘youth club’ night, but what an education!  The music I heard there was astonishing, from the standard Kinks/Who/Small Faces/Stones chart classics right through to stuff like Mary Love “Lay This Burden Down”, Huey Piano Smith “Don’t You Just Know It”, or The Action “I’ll Keep On Holding On – these might seem like basic things to us now, but if you think how unlikely a gig like that would be today, with 400 under-18s all going mad to something like The Carnaby or The 81, it will put into perspective what special times they were.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

Bit of a dim memory, but I think it was a gig I put on myself somewhere around King’s Cross/Pentonville Road in about 1985. I can’t remember the name of the pub and when I’m in the area I do wonder what became of the place – they may even have demolished it for Thameslink or something.  We had about 30-40 in, which was OK for a small do in those days, and I would have played stuff like Donald Jenkins “I Walk Alone”, The Wanderers “You Can’t Run Away From Me”, The Rubies “Spanish Boy” and other popular but affordable 100 Club sounds of the time, as well as Flash McKinley “I’ll Rescue You”, which was largely unknown at the time, but my mate Miles liked it, so I’d always play it for him.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Probably the last half-hour of the final night at Notre Dame, when I was running Scenesville there. We were only there for about a year, but the whole year had gone as well as I could have hoped for, and I remember getting to the end of it and thinking “phew – got through all right”.  I think one of the things that made it quite special was the crowd was pretty emotional that night. They’d formed quite an attachment to the venue and they engaged very enthusiastically with the music that was played there, so I think it was a bit of a wrench for people to see it go. I played our last record (it was always Clyde McPhatter “Lonely People”), and then Andy Rix let me play his JD Bryant “I Won’t Be Coming Back”, which I thought was the most appropriate record we could say goodbye to the venue with. The handclaps cracking out from the dancefloor during those 2 ½ minutes are a memory that will stay with me forever!

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

No real disasters, though I remember a funny incident DJing at a friend’s book launch sometime in the late ‘90s (John Reed’s Weller biog) at the Helter Skelter bookshop. The idea was to play all Weller-related stuff, and I was DJing from both my box and his, because I had a lot of the ‘earlier’ stuff (the Jam, their influences and the tracks they’d covered) and he had a good stock of Post-Jam stuff (Respond label, etc).  Great plan, great night, except there were no headphones, and I did get to a bit of the night when I was pulling unmarked 12” white labels out of his box and hoping the result was going to go my way! Proper seat-of the pants DJing, but it was all good fun!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Ady Croasdell, for playing one-offs next to pocket-money classics and treating them exactly the same; collector-researchers like Andy Rix and Gilly for the incredible stuff they are able to unearth by taking digging deep to another level; Kitch for blending a pioneering spirit with faultless taste and a staggering depth of 45s to select from;  Dean Anderson for his uncompromising sense of quality standards; Randy Cozens for playing sets dictated by pure taste rather than what’s big; the Stafford 60s Mafia for their campaigning determination; Chris Dale and John Weston for their imaginative approach with established records; my wife Dawn for not caring what anyone else is playing.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I came to the Northern Soul scene during the mid-80s when the Stafford/100 Club axis was setting the tone, and the whole ethos of the scene was about pioneering discovery and exploring the boundaries around the ‘core’ sound of traditional 70’s-style Northern Soul, while still keeping in touch with the essential spirit of dance Soul. The buzz of being at a venue the first night they play a new discovery is for me the best part of the Soul scene, and it’s probably an attitude I inherited from that time. It’s easy to find unknown records that are below par or that don’t fit the genre: it’s much more challenging to find new stuff and keep the standards up, but it’s more exciting too. As a DJ, I try to do that, but also to respect the heritage of what’s been found up to now, particularly if it’s good but currently ‘under-represented’ on the scene. The challenge is to put that all into a creative, entertaining and unpredictable blend, avoiding the easy option but still making sense to everyone in the room. It’s a tall order, but a good target to aim for.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Pic & Bill “What Does It Take” is probably the one that stands out. I bought it in about 1984 (when I was still at school) from a stall at Bromley Market for about £2 or £2.50. As I was a regular, the stallholder recommended it to me, saying anything by them was worth having. I took him up on it, and bought 3 or 4 P&B titles (including “Talk About Love”) for the same kind of money, and was a sworn Pic & Bill fan from then on. Because of its Northern Soul ingredients (it ticks just about every NS box you can think of and is a killer tune), I assumed “What Does It Take” was a widely-known oldie, but over the years it became clear it was virtually unknown and it has turned out to be freakishly rare. Up to today I only know of one other copy for certain, which  Ady Croasdell got from the Charay offices, so probably their file copy.  A real prized piece, and I play it out at every possible opportunity.

