BEATSTER / UK
aka, Bailey,started DJing in 1993, spinning house tunes at various parties and bars. In 1995 Bailey became resident DJ for Euphoria Promotions and went on to play in one off events for promoters such as; Kinetic, Club UK (Midlands) and Pandemonium.
Bailey continued playing in clubs, bars and events around the Midlands and in 2001 Bailey decided to hang up the headphones. Over a decade later Bailey started playing the kind of music that made him want to DJ in the first place going back to his first love of oldskool and began playing on various internet radio sites, eventually teaming up with Clarkee and forming housemasters-radio.
Today, Bailey has found new inspiration through the sounds of Techno as well as going back to his roots with the occasional oldskool set.
The HMR Q&A
1. What made you start DJing?
I used to make mixes up on tape in the late 80s, one tune into the next without breaks or just capturing the best parts of various tunes. After listening to DJ tapes and then seeing Carl Cox mixing on 3 decks I just thought wow… I want to do that!
2. Who would you say was your biggest influence on the dance scene and why?
I never really had a “who”, more the scene itself. Those crazy days in the early 90s, you couldn’t help but get caught up in it. However, Carl Cox, Stu Allen (in his early days), Ratty, John Digweed and Justin Robertson were all DJs I Admired.
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 guess it’s more precise now, in terms of both the mixing and production of tunes. You can’t beat mixing with turntables but today I think it seems that there are no limits to what you can do. Still, I’m a bit of an old boy so I’m still getting to grips with it ha-ha!
4. Favourite label, Favourite artist, Favourite track?
Blimey that a tough one! Labels; Suburban base, Slammin Vinyl,formation records for oldskool. Stress, strictly rhythm and Cleveland my favourite house labels. Favourite artists, probably shades of rhythm and tune wise…ahh!…too many to mention!
5. To date, what has been the best experience you have had as a DJ?
When I was resident at Euphoria… I played in the back room and Fabio stood by the booth and watched my whole set, then when id finished, he shook my hand told me what a great set it was.
6. If you could play anywhere, where would it be?
The full moon parties in Thailand.
7. Your favourite Housemasters DJ and why?
We have a few good uns on here but for me its Parky and his breaks bleeps and tones. He plays the tunes that I was listening to, when I just left school and got into the club scene.
8. Biggest mistake, biggest fail, most embarrassing moment as a DJ / at a gig?
I played an after party at some dodgy cafe bar in Stoke. The decks weren’t Technics and had a weird setup, the pitch setup upside down or something….. I wasn’t in the best state as it was but I was playing tunes at a really slow tempo and couldn’t speed them up, couldn’t figure out why at the time… I got chucked off after 10 mins!!
9. How do you keep check of ego?
I’m too old for all that bollocks…It’s all about the music for me!
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?
As co-owner I’m really proud of what we have achieved here. If you would have said at the start we would have DJs such as: Mark Archer, Alistair Whitehead, Nipper, Cameron Dante to name but a few, I would never have believed. Even though the site has changed in appearance more times than I can think, the philosophy has always been the same. Great music, a friendly environment and no egos.