Every now and again I have run ins with colourful characters. Today was one of those days, except this time it came totally out of the blue. You might like this.
Farley & Heller hit the top spot on the UK’s first ever Vinyl Chart. Here’s a few words about my views and a video of them on World News BBC recently.
I’ve recently purchased the new Pioneer XDJ-1000 players and have shared a few words on why I think they are pretty impressive.
I’ve been so excited to share this news for so long. Here is the recording, revealing the full line up for VB2015.
Here is a FREE download of my track with Rainy Payne, including a never released Soul Central version with KILLER bass line. Sounds of the Booth coming strong from over 6 year ago.
Today, total ‘eclipsing’ other news, Southport announce they are to end in May. I wanted to document the day and share some thoughts that spring to mind.
I recently ran the Barcelona Marathon. This is my experience of it. I also share some (hopefully) inspirational words for anyone wanting to keep fit or lose weight.
Just the way we like it.
An impromptu session, pulling tracks from the shelves at random and throwing them down in the mix.
Something told me to play some music today. So I fired up the decks in my newly located music room and went about recording a mix.
One take, 2 hours. Tracks I’d long since forgotten about. It came out pretty well.
It’s been a shit year but it’s been a phenomenal year. Here’s my last 12 months and a few words about them and I invite you to add your own.
Recorded at the recent VB/Uber Xmas Reunion in Birmingham and contains the presentation speech at the beginning of my set.
Sending love to all the guys and girls behind SSRadio and all those that helped raise the funds needed to keep the station alive. Here I share some words on why I think there are mixed blessings with this.
Well, what a wonderful way to end the VB year of parties ! Here’s a very brief run down of how it all happened.
3 hr 20 mins of singalong anthems to close out this year’s event.
Already sent via the Vocal Booth Weekender Podcast Portal but resending in case my own subscribers missed it.
Another proud moment for me as my DJ career winds down I get to share the decks with my 13yr old son, Mikey.
The boy is a natural and if I say so myself this is a great set, recording Sunday
Nothing at all to do with music. If you’ve followed my blog for some time you may be interested to see what else we’ve done to the house now with this amazing kitchen of our dreams.
Today I received news that one of the best online House Music portals, SSRadio, is facing possible closure. Take a read on how you can prevent this and get something amazing in return.
The VB Xmas Reunion is a few weeks away, here’s some important information about the event and the German Market in case you hadn’t decided to attend !
Watching the news this morning, we are informed it was 20 years since The National Lottery began in the UK. I remember it like it was yesterday !
Why ? Well, because it fell on the same night as a legendary trip down to that there London for the start of a very wonderful period of my DJing career.
A few words about my weekend in Birmingham and news that the VB Radio Show, along with my DJing, has gone on the back burner, again !
It’s finally happened. I’ve found a way to share our Family stories for anyone that’s interested and believe me, there are some SERIOUS stories to tell.
My dad passed away in his sleep yesterday, totally unexpected. I just wanted to share the news but DO NOT want it plastered all over Facebook. Have a look at the man that helped make me who I am today.
A great article supporting Lauryn Hill and her recent spate of criticism but more importantly it gives me the opportunity to get out what I’ve been trying to say for a while surrounding my lack of desire to play out so much anymore.
Here are a few “unofficial” words regarding VB2014. Not exactly a review as such just an insight into the run up and behind-the-scenes goings on.
After deciding to get back in the saddle and play at a couple of select parties, I am happy to announce these two dates in October. Amsterdam and Bournemouth are on the horizon after a little party I’m doing a little closer to home.
As we prepare for our biggest week of the year, I share 3 hours of music selected at random from the CD archives. Some cracking favourites were pulled out. I also share a world-exclusive play of Blackwax’s wonderful remix of my forthcoming release with Sofia Rubina.
The following article goes some way to validate a previous blog written by myself regarding why it is so important for any business or serious professional to have their own website and, more importantly, immediate access to their own client/fan database outside of any social media network.
Sharing again to my own loyal network of friends and followers. (Thank You)
Please read this WHATEVER your line of work or level of interest as a DJ or musician. It is not a hard sell but is definitely information you need to know.
Recorded at the Summer Ball way back in June, here is a very rare opportunity for me to share some non-house vibes
Sharing this very interesting debate for anyone that missed it surrounding the classic track from one of the UK’s finest vocalists. Take a read of some very emotional posts from either side of the emotional spectrum.
As the world wakes up to the death of Robin Williams and most of us remember and share their funniest memories of him, it is inevitably going to be a sad day for many of us. Why ?
Take a listen to a demo of the new track from myself and Sophia Rubina, the amazing vocalist from Estonia who joins us in just over 4 weeks time.
Recorded at Ocean Beach on Saturday 12th July in association with Soul Heaven.
3 hours of music from the recent Vocal Booth Gathering in Ibiza.
Features mixes from Urel Brown, Mr Miggs, Soulful Session, Souldynamic and Ashleigh West.
