Graeme P & SoulDiva
WE CAME TO DANCE
Every Thursday 12.00 - 14.00
Graeme P and SoulDiva are not only partners in DJ’ing – they are also husband and wife, and have been together since meeting at university in 1990. One of the things that drew them together was a shared passion for music. They both spent all their spare time - and money - in record shops.
In the early 90’s they shared a love of acid jazz, funk, soul, rare groove, and hip-hop. They can pinpoint the exact date their love of house music started: they were at an event at Bagley's Warehouse on 10th May 1996. They wandered into the house room and fell in love with the music and vibe.
From the summer of ‘96 onwards they would spend almost every Saturday shopping for vinyl at Uptown, Black Market and Release the Groove. Learning to mix seemed to be the next obvious step so they invested in two Soundlab belt-drive turntables and a Gemini PS-626 mixer, locked themselves away and taught themselves to mix.
Their musical tastes and style of DJ’ing was influenced by many DJ’s they saw regularly in the 90s: Kerri Chandler, Louie Vega, Kenny Dope, David Camacho, DJ Disciple, Booker T, Seamus Haji, Jeremy Newall, Ricky Morrison, Brian Tappert, Grant Nelson and Paul Trouble Anderson.
A friend asked them to play at her birthday party in June 1997 – the buzz they got from playing the music they loved, to a rammed dancefloor, left them ‘hooked’ and wanting more. They continued playing at parties and put on their own nights in central London. They also briefly had a show on a pirate station.
When the scene they loved began to shrink - as the UK Garage sound started to dominate - they hung up their headphones and spent the next 10 years raising their 3 children. However, they couldn’t stay away forever; the pull of the music was just too much and in 2011 they re-ignited their love of DJ’ing.
They have brought their unique husband and wife ‘back-to-back’ style to nights around London including Makin Moves, Mi Casa Es Su Casa, Native Soul, Rare & Gimme Groove. Their most high-profile booking to date was in March 2016 when they were asked to DJ all night at the home of the international supermodel, Caprice.
Graeme P and SoulDiva created the We Came To Dance concept in January 2015, mainly to DJ more often. The launch party on 14th March 2015 was the culmination of a vision, creating a night that borrowed many positive elements from the Paradise Garage concept:
· making people feel welcome;
· a friendly mixed crowd who love house music;
· a powerful sound system;
· the very best in house music of all styles;
· DJ's who know how to work a crowd with their musical selection and mixing skills.
We Came To Dance parties are all about the music and the right people with the right attitude. Put simply, it’s about people coming to dance and enjoy themselves; lose themselves in amazing music, and have fun on the dancefloor. The musical policy and our slogan is ‘infectious underground house’ – house music of any genre as long as it will move and groove a dancefloor: Afro, broken-beat, deep, dubby, funky, jazzy, latin, soulful, tech and jackin'.