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

The first band to really strike a deep chord with me was The Specials and I like any act like them that is really decisive about its attitude and its music. Favourite Soul acts include Ray Pollard, Pic & Bill, Johnny Gilliam, Carolyn Crawford, but if we’re honest, what we really collect on the Northern Soul scene is not so much vocalists as songwriters, arrangers and producers, and some of my favourites are Curtis Mayfield in his Okeh years, Eddie Singleton, The Funk Brothers, Eddie Silvers, Arthur Wright, Barry Despenza, The Harthon team and and Popcorn Wylie. Beyond the Soul Scene, I’m a big Garage fan and as far as I’m concerned there is nobody that comes close to The Dovers for an overall output of work. I’m also a great lover of Indie music, and the toppermost band for me will always be the Stone Roses, who to me personify the principle that it’s better for some of the people to like you a lot than for all of the people to like you a bit, which is a concept I think is good to keep in mind when promoting and DJing.

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

Currently, the general price of records means it doesn’t make sense for me to collect any labels or artists A to Z, but there are certainly some labels I like to pick up whenever I can because I know I’m going to get something good. Murco (Shreveport Louisianna) has never let me down for Southern dancers and Deep slowies, nor has Enjoy from New York for the Early Soul/R&B end of things. The label I’m most focused on at the moment is Gay Shel from Dallas, Texas, which has a few cheapies but much of it is very hard to find and all of it is excellent, so I’m trying to get it in before everyone catches on and the prices go through the roof! Dallas/Fort Worth in general is a recording centre I really rate for Soul releases, as are Georgia and the Carolinas, though only the proper Soul stuff from the Carolinas, not the ‘Carolinas Merseybeat’ stuff. I also like a nice bit of Lowrider.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Errr, anywhere that’ll have me! Actually, I’m planning to get some Scenesville events going by the end of the year, so I guess just watch this space…

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

Hard to say without falling into cliché, but generally what gets me excited is a record with three characteristics: very rare, very good and very unknown. Something with all those three things to the max would be what I want most, and naturally, I don’t know what it is yet!  Out of the known things it would be something like original acetates of the Ringleaders “All Of My Life”, Little Ann “What Should I Do” The Temptones “That’s When You Know You’re In Love, etc. I remember seeing an Edgewood acetate of the slow side of the pulled Jimmy Armstrong release on Shrine, and it was the closest you’d ever get to owning a copy of the 45. I suppose an Edgewood acetate of the uptempo side must be out there somewhere – that’d be worth having!

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

First two are dead certs, head and shoulders above everything else for me, the rest is in roughly the right order

  1. Shirley Edwards: Dream My Heart (Shrine)
  2. Bobbie Smith: Walk On Into My Heart (American Arts)
  3. Tommy Yates: Something’s Got To Give (Verve)
  4. The Dolls: The Reason Why (Toy)
  5. Al Williams: I Am Nothing (La Beat)
  6. Margaret Mandolph: Something Beautiful (Planetary)
  7. Anita Anderson: Little Bit Longer (Contact)
  8. Doris Troy: I’ll Do Anything (Calla)
  9. Eric Mercury: Lonely Girl (Sac)
  10. Arin Demain Silent Treatment (Blue Star)

Current Top 5 Tracks:

  1. Pic & Bill: What Does It Take (Charay)>
  2. Jessie James: Are You Gonna Leave Me (Shirley)
  3. Les Watson & The Panthers: Occasionally I Cry (Pompeii)
  4. Bob & Fred: I’ll Be On My Way (Big Mack)
  5. The Moments: Baby I Want You (Hog)

Web Links:

www.scenesville.co.uk

Next Club Spots: Crossfire 25, London, October 11th 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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Dawn Brown – Hey! Mrs DJ

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Dawn Brown is based in London, UK and describes herself as an avid record collector. 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?