Traxsource has partnered with the leading music specific anti-piracy service AudioLock to help boost sales for labels using their platform. The innovative deal, the first of its kind, allows anyone who sells their releases on Traxsource to get an exclusive 20% off AudioLock’s anti-piracy services simply by ticking a box within their newly integrated systems. Traxsource is the first digital download store to offer such a facility to its users.
33 minutes of footage recorded at the San Javier Jazz Festival.
On Saturday the 2014 San Javier Jazz Festival opened with one of the world’s biggest names.
It was a dream come true for myself and Michelle to go and witness George Benson live.
Heartfelt thanks to everyone that helped with the appeal to raise funds for our friend Jack in Bali.
The initial goal of $60,000 Aus Dollars was reached and then increased due to extra costs and the new target of $80,000 has now also been reached.
To everyone that helped, words are not enough !
3 hours of vinyl heat, some serious Vocal Booth classic tracks from the mid to late 90s and beyond.
Remember, for all things VBW check out http://www.vocalboothweekender.com
There’s a creative side to all of us. This blog draws comparisons to accomplished artists in their field and the ‘up and comings’. How do you relate to them and how do you want to be related to ?
A dear friend to myself and many is critically ill at the moment in Bali after a Motor Bike accident. We need to raise urgent cash to get him transported to Australia. Please help, if you can’t donate then PLEASE share this message.
Facebook crashed earlier for 12 minutes and the whole world went into turmoil. Well, it did for some ! Read why.
Based on a selection of recent status updates on Facebook, I have been given this analysis of my on line persona.
I’m not sure how accurate or scientifically correct it is but it’s a little fun none the less.
I’ve seen so many people who used to love Disclosure now publicly ridiculing them and their style of music production. Just as I predicted they would. Why is that ?
DJs that play for free need to get some self respect and stop making it difficult for the ‘real’ DJs out there and stop killing the scene. True or False ?
I came to the conclusion that being born in 1970 meant I was perfectly placed to witness some of the most exciting times EVER.
A bold claim ?
Think about it. All the amazing music cycles we’ve witnessed and been immersed in, first hand ? The fashions ? The advancement in technology we were lucky enough to see and grow with ?
Take a read and share your thoughts.
I totally forgot being one of the resident DJs for the Traxsource Radio Show between 2005 and 2008.
In this blog is a link to download 10 of the mixes I aired.
It’s getting harder and harder to reach people nowadays with so much content being shared by the minute, meaning it’s also harder for you to see the things you love.
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3 hours of vinyl goodness from the archives for the month of May, with lots of talk about the Vocal Booth Weekender and Summer Ball inside the chat room, mad to think the Summer Ball is only 3 weeks away !!??
2 hours of disco/boogie influenced vinyl house pressure, put together (if I may say so myself) rather well.
I would go as far as to say if this mix was labelled a Joey Negro session, I’d get away with it and people would LOVE it. A bit deluded of me ? Take a listen and judge for yourself.
I’ve had too much time on my hands these last two weeks, it just gets me into all kinds of mischief once my mind searches for things to keep it busy.
One of the positive outcomes of being in this state of mind is that I am more perceptive to things I usually wouldn’t have the time to pay attention to, the last two days have given me some really interesting material to digest thanks to this awareness.
If you follow my blog you’ll know about my occasional non-music related outburst, which could be anything from… well I can’t even think now but I’ve been known to chat some shit, let’s just say that.
Anyway, cut a long story short, yesterday on Facebook I read a story stating
Ex-CIA Pilot Gives Sworn Testimony That No Planes Hit The Twin Towers.
This blog is what followed.
The second instalment of a three week stand in for Iain Willis on his Buttnaked House Session.
I am extremely happy with this 2 hour mix, the music is ON POINT !
Acid House Raver ? YOU MUST WATCH THIS !! I say this without the slightest hint of arrogance, but if you weren’t there, you simply will not understand. I got choked up watching this short video. The soundtrack and visuals are amazingly well put together and features a little tune I owe so much to.
Here is part 2 of 3 mix set, recorded at the recent Choice Reunion in Birmingham. If you love QUALITY hip hop and R&B, then do yourself a favour and grab all 3 sets from The Stoneheart Family’s website.
Here I am sandwiched in between Robin Holland and Schooly.
Last week’s 2 hour mix as I fill in for Iain Willis on his Butt Naked Soulful House Sessions. A non-stop mix perfect for the gym, a long journey or masturbation. Although, for the latter, I’m not sure what you’ll do for the remaining 1 hour 59 minutes.
Every now and again I chuck a few words down to empty my brain. It doesn’t take a lot. Here are a few thoughts relevant to what’s g’warnin in ‘Ward World’ right now.
Almost 800 people going crazy all night long to a great blend of cool, mid-90’s RnB and early underground garage through to the 2 step classics that became commercial anthems. Take a look at this short video clip.
Take 5 minutes out of your busy day to watch this video asking you to “Put down your phone, switch off the display”. I will be sharing it with my 14 yr old who does seem to have her head constantly in her screen but I am not totally sold on the notion that this is a bad thing. Your thoughts ?
