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Euro Yeye 2017 Review

Now in its 23rd year, Euro Yeye 2017 proved once again why it’s at the top of the tree for 60s/Mod events in Europe.

To earn the attendance of so many regulars and newcomers, some of whom weren’t even born when the first weekender was held, is something really special. This was my second time in Gijon, having first visited in 2015, and my first time being invited to DJ by Felix and Rob and I couldn’t wait to return for the all-nighters, the amazing music, the friendly people and the Asturian cuisine.

First of day events was in El Bello Verano, seaside bar with DJs and one of the exhibits of the weekend, by Catalan artist David Cobo.
There was also a film festival organized that started on Monday with a really good response. 8 films, one (or two) each day. Thursday was the day to introduce it to YeYe fans coming from all over, with Merli Marlowe and Felix talking about the films, all of them very rare, all of them 60’s and all of them related to humor, this was the link. Also time for introducing Joaquin Viña’s Pop Art amazing exhibit and “las maravillosas aventuras of Mr Soul” graphic novel by Andreu Conill.

First band of the weekend was California act, The Allah-Las performing in the traditional Plaza Mayor outdoor concert. Their sun-drenched psychedelic mid-tempo sounds were the perfect start to events in the early evening heat, and they thrilled their attending fans and new converts alike.

Things, for me, got off to a shaky start, I lost my luggage en route from Scotland, and managed to badly injure my ankle as soon as I arrived at Acapulco, but I wasn’t going to let these setbacks ruin the weekend! Thursday’s all-nighter got off to a flying start (the legendary Sala Acapulco Gin & Tonics helping me with anesthetic), with the mix of black and white sounds from the DJs including Rob and I from the UK and Juanito Volumen from the Spanish Inquisition team as well as a fantastic show from Spanish band Melange. Both styles of music R&B/soul and garage/psych in one room really pulls everyone together and in the hands of the skillful DJs the crossovers were seamless and kept the dancefloor going until the early hours of the morning.

Friday daytime saw a few sore heads, but a beautiful sunny day to get out and explore Gijon, enjoy the beach, as well as all-day mod sounds at El Patio de la Favorita with Kitty B Shake and Jokin Misterklin on the decks, as well as the first of two mass scooter runs around the city. Right before all this Jim McCarthy was interviewed thru skype to present his last 2 graphic novels: “Living for Kicks” and “The Life and Death of Keith Moon”. The club “Toma3” was packed… and there was also a show cooking experience with French food.
For the lucky few, a couple  more hours sleep and then onto the 2nd Allnighter, again the stellar DJ line-up and two of the most exciting bands on the circuit as well, in the shape of Les Darlings from France and homegrown Spanish psych favourites Fogbound setting things up for another night of fantastic music and gathering of friends old and new. Les Darlings delivered infectious beat and rhythm sounds with loads of style, while Fogbound’s have gone from strength to strength with their sweeping psychedelic/prog/popsike sound, that went down a storm.

For the lucky few, a couple  more hours sleep and then onto the 2nd Allnighter, again the stellar DJ line-up and two of the most exciting bands on the circuit as well, in the shape of Les Darlings from France and homegrown Spanish psych favourites Fogbound setting things up for another night of fantastic music and gathering of friends old and new. Les Darlings delivered infectious beat and rhythm sounds with loads of style, while Fogbound’s have gone from strength to strength with their sweeping psychedelic/prog/popsike sound, that went down a real storm.

There was no let up the next day with plenty of people braving the hangovers and the overcast weather to head to the 7 hour pool party at Camping Deva… record and clothes stalls, food, drinks, scooters and a packed line-up of DJs playing the best of 60s sounds across the genres. The Scootercruzada had their trophies given there as well, furthest traveller being a young fellow from Germany (2000+ kms. on his Lambretta to the event). There was also a bunch of British mod scooterists + the usual Spanish and local crowd enjoying the roads and the party.
A final push for the 3rd all-nighter, and this was going to be something special with the eagerly awaited annual Mr & Mrs Yeye contest saw Gerry German from Switzerland and Marian Choya Martin crowned this year’s winners. Live performances from Las Munjitas Del Fuzz from the Vatican with their primitive fuzzed up garage sounds and crazy live show and the eagerly awaited show from Spain’s Tito Ramirez.

The debut Tito Ramirez single ‘Lonely Man’ became an instant classic at R&B/mod nights around Europe and the live performance shows he has so much more to come, the band were bursting with infectious energy and had the whole room in the palm of their hands with their own signature take on classic r&b and popcorn sounds, delivered with loads of character, swagger, and humor.

