Discogs user since 2003.

A brief summary of my life:

I started buying records when I was seven years old, put records before everything else for the next 19 years. Left England for New Zealand and managed to break the curse that is record buying. A few years later landed in Sweden and started buying records again. Now with the existence of the internet my record buying habit is worse than ever.

A longer summary of my life:

One of my earliest and fondest memories is of sitting on the wall outside where I lived entertaining passers by with my tapes of late sixties/early seventies Reggae, and the new sound of the time which was Electro.
After a move from London radio was to be my new motivator. Tony Blackburn, Robbie Vincent, Dave Pearce and Chris Forbes, all heroes to me. The music consisted of and covered everything from Pop/Soul to Street Funk with a slice of 80's Disco and Electro. I heard mixing for the first time thanks to a weekly mix put together by Froggy (Steve Howlett).
I submersed myself in music. My record collection included artists such as Loose Ends, Herbie Hancock, The Cool Notes and George Clinton. I even found myself raiding Isaac Hayes, Mavin Gaye, Al Green and of course every Disco record known to Mankind from my mums collection.
Then one Saturday, in the later half of '85, at around two thirty in the morning while listening to the Chris Forbes show I heard something very different. Bass, beats and not a whole lot more. But what Bass and Beats these were!! House Music had landed.
From 1986 onwards I was consumed by House Music. I would not touch a tune from another genre no matter how good it was so had some record buying to do a few years down the track. My taste has been predominantly House up until 2008 when I more or less stopped buying music.

If I had to pick one year which was inspirational and life changing it would have to be 1986.
This was the year that House Music took off and started to deviate into different forms. It was also the year that the Jazz/Funk scene really started to produce some amazing releases before it died out alltogether. Many of the release's in the Street Funk scene were being accepted as pop records and the British charts show cased some real diverse, and at times, odd sounds.
Was (Not Was) came out with Robot Girl, Lola gave us the odd but delicious Wax The Van, and George Clinton treated us with the insane Do Fries Go With That Shake. Willie Colón melted us with Set Fire To Me and Man Friday gave us the dubbed out Love Honey, Love Heartache.
The House music scene couldn't have been more diverse while still retaining the all enveloping 'House Music' tag. From Farley Jackmaster Funk's Love Can't Turn Around, through Adonis's No Way Back to Nitro Deluxe's Let's Get Brutal.
So 1986 was a special year for me. To say it changed my life may have been an over statement but it certainly changed the way I viewed the world of music.


Greatest influence:Soul DJ Steve 'Froggy' Howlett who sadly passed away in March 2008.
As a London lad the first time I heard mixing was when I was tuned into Radio London in the early 80's. Robbie Vincent had a show in which Froggy would be a guest mixer.
I can't impress on you enough how important these shows were to me at that time in my life. The tapes I made from these broadcasts shaped my life into something better.


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