DJs

DJs 2017

Mick H (UK) // Pat Bleasdale (UK) // Kevin Higham (UK) // Lars Bulnheim (Austria) // Marc Forrest (Berlin) // Michael Fuchs (Offenbach) // Leo Ernst (München) // Lazy (Aachen) // Dominik Schoell (Nürnberg) // Steff Christiansen (Flensburg) // Thorsten Dietsche (Hamburg) // Baster (Hamburg) // Matu (Hamburg) // Frank Viphitman (Hamburg) // Jan Drews (Hamburg) // Ralf Mehnert (Hamburg)



Mick H

MICK H (UK)

Mick H got into soul music aged 13 around 1972 after being taken to a local soul night by Paul Robinson. Beeston Unity that was the start of a long soul venture which has took him djing from USA to Asia, Norway, Finland, Germany, Sweden., Spain.

He co promoted the rare Lifeline Allnighters for the last ten years with his good bud Andy Dyson. As well as resident. Nowadays he is hosting the Quality of Soul-Allnighter in Nottingham. Jock at Cleethorpes & Prestatyn and soulvation weekenders.

Started collecting records at an early age still at school, first original was a demo copy of Pointer Sisters „Send Him Back“ in 74 – it took three weeks paper round money to save up for it, £10 was a lot of money in 74 for a record! Mick collects all soul 45s from rare 60s to 70s funk, beat ballads etc. Looking forward to his first Hamburg weekend in October.

Favourite all time top five
1) Eddie Parker – I’m Gone
2) Major Harris – Call Me Tomorrow
3) Nurons – All Of My Life
4) Combinations – What Cha Gonna Do
5) Parliaments – Don’t Be Sore At Me


Pat Bleasdale

PAT BLEASDALE (UK)

Pat Bleasdale has been buying soul vinyl since the early sixties – family holidays in the USA were great opportunities to bring back early Motown stuff, including first 4 Tops and Temptations albums.

Still buying 50 years later :-), during which time she had further USA holidays with her husband Peter, finding (and no doubt missing ) many 45s and albums.

Pat fell into djing more or less by chance, but she loves it and has been privileged to play at various venues throughout the UK and Europe.

 



Kevin Higham

KEVIN HIGHAM (UK)

Kevin Higham is rooted in the Rare Soul Scene, having developed a love of classic and lesser played tunes via the mod revival scene in the eighties. Always hunting 45s and pleased to hear something new, these days focussed on a narrowed collection and djing.  Pleased to play a broad variety of styles but primarily; Northern Oldies, Rare and Underplayed and a mix of Crossover/70ts. Co-runs Face Book forums for Sales/Wants/Valuations and YouTube under the banner Rare Music Direct.

Following a debut at United Sounds Of Soul (via Kevin Spittle) has since gone on to play Aberdeen Allnighter, Edinburgh Weekender, Skegness Weekender, Stoke Second Room, Rugby Soul Club, Va Va-London, Southampton Alldayer, Farnborough, Empty Bottles-Leeds, Go Go Children-Bristol, St Ives Weekender, Bridgewater, Cinderford, Soulvation, Too Darn Soulful-Brighton, Soul Kitchen–Tunbridge Wells, South of France Weekender and the iconic 100 Club.

Having attended Hamburg weekenders feels honoured to be asked

Five from the current playbox :

Four Andantes – Hipper Than Me – Mo Do
Kings of Soul- Is Your Love For Me – Down To Earth
Profs – Look At You – Curr
Bernie Moore – Which Way To Turn – Lark
Toni Ross – Hurry Back  – Har Town


Lars Bulnheim

LARS BULNHEIM (Austria)

As former promoter and resident of the “Shelter Club” and “Soul at the Mandarin Casino” Hamburg’s local hero Lars Bulnheim, nowadays living in Austria, has his unique collection spinning for quite a few years now. But Lars is also a nationwide and even European constant, you will regularly find him on the line up of in-demand soul events such as the Nuernberg and the Rimini Soul Weekender, just to name two.

Though his musical focus is on 70s soul, excursions into the 60s are a natural part of his set. His magic touch in the selection of tunes and his feeling for the dancefloor guarantee exactly what a soul fan could wish for: danceable, stirring and soulful music!

 

Der Hamburger Lokalmatador Lars Bulnheim, neuerdings wohnhaft in Österreich, bringt seit vielen Jahren – vormals als Resident DeeJay und Veranstalter des „Shelter Clubs“ und „Soul at the Mandarin Casino“ – seine einzigartige Plattensammlung zum Rotieren. Aber auch überregional ist Lars seit langem eine feste Größe, regelmäßig findet man ihn im Line Up anspruchsvoller Soul Events wie dem Nürnberger und dem Rimini Soul Weekender, um nur zwei zu nennen.