After Tito the DJ team of Miguel, Imanol, Luis, Felix, Juanito, Rob and I took the night through to dawn with a wholesome mix of 60s styles, blending old favorites with sure to be future classics and, most importantly, keeping the dancers grooving and spinning till the sun came up.

Sunday – out o the official program – was the time for the “necropoli yeyé” a party for all the “leftovers-yeyes” from everywhere that had the strongest dancing in the old town club “TNT” up to 7am!

It was an absolute pleasure to be invited to play as part of the DJ team, and to be welcomed by the locals and friends from across Europe to this very special event in the mod calendar. As I said even injuries and lost suitcases couldn’t hold me back. Here’s to next year  (2 to 5 august!)

Take a look at the images from EURO YEYE 2017 here  
- Arriba, abajo, al centro y adentro, Salud! Craig Reece

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Felix EuroYeYe

Organizador de weekends mods y 60's como el Euroyeyé y el Beat Goes On. In Gijon, Spain.

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September 19, 2017 By : Category : Bands DJs Europe Front Page Music Reviews Scene Tags:, ,
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NUTsCast – Sessions – part 7

This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series NUTsCast - Podcast

NUTscast June 2015

In this edition of Nutscast Sessions, our host The Baron is joined in the studio by those wonderful purveyors of soul, Gemma and The Travellers. We also have updates of forthcoming events including an exclusive look ahead to Euro YeYe and Beat legends Powder at the Blues Kitchen in July.

With an exclusive track from the Sha La La’s plus Hypnotic Eye, Marvin Gaye, The Carnations, Les Grys Grys, Betty Harris and The Drifters, this is another show not to be missed.

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Graham Lentz

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

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July 8, 2015 By : Category : Bands Front Page Music Podcasts Reviews Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Excitements (Newbreed)

This entry is part 2 of 22 in the series Newbreed4

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

Adrià Gual and myself (Daniel Segura) started the band in early 2009, coming out of a more oriented 50s R&B band which I wasn’t enjoying very much. We wanted to get deeper into a more soulful type of music, still retaining the R&B flavour, which at the time (and still now) is a genre that we couldn’t find in a lot of current bands. We just started searching for people around our Barcelona area, and our first finding was Koko, which had just arrived to Barcelona some months before, and had posted an ad in the Internet about starting a band just to have fun. Afterwards the other members were put together by word of mouth, or maybe we knew about them through other bands, etc.

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

All the band members gravitate towards any afro-american music from the past century, being it blues, R&B, soul music, gospel, garage… and specially jazz, which is pretty much the only music we can listen to on the same room and not complain.

3. How would you describe the style you play?

We plant our feet deep into the zone where R&B was mutating into Soul music, which seems like a really narrow one, but in fact it is wider than other styles we may be compared to, specially the late 60s funk thing, which we actually are far apart from.

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

Any greasy R&B artist influences us, from Andre Williams and James Brown to any artist from Fortune Records, Excello, Stax, Okeh, etc. We’ve played several covers through the years, ranging from Rufus Thomas to the Raelettes, The Falcons or Etta James. Common denominator is, when covering, try to get some original not-that-well-known tunes, plus they have to be good ones! We do not despise anyone specific, but we try to avoid any artist (being music, film or whatever other discipline) that isn’t right out sincere about what he does and how he does it. The thing is, when it’s meaningful, it shows, and again, it’s good!

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

In my case (and this is a personal opinion) I really enjoy “I’ve bet and I’ve lost again”, a classic southern ballad penned by our rhythm guitar Adrià Gual. It really makes a difference to play that tune every night, it lifts you quite a bit.

Other artists’ tunes, there are tons of them, but I’ll just pick up two that come to mind right now: Sam and Dave’s “Wrap it up”  (best bass line ever), and “Space guitar” by Johnny Guitar Watson (that IS crazy).

6. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Umm, tough question… Maybe just pushing the band forward when the going gets rough, which in our case has been more than half the time. It is funny that we play this kind of music in the 21st century, but the work on the road, conditions, personal and social problems do not differ that much from the ones of the chitlin’ circuit from back then. Yes, we are not black people in Louisiana, but we need the food and the bread to keep alive, and it’s as tough to get it as back then!

