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First I’d like to say a big Thank You to all the people putting stuff up on Soundcloud that I’m enjoying, I know how much time and effort goes in and what insane, fanatical, dedicated music lovers we all have to be. I’d also like to thank all the artists and bands that have done all the really hard work on the edits.
Saying that, we all really appreciate listeners comments, they definitely warm the cockles, so don’t just “hit and run”, give us some feedback
Resident DJ at the Garden Festival
Resident DJ at Mr Scruff’s Tea Tent
Mixes on Mixcloud - http://www.mixcloud.com/Ole_Smokey/
Mix for Gilles Peterson's "Worldwide Family Mixtape" 29/09/11
“All Back to Mine” Mix for Sean Rowley’s “Joy of Music” on BBC Kent
Garden Festival mixes on Mixcloud
Michael Reutten’s Soulsearching Radio Show (No. 637)
“Chopped ‘n’ Channeled” mix for AOR Disco
I have two 7inch 45’s and a 10inch of edits released on KAT Records
A1 The Spiders - Now (Psychedelic Soul Edit)
B1 Power of Zeus - Sorcerer of Isis (Instrumental Thunder Edit)
B2 First Rockers United Company - Power Slide (Ton-Up Edit)
A America - Are You There (Cry to the Underground Edit)
B Bad Company - Making Love (Golden Dreams Edit)
A1 Lucio battisti – Amarsi Un Po (Adriatic Sun Edit)
B1 Alan Parsons Project – Time (Adriatic Moon Edit)
Listen to samples and buy here:-
KAT 45-001 7" Sampler - Ole Smokey edits #1 by Ole Smokey
KAT45-002 7" Sampler - Ole Smokey edits #2 by Ole Smokey
Sampler of Amarsi Un Po' (Adriatic Sun Edit) / Time (Adriatic Moon Edit) on Kat Records by Ole Smokey
As well as the Garden, Latitude and Big Chill Festivals, I get to play the odd bar gig amongst friends and family like “Can You Dig It” at the Nook and the One Deck Armchair Session at the Electrik Bar, both in Manchester. I’m open to invites and I work to scale, which is sometimes nowt, but I don’t like doing gigs for the sake of it. The environment has to be right and I have to feel that I am the right person for the gig. Not so focused on playing dance sets these days, though I can in a pinch, as I want to get a diverse selection of music that has inspired me over the years to appreciative ears. just happy to do the edits and I'm lucky enough to get to play them out with the vinyl now and then.
I spent the two decades that I’ve waffled on about below, soaking up all the musical goodness that informs my sets today. I was always record collecting, but never thought about DJing in those days. That would all change when I visited San Francisco in 92. Little did I know that I wouldn’t be coming back for 11 glorious years. There I met Eddie O’Callaghan (now co-promoter of the Garden Festival in Croatia) and together we put on many club nights and events, the flagship being the Bulletproof Boat Parties.
During those years Bulletproof welcomed countless DJ’s and bands to it’s parties including Mark Farina - DJ Shadow – Galliano - DIY – Gilles Peterson – Marquess Wyatt - Rockers HiFi - Derek Carter – Coldcut - Wicked – DJ Food – Frankie Feliciano – Greyboy and the Greyboy Allstars to name a few. I also had a residency at Mushroom Jazz playing alongside Mark Farina, DJ Is, Thomas (Then Wicked, now Rub n Tug) and George (Behind the Post Office)
When I returned to the UK in 2003 I pretty much retired from DJing, but worked for Eddie at the Magnet nightclub in Liverpool Booking the DJ and Band nights. When Eddie moved out to Croatia in 2005 to plant the seeds for the Garden Festival with Nick Colgan I went out to give them a hand and DJ at the Garden Bar. I’ve been a Resident DJ at the Garden Festival since the first one in 2006.
From working at the Magnet and DJing at the Garden festival I’ve met many like minds, which is how I met Mr Scruff who asked me to play the Tea Tent at the Big Chill, which I have done for the last two years and at which I am now sort of an “unofficial” resident as I will be playing again if the tea tent is confirmed this year
If music be the food of love... play on brother!
Some of the ingredients along the way that have inspired and influenced the recipe.... 1970 - 1990
Led Zep 3 (first album I bought 1970) - Ziggy Stardust (first 45 I bought 1972) – David Bowie and Roxy Music on Top of the Pops 1972 - James Brown’s “The Payback” (first James Brown album I bought 1973) – Kool and the Gangs Wild & Peaceful (the second funk album I bought 1973) - Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon tour (Empire Liverpool 1974) - Bowie’s Station to Station tour (Earls Court 1976) – The Sex Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollocks, The Clash’ White Riot, the Stranglers’ Rattus Norvegicus and The Damneds’ New Rose in 1977 –Iggy Pop Live at Colston Hall Bristol 1977 – Ian Durys live at the ? 1978 - The Blitz club 1979 - Buying Planet Rock, Walking on Sunshine and The Message from Groove Records in Soho 1982 – Art Blakey, Airto and Roy Ayers live at Ronnie Scotts - Grandmaster Flash perforforming Adventures on the Wheels of Steel at the Venue London 1984 – Flim Flam v Meltdown (later Coldcut) at the Harp Club New Cross 1984 - Afrikaa Bambaataa at the Hacienda 1984 – Gil Scott Heron at the South Bank - Monday Jazz night and Black Market Fridays at the Wag Club (‘81-‘86) - Tom Waits at the Apollo (1981) The Dominion (1985) Hammersmith Odeon (1987) – The JB’s at the Town and Country Club London 1988 - Dirtbox and many, many warehouse “raves” (’81-’86) at places like Battlebridge Rd and Clink St years before the House music phenomenom arrived with a bang with the likes of Shoom – Norman Jay’s High on Hope and Shake and Fingerpop nights - Soul II Soul DJing at the Africa Centre – Sonny Rollins at the Royal Festival Hall 1989 - Tribe Called Quest, Pharoah Sanders, Roy ayers, Galliano, Brand New Heavies and Steve Williamson at the Jazz Weekender Camber Sands 1990 - Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge at the legendary Talkin’ Loud Sunday sessions at Dingwalls (‘87-’90) where you could hear Tribe Called Quest followed by Yusef Lateef’s Brother John and no one would leave the dancefloor!
“What a Long Strange Trip It's Been”
I’m just glad I was along for the ride!