Growing up in a small flat on an estate in Essex, there really wasn't a lot to do that wasn't going to get me into some kind of trouble.
One thing that did keep me out of trouble was music, and luckly my dad had an amazing collection of vinyl. Being a head in the 60s, there was examples from Hendrix, Floyd, Cream , Led Zeppelin and a whole heap of other period presses.
I had caught the bug, and all my pennies went into acquiring music for myself. In the early days, Megadeth would sit next to Lee Perry.
Things were pretty eclectic for a while until I discovered the delights of clubbing. I used to sneak to London, hitting a club then hanging around Trafalgar Square until the trains started again in the morning.
I was also tuning into early 90s pirate radio, the signals drifting in from the East End and lighting up my imagination. From then on, I was one of Parrot Records best customers, buying pretty much all the dance 12s they had in stock. This led me to have quite a collection of Jungle, early DnB and chill out such as The Orb & FSOL.
I didn't have decks, only the record player at my dads flat. I didn't know anyone with decks, no-one. Some how, I managed to get a slot playing records in between bands at a local community venue on a Monday night. I can say that my forward thinking selections raised a few eyebrows amongst the people that had come out to see a line up of indie & rock bands.
Things didn't stop there, I'd some how fell in with some the guys that worked in the big and only nightclub in the town centre. Within a couple of weeks of hanging around the thousand capacity venue I was offered the lighting guys job. This meant I would be working in the DJ booth along side the jock.
I tell you, most of the time, it was terrible... as you can imagine any cheesy town centre club can be.
But, once a month, the manager would put on a night called "Club Funky" , he'd bring in extra PA, decor, and most importantly, a named DJ would be booked to headline.
It was this night, standing within a couple of feet of and watching intently DJs such as Paul Trouble Anderson, Lisa Lashes, Toni De Vit & a lot of other famous DJs of the day.
I was hooked, watching these guys in the mix, watching how they worked the mix amazed me. I don't have to tell you that it was truly inspirational.
I went on get decks and play every where I possibly could, pestering everyone I knew for slots anywhere I could find them. I would be on the decks every day.
It wasn't long before I realised that things would be easier if I had my own night, so after approaching a few venues, I managed to get a Thursday night in a bar.
I did a party every month or so, often booking in DJs to headline, I was lucky enough to host DJs such as Unabombers, Chicken Lips, Jane Fitz, Secret Sundaze, Greg Wilson Kenny Dope amongst others, no need to say that I got to work and sometimes play along side my musical heroes.
These were great days indeed.
So, in my few years or so in the scene, I've noticed what makes a good DJ is one that has confidence in what he is playing, he has to play it from the heart. To know his records inside out.
So, in these mixes, I too have tried to achieve this, My selections are broad, I have over the years been exposed to many genres and styles, building a good foundation of knowledge.
I use this to my advantage as I like to play a lot of stuff that is considered by some to be "leftfield", I just think it's non commercial. They always say the B-Sides are the best.
Here, I've posted different genres that I feel show off some of my musical tastes over the years, displaying versatility as a selector too.
>>> If anyone would like high quality wav cds of any of the mixes, hit me up, I'll charge just the cost of a blank CD and postage.
You'll also get a track list!