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

We rehearse only when we’re changing some song from the repertoire, which is rare during the time we’re presenting an album. That’s mainly because we’re constantly on the road, 100 shows a year more or less, so it is really not necessary (and healthy at the same time!) that we just rest a bit when at home. We’ve been recording every two years since we started, but maybe that changes and we try to do it more often, just a few songs each time, we’ll see. Right now we’re working on our upcoming third album, laying demos and arranging like crazy, we’re actually going into the studio with 4-5 songs next week, and we’ll keep the pace until we have enough to pick through and put an album out that we’re proud of. We’re also rehearsing Betty Harris’ repertoire, since we’ll be backing her up next August at Euro Yeye, a real treat and honour! Some of her songs are quite groovy and a bit different from what we’re used to, so it is really fun to work around those, this is an intense summer!

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

We were thinking about bringing some of our favourite music legends and try to lay down a song with them, then release it either in an album or seven inches. One I thought about was Don Covay, but sadly he left us some months ago. He had some serious health problems so it wouldn’t have been a good idea to try it if he was still around. I consider him a genius, excellent songwriter and singer, arranger, and unique character. Mick Jagger copied tons of stuff from the guy for a reason.

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

We’re very hard-working, we like to play live, we enjoy the communion with the people, and we’ll try to keep the pace playing as much as we can around the world. hopefully, after visiting almost every country in Europe, we’ll step into Japan, Canada and maybe the USA while presenting the next album, we’re working on that. Our ambitions are just to keep moving and alive, grow bigger and better as musicians and people, and making the audience as happy as we are playing this magical type of music.

That Betty Harris show is going to be pretty interesting, we’ll have more horns and hammond player joining us that day, and maybe we can play some other shows backing up other legendary singers/bands in the future, one-shot things, who knows.

We just want the people to join with us and enjoy all that this type of music and show can offer, thanks a lot!

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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: for rare vintage vinyl.

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July 8, 2015 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , ,
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Betty Harris Interview by Alberto Valle

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Masters2

We tend to forget that so many artists we do love nowadays were just performers aiming at doing a good living out of their talent. This is also the case of Betty Harris. She could’ve been the ultimate Soul queen of New Orleans but she left as she didn’t just earn enough money. It is interesting to think about it nowadays, when the current European cultural structures & industry are bringing to a situation of middle class people doing music just for hobby, and many real serious musicians giving up on their talent when they see the low consideration their hard work is going to report to them.

As you’ll read in Betty’s interview, it was a matter of some very hard work, talent and, naturally, ambition. And perhaps there lies the answer on why today it is so hard to find talented musicians able to take comparisons with these previous iconic generations.

I was forgetting about another matter, the luck. Betty wasn’t lucky enough to keep on resisting on the business during the (soulfully) exciting 70s decade.

But luckily she came back to the show business 10 years ago, and this summer she’ll be performing her classy & classic 60s repertoire @ Gijón Euroyeyé.

01. You’ve spent your childhood between Orlando and Alabama, where you started to sing at the church with your parents. What are your memories of that time? How did you interact with music? Was it only the church or you were listening to non-religious R&B as well?

I was lead singer for our youth choir. As a teenager, I heard other music but I was not allowed to sing it at home. I loved music, I was in our high school band and choir. Plus My Father was a Musician, so you get an idea of my level of interaction with music.

02. At 18 you decide to start an R&B singing career, which created some trouble with your parents. How did you get to an understanding? What brought you to this decision?

Well, my parents did not want me to sing R&B so I did not in their home, so there really was no trouble. In their home I respected their wishes. When I left home it then became my chose. There was no money in Gospel music, so the choice was easy.

03. Then you move to California and meet Savoy R&B Superstar Big Maybelle, who is some kind of your godmother during those early days. What are your memories of that particular time?

Not exactly. I left home and I went to Long Island, New York, where I met The Hearts managed by Zell Sanders who took me back home. With Zell I found out I could not sing in a group. I knew then that I was a lead singer. I came back to NYC armed with the fact that I needed to talk to someone who had vocals like mine. And then I met Big Maybelle after listening to her all day at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. I went on a two-week tour with her and left her in Chicago. I worked in Chicago for about 6 months and went back to Los Angeles, California.

04. At that time you also met Marvin“Babe”Chivian, the man that discovered Solomon Burke (as Mr. Burke –may he RIP- once told me) and also the guy who suggested you to move to the East Coast, particularly to NYC, to meet Bert Berns. How did it go exactly?

It was in Los Angeles that I met Babe Chivian. He told me if I came back to Philadelphia he would make me a star. So I moved to Philly, I went to all kind of shows:  Tammi Terrell, Solomon Burke and myself were managed by Babe. After about a year I went back to New York to meet Bert Berns.

05. Then you recorded a Mr. Burke’s slowed version of “Cry to Me” with Berns in ’63?

When I met Berns, I sang “Cry to me” for him my way, slow and soulful because the lyric were awesome.

