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Hey! Mr DJ – Felix

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 6

NUTSMAG recently caught up with DJ Felix in for a nice chat about music.

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

I got into 70’s and 80’s soul, funk & jazz in the early to mid-eighties when I was a teenager (I also listened to the old school hip hop and punk), the popularity of house music made me rush back and look for 60’s Soul. The football terrace and my 60’s punk band got me into the Mod scene. From then I have stuck with it, I don’t know why… (30 years now?) well, I have to say I enjoy life and not only mod things…

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

I had a radio show in the mid to late 80’s with soul, funk and jazz music. First soul nights were in a drug-dealer club every Tuesday night in early 90’s. Life taught me hard… and cheap hahaha!

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I can’t remember.

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

I can’t remember a “worst” but I’ve had a few, usually related to technical stuff. Last week I was djing at the Euro Lambretta Rally in Italy and one of the decks stopped to function. No start, no stop. The owner of the equipment who had skipped the step of plugging and connecting both records players and balancing both arms (cartridge and stuff aside) when I was about to begin blamed me for that so I laughed a lot cos I thought he was joking. But no, then my mood changed.

5. Your favorite scene DJ’s and why?

More than DJs, I love sets, right songs in the right moment and this doesn’t depend only on the records, if you know what I mean. I admire many DJs for their taste in music and their know how, technically and dancefloor-wise.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

It comes from inside me, I play the music I like, even if the disc is a $5 buck vg+ original. Mod means individuality and I don’t really like DJs that play the already well known in demand records, cos this only shows they have money (something that I don’t usually have). I prefer DJs who take the risks and don’t mind throwing in a few lesser known classics together with “newies” and always following their own style.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

My penis, not long ago. A Jet 200 in a barn in 1998 that was sold to me for 90eur. Mod Jazz music, my fave music. The “Churn the Butter” song I still can’t stop dancing after all these years and soooo many others… “Tell the world we’re not in” by the Peddlers” is a cheapie that nobody played at the time. I also discovered in New Zealand Chase “Get it On” and in Verona the Remo Four, uff I spend my life trying to discover new sensation and the day I give up, I’ll be dead.

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

When you own 1000’s of records you simply cannot choose one and now I’m not tempted to throw the rarest artist name in to be given a badge. I LOVE modjazz, souljazz, Motown, vintage funk, underground disco sometimes when I’m high and in the right weekender… and dig garage, punk, and r&b in the same circumstances…

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

I collect Playboy magazines from 1965 to 1970 (I only miss 5 numbers now) I collect Spanish Tamla Motown from 1966 to 1973 (our first series) I only miss two 45’s. And I try to collect Lambrettas but my vivid zest for life and the pursuit of happiness sometimes makes me sell them instead of buying them… currently I think I have 12. And BASICALLY I love music, regardless the label, artist or genres, so I buy what I can afford (and a bit more than that). Obviously, there are a few labels that make me stop instantly while whizzing through record boxes in fairs.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

At Barbaro Chico Club in Gijón and Euroyeye, Check my facebook

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

After all these years, I’ve learned that no record is worth the distress. Recently, I’ve had to sell a few expensive records from my Collection, cos I needed money to travel (to the USA and the Balkans on my Lambretta) and no pain at all, in the end it’s just music. One friend told me last year “our collections can be our pensions when we are older”, and he might be right. Anyway, I must admit once I get hung up with a tune I first try to buy the original but if it’s way toooooo expensive I assume I am poor and listen to it in youtube.

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:
1. Duffin’ Around – Brother Jack Mc Duff & David Newman
2. It Was A Very Good year – Della Reese
3. It’s My Thang – Marva Whitney & the JB’s (live)
4. The Cat – Organ Summit with Paul Shaffer, Joey DeFrancesco, Doug Riley and Dr. Lonnie Smith (live)
5. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
6. I Want A Love I Can See – the Temptations
7. What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted – Jimmy Ruffin
8. Pow Wow – Many Corchado… (simply second to none)
9. Own Up Time – Small Faces
10. Harmonica – Graham Bond Org.
11. She Needs Company – Manfred Mann
12. Maybe Tomorrow – The Chords
13. Walls Come Tumblin’ Down – The Style Council
14. From Now On – Magnus Carlson & The Moon Ray Quintet

Current Top 5 Tracks:
1. Roy Thompson Band – I Don’t Need You Anymore
2. Eddie Buster & Jr Robinson – Churn the Butter
3. Machito – Green Onions
4. Otis Leavhill – Boomerang
5. Ray Pettis – Don’t Use Me

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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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July 3, 2017 By : Category : Beat Club Soul DJs Europe Front Page ModJazz Music News RnB Tags:, , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Lluís Cardenal

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 6

NUTSMAG recently caught up with DJ Lluís Cardenal in for a nice chat about music.

