Dividual Dance Sessions
When did you begin DJ'ing and what made you start?
I was always a fan of dance music, I was a heavy follower of Drum and Bass from the age of 14. One of my friends had 2 decks and some of the classic tunes I used to rave to, we messed around at his house for weeks,I eventually bought tunes from our local record store and I bought my own decks.
My main influence came from my loyalty to raving, I used to collect the flyers of the raves, read the line-up, I used to stick the flyers on my walls, I used to worship the DJ's I used to attend raves that begun at 4am and ended at midday. It was the culture and the environment, the venues, the sound, the smell, the people that I met all of these things influenced me on my journey to become a DJ myself, to buy my own records, to recreate that environment in my own environment.
What would you say influenced you towards House music?
I was so loyal to Drum and Bass there was almost no possible way I would have heard house music, but Garage became really popular when I was around 16 or 17 and needless to say I did like some of it. Drum and Bass was still my main interest and I was investigating Drum and Bass production , I was in college studying sound engineering and used to play Drum and Bass on the college radio.
A friend of mine was playing on pirate radio he suggested that I should come on the radio with him and play Garage. I was borrowing friends records and playing them. I started buying some Garage records myself and my uncle was the promoter for "Krazy Klub" which was a 1980's house rave reunion that took place at the Hippodrome. He introduced me to most of the DJs that were playing on that night.
It was a defining moment for me to see Ray Keith who I had worshiped as a Drum and Bass God and had begun his career playing House music. That night changed my opinion of House music full stop. One day I was on Smooth FM playing my regular show and these DJs came on after me called R Productions.
I played my last track which was a really soulful track and never went with any of the other music I played, so I always played it at the end. R Productions begun their show by mixing into my last track without introducing themselves. They were playing music very similar to the last track I had played. Nobody I knew was playing that kind of music which I now know to be American Garage/ NY House and so I wanted to collect loads of it and begin playing it. They played tune after tune and I ended up staying the whole 2 hours.
I left the studio that day with a whole new perspective on Garage. The sound of soul was the sound that I was used to hearing at home from my parents so it was like a natural calling. My love of drum and bass came from my influence of reggae, but soul was my mothers music so from that day it was bye to drum and bass and welcome house.
Of the many genres of House, which are your favourite?
Which artists, producers and tracks stand out for you, both now and from the past?
I'm thankful for every artist, creator, producer, singer and writer that has had any influence on the genre of House music. What a wonderful job you have done, it wouldn't be what it is today - Thank you!
Name some highlights or a profound moment in your time as a DJ ?
There have been so many highlights over the years but one that really stands out to me was DJing at Bora Bora in Ibiza which came about through a chance encounter with an old acquaintance who happened to be the promoter. I was able to play a 2 hour afternoon set in the most spectacular surroundings. Hot sunshine and an amazing atmosphere which I will never forget and one place I want to return to as a resident DJ!
Have you done any production? If not, is it something you aim to do?
I begun studying audio engineering when I was 17, I was lucky enough to afford my own home studio where I honed my skills. I have remixed, produced and recorded a number of records. I've worked with and remixed for Wookie, Aaron Soul, Craig David, Room Full of Monsters, Ignorance, El Rae, Kele Le Roc, Robin Reed, Wiley, Pepper Mashay and a few others.
Going on from that, what are your musical plans for the future?
More Productions, More DJ'ng, More Beautiful Music, More More More More More, & More Love.