06. And then “His Kiss” in ‘64, and success finally came. But then you decided to go to New Orleans and leave Berns and Jubilee records to switch to Sansu. How did you come to take this decision?

I was in this business to make money, and at that point I had received none. I did not like traveling every day. Oh, at first it was fun, but that got old without money!

07. You start working with Allen Toussaint who I think he can be named as the New Orleans’ Soul Godfather. Please, tell me how he was. How it was to work with him.

After the first session with Allen all tracks were laid and I only had to come in and do my part. Allen was a very creative and highly gifted musician. I met all the musicians on the first session, but I only worked with Allen after that.

08. You then reached national success with “Nearer to you”. What were for you the most significant moments when you reached that top success? Any particular gigs, interviews…?

Well, a three-month tour with Otis Redding, four trips to the Apollo and working the Theater Circuit in New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, New Orleans and Baltimore, Maryland.

09. You recorded a duet with Lee Dorsey and became the first lady of New Orleans Soul. You also recorded “Mean Man” with the Meters! Which are your memories of the NOLA music scene? Which were your fave artists back then?

My fave by then was James Carr. And as for The Meters, they were the backing band on all of the songs on Sansu, but they weren’t known as the Meters at that point. I also remember Carla Thomas singing background on some of them. Anyway, twenty songs were recorded in New Orleans for Sansu Records which I now own, since Sansu never paid me.

10. Not even Sansu?

Not even them. I have been in Court since 2005 and won. Now I can Lease all twenty of my songs, plus the eight songs I recorded for Bert Berns. Now I get paid royalties for up to twenty-eight songs!

This link here describes some of what I have been dealing with, but I cannot talk more about it while we are still in litigation.

11. At the end of 1967 and the beginning of 1968 you were supposed to tour with Otis Redding, who tragically passed away on Dec. the 10th 1967. Please, tell a bit more about how this opportunity of touring popped out?

Otis Redding was like a brother to me. Back then we had booking agents who would book you on tours. Otis was one of the nicest people I ever worked with. It was fall in 1967. It was his tour, and they had just signed me in Macon, Georgia. I met Otis at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. He said something like “Welcome” because I had just been hired. He was really sociable, but Otis didn’t really communicate that much.

And he really was into cars. In the duet with Carla Thomas, where Otis says “I got five Lincolns, seven Cadillacs and three Fords” (or whatever the number was), he really did have that many cars.

At that moment I needed to buy a car, and Otis helped me with the down payment. A ‘64 Sedan Deville, brand new off the showroom floor. Pop Walden ran the business, and he told me to go down to the Cadillac dealer “and tell him I’ve sent you”. They delivered my license plates to Columbus, Georgia.

12. By 1970, you go back to your roots, leave music industry, and start singing at the church. Why did you take this decision?

I got out of the music business because I was not getting paid. Music Business was filled with snakes like A&R man, songwriter, music publisher Marshall Sehorn.

So when I stopped singing it was because I was not getting paid. And I stopped singing even in church. I got married, had a normal life and a Daughter. Watched her graduate from college and needed something else to do.

Then, in 2005 Christina Aguilera covered “Nearer to you” on her album “Back to basics” on Sony. And finally, after fighting in court 8 years, I got paid for it and today I still get paid for my music. I own it.

Now I give back, I teach and I love it. My music has stood the test of time and my fans young and old love it.

13. In 2005 you come back and start gigging in the US as well as in Europe at major events such as Porretta Soul Festival (IT) in 2007, or Euroyeyé (SP) this summer. Again, why?

I can enjoy my music now, without the need of building up a career on it.

As far as travel I’ve been to France two times Switzerland, Italy, Australia, four times Barcelona and Madrid. And I have covered the USA state by state.

14. After the intent of recording with Chris Stovall Brown, are you recording new stuff any soon? If so, are there any names/record labels that can be mentioned?

We are now working on some new material, and will  release it on our own label.

Originally published by Alberto Valle for La Ruta Magazine © many thanks to them!

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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: for rare vintage vinyl.

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June 29, 2015 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music News RnB Tags:, , ,

Night Beats (Newbreed)

This entry is part 5 of 22 in the series Newbreed4

The Night Beats are an American psychedelic, garage and soul group based out of Seattle, Washington. The group consists of  Danny Lee Blackwell (Guitars, Vox), James Traeger (Drums) and Tarek Wegner (Bass/Vox). Night Beats incorporate sounds of early R&B, Texas Psychedelic Rock, Blues, Folk and Soul.

