My mind took me to the Southport Weekender today, and the amazing event about to take place in just over 3 weeks time.
In homage to the event that has kept the soulful flag flying in the UK and beyond for over 25 years, I wanted to share with you the two sets I have had the fortune to play on the main stage.
These are now both available thru my app (go to the Pick n Mix section), Southport 33 and Southport 46.
Both sets were warm up sets, at 33 I warmed up for Masters at Work who came on directly after me, at 46 I warmed up for Joe Clausell. On both occasions I started playing to a sparsely filled Powerhouse, by the time I’d finished the room was heaving and swaying nicely.
I take pride in my warm up sets. I’ve said it before… it is not a warm up DJ’s role to make a name for himself.. but to be instrumental in the flow of the evening. Listening back to these sets and remembering how they were received brings a smile to my face. I distinctly remember the “ooooph” sound coming from the crowd on certain tunes. I love the peaks and troughs in each set… hyping the crowd and then reeling them back in. Some people may find this frustrating… fuck them ! ha ha… couldn’t resist that.
To all my friends heading to Minehead in May, please have a drink and a dance for me.. I really must stop feeling sorry for myself before I start looking at flights !
The Vocal Booth Radio show returns this Thursday.
p.s – if you want a download link for these mixes… just ask !