I started DJ’ing at about 16 years old (around 1990 coughs loudly) at family parties, which progressed to the mobile circuit. Music for me was exciting, I would give anything a go, however, soul/disco always stood out for me. I remember tuning into the Soul Spectrum and other radio shows thinking “I need to have that tune no matter what”.
When I was not eating I would be flipping through any vinyl that I could, trying to find that killer tune...sometimes doing both at the same time. I continued on the mobile circuit until I started to play at a Soul night in a local establishment in Grays, Essex. Finally I could play what I loved ‘Soul, Disco and funk’.
Whilst other people I knew were throwing their hands up in the air and shouting ‘aciiiiid’ I searched for venues who played the music I wanted to hear. I discovered Berwick Manor, Zero 6, Kings, Lacy Lady, Crackers, Beetroot Club, Grays Inn Winebar, basically anywhere I could get a Soul fix. Then in 1993…. Utopia…. the return of the Caister Soul Weekend!!! Off I went not really knowing what to expect.. but wow, was I surprised. Fantastic music, fantastic venue and above all fantastic like minded people, this was my mecca!
The years rolled past and as my music collection got bigger, my wallet smaller and my waist larger, I hung up the headphones until around 2007 when I decided to start my own internet radio station CitySoulAnthems, with the aim of playing Soul/Jazz/Funk to whoever wanted to tune in, oh and so me and Mrs Fatbloke could have a few tipples..hiccuup!
In 2009 I joined Zeroradio, presenting SoulCity @ 3pm on a Sunday afternoon for which is now in its 13th year. I also present 2nd Saturday of each month taking it back to the School Disco.
The DJ’ing bug bit me again and I have kindly been invited to play at BarSoul, Killer Soul, Soul by the Jetty, 5 Star Soul, Margate, Soul Fiesta, Kent Soul Sessions, Overdose of joy, Soul Reunited, Essex Funkers, SoulNation, overseas events, Caister & GYSW
In 2014, after a few drinks around the bar on holiday I spoke with my rhythm buddy Brian Kelly and Mrs Fatbloke about an idea for a soul holiday in Hisaronu, Turkey, and what a success it's been! 8 years later Lagoona Soul is still going strong, with the brilliant DJ team and live PA's it really is a holiday with music! Thank you to everyone for all your support...Are we there yet!