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

I got into music by the mod scene from Barcelona and Girona at the early age of 14. I met a mod one summertime in the early nineties. He gave me some tapes and after that, my interest in music grew until today. At that time, with no internet, it was difficult to be able to listen to some stuff and at the same time, I was too young to travel to Barcelona for parties and gigs. There was a small scene in Girona with only one band and without much club action. I remember going to local jazz gigs in Banyoles with my sister.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

My first DJ slot was in Barcelona in a small bar called Barbara Ann, sharing decks with my best mate Alberto Valle.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Well, I‘ve enjoyed very much playing records everywhere that I’ve been invited. The Boiler has always been a special place for djing. I remember playing the first anniversary, it was magic, all the times I played there has been a proper experience as everybody goes crazy for dance and party.

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

Well, I’ve been quite lucky playing records on the scene and I never had any problem at all. One time in the north of England a guest DJ of the party I was invited to play, asked me If I was going to DJ flamenco?… The worst experiences have been outside the scene where it is more difficult to play some stuff. I have had too many to relate, especially at an outdoor Jazz bar where I’ve DJayed for about 8 years…

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

There is so many good DJs around. To name some, Jean-Marc Vos, Paul Newman, Bill Kealy, Andy Powell, Mace, Mik & Gav, Eduardo Domingo, Dani Herranz, Àlvaro and Mocky Dimples and the guys from Teramo (Andrea, Ceritano, Mattia, Dani and Roberta). They have always impressed by having the dancefloor in pure action.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Well, the parties in Barcelona and Madrid really inspired me. Playing in a Jazz club outside from the scene was a good way to learn how people react to some tunes and beats.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

One of my best finds was getting the Joe Thomas And Bill Elliott – “Speak Your Piece” on Symbol for 4 dollars moons ago on ebay.

A good discovery was getting a cheap R&B dancer of the version from Eddie Cleanhead Vinson called “Kidney Stew” signed by Claude Maxwell on a tiny label called Sydney. A more recent discovery is west coast R&B beauty from Guitar Shorty, “Love Loves” on the local label Pull from Los Angeles.

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

Mostly all the jazz musicians of the bebop era, the same thing with the R&b made in Chicago and California.

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

Mainly I collect R&b and jazz. I am focused on searching for rhythm and blues that was issued during the late fifties till the mid-sixties in my favorite state at the moment, California.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

I run a club with my two mates, Alberto Valle and Dani Urbano, in Barcelona called Take Ivy. We do parties once every two months. This summer I am playing at the Euro-Yeye in Gijón and in Paris at the beginning of October.

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

One that goes on the “I would never own” list, is the one only copy of the acetate by Brian Auger doing an outstanding version of the Sidewinder on Decca. The coolest version I’ve ever heard and luckily enough I had the opportunity to dance to it twice in a club.

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

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. Sonny Knight Quartet – The Groove Is On (Celebrity)
2. Freddie Hubbard – The return of the Prodigal Son (Atlantic)
3. Billy Hawks – O’ Baby (Stateside)
4. The Artwoods – I’m looking for a saxophonist… (Decca)
5. Champion Jack Dupree – Barrelhouse woman (Decca)
6. Johnny Guitar Watson – Wait a minute Baby (Highland)
7. Big Jack Reynolds – I had a little dog (Hi-Q)
8. Gloria Irving – I need a man (Cobra)
9. Graham Bond Organization – Harmonica
10. Buddy Rogers – Waiting for the sun to go down (Lowery)

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. George Bean – Er-Um-Er (London)
2. Ivans Meads – Bottle (Parlophone)
3. Guitar Shorty – Love, Loves (Pull)
4. Johnny Guitar Watson – She moves me (RPM)
5. Sonny Forrest – Mama keep my wife at home (Red Top)

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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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July 3, 2017 By : Category : Beat Club Soul DJs Europe Front Page ModJazz Music RnB Tags:, ,
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Lie Detectors (Newbreed)

The Lie Detectors are based in Donostia/San Sebastian, Basque Country (Spain) with band members being: Eneko Etxeandia: guitar & backing vocals. I also work as a graphic designer, Aitor Txiki: bass guitar & backing vocals: Also works in a factory, Txema Babon: Vocal & maracas. Works in a warehouse – Urko Ros: Drums. Also works in a warehouse. We caught up with them recently.

