DASH OF SOUL SAUCE ON IT
WHERE IT STARTED
I started out like most DJs, by being introduced to some great music through friends, and subsequently rapidly falling victim to the well-known illness that is the record collecting bug! I started buying my first records from the legendary Kingbee Records in Chorlton, Manchester when I was around 7 years old, rummaging through the 50p boxes of 45s on the floor (those boxes are still there – different records in them now mind…) to see what my £3 pocket money could get me, then they’d be taken home and played to death. Just after starting secondary school at 10, I was offered my first spot DJing in a small bar in Manchester, and after watching and listening to some great DJs I was hooked!
Now, 20-odd years on and countless gigs later, not much has changed with regards to the excitement of finding a great record, playing it out and watching other people get as much enjoyment from the music as I do, and it’s that which forms the backbone behind Soul Sauce – great music.
I regularly travel the length and breadth of the country looking for new sounds to add to my sets. Before a gig, an hour or three will be spent hand-picking the records from my 4000-strong and counting collection of original 45s (no reissues here!), so that each and every gig sounds that little bit different.
4000 records might seem like a lot to most people, but unfortunately (or fortunately, it depends how big your house is…) my musical tastes are extremely varied! This makes it a challenge not to amass a large collection of different styles of music from all over the world by default, and it’s this variety that I like to bring to my DJ sets.
THE SOUL SAUCE SOUND
I have no qualms about playing a brass-laden, high energy ‘60s Latin Boogaloo record straight after a funky, greasy, low-down RnB number, and then ripping it up again with a raucous Ska version of From Russia With Love! There is of course always a good serving of some well-known and lesser-known records from the two stables of greatness: Stax and Motown – no night can be complete without their presence. It’s not just ‘the old stuff’ that gets spun on a Soul Sauce night however, there are plenty of records played from some fantastic current labels such as Daptone, Freestyle and Goldmine.
Whatever the mood, be it providing some background music whilst people sip their drinks under dimmed lights and catch up at the end of a hard week’s graft, or a soundtrack to whip the dancefloor up into a frenzy, Soul Sauce will have the right records!
I'M WITH THE BAND
Aside from my work as a DJ, I am also a musician, and have the pleasure and honour of playing with some great people.
I regularly play with the Manchester-based function band ‘LeFunk!’ who I have been involved with since 2010, and over the last 5 years have been playing with the Ska/Reggae/Soul outfit ‘The Spliffington All Stars’, fronted by the legendary Satch Dixon who has played alongside musical greats such as Georgie Fame, Bob Marley, Toots & The Maytals and Rico to name but a few.
WHERE TO GO FROM HERE
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