I remember getting a Drifters album for a birthday present when I was 9, which I distinctly remember playing over and over again. I remember my dad having lots of records that I raided, from the Platters to the Pioneers. I remember my dad telling me that he wrote songs for Chuck Berry and  Arthur Conley – a story that was completely untrue, but I believed it at that age. (He did produce some African highlife and reggae, so at the time it didn’t seem out of the realms of possibility)  Anyway, maybe the non- existent ‘family connection’ made me naturally take more interest in such artists. Music has always been a passion to listen to indoors, but it was definitely the mod revival that got me into a music ‘scene’. I used to go to Orpington Civic most weeks for maybe 2-3 years until it closed in 1984, but fortunately, it was that same year that I was introduced to the 100 Club by Gene Robertson and that was the start of my rare 60s soul journey.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

I think it was a 100 Club warm up do, which was run by Gene Robertson, in a bar called ‘Liaisons’ near Great Portland Street. The first 100 Club spot I did was in 1987 I think. Not sure if this was the occasion I am thinking of, but I think that was one of the old ‘collectors nights’ that Ady did with everyone double-decking. I was with Ken Aitchison, who had a broken leg at the time, so somehow we had to get each other onto the stage.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I think the October Crossfire 2013 was really memorable in terms of the crowd/atmosphere being great, and there was a good balance of being able to play well-known things as well as being able to throw in lesser played records and the dancers being up for all of it. The 100 Club in March of 2011 was like that too. I used to love being on early at Scenesville at  Notre Dame as there was a freedom to play almost anything I wanted to without having to balance the needs of the dance floor too much.

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

Well, there haven’t been too many true disasters, but I do get a bit traumatized if the right tools aren’t available. E.g. record centres, headphones etc. I do make sure these days that I don’t drink too much red wine, as one time when I was double-decking with Nick, I went to take off his record in the middle of it playing, thinking I was removing my previous record. Once I managed to switch off the whole system by pressing one button.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

There are so many worthy people to mention, but I would highlight:

Ady Croasdell – incredible contribution to the scene.

Ian Clark – great taste in music, and I miss not getting to hear him these days.

Kitch, Dean Anderson, Jodie Daley, John Pugh, Cliff Steele, Frank Giacobbe, John Weston, Tony Smith, Roger Banks. All different to each other, but all with an integrity that I like. They all seem to play sounds they really believe in, and are not afraid to clear the odd floor.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I am grateful to have joined the northern soul scene in the mid 80s, when there was a richness and diversity in tempo and rhythm that has very much affected what I collect by having been exposed to it at that time. I really like big, epic male soul voices and a good melody. I am also really interested in the social history going on at the time that these records were produced, which gives another dimension to the records.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

It would have to be the Sparkels. I did not discover it, but bought Vince Ayres’ copy, which was sold as the first in the country and an unknown at the time, sometime in 1987. I remember buying it in McDonalds after the 100 Club and bidding against Nick for it!

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

I wouldn’t say I have a favourite artist, but if I had to say one, it would be a hybrid of Sam Cooke, Clyde McPhatter, Levi Stubbs, Chuck Jackson and Ray Pollard.

In terms of musical influence – if around collecting, it would definitely be Val Palmer. She was seriously collecting in the mid eighties when it was rare for a woman to collect at all. There were a few others of her ilk that I knew of at the time, like Joan Livesey and Sarah Haden, Sharnya, (and Jo Wallace had even come and ‘gone’ by that time, but mainly, it was just men who collected that I personally knew of. She was a great role model for collecting independently from a partner and not using a boyfriend’s records to dj. She did it herself and was very much able to hold her own.

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

No definitely not – firstly, I would never be able to afford it, and secondly, I only buy records that I really like anyway. There are still far too many records that I love and do not have in my collection to justify spending on collecting lesser liked records on any particular label. Not for me.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Next Crossfire 11th October 2014. After that, God knows, wherever will have me.

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

Don Gardner – Cheatin Kind – Sedgrick. Can’t see it happening.

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

Current Top 5 Tracks:

  1. The Tempests – Someday
  2. Sonny Ace – Little Girl
  3. The Phonetics – Don’t Let Love …
  4. Tommy Ridgley – My Love Gets Stronger
  5. The Sparkels – Try Love

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

Top Ten – in no particular order

  1. The Originals – Suspicion
  2. Teardrops – Every Step I Take
  3. Kae Williams –Our Love is Dying
  4. Billy Miranda – Count Your Teardrops
  5. Yvonne Carroll – Please Don’t Go
  6. George Lemmons – Fascinating Girl
  7. Brenda Holloway – Crying Time
  8. Jimmy James and the Vagabonds – Come to me Softly
  9. Martha Starr – Sweet Temptation
  10. The Isley Brothers – This Old Heart of Mine

Next Club Spots: Crossfire 25, London, 11th October 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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September 18, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music UK Tags:, , ,
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Craig Reece – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Craig Reece is based in Glasgow, Scotland and describes himself as a vinyl nut. He 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?

