I'm resident DJ, promoter, organiser and all round dogsbody for Trash Manor (Formerly Trailer Trash)
28 Years of Deejaying experience and the overdraft to prove it. Been there, seen that, bought the T-shirt but still very much interested in new music in a variety of flavours including house, techno, old disco, boogie and soul along with a very selective interest in hip-hop, funk and all that type of stuff.
I had my first residency in 1991 at the Yard Club in Huddersfield. Along with my brother Martin Deane, Gavan Fleming and Will Oliver, we put on the Bassquake parties which began in 1992 and ran for 12 years all over the North of England. Martin & I then went on to become residents at the Trailer Trash all-nighters at the Mill in Bradford which ran for 7 years. I've been in a few bands and toured Eastern Europe as well as doing a small amount of production along the way. I always preferred playing other peoples music to making my own - their's was always a lot better than mine!
Festivals are easily my favourite type of events to work at and I've been lucky enough to be involved in the annual Beat Herder festival near Clitheroe for the past 9 years. It's is a medium sized independent festival that started in 2006. I provided the lighting for the Trailer Trash big-top, played in there, booked acts, stage managed and made coffees.
I built and maintained a fairly large sound system - but I've now sold most of it to concentrate on lighting - which is easier to move and store (as well as been nicer to look at).
I used to do quite a bit of DJaying - but have had to cut right back in recent years due to my research commitments which take up almost all of my spare time these days. This means I have the luxury of being pretty selective about what I commit to.
Like most DJs I used to think that I was going to make a career out of it - but nowadays I'm more realistic. That doesn't mean that I'm not professional in my approach - I just see DJaying as a long-standing hobby that I really enjoy doing. I've met, booked and shared the bill with some fantastic DJs and bands over the years - some well known (Greg Wilson, Idjut Boys, Radioactive Man, Shackleton, Luke Vibert, Pilooski, Coldcut, DJ Format, Steve Cobby, Dub Phyzix, John Morales etc) and some maybe not so well known (TT Residents, Gav, Will, Ewan, Paul Wain, John Stapleton, Spud, Mark Turner, Sam Hell, Acid Rockers, John Berry, Jinx In Dub, James Holroyd, Rob Bright, Moonboots, Scott Crawford, Martin Deane) - and lots of others.
I maintain the Trash Manor website (formerly Trailer Trash) www.trashmanor.org,uk where you can find some very good mixes from our residents and guests along with TM-related info.
I dabbled with music journalism - writing for the now defunct Ark magazine and I'm always on the lookout for new music. I have amassed a fairly large record collection over the years, which keeps on growing - albeit at a slower rate since I switched to mainly using CDJs 10+ years ago. I often re-edit tracks in Ableton Live for DJing with, mainly to take out the boring bits and condense / re-arrange the good bits to improve the pace and impact of the track.
I simply love music.