Monday, March 27, 2006

From John Coltrane to Ronaldinho!

And another weekend is gone! I chilled out on Saturday afternoon. Jam Junior resident Neil called over and borrowed Ashley Kahn's legendary book about John Coltrane's jazz masterpiece "A Love Supreme". Neil is an excellent young DJ and producer and I can see him doing great things in the next number of years. Like another of the finest talents in Cork, Shane Johnson, he comes from a family with a passion for jazz and this is already having a really positive influence on his music, which is very different to what most 16 year olds are doing. Watch this space!

Had a great show on Red that evening. Black on Red is the cornerstone to my DJing and it's where I really get to express myself properly. It was a really good show and I played everything from Otis Redding and Sly Stone to John Legend and Alicia Keyes. I started off with a tribute to Swing and played some 90's flavours like Soul 11 Soul and Eric Benet in his memory. I also played a big track from my early days DJing. Beverly Knight's "Flavour of the Old School" put her on the map back in the day and it was a big tune for me in Sir Henry's. I felt that it was also a fitting tune to pay tribute to a DJ who more than anyone was involved in making modern r&b a force to be reckoned with in both the clubs and on the radio.

My Rapture night in the Savoy was stuffed and after a tentative enough start I got the place rocking by about 12 and it was kicking off big time at the end of the night; big tunes like "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley mixing nicely with everything from Blur and Outkast to Rhianna and Fontella Bass.

Got home quite late and with the clocks changing I lost yet another hour. Thankfully I had Sunday off and I relaxed in front of the United match. They didn't play that well but won 3-0, it was like the old days all over! Rooney still takes my breath away, he could have had a hat trick had he been more on it, but he lights up the ground with his every move. Red legend Bobby Charlton said the other day that even he can't get enough of watching young Rooney and I agree totally-players like Rooney and Ronaldinho help make football the most exciting game in the world. Watching them in full flight makes me feel like a 6 year old again, I think it's one of the reasons why I'm so addicted to football. I'm injured at the moment but can't wait to fail miserably next week when I attempt some Roonesque moves on my comeback!

My good buddy Gilly rang from London. He was very close to Swing and we had a great chat, I was delighted to hear from him. I don't miss all the travelling I used do to Dublin and beyond for gigs, but I used enjoy catching up with people like Gilly, who I've shared many good times with in the past. I got to bed early but woke at 5am and didn't get back to sleep. I've always had chronic insomnia so i'm not really in an ideal condition for work but I suppose it's gotta be done and I'll sleep well tonight!

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    I'm a DJ from Cork in Ireland. I work with RedFM, presenting Red Drive, The Hitlist and my specialist show, Black on Red. I'm probably best known for being one of the main hip-hop/soul DJ's in Cork and Ireland. I've been DJing in Cork since the early 90's in legendary clubnights such as Sweat in Sir Henrys, Mor Disco, Free La Funk, Yo Latino and also Jam and Jam Junior at the Savoy and the Pavilion. I've also held down long term residencies at clubs around Ireland such as Brown Sugar at the Kitchen in Dublin, U-Turn at Ri Ra in Dublin, Jazz Juice at the GPO in Galway, Thompson Garage in Belfast, the Soul Clinic, Dee-Bop, Meltdown and Mo Bounce in Limerick and i've played abroad in the United States and the U.K. on numerous occasions. I also write a music column for the Evening Echo and i'm a regular contributor to the U.K.'s Blues and Soul, the longest running black music magazine in the world. These days i run the Pavilion, a music venue in Cork, which hosts my Jam night every few Fridays also you can catch me at