Der musikalische Schwerpunkt liegt bei Lars auf Seventies Soul, Ausflüge zu den Sixties gehören aber selbstverständlich auch mit zum Programm. Das glückliche Händchen bei der Auswahl seiner Platten und das Gespür für den Dancefloor garantieren genau das, was man sich als Soul Fan wünscht: tanzbare, mitreißende beseelte Musik!


Marc Forrest

MARC FORREST (Berlin / Hip City Soul Club)

Marc Forrest started DJing kind of accidentally at the former Mod Club Sigmundshof on New Year’s Eve 1986. He is regularly and exclusively playing soul music ever since as well as running the Hip City Soul Club Berlin since 1990. He almost went broke with the first German Soul Weekender which took place in 1990. He also did fanzines like “r&b time” and “Grapevine” as well as the radio shows “Soulful Shoes” (Radio 100) and “Harlem Shuffle” from the late 1980s to the mid 90s. After his first gig in London in 1991 he successfully played regular spots in Manchester, London’s 100 Club and the scandinavian soul nations Sweden and Norway.
“gimme two blocks line ’cause baby it’s r&b time”

 

Marc Forrest legt seit einem eher zufällig geborenen Engagement im damaligen Berliner Mod Keller Sigmundshof zum Silvesterfest 1986 regelmäßig und ausschließlich Soul auf. Seit 1990 veranstaltet er regelmäßig den Hip City Soul Club Berlin. 1990 trieb er sich beinahe mit dem ersten deutschen Soul Weekender in den Ruin. Bereits Ende der achtziger bis in die neunziger Jahre hinein kamen noch Fanzine Projekte wie etwa „r&b time“ und „grapevine“ wie auch eigene wöchentliche Radiosendungen wie „soulful shoes“ (radio 100) und „Harlem shuffle“ (MDR) hinzu. Nach dem ersten Gig in London 1991 hat er bereits erfolgreich regelmäßig in Manchester, Londons 100 Club und den skandinavischen Soulnationen Schweden und Norwegen aufgelegt.
„gimme two blocks line ’cause baby it’s r&b time“


Michael Fuchs

MICHAEL FUCHS (Frankfurt)

Musical revelation: 1987 Curtis Mayfield, playing live at St. Petri Church in Frankfurt/Main.
Since 1990 regular attendances at nightly competitive dancing events in North Britains’ former coal mining region, first as a guest, later also as a DJ.
Until 2002 co-promoter of the “Turnin’ Your Heartbeat Up” Soulweekender in Nürnberg.

Later on spent a couple of years in celtic exile, musically appearances at “Sleepless Nights” in Dublin et al.
Tonal home in 60s uptempo Northern Soul, also Crossover and Deep Soul.
Two and four quarter step. Punkrock. Apfelwein (Frankfurt’s version of cider). Kickers Offenbach.
Not married, no kids, no facebook friends.

Current spins:

st. maarten rolling tones – it’s a feeling – international sound lp
soul set – will you ever learn – bi-me
black sugar – too late – peruvian pop
pat & the blenders – just because – fast eddie
joyce bond – mrs. soul – uk airborne
bobby shannon – i get my grove from you – to-mar
cautions – no other way – shrine
john harris – hangin‘ in – kerston
david thomas – i always need you (by my side) – prime
eddie carr – dirty old town – w.h.c. lp

 

Musikalisches Erweckungserlebnis: 1987 Curtis Mayfield live in der St. Peterskirche zu Frankfurt/M..
Ab 1990 regelmäßiger Besuch und später auch gelegentliches Gastspiel bei nächtlichen
Tanzsportveranstaltung in der ehemaligen Bergbauregion Nordbritanniens.
Bis 2002 Co-Promoter des „Turnin‘ Your Heartbeat Up“-Soulweekenders in Nürnberg.

Später einige Jahre im keltischen Exil, musikalisches Wirken u.a. bei „Sleepless Nights“ in Dublin.
Klanglich beheimatet im 60s uptempo Northern Soul, aber auch Crossover und Deep Soul.
Zwei- und Vierviertel-Takt. Punkrock, Apfelwein, Kickers Offenbach.
Nicht verheiratet, keine Kinder, keine Facebook-Freunde.

 


 

LEO ERNST (München)



Leo Ernst got to know and began to collect Soul and R&B as well as scene-related sounds like, Beat, Ska and also Power Pop since 1989 as a young mod at Allnighters in Austria and Italy. For him the music – especially the Soul Music – hits the ears, goes through the heart directly into the legs – he is a passionate dancer and more a DJ than a collector.

