Hit the break & graffiti scene in 1983, lived & breathed The Sugar Hill Gang & all things hip hop, loving tunes out of Def Jam Recordings label, playing Public Enemy, Stetsasonic, Bambaataa, Big Daddy Kane, Eric B & Rakim to name a few.
On to Hip House with Fast Eddie, Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Jungle Brothers with the natural progression to, what is now known as ‘propa old school house!’
The house nation years, for me, started in 1987 with influences from US dj’s & producers like Larry Heard, Frankie Knuckles, Lil Louis, Steve Silk Hurley, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Marshall Jefferson, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Todd Terry and so many more.
Then kicked in the Roland 303 synthesizer and ACCIIIDDD entered my HOUSE. I was hitting the warehouses in & around the M25, London, those days were very messy!
Wanting to get deeper in to the vibe of house, I got involved in promoting my own nights Booking one off venues, creating a nice following, getting down to some good old dirty house music!
Then came the University circuit, playing all the big campus pavilions all around central England. These were fantastic, the students were absolutely up for it and the roof was blown apart every night! This is where I hooked up with Chris Nice, a bongo player and incorporated his fantastic rhythms into the house vibe.
In to the nineties I started the ‘Bold as Brass’ club nights, doing 1off events in spectacular locations, booking my favourite UK DJs to entertain. Then The Agincourt, these parties were legendary. Spinning alongside DJs like Paul Gotel, Spencer Williams, Chad Jackson, Blue Peter, Slackson, Smiffy, Bebe, Stacey Tough, Darren Norman, Dean Thatcher, Scott James, Simon G and so many more that enlightened my life.
The nineties were great for music, I was heavily into the House & Progressive House scene, checking out DJs like Sasha, John Digweed, Nick Warren, Oakenfold, Rocky & Diesel, Fabi Paras, to name but a few. Loving record labels such as Guerrilla Records, Boys Own, Soma, FFRR, Strictly Rhythm, Cleveland City, the list is endless.
Around this time I began playing with a different style of mixing. I used a Vestax mixer, with midi, and integrated 303 keyboards with sampler and effects units, this really kicks the floor, every track turned into a bootleg mix! No-one had, or would hear the same thing twice!
I have always been a vinyl junkie, so skipped the CDJs, opting to stay ‘true to the cause’, however as the digital age kicked in & stable software arrived, I started to put the Technics 1210s to 1 side in favour of a Mp3s…
There are large benefits in exchanging 2x HEAVY Flight case record boxes for a USB stick!
As for playing out now, I DJ 1off events for my own Bold as Brass & House Factory nights, sticking with guest DJs who I still consider to be todays finest in the genre, Spencer Willams, Smiffy, Bebe, Slackson and the likes of Jonny Smart of Twisted Soul. Bebe and Slackson have been putting on their Funk Junkie nights since the mid-90s, I still get a massive buzz when a FJ party is about to begin, "cos I'm gonna rock it to the end" ! :)
Kit wise, I now run Ableton & Traktor through a lap top & have various midi controllers and mixing desks, 1 goes out on the road, the other kit stays in the static studio for my production pieces. I get in the studio most nights and once a week I get together with my DJ partner of 20 years, Spencer Williams, aka S1000, aka Well Hung Parliament.
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Jason ;) xx
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