Well, 2013. How was it for you? We’re topping off the year with a crazy New Year’s Eve lineup tonight at (where else) THE FULL MOON @ MOON CLUB, but in line with the Channel 4 tradition, I’ve decided to give you my top 10 gigs from 2013 in chronological order.
February 2nd 2013 - Rave Revue pres. Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer & DJ Cheeba @ The Moon Club
The Rave Revue happened the day after the very first Friday night WOMP, and was definitely my first big highlight of the year. This weekend was the weekend that I was truly welcomed into The Full Moon family, and I ended up playing for pretty much the whole party, playing an hour and a half in the loft, and then the final hour in the main room. Props to everyone who stuck around for Cheeba’s set after Mr. B, and actually got their money’s worth. Incidentally, this was the first gig my gorgeous ladyfriend Tiff came to see…
February 2nd 2013 - Shanti Bass vs. Garajuwanna pres. Cut La Vis @ Koko Gorillaz
Highlights don’t have to be the biggest gigs of the year, they can just be the strangest. This show was one that me and MC Little Tree will never forget. I got ready to start playing, and some woman was on stage, mumbling into the mic. Despite having brought my own MC, Sally Mally had decided she was going to be MCing as well. I say MCing, she sort of tried to join in with the songs I was playing, but didn’t really know them. Eventually, she went for a piss, and Little Tree was able to take over. It’s not long before he’s joined by 2 backup dancers. On paper, or in Ibiza, this might sound awesome. In practice, it’s just awkward. When 2 girls in bikinis join us on stage to bump and grind, it implies we’re endorsing it. I would have felt chauvinistic being there…if everyone in the audience hadn’t found it as cringe-worthy as us. Sorry Dave Cut La Vis for having to stay at my utterly grot house, Felicity.
April 6th 2013 - Back to Basskicks pres. C@ In The H@ @ The Moon Club
My band, The Tank Cat All-Stars smashed it this year, but for my money my favourite performance was warming up for electro-swing don C@ In The H@. For the first half of my set, I played a soundtrack to a Buster Keaton movie. Nobody watched it, so I will be attempting it again until people take notice, but my full brass band absolutely smashed our first swing set! Topped off by an amazing headline set from the C@, and stellar support slots from J-Sound, and Mikey Nitro, Basskicks is becoming the stuff of legend. Next event, 11th Jan feat. Itchy & Skratchy DJs.
April 24th 2013 – The Correspondents @ 10 Feet Tall
So, there’s been some beef with Buffalo and 10 Feet Tall this year. They’re now under new ownership, so it’s only fair to let all that slide, but even so, it would be wrong to ignore that both venues do an amazing service to local music, and rising stars. I cannot count the number of incredible artists I have seen at Buffalo, 10 Feet, and Undertone, and this year they brought it once more. My personal highlight: The Correspondents. The most RADA influenced MC/DJ combo I’ve ever seen, you truly HAVE to check this lot out.
July 20th 2013 - Pete & Phili’s Wedding
This year, something else happened. I got old. 2 of my oldest friends tied the knot, and threw a party that was the social event of the season. Seeing all of my old school pals was immense, and doing a b2b cheese set with Chris Darby, is definitely a highlight of the year. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Swart, and I’ll see you all at the Sparrow-Marsh wedding :p
August 8th-11th 2013 - BoomTown Fair
Phwoar. I learnt an important lesson at this year’s BoomTown Fair. Don’t mix work and play. In my business, the lines are very blurred, but it’s important to know where your personal boundaries lie. I went without sleep, had my mind fried, cried my eyes out for hours, and broke myself. Am I going back next year? Hell yes. 3 of the greatest sets of my life in 3 days (2 of which are available on Soundcloud), and some of the most bizarre, wonderful memories ever. See ya next year.
September 27th 2013 - WOMP pres. Wine Or Grind EP Launch b2b w/ Doctor Hooka @ The Moon Club
WOMP is the best residency I’ve ever had. The freedom to play what I want for at least 2 hours to a load of happy regulars week on week, and the fact that I have been YOUR choice for a Friday night has just made my year. The highlight of the year was my EP launch during Fresher’s Week, in which you couldn’t move for people. Something was in the air that night, and the set just went off from start to finish. For those that knew it was my EP launch, it was fun pretending that was the reason it was so manic. Album in the works…I promise.
November 1st 2013 - BoomTown Bonfire Party @ Bristol In:Motion
The biggest club in Bristol, do I really need to elaborate? The Cave at In:Motion is an amazing little venue, because it’s so intimate, but it can fit so, so many people. I tried to bring it, and cram a lot of twists and turns into an hour. I lost a lot of people when I chucked in some reggae (people hadn’t come to the BoomTown Fair party to chill out from 3-4am), but the people that stayed with me all seemed to be hugging and cheering by the end of the set. For people to stick around for the duration of my hour long ‘story’ the way you’re supposed to with a DJ…it felt great. My set, as with all big ones, is up on SoundCloud.
November 16th 2013 - The Stannary, Falmouth
When you head off to a play a solo headline show, it’s like a strange adventure. I’m sure you’ve all seen Fight Club, in which the narrator talks about single serving friends. It’s a bit like that, but so much more powerful. Some people have decided you’re worth paying to entertain punters, who are often their close friends. There’s an incredible level of trust in that, so I always like to try and establish a good, solid friendship with the people who’ve put me on. The shit gigs are the one’s where you get shown to the green room and asked to wait. The ones that matter are the ones where you go back to the promoters house, have a drink, and stay up to the wee hours. That’s how real memories are formed. Thank you to the people of Falmouth, I’ll put the set up in the New Year.
December 21st 2013 - Electric Swing Circus @ The Moon Club
Electro-swing seemed to first rear it’s head in about 2008, and after taking a little slumber, it came back this year in a myriad of new directions outside of the thump-thump, four-to-the-floor, house with a 20′s sample beginnings. The Electric Swing Circus show at The Moon Club really topped off the year. Having recently made a remix for their competition, getting to play a remix for the original artist in a club after they’ve played, it’s one of those moments where you’ve just gotta sit back and watch. We’ll just have to wait and see if it gets a release…
I wanna say a big thank you to all the fine patrons of The Full Moon & Moon Club for the past year, for making me feel like I’m part of a local family. You guys let me do what I do, and I wanna keep doing it for you, so please keep supporting the nights, and I’ll see you all tonight for the NEW YEAR’S EVE SHINDIG featuring DJ SHEEPHUMPA!!!!
See ya on the dancefloor xxx