Leo started to DJ in Landsberg/Bavaria with a regular Mod/Soul Club night, did various gigs at local Bavarian and Austrian scooter Runs and Allnighters in the nineties. He got involved with the Deeper Shade Club night at the Atomic Café in Munich as a resident DJ from 1997 until its closure early 2015. He was also part of the Target Club DJ team at BA-BA-LU in Munich, Part of the Soul Food DJ team, of the Magic Potion DJ-Team, The Black Cat Soul Club and the Shoot Your Cuffs Mod Allnighters in his town, Munich.

Further he had several appearances at the Beat the Clock Weekender in Cologne, the Summer Safari and Soulsurgery in Leipzig, 2010 at Hamburg Soul Weekender, 2014 at the Two Men from L.i.n.z. Weekender, 2015 and 2017 at the S.O.S in Vienna and 2016 at the O-wow in Linz.
“It’ll be a pleasure to dance all night with you and an honor to play some of my favourite records in Hamburg!”

Some favourites out of my playbox:

Curtis Lee – Is she in your Town
Silky Hargraves – You’re too Good
George Tinley – Ain’t gonna worry about You
Lynne Randell – Wasn’t it You
Darrow Fletcher – The way of a man
The Hytones – Bigger & Better
Willie Picket – On the Stage of Life
Brother Love – Precious Dove
Betty Samper – A love I believe in
7’th avenue aviators – You should o’held on


Lazy

LAZY (Aachen / Aachen Soul Weekender)

Handsome Hubert from the imperial city Aachen. Provides soul music for happy dancing moments until the early morning. Alemannia Aachen since 1992. Magic Potion Allnighter since 2002. Aachen Soul Weekender since 2006. Miscellaneous guest performances at home and abroad as well as in the republic’s metropolises (e.g. Emmerich and Ochtrup) and also in cities like Munich, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Hamburg.

Favourite spins 2017:

Harvey Averne Dozen – Never learned to dance (Uptite)
Isonics – Sugar (Kammy)
Bill Bush – I’m waiting (Ronn)
Bobby Kline – Say something nice to me (MB)
Parisians – Twinkle little star (Demon Hot)
Ivories – Please stay (Despanza)
Rising Sun – Good loving (Kingston)
De-lites – Lover (Cuppy)
William Cummings – Make my love a hurting thing (Bang Bang)
El Corols Band – Chick Chick (Tiny)
Soul Incorporated – My proposal (Coconut Groove)

 

Schöner Hubert aus der Kaiserstadt. Sorgt mit Soulmusik für glückliche Tanzmomente bis in den frühen Morgen. Alemannia Aachen since 1992. Magic Potion Allnighter since 2002. Aachen Soul Weekender since 2006. Diverse Gastspiele im benachbarten In- und Ausland sowie in den Metropolen der Republik (z.B. Emmerich und Ochtrup) aber auch in Städten wie München, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Hamburg.

 


DOMINIK SCHÖLL (Nürnberg / Nürnberg Soul Weekender)

“I remember I first discovered the Modern Room in Cleethorpes in 1999, before dancing to the male vocal groups was my favorite thing, ever since my heart beats for crossover, 70ties and modern soul. It was followed by trips to 100 Club, Prestatyn and Llandudno. Promoting the Nürnberg Soulweekender since 15 years is a great honour and pleasure for me, just as playing records on our regular Zentralcafe Soulnight and sometimes in my favorite city Hamburg.”

 


Thorsten Dietsche & Stefan Christiansen

STEFAN CHRISTIANSEN (Flensburg) & THORSTEN DIETSCHE (Hamburg)

Their love for old vinyl grew only recently, but very soon Stef Christiansen and Thorsten Dietsche were given their first opportunities for spinning their records to an audience. And they discovered that it is much more fun to do this together. In 2011 they founded the Cool Cat Club in Flensburg, which in the meantime has found it’s second home at the Komet Bar in Hamburg. Musically speaking the both of them are moving between 50s and 60s, mixing Rhythm & Blues and Popcorn with related sounds from this time. They are very happy to play their favourite R&B records once more at the Hamburg Soul Weekender No. 10.

 

Aus einer spät gefundenen Liebe zu altem Vinyl ergaben sich für Stef Christiansen und Thorsten Dietsche erste Gelegenheiten zum Auflegen und die Entdeckung, dass dies zu zweit viel mehr Spaß bringt. Es folgte vor 4 Jahren die Gründung des Cool Cat Clubs in Flensburg, der mittlerweile seine zweite Heimat im Komet in Hamburg gefunden hat. Musikalisch bewegen sich die beiden zwischen 50s und 60s, mischen Rhythm & Blues und Popcorn mit artverwandten Sounds aus dieser Zeit. Sie freuen sich riesig, mit ihren Lieblings-R&B-Platten Gast beim Hamburg Soulweekender Nr. 10 wieder dabei zu sein.

