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DJ Andy Smith: “People would steam over the hill to hear me and Boca 45”

Another proud moment, as we are honored to present DJ Andy Smith. A veteran in the DJ landscape, who has been promoting the good foot grooves. He shares some insights in this latest installment of “DJs You Should Know“.

Which style / genre do you mostly play:
50s & 60s R&B, Rockabilly, Northern Soul, Funk, Disco, Boogie, Old School Hip Hop, Cool pop.

Residency (current or previous):
Too many too mention… but the main ones in London alone are probably ‘Friday Fish Fry’ night every Friday at Joe’s Bar in Camden Town, ‘Reach Up’ night every 2nd Saturday at The Bussey Building in Peckham, and until recently ‘Boombox’ night at The Horse & Groom in Shoreditch on the last Saturday of the month.

DJ gig farthest away from your home:

Most memorable DJ gig and why?
Vibes on a Summers day in Brisbane 2004. Watching people steam over the hill to hear me and Boca 45 (Scott Hendy) as Dynamo Productions was indeed memorable.

Since when have you been a DJ?
I have been Djing as a hobby since 1979 and professionally since 1995.

What was your first ever record?
LP (other than the Jungle Book) – ‘New Boots & Panties’ – Ian Dury & The Blockheads

Favourite record of all times and why:
‘Nobody But Me’ – The Wooden Nickels. Northern Soul is music for life!

Record that surprised you most and why:
‘Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels of Steel’. They show us how the DJ can be the artist!

Record you usually play at all your DJ gigs:
Le Freak – Chic

Vinyl or other media:

Favourite club to play at:
Madame Jo Jos (RIP)

Your favourite DJ:
For Hip Hop – Cash Money
For Reggae – Keith Lawrence
For 50s/60s – Keb Darge
For Disco – Larry Levan

Band / Musician you strongly recommend everyone should listen to:
Khruangbin from Houston, Texas

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