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Mousetrap 25 Years

01. When did the Mousetrap first emerge?

I had been looking all over London during 1991 for an allnighter venue and had almost given up when I stumbled on Fabio’s which is what it was called back then.

02. Why the name Mousetrap?

The venue had two entrances and the one to the basement had a sign above the door called Mousetrap in a great font. The club started in the basement only, so we would use the Mousetrap entrance. I also really liked the name and the connotations it threw up like ‘Get Caught in the Mousetrap’ as the strap line on our early promotional artwork.

03. Tell us a little about finding the Venue and why you stayed?

After looking around a few venues in Finsbury Park, I drove past Fabio’s, parked the car and went inside. The first thing I noticed as I entered was that I was pretty much the only white person in the venue. I was only nineteen and a little apprehensive as I enquired about the venue over the bar. This was where I met Anthony who was managing the place at the time. I explained what I wanted to do which raised a few eyebrows and asked to take a look around. The ground floor had a bar, DJ booth, dancefloor with a raised seating all around. Over in the corner was a metal spiral staircase which went down to the basement. As soon as I got down there I knew it was perfect. The basement had a very low ceiling with a black and white checked dancefloor, DJ booth in one corner and bar in the other with lots of nooks and crannies and small seating booths. It was just how I had imagined those original sixties venues like the Scene or Flamingo. It also had a killer sound system that was used for the Dub Club and other Reggae based nights at the venue.

04. What were the early Mousetrap nights like, what was the format?

We started on one floor only in the basement the first night which was a success despite sharing the toilets with the venue regulars who had never quite seen anything like it before. The owner liked it and more importantly – us, which are comments I get wherever we go and have a party. The music at the time was right across the board sixties, before Popcorn or Psychedelic sounds became popular. British beat and soul would be played alongside the American sounds.

05. What were the big sounds in the early days?

Early records that were popular were mainly the established Mod scene classics and current club sounds it took a little while for the club and DJ’s to develop the Mousetrap sound.

06. Can you name some of the DJs that were part of the first decade of the Mousetrap?

Obviously the NUT’s team past and present including; Pid, Chris Dale, Speed, Lee Miller, Gav Evans, Mark Ellis and Nick Hudson. Early guests included Paul Hallam (Sneakers), Roger Banks, Jon Paul Harper, Scott Copeland, Nigel Lees, Tony Castle, Putney Sean, Paul Newman, Ian Jackson, Karl Flavell, Dave Ingle and Shinzo Shnijo.

07. What were the highlights and low points of the early years?

The club went well from the start and in 1995 Loaded magazine did a great article on the night which you can read elsewhere in the NUTsMAG, Timeout also covered us early on. By the mid nineties Brit-Pop was in full swing and a new younger clientele started mixing with the regulars. Round this time the club moved into its best era on two floors with the beat basement and soul loft and sometimes a third floor the jazz lounge. The atmosphere was incredible and the scene was very exciting. We should have finished at 6am but often went well beyond that most nights.

08. Moving on with the New Untouchables era how did things evolve?

The club was a separate entity throughout the Untouchables era and then became part of the NUTs portfolio in 1998.

09. Did the music policy change to reflect the times as it were?

By the mid to late nineties the resident DJ’s had started developing the Mousetrap sound. Records were broke at the club every month and became hits all over the European club and weekender scene. Some off the early tracks to break included Hopscotch, Larry Trider, Mike Proctor, Randy & the Radiants, King Size Taylor, Jigsaw, Dusty Wilson and Callum Bryce.

10. How did you manage to keep the various passionate musical tribes in the Scene happy?

The club continued on two floors for the best part of a decade with black music on one floor and white sounds in the basement until the owner sold the ground floor in the mid naughties. During this time an incredible amount of records went onto to become big sounds.

11. You eventually split the allnighter into 2 separate nights?

The downside of having two floors for a long period was that both crowds were used to hearing their favourite sounds all night and those like me who enjoyed both would move between the two floors. So when the ground floor was sold going back to mixing all the music together just didn’t work so I started the separate dances each week.

12. How did that change things, did some folks happily attend both?

Yes, some regulars like Niamh and Innes, Mark Raison and the twins who enjoy all the sounds attended both but the majority went one week or the other.

13. Twenty five years is a massive achievement, you must be proud?

I’m very proud, there is something magical about the venue even on a quieter night we still have a great atmosphere and on a busy one there is nowhere better. It’s my second home and I get to enjoy the night as it’s a relatively easy production. I love Djing there as well as you can always slip some new sounds in which I’m passionate about.

14. What would be your all time top 10 Mousetrap spins from all styles in one list?

So many Mousetrap anthems over the last 25 years and many ended up on the free anniversary single. Mike Leslie – ‘Right or Wrong’ is one I always use to play at the end of the allnighter. Gene Latter – ‘Holding a Dream’ is a great funky blue-eyed soul dancer with fuzz. The Latin Dimension – ‘Mr Mod’ was an LP only track and available for the first time on the Mousetrap 45.