 


Baster

BASTER (Hamburg / The Cole Slaw Club)

In Hamburg he is well-known as former host and resident DJ of the “For Dancers Only” Allnighters and besides he owns a music-bar in St. Pauli called “Komet”. If he is not mixing drinks at his bar, he indulges himself in his passion for “oldie” music. Baster loves danceable R’n’B, he is looking forward to the Hamburg Soul Weekender and – according to his own proclamation – he fancies a “Schnaps” once in a while.

Baster’s favourite spins 2017:

billy hamlin – if you ain’t got no bread (Bethlehem)
willie west – willie knows how (Rustone)
barry white & the atlantics – tracy (Faro)
joe tex – pneumonia (King)
al michael & the capers – twist every which-kinda-way (Montel)
jeanette williams – I can’t wait (Terry)
louis hayward  – going back to southland (Don-El)
georg jackson – tender lover (Doro)
little mack – tell her to come on home (El Saturn)
terry timmons – got nobody to love (RCA Victor)
little lila – the sotos brothers (Fredlo)

 

Baster wird gerade den Hamburger Gästen als ehemaliger Stamm-DJ der „For Dancers Only“ Allnighter und Inhaber der „Komet“ Musikbar auf St. Pauli bekannt sein. Wenn Baster gerade einmal keine Drinks mixt, geht er seiner eigentlichen Leidenschaft, dem Auflegen von „Oldie“ Musik nach. Er liebt tanzbaren R’n’B, freut sich sehr auf den kommenden Weekender in Hamburg und trinkt nach eigenem Bekunden gern Schnaps!


Spu Matu

MATU (Hamburg / For Dancers Only)

Matu was born 1967 in germany’s “motown” Wolfsburg. 1996 it gravitates him towards the northern soul stronghold Hamburg. Since 2003 he is a member of the “For Dancers Only” crew, together with The Jan.
Hobbies : 1 son, records, smoking, dancing, crossword puzzles & a little bit of drinking (not such a very exciting lifestyle)

Matu wurde 1967 in Deutschlands „Motown“ Wolfsburg geboren. 1996 zog es ihn von der kleinen Soulmetropole in die Northern Soul Hochburg Hamburg. Seit 2003 veranstaltet er zusammen mit The Jan „For Dancers Only“ im Hafenklang.
Hobbies: 1 Sohn, Platten, Rauchen, Tanzen, Kreuzworträtsel & ein bißchen Trinken (kein so spannendes Leben)


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FRANK V.I.P. HITMAN (HH / Soul Allnighter@Motte)

When grandma’s music shack stopped cooking up that lovely soul stew and the illegal dances were truly a thing of the past, the only way to get some of that sweet soul music was to Go West. Suddenly Granny’s crumble pie as well as the crumbling wall made life then oh so very sweet indeed. This time with the ok from the boys in blue and no planned escape route laid out just in case, the Chain Gang Soundsystem and The Northern Soul Family Allnighter in Hamburg were now Right On Brothers!!!!

After that, somehow a daytrip to London in 1996 turned into a decade of all kind of silliness. The odd backroom of a restaurant, where all sorts of things were dropped including vegetables & records, was just one of dem shebeens. Other places where the good old stomper was played next to some Jamaican wax by yours truly was Stereotonic, Copasetic Soundsystem, Reggae Shack and Mint. The last few years were spent either before, behind but very rarely underneath the decks @ For Dancers Only, Kings’n’Queens Sea Cruise, Atomic Cafe, Roter Salon, Hamburg Alldayer and of course the Northern Soul Allnighter @ Motte in Hamburg!!!!

Als Omas Soul Platten nicht mehr ausreichten um die illegalen Tanzveranstaltungen zum Kochen zu bringen, brauchte man nun den Stoff direkt aus dem gelobten Abendland. Nun gab es endlich nicht nur Löcher im Käse, sondern auch einige in der dicken Wand und ab ging die Polonäse auch mal durch Blankenese. Diesmal aber ganz offiziell und ohne abenteuerliche Geschichten mit dem Chain Gang Soundsystem und dem Northern Soul Family Allnighter in Hamburg.

Anno 1996 war dann Stunde X!!!! Aus einem Tagesausflug wurden dann mal eben 11 Jahre London. Der Stereotonic Club, Reggae Shack, Mint, Copasetic Soundsystem und das eine oder andere italienische Hinterzimmer eines Restaurants waren nicht nur Orte für hektische Handbewegungen, sondern auch für musikalische Höheflüge und den ein oder anderen Backdrop. In den letzten Jahren kamen die 45ziger dann öfters bei For Dancers Only, Kings’n’Queens Sea Cruise, Atomic Cafe, Roter Salon, Hamburg Alldayer und natürlich beim Northern Soul Allnighter in der Motte in Hamburg zum Einsatz.

 


The Jan

JAN DREWS (Hamburg / For Dancers Only)

Host
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Ralf Mehnert

RALF MEHNERT (Hamburg)

Host
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