Here is one London based DJ who is deeply engulfed in the music biz. Nik Weston is a DJ, collector, label owner at Mukatsuku Records and record buyer at Juno Records and generally a hard working man, obviously. What inspires someone, who himself inspires so many record lovers? Some insight can be found in the short interview below, part of our “DJs you should know” series. Hit the play button of the mix below and read on.
Which style / genre do you mostly play:
I play different gigs with different styles but generally, depending on the event, mostly 45s: Soul/Funk/Northern Soul/Mod Jazz/Jazz/Brasil Funk/Latin Funk/Boogie/Disco/Afro Funk.
Residency (current or previous):
Currently: Soul Room South London Soul Train monthly at Bussey Building for the last 4 years.
DJ gig farthest away from your home:
Australia, but I have been playing regularly in Japan since the late 1990’s. I also played some interesting places like Kazahkstan, Singapore, Toronto etc.
Most memorable DJ gig and why?
I had some great gigs in France and Japan…memorable for many reasons. Crowd/Hospitality/Accommodation/Food/Sound System/Location/Reaction
Since when have you been a DJ?
I started playing records at parties as a teenager not because I was a DJ, but because I had a large record collection.
What was your first ever record?
Mary Had A Little Lamb by Paul Mc Cartney & Wings. I was 8 years old for gods sake!
My first soul record that i still play today was Eddie Floyd – Big Bird when about 12 i guess
Favourite record of all times and why:
Eddie Holman – I Surrender. Brings tingles down my spine each and every time.
Record that surprised you most and why:
Probably Eddie Holman – I Surrender as even though I have played hundreds of times, it still has the same effect each and every time. The appeal of that record has not wained over the years.
Record you usually play at all your DJ gigs:
Not all my gigs but Garnet Mimms – As Long As I Have You is up there as ”regularly played”
Vinyl or other media:
Favourite club to play at:
The Room Tokyo Japan / The Bussey Building Peckham
Your favourite DJ:
it changes regularly.. Too many to mention
Band / Musician you strongly recommend everyone should listen to:
[Picture by Tamayo Yamano]