When did you start Djing?
I Started in the mid 1970s just messing around on the decks in mid-week at a Sheffield nightclub called Samantha’s playing records purchased from Wigan Casino / Blackpool Mecca & Samantha’s, but due to life decisions I went away from the “Scene” for around 40 odd years,
I received an invite to a Soul reunion a couple of years ago and realised the love of Northern Soul and long forgotten friends had never gone away.
I received an invite from the 601 club to play a set and the rest they say is history.
What is it about thing the makes it interesting for you?
Because the sounds still being played then and now, are mostly from a bygone era, it still invokes such strong feelings and memories that I thought had long been forgotten. Also seeing a new younger generation having the same feelings for the music that captivated us all those years ago makes me proud to be apart of it.
What makes you decide to play a certain record during one of your sets?
I love all the tracks that I play and know that the audience your playing too will as well.
Northern Soul has got many different variations, I personally like the stompers others prefer a more R & B style, or a classic oldies sound but it all makes for a great sound.
Many a time I have cued a track and changed my mind at the last minute, I suppose its just a feeling you get when you know somethings right.
What’s your opinion on the importance of roots, traditions, respecting traditions and sources?
Northern soul is defined by the dancers, the beat, melody, emotion and feelings these are traditions that have never gone away.
One of the many beauties of northern soul is its sheer unknowability. It’s a scene that has always thrived on the rare, the obscure and the undiscovered.
So for me let the new enhance on the old traditions and make the scene as strong today as it was for us