I found the Jack Hammer 45 down in the subway at a record fair in Sweden when I was Djing out there for a couple of quid. I later realised that it was only released as a 45 in Sweden and would start to fetch big bucks as its popularity grew. It went on to become one of the most popular releases on the label.

The first European track to be released for the Mousetrap 14th anniversary 45 was Erick Saint Laurent – ‘Le Temps d’y Penser’ which is a killer groovy garage dancer. Speeds discovery ‘Lovemaker’ by Callum Bryce also went on to become a massive Mousetrap record.

Although no doubt played on the Soul scene Chris Dale introduced tracks like ‘Fine, Fine, Fine’ by Judy Hughes and Dusty Wilson – ‘Can’t Do Without You’ to the Mod scene at the club. The list is endless and I have not even mentioned The Paragons, Bit a Sweet, Tam White, Chris Britton, Phil Wainman, Don Fardon version of  ‘I’m alive’ (which eventually ended up on a TV advert featuring Don), Louisa Jane White, Heidi Bruhl, Jimmy Thomas, Paul Nicholas and The Tops that all ended up on the Le Beat Bespoke album series. You can view all the Mousetrap releases here or even buy them via the NUTSTORE.

15. You have even managed to fit a few film crews into the Mousetrap over the years too?

MTV came down to film in the mid nineties as part of their series on club land culture and made a great snap shot of the club which features interviews and footage from many of the regulars and is a great testament to that era of the Mousetrap. You can view it on our NewUntouchables TV youtube channel here.

We did a fun shoot a decade later in 2005 this time with no interviews just footage from the club which turned out a bit like a scene from a movie and was beautifully shot by Simon Smith who did a videos for The Cure and the Wonderstuff amongst others. Take a look here.

There is also a really nice interview with Rhys Webb of the Horrors a club regular who recalls his first visit as a sixteen year old from Southend and the whole new World he discovered. Rhys is quite often seen behind the decks spinning his vinyl treasures or grooving away on the dancefloor. Watch it here.

16. What has the past few years been like for one of London’s great institutions?

We have had our ups and downs like any club over a period of twenty-five years and are now on our third or fourth generation of regulars. I’m very humbled and happy when I get comments from the new faces experiencing the club maybe for the first time, about it being their favourite night out in London and without doubt it’s still mine after all these years.

17. How do the venue owners feel about having a club night running for so long?

Anthony the boss, has always been supportive and has seen the bigger picture when things are not going so well, which is rare in the fickle World of London club land and the pressures of running a venue. Ade the security chap and Alex at the cloakroom, have been with us a long time and I want to thank them all too for the fantastic ride we had together so far.

18. Any names that you wish to check for their help over the years? What’s the tiny Mouse called in the logo?

Many heroes behind the scene for me who I would like to thank including those who run the door Maz Weller, Paul Owers, Ellie Tracey and Kolorz. The great artwork created by Dom Strickland, Jason Ringgold, Mary Boogaloo and Bazden at Pip! Pip!

The resident DJ’s past and present who have helped me create the Mousetrap soundtrack Chris Dale, Speed, Lee Miller, Jack White, Gav Evans, Pid, Steve Bowstead, Mark Ellis and Nick Hudson. The hundred or more guest DJ’s who have often travelled far to spin I thank you all.

Most importantly the regulars both past and present that have supported the night and created some of the best times of my life.

Marvin and I hope to see you all get caught in the Mousetrap once again on either 20th Feb 2016 for the Psychedelic allnighter or 27 Feb 2016 for the R&B allnighter to celebrate an amazing twenty-five years of Mousetrap!

Best Wishes Rob Bailey

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December 1, 2015 By : Category : Articles Clubs DJs Events Front Page Music News Tags:,
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French Boutik (Newbreed)

This entry is part 17 of 17 in the series Newbreed4

Band Members:

Serge: Guitar and vocals
Gabriela: Lead vocals
Zelda: Drums and vocals
Jean-Marc: Bass
Discography:

2012 – Les Chats de Gouttère EP
2013 – Ici Paris Double 45 
2014 – Mieux comme ça double 45

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

Serge and Zelda met at a soul night he was DJing in 2010 and started songwriting together. I (singer Gabriela) started with the group in 2011 and Jean-Marc joined us just this past year in 2014. We’re all more or less active in the mod/ skinhead scenes here in Paris so met at various shows and DJ nights.

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

We all love classic pop, rnb, soul, jazz, rocksteady, Britpop and powerpop, but then as our members are so varied it goes all over the place!

However, we’ve been listening to more and more new powerpop recently, due to sharing the stage with lots of great bands like Paul Collins and The Riots, and are really trying to create a brand new sound vs being retro.