2010 – Single ‘H-Bomb’
2011 – LP ‘Night Beats’, Split Single 10” Night Beats/UFO Club
2012 – Split Single 7” Night Beats/TRMRS
2013 – LP ‘Sonic Bloom’

Tour Dates: 
31/07/2014 Spain, Gijon – Euro Ye Ye Festival

Check our Facebook page for all other dates in August & September.

01. How long have you been playing together for and how did you meet?

James and I since we were 14, in grade school. Tarek in Seattle around 2009.

02. Two of you are from Texas originally, which has a rich history of psychedelic music, and Seattle is of course home to the Sonics. How have these, such important places, influenced your music – if at all?

Both places have been influential. From the R’n’B side of things to the freedom heard in a lot of the Texas psych. But our influences range from everywhere. Not to one genre or era, people listening should know this.

03. What are your main musical influences? There’s an obvious love of psychedelic garage shining through in your music, but your name is taken from a Sam Cooke record? Are Soul and R&B as big an influence as psychedelic music to you?

Both are important. So are movies. Places and people. We try not to focus or put things in order of influence.

04. You’re based in Seattle, are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area?

La Luz.

05. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like in Seattle, is there one? Do you feel a part of it?

60s scene? What year is it? We have our place in the underground yes, but it’s hard to see under the dirt and moss so were not sure sometimes.

05. Night Beats have played with some incredible acts… Roky Erikson, The Zombies, The Black Angels, The Black Lips, The Growlers. You are constantly touring, be it on your own tours or playing every psych festival going. What have been some of the highlights for you?  Do you prefer playing live to recording?

You’ve mostly listed them. We went to South Africa and made good friends down there. That was a big highlight. They’re 2 separate things so I can’t say.

06. Are you looking forward to playing Euro YeYe/in Gijon? You’ve toured quite extensively in Spain haven’t you? I hear their crowds can be pretty wild…

Yes. We love Spain.

07. What’s your favourite song in your repertoire currently? Is there anything you really love, or hate playing live?

Some things were tired of playing. So we give it a rest but maybe bring it back.

08. How do you approach the recording process, I can imagine it’s not very technology heavy – do you take a more, I guess, honest approach similar to your garage influences, using analogue equipment? Is it important to you to have a live sound, so you can easily replicate this on stage?

We generally use tape. Sometimes a little digital. We use electricity and some acoustic instruments. We record live. Some overdubs here and there. Not gonna give away any secrets.

09. Your second album, Sonic Bloom was released in Autumn last year, and showed a real progression from your self-titled debut. Have you already started thinking about recording the follow up? Or have any plans for any singles coming soon?

Thank you. Yes. Stay tuned

10. Between your non-stop touring and own releases as Night Beats, you have various collaborations under your belts already… you seem to be the hardest working band around! Danny Lee has put out some releases with Christian Bland of the Black Angels as The UFO Club, and with Curtis Harding and some of the Black Lips as Night Sun. How did these come about? Are there any more collaborations to look out for, or new projects planned? Will there be any more releases from these bands? Are Tarek or James working on anything on the side of Night Beats?

It happened naturally with each of my projects… Friends coming together with mutual respect and desire to collaborate. Night Sun and UFO Club releases coming soon. Also a jazz record. Tarek is working on a solo album as well.

11. Who are Night Beats listening to at the moment? Who are your favourite artists around right now, and who do you always return to listening to?

The new White Fence. The Oh Sees. An old ‘Sounds of Spain’ record I got for 5 cents. Donny Hathaway, Los Saicos, random hip hop, Love.

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Holly Calder

I’m one half of Eyes Wide Open in Glasgow, where we run a club, a label and now the Double Sight Psych & Garage Weekend, which takes place at the start of October. I love psych, garage, freakbeat, popsike, and have even been known to enjoy a wee bit of R&B! Always enjoy travelling to 60s clubs and weekenders around Europe, whether I’m there to DJ or just to mingle and dance!

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July 25, 2014 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music Psych Scene USA Tags:, , ,
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Euro Ye Ye – (Wild Weekends)

01. Please tell us how and when one of the most famous weekenders on the scene was born and who are Trouble & Tea?

Euroyeye was first thought of while hanging out in a club in late 1994 or early 1995. Three friends (one of them JC lives in Thailand now and eventually got married there, Juan is still with me) complaining about not having time to enjoy the allnighter or watch the interesting concerts. Nobody was doing it at that time, so we decided we must do it then. Trouble & Tea is thanks to Manfred Mann, it was also good for a cool teapot logo (very British). We were always into ‘trouble’ a bit less than ‘tea’, unless you understand ‘tea’ as the Rutles did. That makes sense, doesn’t it?