I have shared this set numerous times before and am sending it out again as a podcast for anyone that may have missed it. Recorded live at the legendary Sunday Night Session at Marco Polo Bar. One of my favourite sets EVER. This should wet everyone’s appetite for the reunion on Sunday at the Bel Air.
I thoroughly enjoyed this three hours of music from our histories, a couple of stone cold classics are accompanied by a few stone cold beers. Match made in heaven !
I’m waking up to the news that one of the nicest guys I know and hardest working people in this industry has received some recognition that I know is going to be so very special for him.
Simon Phillips aka Schooly aka Soulful Session wins BEST PRODUCER at the Dubai Hype Music & Nightlife Awards.
The Choice FM reunion takes place on Sunday May 4th at the BelAir Nightclub and is going to be something else. Words cannot describe what this means to myself and so many other people, although I’ve shared a few here. See you there !
Last night, I grabbed an armful of music from the shelves and proceeded to share them on Pressure Radio. Almost no talk on the mic after the initial intros and some truly classic tracks were shared. This session made me remember why I love music so much and was quite therapeutic.
I helped set up this great idea for a new Soulful House Music portal last year and got screwed over in the process. I’m now taking it on for myself and am looking for anyone that would like to be involved in the ‘management’ of it. Definitely has lots of scope for potential and can help you with your own profile and exposure if you come in at grass roots level.
Join me on Pressure Radio this Friday 11th April as I stand in for the Tempo Twins and Phil Hooton, meaning a juicy 4 hours of wine-filled mayhem.
Come join me in the chat and make sure your fridge is stocked as I take a delve into the vault. The show will be a non-stop mix of vinyl nuggets from days of old, covering all genres. Starts at 8pm GMT
Would you have thought the passing of Frankie Knuckles would be felt so much , all over the world ?
When you think about it, could it have had any other effect ? Everything has already been said and read over and over on-line but I wanted to share this amazing video with you in case you missed it.
If if wasn’t for house music I definitely wouldn’t be with my wife, have my kids and you and I would have never met. That’s all thanks to Frankie Knuckles !
You wait months for a podcast and two come at once !
Mothering Sunday, clocks going forward and technical issues meant all the Pressure DJs were left high and dry today, so seeing as my new set up is a lot more ‘spur-of-the-moment’ friendly, I was happy to jump on air and share 3 hours of vinyl goodness in the mix.
Sharing news of the headline DJs joining us in Spain this September.
This was one of the busiest chat rooms I ever recall in the 8+ yrs I’ve been on Pressure
Time Change – The Vocal Booth Radio show next week is on Friday 28th Mar at 8pm GMT. Be sure to join me and here the line up for this year’s VBW. More info on this blog.
Here is my Beach Stage Set from Monday afternoon, Suncebeat 2013. I took over from Souldynammic and handed over to Atjazz. I like this set as it evokes great memories of electric light shows across the sky and my friends dancing in the short showers. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (266.4MB)
My Nan passed away today. I don’t even know why I’m sharing this news. It definitely isn’t for sympathy or messages of condolence. In fact you can’t leave messages here and PLEASE don’t put anything on Facebook. My own immediate thoughts were to put a post on Facebook, yet I’ve sometimes wondered why people announce such things to a bunch of ‘strangers’. Then I remembered that not everyone uses Facebook….
A selection of the biggest tunes from Ayia Napa at the start of the millenium with interviews from some of the main players at the time.
Two wonderful new mixes from Ricky Inch and Bah Samba can be heard of the track from myself and Nica Brooke. Purchase now via Traxsource.
This has just been released via the Uber website so also sending it out here for all my subscribers. 2 hours in the mix recorded in Birmingham last December. A lot of the same tracks you will have heard me play throughout 2013, that’s the way I always do the Xmas party, with a few others chucked in. I thoroughly enjoyed this party ! Podcast: Play in new window |….
My shortest end of year review ever… Have a safe and enjoyable night tonight and do all you can to ensure 2014 is your best year in a long time. Respect.
Finishing off the year with 4 hours of great tunes, the final 2 being a recording from the closing party of VB2013.
The Vocal Booth Radio Show returns for one final outing. I hope you can join me for a four hour extravaganza on Saturday 28th December, 20:00 – midnight GMT
A look back on my weekend in Estonia and thinking ahead to Birmingham’s Vocal Booth Reunion on the 14th December.
An extremely brief history of my love affair with Estonia and information on two gigs I have next weekend. Have a great weekend yourself !
Skipping through the highlights of my weekend in London and throwing forward to the party in Birmingham on Saturday 14th December.
Movember is back although this year I am not taking part. Good luck to all the MO Bros, I look forward to watching the daily progress.
Vocal Booth Reunion this weekend in London and some details about my guest show on Pressure Radio this Sunday 3rd Nov, as well as why my own show ended.
I took this photo of an amazing sunset across the Costa Blanca today, 10 years after moving here from the UK. This blog talks about a new chapter in life I feel I have embarked upon recently.
In case you missed it, here is my Friday night set from Club Xairo, VB2013. Don’t forget about the VB Reunion hosted by Deep into Soul in Brixton on Saturday 2nd November. Check the post for full details.