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

Yes, also from Paris is a great latin boogaloo band called Paz Antiguana and a new garage/pop group called Jon & The Vons. Also there are lots of great bands in France right now, it’s really exciting: Les Grys-Grys, Gemma & The Travelers, The Gentlemen’s Agreements, Tower Brown, Les Kitschenettes. The sounds are all different and they tend to be a bit more “retro” than us but they are all good. More rock oriented but also excellent from Paris are Les Soucoupes Violentes, and our friend Popincourt will be releasing an album soon, Zelda and I guested on backing vocals so have heard a bit and it’s great so far.

On the less underground side, also in France there is a really good group called Archimede. Kind of Britpop in spirit but in French.

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

Small but dedicated: Friends have soul DJ nights – Paris Magic City is always fantastic and worth a trip over, there is Bam Bam 007 for regular reggae nights, and bars like Le Tiki Lounge and the Pigalle Country Club are small but have good DJs regularly. Les Minets were putting on absolutely incredible allnighters for a while there, hopefully again soon. 

However as the mod scene is so small here live gigs tend to be focused on garage and soul as those can get a more general “60s or soul dance party” audience.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

Pop Moderniste. For us it’s a short way of summarizing: Pop, French and Mod but Modern! We tend to be pretty varied in different songs: some more lighter and jazzy, some psych, some straightforward powerpop, some a bit garage… We get bored easily and don’t like to repeat ourselves.

06. What are your live shows like?

I would say they are surprising to people who expect us to be aloof and posing: we play a lot with powerpop bands and also mostly to non-French speaking audiences who may not know us (as the scene here is so small most of our shows are international – mostly in the UK but we have played in Spain, Ireland, the US, Germany, Canada, Russia, Denmark, Sweden and Italy), so as our songs can be a bit complex on the records we try to do a more powerful and straightforward show where we really connect with the audience even if they cannot understand the lyrics.

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

Honestly it’s really hard to say as we really are trying to create something new. I can say just what we listen to – besides classic soul, rnb, soul, 60s pop etc for French sounds we all dig Jacques Dutronc, Henri Salvador, Nino Ferrer and Bertrand Burgalat but are pretty varied within the group. Serge is a huge Kinks, Jam and XTC fan, while Zelda is extremely varied with Oi, soul and Britpop, among my favorites are The Zombies, The Everly Brothers & Herbie Goins, and Jean-Marc loves the Beatles and The Most. We also like Blondie, The Damned, The Clash and other punk and new wave bands.

We do adaptations of Madness and The Clash for the Specialized compilations benefiting the Teenage Cancer trust but while we tried to remain true to the spirit of the originals the arrangement is quite different and also they both have new French lyrics. We also do In The Meantime pretty faithful to the Georgie Fame version, but in French of course!

Hmm for despising it is harder: I guess really anything that is manufactured top 40 pop or mainstream rock radio.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Serge is a graphic designer so really nice images are important to us and we are all clothes horses which makes band photos easy (apart from never matching)! And a few of us are politically active and we spend a lot of time debating politics which is reflected in the lyrics of our songs. Zelda being a language teacher, Jean-Marc a journalist and my father having been a poet and author also probably all contributes to making lyrics very important to us.

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

Serge composes almost all of the music, while we split lyrics duties. Zelda has written all of the English language songs (but she also writes in French), Serge some, myself (Gabriela) some, and it is great when all 3 of us can collaborate. And we are really happy as Jean Marc has just written his first text (about the useless journalists that you can’t escape here) so we won’t be short of ideas from now on!

Our subjects tend to be either funny or serious observations and critiques of society, we only have one love song, and most of them are in French as that’s the language that we speak to each other in.

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

I think for ours I’ll have to go with Le Mac, about a detestable French politician, coming out very soon. But for other artists so hard to choose, maybe Billy Bragg’s Greetings to the New Brunette? Or Waterfall by Jimmy Cliff always makes me happy.

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

It seems that the mod scene is coming out with lots of interesting new sounds internationally which is really exciting, for a long time bands were stuck in retro or copycat mode and now are mixing things up a lot. There are cool bands not just in the UK but in Sweden, Russia, Brazil, Argentina and all over the place. We are trying our best to keep up with them all!

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

I’d have to say the lack of places to play in France, a problem common to all of the groups here, which means that we go abroad to play most of the time and we love to play live so we end up arranging lots of trips. Of course that is absolutely wonderful for us, we love to travel and meet people and it is so cool to see the enthusiasm in the UK and other places where normally foreign language groups don’t do so well. But it presents financial challenges, we need to cover the cost of travel each time and also get time off work.

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

We rehearse at least once per week and sometimes twice, and play live as often as we can, that usually means one big weekend abroad with 2-4 shows per month.