At primary school a friend’s older brother made me a tape of Led Zeppelin IV and Electric Ladyland, been hooked ever since!

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

I used to dj at the school dances, playing a mix of older classics and newer tracks, it was a good introduction to playing to empty dancefloors… I’ve been lucky to have had a lot of busier ones since those days.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I played a huge Halloween party a few years ago in Brussels which was the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen, all in fancy dress and they went crazy for everything we played, and everytime I’ve had the chance to play at Cripz in Belfast has been incredible, though more difficult to remember!

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

I once got into a big argument with a guy because he thought every dj at a mod event should play Paul Weller and I don’t have any of his records, that was a bit uncomfortable, but on the scene, things are usually extremely friendly. “Civilain” weddings are a nightmare though!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

There are so many people I admire and respect for their tastes and will to try out new sounds; especially Lee Miller, Paddy & Sarge, Alessandro from Gothenburg, Rich Hero, Florian Tippelt, Fabrice from Paris, Rob and or course my fellow Doublesight djs and the extended family in Glasgow. They are all diggers and djs with attitude but love sharing music, that’s what it’s all about in my opinion.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I like to play things I enjoy, that make me want to move, I like to dip into different styles and always liked the records that don’t fit into categories neatly, the ones that cross over two or more between psych/folk/jazz/funk/r&b/beat/shakers etc are usually the ones I enjoy the most.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I’ve been lucky to have a lot of good finds, but as they say you need to spend to find the rarest stuff, either time or money, and at times I’ve sacrificed both. It’s the things you’ve never heard anyone play at the time. For rarity, I once rescued a copy of The Who’s “Who Did It” (withdrawn fanclub lp) from a box that was being thrown out.

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

I’ve always loved the Stones, Led Zep, MC5 and Tubby Hayes. MC5 opened me up to jazz, political soul music and garage so probably them, but I got into them via Primal Scream who I’ve always been a huge fan of.

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

Tubby Hayes is the only artist I’d be keen to get absolutely everything by, I buy psych, garage, r&b, jazz 45s and lps, I also have a lot of latin, indian and african records, to be honest, anything I like to sound of, I’ve got a load of everything at home from detroit to claypso, I just love good records!

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

The first Saturday of every month I co-host Gimme Shelter in Glasgow with the uber-talented mod queen Holly Calder, and I’ve been lucky to join as a resident at the annual Doublesight Weekender (first weekend in October) as well (be there!).

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

Tough question, err, the most amazing one no-one else has heard yet! I’ve got a huge wants list from the rarest classics to pretty unknown but under-appreciated randoms, I’d like them all ideally.

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

Current Top 5 Tracks:

  1. Malhalia Jackson – Elijah Rock
  2. Spencer Mac – Ka-Ka Kabya Mow-Mow (Penny Farthing)
  3. MFQ – Night Time Girl (RCA Victor)
  4. Terry Winter – I Know (New)
  5. Duane Yates – Passin’ On Bye (N-Joy

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

Top Ten – in no particular order

  1. Don Wilkerson – Camp Meetin’ (Blue Note)
  2. John Cameron Quartet – Troublemaker (Deram)
  3. One In A Million – Frefereek Fernando (MGM)
  4. Fleur de Lys – Gong With The Luminous Nose (Polydor)
  5. The Gipsys – Malala! (Odeon Pops)
  6. Mr Dynamite – Sh’Mon (Sue)
  7. Ugly Custard – Custard’s Last Stand (Kaleidoscope)
  8. Manny Corchado – Pow Wow (Decca)
  9. Inell Young – The Next Ball Game (Big 9)
  10. Delphine – Le Fermeture Eclaire (Decca)

Web Links:

doublesightweekender.com
facebook.com/craig.reece

Next Club Spots: Gimme Shelter (Monthly), Glasgow, Doublesight 2014, Glasgow and Crossfire 25 11th October 2014,  London!


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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 : DJs Front Page Interviews Music UK Tags:, , , , ,
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