The Housemasters Q & A
1. What made you start DJing?
I used to breakdance, was massively into hip hop as a child got my first turntable and amp and speakers about 8 dads music collection is huge but i think the first rave i went to 808 state and njoi mc tunes that opened my eyes and i started buying dance tracks 1990 saved up for my first decks 1200s which i still have now and the rests history really. A good friend and fellow dj heard me on the decks the first time I ever played and was surprised he said it took him 5 years to learn how to mix like that. I took to them like a duck to water not being a bighead.
2. Who would you say was your biggest influence on the dance scene and why?
In 1990 I met a now Leeds based dj at college named Lee James we were studying light vehicle body repair and eventually later he got me in to spending serious money every week in the record stores in York where I built up my collection but the biggest influence i think was they eye opener of the njoi 808 state as that blew mind mix specialists Sasha vertigo and welly probably reason why I wanted to get in the mix.
3. Compare the scene now to how it was when you first started spinning. What differences, good or and bad, do you see. What do you see for the future of the DJ?
i think the scene now is full of overpaid performing monkeys avicii and all them lot ? anyone can dj these days i think although technology is good its also destroyed the authenticity of the dance scene!! i think its us are duty the older community to teach these kids what dance music is all about and encourage them to enjoy real dance music instead of this edm rubbish. i think this strategy will give the underground djs more of a chance to progress on the scene this is just my own personal opinion.
4. Favourite label, Favourite artist, Favourite track?
my favourite label should really be the label i have most of on vinyl so in that case i would say strictly rhythm!! as for favourite artist it would have to be njoi just going off the wow factor at the first rave i went to ! njoi manic could well be my fav track of all time it just oozes class love it.
5. To date what has been the best experience you have had as a DJ?
it would have to be at my resident spot at harrys bar in york although it could be a nightmare for people wanting ridiculous tracks to be played there was other nights when there was people in there on the same wave length and there was a certain buzz in the air and really enjoyable nights.
6. If you could play anywhere, where would it be?
I’d like to play at one of the big pool parties in Vegas, think that be good.
7. Your favourite Housemasters DJ and why?
There’s loads of extremely talented djs here on Housemasters, I think I would have to say Daz Evans because he plays tunes that i like to play and also gives me a little reminder that i have to play well because heʼs on straight after me.
8. Biggest mistake, biggest fail, most embarrassing moment as a DJ / at a gig?
I once played a club called the oval ball just outside York, the dj booth was situated upstairs and the dance floor was downstairs, there was no monitor speakers as the guy bringing them to the gig was late and guess who was expected to warm the crowd up for an hour till he arrived. The sound obviously reached my ears with a massive delay making it almost impossible to mix, so embarrassing. The guy did eventually turn up with the monitors and the party commenced properly, it turned out a good night in the end.
9. How do you keep check of ego?
I think to keep in check with ego u need to look up to other djs and listen to other djs and artists mixes, that keeps your feet firmly on the floor, especially if u have a good mentor or extremely talented djs as friends.
10. How do you find Housemasters, we like to call it your home of house music, do you see it like that and if not, how do we change that?
Housemasters is a really nice place to be, everyone is friendly, helpful and extremely professional. The staff do a great job and this sets a nice example for me to follow and to progress into a better dj.