We record about once a year, and hopefully will release our first album in 2016! We love 45s but everyone has been asking for an album, it’s a bit tough for financing but we hope to be able to crowdfund as we did our last record. We have tons of new songs, 3 already recorded, 4 in almost final shape and a few others in the pipeline and they are all over the place as far as subject matter and style.

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

It sucks, outside of small sites and fanzines, always the same groups and especially in France it seems very controlled by the music industry, people are afraid to like anything different.

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

All of the French bands we mention above, and for international mod scene bands our favorites are The Riots, The Most, The Shalalas and The Sound of Pop Art. And we recently picked up the new album by Paul Collins and it was just as good as his older classics with The Nerves and The Beat, definitely go to see him if you get the chance. In the UK recently, we also got to play with The Boss who were fantastic, and we will soon again play with Trambeat which is always a treat.

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

We love where we currently record whenever we have the chance, Yeah!Yeah!Yeah! Studios in Hamburg, they have a perfect combination of old and new for recording and mixing. Dennis Rux is the engineer there and he seems to perfectly understand what we are trying to do, does not over-engineer out “flaws” and has great suggestions for little touches that really make the song. If we were to change, we would go with Gavin Linch and Graham Lentz at Rocket Studios in Croydon, they just mixed a demo for us that we are really happy with, also a natural sound but with finesse.

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?

As mentioned before, hopefully our first album next year, followed by more records that we are proud of, other than that and playing lot of fun gigs with cool bands that’s pretty much all of our ambition.

We have a rare gig in Paris this Friday with our friends The Most from Sweden which will be a nice boost during a rather sad time here. And for 2016, we’re really excited to play with Graham Day’s new band The Senior Service in Putney in January, and after that back for March of the Mods Reading with Geno Washington, Trambeat and the ShaLaLas and 2 dates with SlimShack from Brighton over the weekend, and then MOTM Margate for our first show there which should be really fun. And seems back in the UK in June too now!

(By the way, thank you New Untouchables, we played our first UK show ever for your night in Camden and as you can see now the UK is where we play the most)

And, if we can swing it, we’d love to get to Latin America next year. We are not really sure why but if you look at the countries of the fans of our group there are lots in Argentina and Mexico, they are right after France, the UK, Spain and Ireland. We got to go to Montreal in August for the Modtreal weekender and the US before that but it takes a lot of planning and is very expensive so we’ll see!

Web Links:

Main Site: www.facebook.com/frenchboutik
Videos: www.youtube.com/user/gabs150/videos
Social Networks: www.facebook.com/frenchboutiks 
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/french-boutik

To buy our current releases:

To buy Mieux Comme Ca: www.copasetic.de/french-boutik-mieux-comme-ca
To buy previous vinyl: Sold at CopaseDisques, search: www.amazon.co.uk for French Boutik

Updated Releases and Tour Dates: www.facebook.com/frenchboutik/events


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

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December 1, 2015 By : Category : Bands Europe Front Page Interviews Music Scene Tags:, , ,
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Scooter Works talks to NUTsMag

I caught up with Craig the owner of Scooter Works for chat about his passion for motor scooters.

01. When and how did your passion for scooters come about?

I was inspired by Vespas as a kid in the seventies, living in the pacific islands the electric meter reader rode a Vespa 50S and took me for rides. I was seventeen when I got my first scooter, an LI125 series 2.

02. When did you turn your passion into your profession?

In New Zealand while an aircraft mechanic I would repair Vespas, Lambrettas and old cars as a hobby, which continued through a photography and a commercial pilot career until I arrived in the UK in 1993 where I started work at Agius Mtrs while I got on my feet over here. At the end of ’94 I imported my first scooters out of Italy and the business kicked off around then. I worked out of three lock ups in Peckham initially, taking on an arch in ’97 and opening my retail shop in Waterloo in 2000. I stopped importing about 5 years back to focus on the businesses I have. That was after bringing in about 3000 scooters.

03. What is Scooter works all about?

It’s about looking after people’s classic scooter needs with good solid honest service and customer back up.

04. I see from your website you sell vintage scooters and take on restoration projects?

We do everything regarding classic scooters – sales, restoration, repairs and MOT’s done in-house. We search out scooters for customers and give advice on ebay purchases. You could say a one stop shop for all your scooter needs.

05. How long does an average restoration job take?

It depends on the scooter, the sprayer’s schedule, spares supplies. A standard Vespa should be 12 weeks, Lambrettas will take longer.

06. How many scooters do you own personally and what models?

I have 12 Vespas and Lambrettas – all original paint. Sportique (200cc-old faithful), VBB2, SS180, SS90, SS50,1951 Faro Basso, Sportique 200cc no2 (in NZ), PK125, Lambretta SX200, TV ser2 , Eibar winter model and Ser3 150.

