There were particular times spent in and around local pubs and certain clubs – pubs in Pitsmoor already mentioned such as the East House, the Tea Gardens, the Highway and more. In these days I djed and spent time just enjoying a few beers but also disappeared off to some club nights, events, parties and the like. These were also eclectic times, enjoying local things and a range of music:
– deep house, balearic beats
– soul, particularly northern (an old friend had been Dave Godin – check his history and you will see the connection)
– ska, being a Cov lad, of course
– the beginnings of a love for certain garage sounds, drum and bass and the like
There is nothing like the night and all of the joys you can find there. I miss my clubbing days. I miss djing and vjing, creating for events, entertaining even a small crowd. I have managed to play at quite a few clubs in and around Sheffield, also enjoying the events as an attendee. I had great fun going out to such and beyond to festivals and free parties with my daughters – yes! strange I know, but still. Even though I am in my 60s now I still love this music. It may seem odd for someone such as myself to still have a love of 2 step garage, drum and bass, dubstep, future bass, drumstep, trap, glitch and more but there you have it.
via Soular Order.
I really like my moody evenings and skies as you might have guessed. I tend to like certain sorts of music that goes with all such. Given my age it might be a little odd for people – I love my chillstep, deep dubstep but then I also love my older balearic chill, deep house and the like.
Mentioned here are a couple of artists that I really have some time for – Soular Order, a Manchester based producer and also Christian Hornbostel. The two are very different but still they have the capacity to add to particular moments and moods. You can find some of the photos from our group on Sellfy –
For every mood and state of emotion there is a music to accompany. Here are a few small journeys, each containing a different style of smile or other expression. There are those deep house moments above, pointing to a particular part of the city, a certain bar and club and the after party to accompany.
… and then there is a different walk through town, it has its own steps … a hint of 2 step, a chilled and deep step or three and more, go on step it out …
Working class areas of northern towns and cities regularly have areas of dereliction. This is not necessarily so bad because those areas do acquire a very particular feel – there is both a grain and a texture to what happens to the area.
We used to party at a number of places in the area – Pitsmoor is just outside of the city centre and is noted as being the area where newcomers first settle – having had significant Jamaican, Kashmiri, Somali, Kurdish, Polish and more populations. I used to dj at places such as the Highway, the East House, the Tea Gardens and more. Each of these has a history, some going back many years – the Tea Gardens was originally a temperance pub providing mainly tea and no alcohol, the East House was the scene of a well-known murder decades ago and so was also known as ‘the wild west saloon’. The Highway though, now burnt down and demolished was a place for all-nighters.
All of the above gives an idea of some of what was played.
There were times when a lot of my old skool moments were to say the least a little seedy – the streetcorner things, backstreets, alleys with strange doors opening onto a passage leading to a party and more … I am so much older now but probably still as badly behaved – joke! There were some great times back then, indeed great times to be had in all sorts of decades, each had its own quality and flavour. A fond memory or three involved meeting people such as Daryl Pandy of Chicago fame, Nicky Blackmarket and John Bradbury in the Cross in Cov …
Yes we are having a bit of a bash – all sorts of old skool plus newere bits and pieces
June 13th the Redhouse Solly Street from 8pm free entry