02. Who attended the event in the early years and what are your most treasured memories from this period?

First year we had an attendance of over 200 people, 20 of them were djing in the all-nighters, hahahaha we had four bands and everything happened in the top terrace club of the Parque del Piles, over two nights. In 1996 we moved into the discotheque for the concerts and organized four nights – the rest is history. I specially remember bringing the ‘Knave’ to Spain and listening & dancing to their full set like crazy. They HAD something.

03. When did Euro Yeye become the International event attended by fun seekers from all over the World?

I think Rob and I first spoke in 1996 in La Rochelle (France). After that, I asked Rob to DJ and also to book the ‘Adventures of Parsley and Dutronc’ in 1997. Rob loved the feel of that 1997 Yeyé Weekender and after the event offered to join in the organization. I said “sí, ho, claro, joder (hell yeah)”.

04. Who has performed over the last nineteen years and does any particular live show stand out for you?

I have special faves, say JTQ and Les Hommes in 1998, The masters of groove including Reuben Wilson, Pretty Purdie, Grant Green Jr, Dr Lonnie Smith, Brian Auger, the Action, Arthur Brown, the Pretty Things, Jaybirds, Little Barrie, the Knave, Sugarman 3 + Lee Fields, the Strypes last year, Wau y Los Arrrghs, Maxine Brown, Tommy Hunt, the Teenagers, Martha Reeves, Flirtations, Dean Parrish, Nick Rossi Set (I won’t forget this one)… there are soooo many. If I just had the posters with me I’d remember many more for sure.

05. Apart from the all-nighters and live music what else is going on at the event?

Since 1996 we’ve done art exhibitions to the point that we have three artists in 2013 showing their stuff for one month July-august Since 1997 we’re doing a small but selected 60’s cult film festival in where all films are screened in OV (with Spanish subtitles when needed) Since 2012 Merli Marlowe programmes it which has given it the strength of an absolute 60’s film fanatic and connoisseur. This year we have Alex Cooper introducing us his new series of books about ‘rock stars’. Of course we also have the Scooter Rally within the weekender, which is one of the biggest in Spain. Moreover, the 60’s market and record fair is always very interesting every night at the disco and since 2009 we’re giving much more importance to the all-dayers with great DJs playing music by the beach during the afternoon. And since 2012, the Battle of The Bands has gained its own room at Yeye. Last year nine bands applied for great prizes, this year we have over 12 bands participating. Summarising, underground sixties culture is not just about the music IMO, it’s a way of life and this includes all aspects of art.

06. Please tell us about the amazing Oasis venue where the all-nighters and live music takes place?

Well, the Oasis disco is perfect for summer events. It’s located at one and of Gijón’s main beach, within walking distance from the centre (and what a nice walk over the beach in the wee wee hours!). It has a big parking and taxis are there upon a call in five mins. There’s also a bus stop in front of the main door that drops you in the centre in less than 10mins. It’s big enough to hold over 1000 people comfortably. Half is an outdoor terrace – half covered – with a nice stage and dance floor and room enough for 2 long bars and a bunch of stalls, space and plenty of seats to chill out, relax or smoke and have a drink. It has two separate dance floors.

We usually use the big one with two bars and a small stage (usually packed with dancers) for beat, garage, psyche, 60s rock and the really cool one in the end with room for 200 people (it’s always packed) for the black sounds, R&B, 60s soul, Jamaican, jazz dance, boogaloo and so on… also with a bar. Both of them are decorated like an Arabic palace with the Oasis with water in the middle. It’s beauuuuutiful, we add some 60s visuals.

07. Euro Yeye always has many funny moments during the weekend is there one in particular that stands out for you?

Well, it’s all about fun, but I specially think of every year’s Miss and Mister Yeye contest. It begun as a joke, and indeed it is, but people takes it very seriously and there’s much talk about it. Winners get a banner and a bottle of Champagne. We usually choose one Spanish guy and a chick from abroad or vice versa. They must have stayed for the whole weekend partying not missing anything and dressing cool. Style will always be important for us, how could it not be?

08. Who are the people who bring Euro Yeye to life every summer for our enjoyment?

Well, the team’s quite small, me & Rob, Arantxa doing marketing and communication, Juan takes care of hotels and accounts and plays the films, Vic does the stage managing. We also have a runner (we had Lara last couple of years) an official photographer and video crew, a small team for the sound and lights, backline crew, stage hands when needed and the disco crew. Before the weekend it’s really four people working, programming, producing & promoting. It still retains the fun and the DIY attitude inherent to any underground weekender IMO. If it’s not us (people from the scene) doing it, then it’s  just Disneyland and I’m not interested in that at all.