Then I have a collection of Piattis, Moto Guzzi’s, and other bikes Norton, Sunbeam, Motobecane, Benelli, Ducati plus eight classic cars, an airplane but no boat yet…

07. Please tell us about where you are based and the opening hours.

We are based in Bermondsey near Tower Bridge at 68 Enid Street, SE163RA. Opening hours are 9am-6pm Monday to Friday and open until 2pm on Saturday.

08. Do you sell and work on modern scooter models as well?

That’s the bread and butter of a classic scooter business – for us it’s about 30% of our work. We turn a lot away.

09. Do you sell spares and accessories and are these originals or are they being manufactured today?

We keep a lot spares in stock to keep old scoots on the road daily, accessories are mostly reproduction with the odd gem turning up now and again.

10. You always have a great selection of Vintage Lambretta and Vespa models for sale, are they getting harder to find now?

We don’t have as many as we used to, at one stage we had 150+ always in stock but now we are down to handful. I tend to leave the sales of scooters to the e-bayers and we are here to support those purchases.

11. Where do you see Scooter Works heading in the future and any other exciting projects in the near future?

We have diversified now with two bars, a coffee roasting and bakery business. The idea is to give us a buffer for the lean periods so you can count on us being around for a long time yet.

We will be expanding the workshop facility in 2016.

12. And lastly what do you think of the current Mod & Scooter scene in Europe?

It’s very busy and seems to be maturing with more appreciation of original non restored scooters.

Web Links:

www.scooterworks-uk.com

www.facebook.com/scooterworksuk66

 


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

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December 1, 2015 By : Category : Cars and Scooters Front Page Interviews Style Tags:, , , , , , , , , , ,
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David Flynn – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 11 of 20 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!

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

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

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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November 30, 2015 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Soul Sam – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 13 of 20 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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November 30, 2015 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music UK Tags:, , ,
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Cat Black (Newbreed)

This entry is part of 17 in the series Newbreed4

Band Name: Cat Black
Headquarters: London
Band Members: Billy Skinner: vox, Le Grubb: bass guitar, Dave Preston: guitar, Tony Coote: drums, Ed Jalil: guitar/backing vox.
Discography: 2014 – Single: ‘Hung Up’

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

We have know each other for a while as friends, the line up of the band has changed a few times, this current line up has been together for a year now, we used to have Lewis from Little Barrie playing bass with us and also had Oscar from Hidden Charms on drums, both have their obligations with other bands and needed to concentrate on those. We are well happy with our line up now though, so things are moving faster than ever. We had a few previous incarnations but due to line up changes it was difficult to play and rehearse – so its been about 18 months now.

What influences do the band members have in common?

We all share a passion for late 60s rock‘n’roll, Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet period and Exile on Main St. We love bands like the Flamin’ Groovies, Stooges, Cream and so on. So bands that swing like Free, Delaney and Bonnie etc.. Were all just classic rock fans I guess.

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

Well if you love soulful rock‘n’roll you’d proberly like Maker, Hidden Charm, also Unkle Acid And The Dead Beats are from our way too.

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

Good, we have been going to 60s nights for a while now, we love the music man, we go to Moustrap and Crossfire when we can. London has always had a good underground scene. Were a central London band, so there is a lot of stuff going on here. Great clubs and a very vibrant scene. I think this is a good time for vintage fashion, music and culture in general.

How would you describe the style you play?

Loose, soulful, garage rock‘n’roll! Its committed rock‘n’roll with a sense of melody and swing to it. Its kinda heavy at times, but in a subtle way that makes you really want to boogie.

What are your live shows like?

Well we tend to go all in, were not into crowds that don’t feel involved with the show, London folk are a tough bunch to play to at times, not like in Europe, but we love a challenge so Billy goes off into the crowd a lot to get some blood pumping through their veins! So, energetic, fun and a little unpredictable

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

Wow to many to mention, shall we just say as a band anything from 68 to 75 ha! ha!, Well we already play Slow Death by Flamin’ Groovies and we have been known to play some 13th Floor Elevators too. Music we avoid is trendy east London shoe gaze eyeliner crap, the scenesters probably would hate us, I think the feeling is mutual! Also Stones, Stooges, MC5, Moby Grape, Free. I’m not sure we really despise anything in particular as music should be subjective – but bands that think they’re hip but have no songs to back it up kind of annoy us!

What are your main influences outside of music?

Outside of music it can be anything from people who just don’t give a f**k and do what they do with passion, it’s an attitude. It’s a slight cliché I guess but everything from art and culture to fashion , history , travel – it all goes into the pot!

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

We all write the tunes together. Billy does the lyrics, he likes to put some dark stuff in as he had a tough up bringing so he digs a lot out from the depths. Dave will come up with a riff and so will Ed, Grubby will also play a belter of a bass riff and Tony does what he does best and whacks the groove on it, it’s all about a good groove, and a bit of heart-felt chaos! We all have a hand in the arrangements – that’s the formula. We write about personal and real topics, they aren’t whimsical or based on fantasy.

