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Events – RiteTrax #009, Garage Night, Reform Radio, more

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Coming really soon, hopefully I will be doing the visuals again. I am having an absolute ball with these guys. I have djed and vjed for them – at Golden Harvest (soon to be closing down becauseof council re-development in the area) and at the Harley – an old stomping ground of mine. I have also provided them with a little promo work and mini-mixes for the radio show – see below. Very soon a guest mix of mine should be up on their mixcloud channel. I may also put up the Harley mix on my channel. Also thanks to them I vjed @ Garage Night 2 also at Golden Harvest. There may also be a load of work arising as a spin-off – that will be announced a little later.

The Rite Trax gigs are quite a thing – live poetry, art, even live art, live music, dj performance, my visuals and a mix of people that is spectacular. I have spoken so many languages at these gigs – it is untrue. These events are so special – get down. Also check out their show on Reform Radio.

 

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Time goes by – 4

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… and the The Earl – the Earl of Arundel and Surrey – this was the next stage in the story, running doors, living in, putting on events, particularly Spannered – the night that was a real success, mentioned in Mixmag, DJmag and more. It was based around the then highlighted breaks, breakbeat. It was here, though, that my love of trip hop continued, my love of broken beat, nujazz, nusoul and more developed and grew. here it was that I did the very first Aromatiq – a night based around broken beat, trip hop, nujazz, nusoul, the politer and cultured end of 2 step garage and jazzier more soulful, gentle hip hop.

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It is a shame but the place, once a pound shop, a place where people could house animals being taken to sell, and strays were kept. It is now a bike shop. Another great venue/pub gone. Here it was that Carl, Mad P, Jethro, John and more played to a strange brew of people. Here it was that we essentially had weekenders going on until whenever.

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These were also the days when we were doing the odd free party – the Must Dash parties, always with an image of someone well-mustachioed, can’t think why, of course! Great days, hefty nights, gentler chill outs post party.

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Time goes by – 3

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Having Africa as a memory was one thing – there are times and events that cause further change. I was persuaded to do a show at a local pub – the East House – because of my Coventry roots and my love of ska. This later developed into my fully returning to the world of the DJ (first times being in the early 70s). Thus, this became a time of new growth, new discovery. I soon acquired a partner in musical performance – Chris and later Matt (Ripparoots). The odd event at the East House became regular shows, carting a P.A. and playing gear from my home in the flats close by to the pub. It was then that new loves and interests were sparked, particularly deep house, trip hop and a lot more – eventually spanning liquid dnb, 2step garage, balearic beats, soul , northern, on towards breaks via big beat, even cajun, french hip hop and so on. These were days that took me and shows to the Tea Gardens another local, the Highway, mentioned elsewhere and various parties. Ultimately I spent a fair amount of time in places such as the Arches and a whole raft of other slightly and fully ‘underground’ venues, warehouses and the like.

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It is a shame that most of these venues have now gone, either simply derelict, burned down, converted into shops. These were days of all sorts of music for me – classic deep house, the beginnings of my tastes trip hop wise, my ongoing love of ska, northern soul, classic soul, disco, original r&b, funk and then the later tastes in what was to become liquid dnb, big beat, later breaks.

 

 

Rite Trax and me on Reform Radio and more

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Broadcasting the best in music, arts and culture, from the Old Granada Studios

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Source: RiteTrax #006 ft WÖLFE, KIDD KOOL / live street art / spoken word &more!

 

there should be short mixes of mine on the radio – see above and I will be vjing at the above event.

Time goes by – 2

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Time has gone by since living in Africa, getting married there and conceiving my eldest daughter there. I still remember all those we spent time with – Francis (Thabiso Tamae), Lebo, Ipa, Motsi and so many more. I remember talking to the ANC refugees who came through. I remember the people, the views, living in Lancer’s Inn, laughing, playing, loving, crying, living. I wish all of you could see this and know that I still think about you, there and all the rest. It is music that brings it back to me as well as the photos.


It may seem like little but these times and memories have added so much texture to my life. These are things I carry with me even now, especially now. There have been times when I have revisited the music and I tear up. I wish I could go back and see all of them and there.

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