09. Where is Gijon and how do you arrive in the Asturian City?

Gijón is right about the middle of the northwest coast of Spain. The main town of Asturias is perfect for a holiday. The nearest airport is Asturias Airport (OVD) but Santander is also close (two hours’ drive), then Bilbao and then probably Galicia or Madrid.

10. Where are the best places to eat in Gijon?

Gijón and Asturias are very well known for its gastronomy, rich, special and varied, including fish, seafood, different meats, veg and desserts. The typical places are the Sidrerias, where you can also drink our very own sidra (alcoholic apple juice).

11. Where are the best places to stay in Gijon?

There’s a wide selection of hotels, hostels, camping. Everything can be checked in our website by the way

12. Where to shop in Gijon?

If you’re a 60’s lover you definitely must visit Cleo, Modern & Vintage Clothing There’s a wide selection of vintage clothing (lots of 60’s stuff inc footwear) and the brands that we all like from Fred Perry and Ben Sherman to Merc, Lyle & Scott, DNA Groove, Delicious Junction, Art Gallery and a few more that you’ll love.

There’s another vintage furniture and stuff in general very close to Cleo called ‘La Merced 3’. There are also a couple of small record shops, Paradiso & La Bomba.

13. Please give us an overview of Euro Yeye 2013 and what to watch out for?

I always say best thing to do is to check the website or facebook, if I was to focus on anything it would be unfair to the whole event. I love the exhibits, the scooter run, the films, the ‘battle of the bands’, the all-nighters with some of the best international DJs in our scene that make our long nights something unforgettable.


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Euro YeYe 2012 Review by Felix

There’s no Euro-crisis in sight when the Euroyeye comes around. Thousands of mod culture and 60’s lovers gather in Gijon every summer, and some of them have already booked flights long before knowing the line-up. It means a great deal to us that after 18 years the fans of this event return year-after-year and have great faith in us to deliver an exciting program.

Thursday was the first live gig, after the presentation of 60’s cult film screenings and the Action Exhibition CCAI and Max Galli’s Midnight to Six at Cleo shop. Onstage DC Fontana performed new songs alongside old favorites. After 30 minutes Don Fardon joined them and performed a dozen of his 60’s anthems including ‘I’m Alive’. This was an amazing start to the weekend in the main square of the city with over 4000 people in attendance, followed by the allnighter at our base for the weekend Discoteca Oasis.

The first official ride out took place on Friday afternoon with a  gathering of old scoots at the really cool sports port with a ride-out in the direction of Villaviciosa on a fantastic sunny day. After less than one hour all the scoots were parked at Sidra El Gaitero factory and an expert explained to us all how their special cider is made. Back to Gijón for a light meal at Casa Pepito using a secondary road that everyone loved for its twist and turns, ups and downs, forests and mountains.

For the second allnighter doors opened at 10pm with Los Granadioans a unique Reggae style band presenting their forth LP/CD, Reggalactico. Next up was the turn for quintessential UK Psychedelic band, Kaleidoscope, with Peter Daltrey backed by an American band–an unforgettable experience. The allnighter was wild, with the best mod and 60’s music played by over a dozen DJ’s from Europe.

Saturday afternoon saw the second planned scooter run, using secondary roads again ending with a quick snack (we call ‘vermutin’) and a grand meal in the Royal Golf Club of Gijón, a truly posh and amazing place that we won’t be able to get again (I wonder why?).

No time for coffee, I’m late for the Battle Of The Bands contest by the beach in Gijón’s Monkey club. After watching four bands the winners were Los Wallas. They will record a single at vintage recording specialists, Circo Perrotti Studios, with a release on Saturno Records and a video clip (Producciones Cucas) and it is all for free.

The other three bands were nominated and were given one recording each as well having two of them, Los Chavalas and The Dark Colors, open for The Strypes that night in the allnighter. And what a concert from the Strypes. These kids shut all the bigmouths that dismissed them as ‘Just kids’. What skill and excitement the kids demonstrated, playing covers just like the Stones, Beatles, Yardbirds and The Who when their musical journey began. Everybody was shocked with the performance and they have a big future in front of them .

The allnighter afterwards was frantic and really crazy, ending up at gone 8am with lots of people asking for more… not me.