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

They vary from gig to gig, really tough to say! We all like Hung Up. Fave song is difficult – I think we all would have a different answer to that one.

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

There’s been some great music that’s come out there’s no question, but what’s always dangerous is that it’s called a scene, as scenes can implode, but band wise, yeah there’s some cracking new psyche stuff out, say no more… ha! ha! In terms of music I think it can become a little too cliquey – that’s my opinion . But I think the scene is healthy. I personally make shoes for most of the bands in the scene – so that’s participation to an extent.

What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Well living ain’t always easy, maybe organizing the five of us is enough, musicians are a funny o’l lot! Getting a stable line up – and getting a recording done that we’re all satisfied with. We have done a few but I think we are yet to capture the true sound of the band on a recording.

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

We rehearse once a week. We play at least once a month – we could play more live, but I think it’s better to choose better shows and space them out. Crossfire is coming up! Also when ever we meet up theres ideas flying around the room!  Its kinda “play that again will ya!”

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

Well hmm… I just don’t think people wanna take risks on music or bands anymore, so a bit dry to say the least!  But I also think its good that you can seek out press that pertains to the genre you are interested in. But I don’t think its something this band is really too focused on.

Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

Guess there are some great bands out there: Uncle Acid, Temples, Rival Sons, Black Keys, Maker, Tame Impala and so on.

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

We record at Sausage Studio in Hackney – Its owned by Franz Ferdinand and run by our mate Sebastian Kellig . Great place and were happy there. Josh Homme, he gets old school Rock‘n’Roll sounding big and dirty he is fab too!

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

To put out a record very soon. We have started it recently and that’s our main priority. To make our first album, is a focus for sure, we are all keen to do that, we have been honing our set and making it better, we are ready now to do a record we all love for sure!

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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 14, 2015 By : Category : Bands Front Page General Interviews Music Tags:, ,
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Roger Banks – Hey! Mr DJ

We recently caught up with DJ Roger Banks. Here is what he had to say about his passion for Music, DJing and rare records.

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

Friday night soul nights at the Winter Gardens in Cleethorpes followed by the allnighters circa. 1977/78 listening to Motown. Soul, Reggae and Northern.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

In a Scout Hut in Cleethorpes 1978, reviewed in Blues & Soul Magazine.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

The ones I can remember, lol.

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

Arriving at a club without my records (Bretby Allnighter) and arriving at the Mousetrap nighter without my box keys (boxes were locked).

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Windy Miller, John Weston, Hoss and Dave Rimmer cause they all drink the same as me, nothing to do with what they play!

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

The size of the records, they’re all round and easy to hold!

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Playing my last record and discovering that I still had a drink left!

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

The people I first got to know in the 70’s, Rob Smith, Derek Allen and the late Nev Wherry. Favourite artists – Sam Cooke, Jerry Butler, Walter Jackson, Jerry Jackson, Jackie Edwards to name a few.

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

The ones mentioned above plus Motown & Detroit as well as Vee Jay, Duke, Peacock. Back-Beat etc plus sheet music and promotional photos.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Most working mens clubs after the meat raffle.

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

The ones that I haven’t got.

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

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. O V Wright – You’re So Good To Me – Back Beat LP track
2. Harold Burrage – I’m In Love – P.Vine LP Track
3. Betty Everett – Someone Else Is Taking Your Place – Acetate
4. Johnny Guitar Watson – Wait A Minute Baby – Highland
5. Marvin L Sims – Disillusioned – Mellow

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. The Magnetics – Lady In Green – Bonnie
2. Jackey Beavers – I Need My Baby – Revilot
3. Al Williams – I am Nothing – La Beat
4. Lester Tipton – This won’t Change – La Beat
5. Ray Agee – I’m Losing Again – Soultown
6. Masqueraders – Do You Love Me Baby – Wand
7. Johnny Honeycutt – I’m Coming Over – Triode
8. George Pepp – The Feeling Is Real – Coleman
9. Tommy Ridgley – My Love Is Getting Stronger – International City
10. Kel Osbourne – A Law Against A Heartbreaker – Highland

Headquarters: Nottingham, UK – R & B Records have been supplying rare soul 45’s by mail order for 25 years. Email: roger-banks@supanet.com with your wants lists and for details of monthly sales CD’s

Reference: Resident at Radcliffe Manchester (New Century Soul), Crossfire London, Skegness Weekenders, Cleethorpes Weekenders

Next Club Spots: Rugby Allnighter, DFDS Amsterdam Weekender, Crossfire27, Sat 10th Oct 2015, London


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

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September 23, 2015 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Val Palmer – Hey! Ms DJ

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

We recently caught up with DJ Val Palmer. Here is what she had to say about her passion for Music, DJing and rare records.

