Last night we threw a surprise party for Drew and her classmates’ leaving junior school.
I was asked by the parents to play the music all night, it is funny to try to picture what it is they think I actually do when I ‘go to work’. I sensed some kind of excitement that “this guy who plays all over the world was about to play for THEM”. It was a typical “is he gonna pull a rabbit out of his ass” kind of scenario. I was introduced as ‘something special’ to the kids who all started chanting my name and the girls screamed, swooned and giggled… just your usual Friday night then ! I had no intention of playing any music and called Mikey up to join me. Using my laptop and a DJ controller he was away.
I had previously been given some music by one of the parents, and added it to the playlist Mikey and Drew have purchased (yes purchased !!) themselves over the last year or so. As you would expect for a group of 12 year olds, it was basically Guetta, Guetta, Rhianna, Minaj and Guetta.. with some Spanish shite drowned in accordion. They loved it. Mikey Ward had arrived !
The girls screamed and did their routines while ALL the boys just stood around Mikey, gesturing for him to scratch every now and again, which he did, and they all roared and hi-fived him. It was priceless to watch. All the parents, quite sensibly, sat outside and smoked.. non-stop.
Every now and then the girls would run off outside and you could see Mikey’s face drop until he found that perfect floor filler and they all came running back to the dance floor and he was King again. The lads never went anywhere… they were transfixed.
At the end of the night, as we drove home, it was surreal to see Mikey’s mood. I asked him if he enjoyed himself and he said “Yeah, but they all left didn’t they… no one was dancing at the end !” This was because it was after 2am and the 40 to 50 yr old parents all needed their beds.. the kids would have been rocking until 6am, no doubt. It was eery to see him focusing on the negatives of the night instead of the crazy moments where everyone was shouting his name.
It is 11.29am and he is still sound asleep… I am pretty sure he will wake up soon and feel like a superstar, I wonder how I know that !!??
Dr Bob Jones is a name that is synonymous with so many firsts in the UK’s Soul/Jazz/Funk/House Music Scenes.