The Marathon Man

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.

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Into the Vault – January 2015

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.

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My 2014 in review

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.

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Congratulations to SSRadio

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.

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Andy Ward & Mikey Ward VB2014

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

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Bringing down the walls. Literally

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.

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Bagley’s London – 1994

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.

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Halloween Fun

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 !

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The life and times of Big Den

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.

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The day we lost a legend

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.

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Artists don’t owe you anything !

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.

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October gigs

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.

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Vocal Booth Radio Show Aug ’14

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.

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The end of Facebook as we know it

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.

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Depression & Mental Health Issues

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 ?

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Traxsource partners with AudioLock

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.

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George Benson Live – Gallery

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.

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Jack McCord Plea – Target reached !!

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 !


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Vocal Booth Radio Show, June ’14

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

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Analyse This – DIY Personality Tracker

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.

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Born late 60s/early 70s. Surely the best years, ever ?

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.

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Traxsource Radio Show mixes

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.

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Subscribe Now

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.

If you love my occasional blogs and rants but more importantly if you enjoy the music I share, then subscribe to my mailing list.

I will not share your details with anyone and at worst you’ll receive a couple of emails a month from me anytime I post a new mix, blog, or photo of a poodle smoking a cigar – direct to your inbox.

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May 2014 Vocal Booth Radio Show

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 !!??

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Butt Naked pt3, May ’14.

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.

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It’s just not possible ! Is it ? The truth and lies surrounding 9/11

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.

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Acid House Days. A must-watch video clip

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.

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Choice Reunion Recording

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.

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Butt Naked

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.

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Mid-May ramblings

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.

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Choice Reunion at The Bel Air – Report

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.

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Look up from your phone

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 ?

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Marco Polo live mix – 1995

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.

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VB Radio Show Apr ’14

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 !

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Congrats to Soulful Session aka Schooly

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.

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Choice FM Reunion

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 !

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5 hour, Vinyl-Only Radio Show

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.

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SoulfulHouseSounds – A new Web Portal

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.

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4 hour radio show – Friday 11th April

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

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Original Chicago Warehouse footage

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.

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Into the Vault, March 30th

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.

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VB2014 Line up reveal

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

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Suncebeat 2013, Beach Set (Monday)

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)

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Sleep well, Nan.

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….

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VBW Xmas Reunion/Uber Party, Dec 2013

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 |….

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Happy New Year

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.

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Final show of the year

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

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Estonia Weekend

An extremely brief history of my love affair with Estonia and information on two gigs I have next weekend. Have a great weekend yourself !

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It’s a London thing

Skipping through the highlights of my weekend in London and throwing forward to the party in Birmingham on Saturday 14th December.

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Weekend Maneouvres

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.

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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.

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Club Xairo, Friday – VB2013

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.

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My VB2013 Experience

There’s nothing to read here.. just a few words about my personal experience of VB2013 and all that comes with it.

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VB live, 12th Sept

Recorded on the eve of the Vocal Booth Weekender 2013, this is a live show featuring Timmy Vegas and yours truly. It’s a bit cringeworthy for me to listen back to, the more drunk I get the more I repeat what I said 30 seconds ago… nothing new there then. My personal VB2013 review will follow in the coming days.

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5th Sept Vocal Booth

This is the final VB Radio Show, in its usual format, for some time.

I enlisted the help of Mikey to see it off in style.

See you next week.

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Sponsored Balloon Release – VBW2013

We have all lost someone we love to cancer, in any of its forms, here we unite in our celebration of our friends’ memories.

Join us by making a small suggested donation of €2. Full details in this blog on our 500 balloon release at VB2013.

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