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

Being the youngest of seven kids I grew up listening to the Beatles, Stones, Kinks and Chuck Berry, so have always been into music and was buying records from the age of about nine. I caught the best of the 1970s from Roxy Music to punk, and gradually discovered the soul scene via the re-issues that came out of the ’79 mod revival. I just carried on buying records as usual.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

The er… glamorous Crown & Sceptre pub in Great Titchfield Street. A local new year’s eve bash run by my neighbour, Ady Croasdell.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Definitely the first time I DJ’d at the 100 Club all-nighter in the mid-80s – I’d arrived! Talk about a challenge – I heard some guy say ‘F*ck me – it’s a bird DJing…’ More recently, playing at the Subway Soul Club in New York is always a blast, there’s something very satisfying about playing those records back on their home turf.

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

An excruciating ‘soul’ night at Whitechapel Art Gallery, of all places. It was the bad idea of some trendy arty types, so virtually zero punters. Me, Keb and Jo Wallace DJ’d to each other all night and there were no middles/spindles, so records were sliding all over the decks, we had to be creative with chewing gum. There were also no wages.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Ian Clarke, Ady C, Bob Jones and the London mob were a huge influence, and I’ve always really rated people like Dean Rudland who can play across any genre, any time. I admire DJs who’ll throw in a few £5 records along with all the uber-rare expensive stuff, there’s so much that is overlooked because it’s not obscure enough.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Well, I’d like to think that good taste has something to do with it? I tend to ‘shape my sound’ depending on what kind of gig it is – from northern to 70s / crossover, or with a smidgen of r&b and funky stuff thrown in, as necessary. I think I’m fairly adaptable, so long as I get my cab fare home.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Stumbling across three mint copies of John & the Weirdest (Can’t get over these memories / No time) in a well picked-over record store in Los Angeles. (They were filed next to Elton John…) I flogged them all eventually, and am probably the only person to get a begging letter from Butch.

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

I guess it would have to be Curtis Mayfield, which may sound predictable, but the guy has shaped entire generations of music and political awareness. I saw him play a gig at the Town & Country Club in the 90s, just him on guitar plus bass and drums. It was incredible, yet he didn’t even have a record deal at the time.

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

Not particularly, if you obsess over collecting labels, you end up having to buy the rubbish tunes too. In general I’m partial to mid-tempo, which seems to be rather unfashionable at the moment. However, these days I tend to rummage around the bargain bins for classic stuff that I missed the first time around.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

The next slot is New York’s Subway Soul club on October 3rd, and then back to London for Crossfire the following weekend, Sat the 10th of October.

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

Right this minute, it would be Charlene & the Soul Serenaders – Can you win. Everyone seems to have one except me, which is really irritating, and it’s not bloody cheap.

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

Impossible to answer of course, but off the top ‘o’ my head, these are some of my all time faves.

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. Gambrells – You better move (Carla)
2. Tony Hestor – Watch yourself (Karate)
3. Larry Atkins – Ain’t that love enough (Highland)
4. Johnny Robinson – Gone but not forgotten (Okeh)
5. Sharon McMann – Got to find another guy (Karen)
6. Edwin Starr – Just my kind of woman (Ric Tic)
7. Carol Anderson – Taking my mind off love (Whip)
8. Willie Tee – First taste of hurt (Gatur)
9. Vows – Tell me (VIP)
10. Trends – Thanks for a little lovin’ (ABC)

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. Rhetta Hughes – You’re doing it with her (Tetragrammaton)
2. Tommie Young – That’s all a part of loving him (Contempo)
3. Limitations – I’m lonely, I’m troubled (Bacone)
4. Brenda George – I can’t stand it (Kent)
5. Claude Huey – Why would you blow it (Galaxy)


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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 23, 2015 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Cello – Hey! Mr DJ

We recently caught up with DJ Cello. Here is what he had to say about his passion for Music, DJing and rare records.

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

My dad use to play records every Sunday on his day off…Pat Kelly’s ‘Striving for the Right’, ‘Tammy’, ‘How Long Will Take’, ‘If It Don’t Work Out’. Dave Barker’s ‘Prisoner of Love’, ‘Double Barrel, Dr Jekyll. Tony Tribe’s – ‘Red, Red Wine, Little Roy – You Run Come, Liquadator and many more reggae tunes from that time. Then Two-Tone come along in the late 70s and I became hooked and got more and more into the original stuff. First heard ‘Alcapone’ – Prince Buster on a John Peel Show, it was the best thing I’d ever heard and I’ve never looked back!

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

My very first DJ slot was at the ‘Lucas Arms’, Kings Cross. First slot on a club night was Alan Miliner’s ‘Big Club’

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Difficult question, there’s been many, if I had to pick one, it was the night when ‘Intensified’ were my guests one night. The place was packed, everyone was really up for it, ‘Intensified’ were on fire and to top it all up ‘Dave Barker’ got up on stage unannounced did 6 songs, it was awesome!

