DJ Streets Ahead

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:

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5 Responses to DJ Streets Ahead

  1. Julesee January 26, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    Very sad to hear this indeed…. Was a very talented producer and seemingly nice bloke to boot.

  2. Dr Tilt January 27, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    I remember meeting Shem a few times in the late eighties, early nineties through a close friend of mine.. He was such a nice guy who was very humble and cool. He helped me track down a few old disco / electro records and got me into cutting and scratching big time.
    He did a fantastic scratch mix for the Tim westwood show, cutting up ‘Busting Loose’, ‘Shack up’ and ‘Turn the music up’.. I would dearly love to hear this mix again. If anybody out there has a copy please upload it somewhere.

    RIP Shem.. No doubt he’s still droppin’ some heavy beats from his jukebox in the sky!

  3. Mista Doov January 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    (From Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DJGregWilson)

    Very sad indeed. I remember constantly playing his live mixes I had recorded from pirate radio as a young lad. His scratching was second to none and guaranteed to make my head nod and bring a smile to my face. Streets Ahead you will always be fondly remembered by me as a true turntable wizard. Rest in peace Shem.

  4. jonathan fletcher January 27, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Attention Dr Tilt – check out the Shem RIP page on facebook where you will find that mix:
    Or here is the link:

  5. Paul Newhouse March 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    RIP MAN, so sad……

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