I raised the white flag on the Sunday but I was told that over 50 brave scoots were still riding towards Luanco and back during the day, and appeared for last night concerts. Any fragile souls will have rocked to the core when garage band Las Aspiradores hit the stage, leading to a visit from the Police–too loud, boys. Last act of the weekend was 60’s cult band, The Sorrows, performing all the hits.

A fantastic restaurant was booked for everyone on Monday to enjoy the local dishes and Sideria before their journey home. The most important people in this festival are not the band members or the DJs but the audience who come and enjoy the allnighters, live concerts, scooter runs and 60’s culture every summer.

Many thanks to all sponsors, Gijón City Council, Merc, Cleo Modern & Vintage Clothing, Upbeat Discos, Delicious Junction, Marychic, UK Look, Upthight65, Carnaby Pontevedra, Monkey Britsyle, all artists, bands, DJs and everybody involved in the organisation or simply everybody that made it to the Yeye in these difficult times, each helping to create the unique atmosphere.

Next stop: The Beat Goes On in Madrid, 6 to 8 December. Don’t miss it!

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October 1, 2012 By : Category : Articles Clubs Europe Events Front Page Music Reviews Scene Tags:, , ,
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Euro YeYe 2012 Review by Holly Calder

After finally making it over to Euro Yeye for the first time in 2011, I was delighted to get an email from Rob inviting Sarah and me to play some records this year. After last year discovering there’s no need to fear the heat (thank you Spanish air conditioning) I was raring to go. And then I saw the line up and this was looking like being even better than last year.

Things kicked off with Don Fardon backed by DC Fontana on the open air stage at the Plaza Mayor, playing his 60s back catalogue and mod classic ‘I’m Alive’, sans dancing Dodo. A nice opener before we made a dash back to our hotel to collect our records for our first night of djing. Everyone was in the main room together, a great mix of psych and R&B and everything in between.

Friday was spent showing Sarah around, the city itself is definitely an important part of what makes Euro Yeye such an enduring weekender that people return to. Although we were without our Basque friend this year, and had little or no grasp of  Spanish we muddled through and found people to be very friendly and helpful.

There was time for a quick drink at the afternoon venue where we were pleased to find more friends from around Spain and beyond had arrived, before going to sample some incredible seafood paella. Everything you hear about the seafood in Gijon is true… superb!

Before that, the moment I was most excited about ever since hearing glowing reports from The See See’s Richard Olson… 60s psych stalwarts, Kaleidoscope. The buzz in the open air bar suggested that everyone was feeling the same, and with word of members of Brian Jones Town Massacre and Quarter After and other impressive acts helping to make up the band backing Peter Daltrey there was no doubt in my mind that this would be special. I was far from disappointed, dipping into his incredible back catalogue Daltrey’s voice sounded faultless, as did his band. He’d initially turned down offers to return on stage to play Kaleidoscope tracks until this band was presented to him, it’s abundantly clear why.

They were by far my favourite live act of the weekend, but the much talked about Strypes proved their worth on Saturday, playing a solid set of R&B stompers ridiculously well considering how young they are.

We were soon ready for another night sponsored by Vodka Burn, our last in Spain and time to spin more records. I started to feel a little apprehensive as our first set approached, as the Spanish master-in-garage, Borja, played an incredible set to a full dance floor, and one of the largest crowds we’ve ever played to. The Spanish crowd’s reputation of being up for a party steadied my nerves once we started, thank you to everyone for one of the most enjoyable DJ experiences I’ve had.

Unfortunately we had to head back to Scotland before catching Sunday night’s acts, but if Le Beat Bespoke was anything to go by The Sorrows would have been a real highlight. All in all, another incredible weekend, and one you have to try if you’ve never been. Big thanks to Rob and Felix for their organising, and the invitation, to the bands and the other DJs in both rooms, and to all of our friends from around Europe who helped to make the weekend so enjoyable.

We will definitely be back. Here’s to Euro Yeye 2013.

Editor’s Notes from ‘Scotch’ Martin Gavin

Gijon is a port in the northern province of Astuarias (Spain), not to be confused with mustard-mad Dijon (which is in France), has a population of just over 280,000 and dates back to The Romans.

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Holly Calder

I’m one half of Eyes Wide Open in Glasgow, where we run a club, a label and now the Double Sight Psych & Garage Weekend, which takes place at the start of October. I love psych, garage, freakbeat, popsike, and have even been known to enjoy a wee bit of R&B! Always enjoy travelling to 60s clubs and weekenders around Europe, whether I’m there to DJ or just to mingle and dance!

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