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

It’s now two years that we are together. One year and a half since we played our first show. I had been away several years (Berlin and Barcelona) and when I came back to Donostia/San Sebastian, I was looking for a band in which I could play guitar or bass again (I had been singing lately) and we met in the process.

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

Pub rock would be a meeting point, early punk-rock too. But influences go from early rock & roll, sixties, garage, a little of psychedelia, glam rock, pub rock, early punk. Our singer is a man in love with the 60’s, Spanish Euroyeyé, so I guess that is what gives us that 60’s touch.

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

We like the Lookers a lot. They have great songs, their live shows are great. Plus, they are an amazing young trio.

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

I don’t see a clear 60’s scene around here, to be honest. The underground scene, I see everything a bit lame lately. There are bands for sure, and venues to play, but not too many interesting bands in my opinion. I like the Pow Pow Pows from Pamplona and the Dealers from Vitoria too.

5. How would you describe the style you play?

It is a mixture of pub rock – garage and punk-rock&roll with a Spanish sixties moustache nutcase fronting.

6. What are your live shows like?

That’s difficult for me to answer… For what people says, they are fun, energetic and crazy. I think we are different.

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

Me, I would say early punk-rock, proto-punk, 50’s-60’s-70’s rock & roll, garage, glam-rock. We play covers by Moris, GG Allin and the Jabbers, the Rolling Stones, Jesse Hector… we then try to adapt them to Spanish. Despise? Too many to mention.

8. What are your main influences outside of music?

Travelling, family, clothing, cooking, eating, drinking, the street, laughing, drinking beer with friends, the hash of “the barbarian”.

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

Before we started playing live we used to work the songs together. Someone would get an idea to the practice room and we’d develop there. When we started playing shows, we didn’t rehearse as much and that stopped being a method for getting songs together. Lately, I’ve been writing most of the songs and I try to bring them quite well-shaped, as we don’t see much of one another too so there’s no time to build them. We don’t spend too much time rehearsing, so if we want to keep bringing new songs into the setlist and being able to record, it’s the only way of doing it… Lyrics normally is Txema who writes them, sometimes with help from the others. Subjects would be: Txema’s beloved Chelsea Boots, the ancient joy of finding good cheap vinyl 7 inches in a shop, the pursuit of happiness, getting out of depression, partying, travelling.

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

The most enjoyable one for me to play is “Felicidad” (Happines). Favourite song by another artist: Today I have to say Alex Chilton’s cover of “The singer not the song” by the Rolling Stones. Tomorrow will be another one.

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

I don’t really know what to answer. There’s always great bands recording, touring. I like les Grys Grys in concert, who like the Lookers, are young, good-looking and a great band. I saw Kelley Stoltz last year and he was great.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Having been able to play shows, releasing two singles last year, planning to release two more this year. We are a lazy bunch, and havin’ done all this would have looked like a joke two years ago.

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

The most we rehearse is once a week. Always on Friday night which is not always fruitful but it sure is fun. I would like to rehearse more often but our working schedules are complicated. We play more or less 2 shows per month. Last year we played 22 shows, in Spain and France.

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

Is there such thing as music coverage in the media? I don’t have a TV Set, don’t read newspapers and rarely listen to the radio except for El Sotano in Radio 3. I’m not the one to answer.

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

I like Giuda, Les Grys Grys, Kelley Stoltz and still like The Damned!

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

I would love to be able to record and produce records myself, maybe in a nice farm not far away from home.

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

We are releasing a new single (believe it or not, the third one) in September/October, and we hope to release another one in Christmas. We would like to record a video clip for “Me gusta la calle (Hey! Hey! Hey!)” which is going to be the A-side for our next single, we are playing in the beautiful Costa Brava the 23rd of July, Euroyeyé in Gijón the 6th of August and we’ll probably open for Giuda in September. Berlin in October is very likely to happen too!

Discography:
2015 – SINGLE: ‘Chelsea Boots,
2015 – SINGLE: ‘Pínchalo’

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www.profilefillers.com
facebook.com/liedetectorstute
liedetectors.bandcamp.com

 


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

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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: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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June 29, 2015 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music News RnB Tags:, , ,
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Euroyeye 20th Anniversary

Gijon, Spain- 31 July 4 August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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drrobert

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

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

12. Where to shop in Gijon?

If you’re a 60’s lover you definitely must visit Cleo, Modern & Vintage Clothing www.cleogijon.es. 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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Felix EuroYeYe

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

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June 3, 2013 By : Category : Articles Europe Events Front Page Music Picks Scene Tags:, , ,
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