I’ve started to blog again. “about bloody time” and “you’ve said this before fatty” I hear you all shout. yeah, I know, but this time I mean it. I have been asked to contribute to a local production studio’s website with my own views on music and the culture around it. the first few are all about me, not in some ego driven “aren’t I amazing” way of writing, more in a “here I am, this is WHY I am like I am” way.
I shall be posting the links to the entries here also, so you can get to read them too (obviously you COULD subscribe to the Ace Things site) I have already had two published, just sent the third.
so that’s that, but before I leave I shall ask you to go to the Ace Things website anyway and have a look at what it is they actually do. you won’t regret it.
PART ONE: REMEMBER HOW WE STARTED
PART TWO: I DIDN’T MEAN TO HURT YOU
ACE THINGS WEBSITE
I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU REMEMBER ME TALKING ABOUT THE ROCK & ROLL LOUNGE.
it’s something i became a part of last october/november time. since then i have played almost every gig they have done. to the extent that “they” are now “we”. the radio side of my dj-ing has taken a back seat whilst this has happened, something i keep promising MYSELF that i will return to in time, doing proper shows, not just replaying what i played at TR&RL gigs.
but i digress…
as the R&RL we have played sheffield, securing a monthly residency (to great acclaim) at The Frog And Parrot.
and anyone who knows me, knows how much sights like those below will bring a huge smile to my face!
rows of scooters outside a pub where i am playing? that alone is a dream come true! (thanks to the lads at the Trojan Drinking Club for that. you’ve a happy new member lads)
we’ve also played manchester’s northern quarter regularly, and even been as far as birkenhead. always on the look out for more gigs*, the boss man was asked if we were available do the following….
of course, he said yes, then asked me along for the ride. what? was i going to turn it down? then a couple of weeks ago, he informed me that he was unable to attend, and would i do it alone? would i? hell yes!
so this weekend, i AM The Rock & Roll Lounge. and what am i doing?
well, take a look at this:
yes, wherever it says R&RL on there, that’s me.
3 HOUR SET FRIDAY
BETWEEN BANDS SATURDAY
SAME STAGE AS
how surreal? 14 months ago i was dj-ing online in my bedroom and at a friends birthday party (cheers Polly). now i am sharing the stage with some of my musical idols!
i am totally buzzing, cannot wait! guest tickets for the enemy and the boy, passes, tent in the staff section, hospitality, the full works!
but that isn’t the end of it.
i have also been asked to be part of this!
NIGHT SHEFFIELD O2 ACADEMY
i shall be doing a full vinyl ska/reggae/2tone set for the last hour.
two live bands, dj’s, the film, mod heaven!
tickets are available. £11.25 for the night, inc booking fees.
tickets and the dates of other nights on the tour:
* anyone wanting to book The Rock And Roll Lounge, get in touch and i can pass you on to the main man.
(EVEN GOT EMILY INVOLVED)
I MUST END THIS POST AND THANK THE MANY MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN GETTING ME THIS FAR:
firstly the enemy and the boy. without her telling me constantly i have the abilty to do it, i would still be sat here dreaming.
secondly to Polly who gave me my first gig. best birthday party ever!
i MUST include the R&RL boss man, as he gave me my chance when i was disheartened after failures to launch at a local bar. that 1st night at The Washington pub in sheffield where he duped me into playing full vinyl sets… and then took me under his wing. J.M. i owe you big time. we have had some ups and downs these last 10 months or so, but i have come out smiling every time. onwards and upwards. we will succeed.
to absent friends. thank you too. you may not be around any more, and i DO miss you, but one day we will be drunk together again.
and to all those that dance themselves crazy to the tunes i play. your smiles alone a reason to do what i do.
see you out there
as of sunday evening, SFR, formerly scooter forums radio will now be SOLID FRONT RADIO.
we can be found at the same websites as previously, but we are changing slightly. we are returning to our Mod roots. the already established shows will continue as they already are, but we are looking to recruit new djs and have a couple lined up that are very mod influenced.
*well, THIS actually.
yup, the third installment of Rock And Roll Lounge’s alldayers is happening on saturday.
this time we take over the Jam Bar in Birkenhead. from 3pm to 3am.
we’ve already been booked for two more. Good Friday back at The Frog And Parrot in Sheffield, then to Cord Bar in the northern quarter in Manchester.