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

When I turned up at a club night with my records and they only had CD decks!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Not sure, played with many good Dj’s.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I’ve always been into Ska, Rocksteady & Reggae. When I first started Coast to Coast in 1999 it was more of a Ska, Reggae, Soul, Boogaloo mix but over the last few years the Jamaican stuff has taken over again…

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I’ve got quite a few of those, some are still unknown to me and to everyone else it seems, I like it that way!

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

So many of those but I think if I had to pick one… Mr Jackie Opel!

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

Black music from the mid 60’s to very early 70’s, mainly Jamaican.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Every 3rd Saturday of the Month, Coast to Coast @ The Fiddlers Elbow, 1 Malden Rd, London NW5 3HS. An eclectic fusion of Ska, Reggae, Soul & Boogaloo combine in one of the unique club nights in London. Packed out with all types, enjoying rare black music from the 60s in an atmosphere more like your best friend’s birthday party… more info coasttocoast.org.uk

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

My want list is long…

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. Diamond Baby – The Wailers
2. Tribute Nerhu – Skatalites
3. Mouth A Massy – Alton Ellis
4. Foey Man – George Dekker
5. Send Me – The Enchanters
6. Man Fe Getta Beatin’ – Wailers
7. Such is Life – Lord Creator
8. Mill Man – Jackie Opel
9. South China Sea – The Skatalites
10. Feel Like Jumping – Lee Perry

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. There’s A Light – Dave Barker
2. Unknown Rocksteady Instrumental – Lynn Tate & the Jets (I think)
3. I’m Alone – Boris Gardner
4. Let’s Get Together – Johnny & the Attractions
5. Shake it Up – The Termites

Next Club Spots: Crossfire27, Sat 10th Oct 2015, London. Dumplins & Coast to Coast every 3rd Saturday of the month etc.

Web Links:

www.coasttocoast.org.uk
www.facebook.com/cellos.coasttocoast
www.youtube.com/user/DJCelloSka


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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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Lady Kamikaze – Hey! Ms DJ

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

We recently caught up with DJ Lady Kamikaze. Here is what she had to say about her passion for Music, DJing and rare records.

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

I got into Rock n Roll & Rockabilly, Blues and 50’s fashion when I was 16 through my friend in the late 80’s in Japan. I was hooked and then started listen related music.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

Lady Luck Club (Organised by DJ El Nino, Jake Vegas & Ronnie King) in 2002. I went to Lady Luck Club when the club was held in the basement of Strip Joint and I had an awesome time. Saw Nino DJing there and I felt that he is really enjoying to play, I thought “I wanna feel that” So I asked him If I could have a spot at the Lady Luck Club. And the rest is history.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

At Hangar Rockin’ Festival 2012 in Switzerland. In the middle of the mountain in the witching hour of hot summer, The moon and the stars were shining overhead, I played with couple of other DJs who I met for the very first time. We all knew that everyone there was connected and feeling just happy by music and vibes without a doubt. A fantastic experience.

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

At the 50’s – 60’s music event in London, A girl came up and requested me to play “R&B” when I was playing 50’s Rhythm & Blues. I said “I’m playing it right now” she said “You are not, Bitch”. Of course, she meant “Rihanna”.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Hard to choose, There’s so many great DJs out there! And I don’t really belong to a specific scene. But I must say that DJ Duncan Brooker, Marc Hype, El Nino have had kept me dancing all night and I was deeply impressed.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I play many genres of music from the 30’s to the 70’s that catch my ear and heart, and that I have got ants in my pants…

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

“SOUL Part 1 & Part 2” by S.O.U.L on Musicor Records. Love the lyrics on Part 1!

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

Again it’s hard to choose, To many to list!

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

No but I collect and play 45’s & 78’s.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

CHAIN GANG – Every Last Saturday of the month – @ The Pack & Carriage, 162 Eversholt Street, London, NW1 1BL

TROPICAL YARD – Every 1st Sunday of the month – @ Floripa, 91 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2 3HZ

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

Lindo Paisaje / Oscar Fajardo
I love The Reggay / The Gaylads

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. Tolu / Lucho Bermudez
2. Jungle nights In Harlem / Duke Ellington
3. Midnight In Moscow / Kenny Ball
4. Minor Swing / Django Reinhardt
5. Sea Lion Woman / Nina Simone
6. Arte Belle / Ken Boothe
7. Truth And Rights / Johnny Osbourne
8. My Nerves / Little Willie John
9. Somewhere Down The Line / Little Johnny Taylor
10. I’m Troubled / Marie Knight

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. Unchain My Heart / Herbie Mann
2. Baby You Got Soul / Van Preston
3. Voodoo Moon / Jackie Mitt
4. Pearl, Baby Pearl / Benny Poole
5. I’m back to stay / Hank Ballard

Next Club Spots: Crossfire27, Sat 10th Oct 2015, London.


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

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