The seventeenth edition of my ‘Discotheque Archives’ series for DJ Mag is now online, featuring more landmarks in pre-Rave club culture:
In January 2012 I received an email from Lee Perry. My first thought was ‘surely not’, but it wasn’t – this was the other Lee Perry, not Scratch but Wolverhampton’s very own Peza.
The current DJ Mag carries a 4-page feature, ‘Close To The Edit’, about the re-edits scene and how, from being very much an underground activity, the domain of a relatively small number of DJs, it’s grown into a global movement – really hitting its stride with the emergence of SoundCloud following its 2008 launch, with re-edits now firmly established as a DJ staple in clubs throughout the world.
The sixteenth edition of my ‘Discotheque Archives’ series for DJ Mag is now online, featuring more landmarks in pre-Rave club culture:
We’re trying something a little bit different in Liverpool next Sunday (August 6th) with an all-day get together at District & YARD (the venue’s recently opened outdoor area), under the banner of ‘Remember Love’ – a social gathering of friends, family, fellow fools and the faithful on a chilled-out summer Sunday in the Baltic Triangle.
The fifteenth edition of my ‘Discotheque Archives’ series for DJ Mag is now online, featuring more landmarks in pre-Rave club culture:
I’d meant to put this up back in May, 40 years after the record in question was released, but didn’t manage to get around to it. I wanted to highlight my Time Capsule series, which I put together for a series of 21 monthly episodes spanning January 1976 to September 1977. Each month consists of a podcast, nowadays available to stream via Mixcloud, featuring the dance music played by myself and other UK DJs back then. This was accompanied by text, where I talked about the tracks and the artists featured, whilst outlining my early days as a DJ.
The fourteenth edition of my ‘Discotheque Archives’ series for DJ Mag is now online, featuring more landmarks in pre-Rave club culture:
I’ve finally managed to collect all my main online activity together, by way of a hub page that provides a sort of easy to bookmark one-stop shop with everything accessible from a single page.
50 years ago today an album was released that took pop music, something previously regarded as disposable, into the realm of art, whilst helping enable a vital generation of young people to throw off the shackles and express themselves in ever-ambitious ways – ‘Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ soundtracked the fabled ‘summer of love’, which had spilled out into an unsuspecting world via the US West Coast, its psychedelic epicentre being San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood, where the original hippies had gathered and pondered the meaning of it all, adopting a lateral LSD-laced stance on life that would be a defining feature of the decade.