Sad to hear about the untimely passing of DJ Streets Ahead (Shem McCauley) one of the UK’s pioneering scratch & cut exponents, who’d re-invent himself in the mid-’90s as the successful dance music producer, Slacker. More recently he moved to Bangkok, Thailand, which is where he died (cause of death is still unconfirmed).
Although I didn’t know him well, having arrived on the scene after I’d stopped deejaying myself, I’d met him on a couple of occasions during the mid-’80s via a mutual friend, Jon Williams, who worked for The Street Scene magazine, and then for Fourth & Broadway and Jive Records.
The photo above was taken in 1985 at ‘Electro Rock’, the seminal UK Hip Hop event at The Hippodrome in London, at which Broken Glass, the Manchester breakdance crew I’d previously managed, also appeared. You can watch it here:
Shem McCauley RIP Facebook Page: