The Troubled Soul Safari
Tagged as: House, Nu-Disco, Soulful House, xSimon Andrews
I started buying records from the age of 12 and so the collection began.
I used to be a keen ice skater in my early teens and used to go to the ice rink every Saturday night where they had a DJ and everyone skated to music.
I started slipping the odd two or three twelve inches into my skate bag and get the DJ to drop them; immediately Nitro Deluxe’s ‘This Brutal House’ and Monie Love’s ‘I Can Do This’ springs to mind!
Not far off from then the house parties started. Not the ‘house music’ parties but those parties that started happening around 15 years old at school when someone’s parents were away…the logic back them seemed to be ‘Oi Andrews, you’ve got records, you’re playing the music’
This used to happen with a miss-match of ‘dad’s record players and dual amplifiers (no mixing console or variable pitch turntables!) – I enjoyed it, it was good fun.
Within a year or so I went halvsies with a good pal of mine at the time (Hey Colin) on a mixer and I saved up and bought some Technics turntables. The world of beat matching, scratching and tricks began to unfold…
I went to do my A Level’s at The Henley College and met a guy to became a very good pal of mine who was a year ahead of me, both literally and also in Dj-ing. I met one of the most technically gifted DJs I’ve ever heard – Chris Giorgi.
Wednesday afternoons were free periods meant for sports. We used to go back to Chris’ and hit the turntables. Chris taught me a great deal, my mentor.
Whilst at college I did my first club for another pal Toby Winter. Benson’s on Remenham Hill, Henley. A small-ish place, say 150 people? I was very nervous but the thing that sticks out in my head was having to get the bouncer to cut the padlock on my record box as I forgot the key!
The following year I did the big college party at Washington Heights in Reading in front of some 1500! Keith Nunnerly’s ‘Greed’ flashes into my mind here.
I left college in June 1992 and went to Magaluf to DJ for the summer, encouraged by my pal Brandon who was already out there, repairing cars or something.
I had two residencies out there: Pappy’s then later Sounds Bar opposite BCM. Djing 7 nights a week I met the BCM resident Des Mitchel who asked me to fill in for him, the biggest stage yet with a full 2000 people capacity.
Went to University in Bournemouth and progressed to playing all the clubs down there.
Around this time, I had my first taste of radio: Red Eye FM (1993). I played occasionally for a year or two including the live outside broadcast at the Bug Jam 1993 at Santa Pod.
Fast forward to 2000 and I started a night with another friend in the West End, London. This ran for three years.
Shortly after that, in 2005 I joined Point Blank FM. I started doing 08:00 – 10:00 every Saturday. After a few months I got offered the Sunday 16-18:00 slot and am still there to this day.
Having been a member of The Loft congregation (and previously Trouble’s House) since 1992, I was delighted that eventually my dream came true and I became a resident DJ at The Loft alongside my mentor and hero Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson.
That just about covers that…
INFLUENCES TIMELINE (Random thoughts that spring to mind):
1980: Adam and The Ants ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’: My first LP
1983: Billy Joel ‘Uptown Girl’: Plastic record came free w/ McCaine pizzas -My first scratching on dad’s poor old record player (shh, he still doesn’t know!)
1985: Taping Mike Allen in the early hours on Capital Radio (Electro & Hip Hop)
1986: Doug E Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew ‘The Show: My first 12″
1987: Alexander O’Neal ‘Hearsay’ LP, Eric B & Rakim ‘I Know You Got Soul 12″/ ‘Paid In Full’ LP
1988: Pete Tong ‘The Soul Session’ 5-8pm every Saturday night on Capital FM London – I used to tape this show every single week. Inspired me to track down the Soho record shops that contributed to the weekly Capital Nightlife 10 chart.
1988: Pet Shop Boys ‘Introspective’ LP, Eric B & Rakim ‘Follow The Leader’ LP, Derek B @We Got The Juice 12″
1989: City Sounds, Proctor Street Holborn: My adopted main record shop for over a decade. Oddly i used to bump into Pete Tong in there often. Dave Selby – could sell rice to China.
1989: TEN CITY ‘Foundation LP/ ‘That’s The Way Love Is’, Soul II Soul – Keep On moving (12″) & Club Classics LP. My theme tunes to that summer; Tony Scott ‘That’s How I’m Living’ 12″
1990: Kiss FM goes legal. Start recording Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson’s “Advance Dance Mixshow” every Saturday night.
1991: The Milk Bar, 12 Sutton Row, Soho – Sneeked into check out Pete Ton & Dave Dorrell. The Underground Solution ‘Luv Dancing’ (1990)
1991: The Record Basement, Reading: Pete Sinclair, my good friend at the record shop who always sorted me out! Basscut ‘I’m Not In Love’
1992: Trouble’s House, Legends, Old Burlington St – Every Thursday night, ‘Trouble-wear’ on sale and where I clashed heads with Todd Terry trying to ask him to play his edit of Candido’s ‘Jingo’
1993: Red Eye FM – My first radio station.
1993: The Loft, HQ’s, West Yard, Camden Lock – MY CHURCH every Wednesday night until about 1999…Dee Holloway ‘ I Wanna Be With You’