DJs 2016

DJs 2016

Keith Money (Scotland) // Barbara Grassi (Italy) // Roddy Brass (Scotland) // Paul Grant (Ireland) // Tim Smithers (England) // Alfie Linney (England) // Lars Bulnheim (Austria) // Marc Forrest (Berlin) // Gerd Baum (Düsseldorf) // Matti (Bremen) // Lazy (Aachen) // Hendrik Irmscher (Berlin) // Baster (Hamburg) // Thorsten Dietsche (Hamburg) // Steff Christiansen (Flensburg) // Merten Kaatz (Hamburg) // “The” Jan Drews (Hamburg) // Ralf Mehnert (Hamburg)

Keith Money

KEITH MONEY (Scotland)

Keith Money originally from Dundee on the east coast of Scotland, first dj’ed in a Soul Club in Edinburgh about 20 years ago. At the soul night were people from an All Nighter in Carlisle who asked him to play there and after that night he was asked to do lots of other places.

Some of his spins:

1. Roy Roberts – So much in love (Sugar)
2. Soul Brothers Inc – Teardrops (Salem)
3. The Four Andantes – Hipper than Me (Mo Do)
4. Rey Villers – Heaven Is My Witnesss (Ecbolic)
5. Oscar Perry – Is it hard to know (Unissued)
6. Robert Tanner – Tell me your name (Megatone)
7. Soul Incorporated – My Proposal (Coconut Groove)
8. Hytones – Runaway girl (Unissued)
9. The Young Ladies – Tired of running around (Stang)
10. Roy Roberts – I know what to do to satisfy you (Tina)

Keith played his records all over Europe and is a resident DJ at the 100 Club London, Cleethorpes Weekenders and Prestatyn Weekenders.


Keith Money aus Dundee, Schottland, legte vor etwa 20 Jahren erstmals in einem Soul Club in Edinburgh auf und wurde dort direkt für eine Veranstaltung in Carlisle gebucht. Seitdem spielte er seine Platten auf unzähligen Allnightern in England und auf dem Kontinent. Er gehört zu den regelmäßigen DJs im 100 Club London und auf den Weekendern in Cleethorpes und Prestatyn und wir freuen uns sehr, dass er in 2013 die Gäste im Gruenspan in Schwingungen versetzen wird.

Barbara Grassi

BARBARA GRASSI (Italy / Black Trefoil Soul Club)

Obsessed with black music since late 80s, the “Little Miss Soul” is one of the promoters of the Black Trefoil Soul Club of Genova and resident DJ of the Leaning Tower Soul Club of Pisa. She has spent the last years travelling with her record box across Europe and UK. Home is where she can find good music, Soul lovers and a nice dancefloor!!! Although her (not so hidden …) love for 70s soul and Crossover, her sets are nothing but across-the-board. She really enjoyed attending at the Hamburg Soul Weekender two years ago, and now she is counting the days to play her favourite records there …

Tobi Lark – Sweep It Out In The Shed
The Sparkels – Try Love (One More Time)
Bonnie Herman – Hush Don’t Cry
Patrice Holloway – Stolen Hours
Rozetta Johnson – Mine Was Real
Linda Jones – My Heart Needs A Break
The Vel-vets – I Got To Find Me Somebody
The Constellations – I Don’t Know About You
The Hamilton Movement – She’s Gone
Charles Johnson – Never Had A Love So Good
Luther – Don’t Wanna Be A Fool

In den späten 80ern begann ihre Leidenschaft für Black Music, heute ist „Little Miss Soul“ Promoterin des Black Trefoil Soul Clubs in Genua und resident DJ des Leaning Tower Soul Club in Pisa. Seit Jahren reist Barbara mit ihrer Plattenbox quer durch Europa und UK, ihr Zuhause ist immer dort, wo sie gute Musik, Soul-Fans und einen guten Tanzboden vorfindet!!! Obwohl ihre ( nicht gerade verheimlichte) Vorliebe 70s Soul und Crossover gilt, decken ihre Sets die ganze Bandbreite ab. Vor zwei Jahren hatte sie als Gast bereits sehr viel Spaß beim Hamburg Soul Weekender und nun zählt sie die Tage, bis sie selbst dort ihre liebsten Platten auflegen wird …

Roddy Brass


Roddy Brass will travel from Edinburgh to the river Elbe to present his selection of soulmusic to the audience. As a teenager you could see him dancing on the „sacred“ floor of Wigan Casino, though later he preferred Stafford’s Top Of The World Club. Since the early eighties Roddy is one of the regular guests at the 100 Club Allnighter in London and he is the proud owner of its membershipcard with the magic number 007. Is there any better way for a person to be musically socialized?

Roddy Brass wird aus Edinburgh an die Elbe reisen, um dem Publikum seine Auswahl an beseelter Musik zu servieren. Er tanzte als Jugendlicher bereits auf dem `heiligen` Parkett des Wigan Casinos, bevorzugte später allerdings den Top Of The World Club in Stafford. Roddy gehört seit den frühen 80er Jahren zu den regelmäßigen Besuchern der 100 Club Allnighter in London und besitzt die magische Mitgliedskarte mit der Nummer 007. Kann ein Mensch besser musikalisch sozialisiert werden?

Paul Grant

PAUL GRANT (Ireland / POW CITY soul club)

Paul Grant was seriously bitten by the vinyl bug over 20 years ago after discovering the strange world of Northern Soul through the Irish mod/scooter scene. His passion for hearing, discovering and collecting these records quickly turned into an obsession and he started dj’ing on a regular basis at soul events and scooter rallies around Ireland. This led to various guest spots at venues in Dublin, Wales, Belfast, Paris, London, Hamburg, Leeds, Burnley and Manchester (places that have inspired him and shaped his musical tastes over the years).
He currently co-promotes a monthly soul club in Dublin called “Pow City” and djs quite regularly in the U.K. He likes to spin a variety of styles in his current sets with an emphasis on gritty and uptempo sounds and he still has that passion to make every set count.
For him it was an absolute pleasure dj’ing at the Hamburg weekender Alldayer in 2014 and he is thrilled to have the opportunity to do so again this year.

5 current Favorite Spins
Rudy Love & The Company Soul – Suffering Wrath (Canyon)
The Sacred Four – Somebody Watching You (Champ)
Sam Dees – Soul Sister (Lo Lo)
Pervis Lee – You Don’t Care (Leeway)
Lucille Mathis – I’m Not Your Regular Woman (A-Bet)


Tim Smithers


TimSmithers first got into rare soul around 1977, started collecting soon after, favourite allnighters for him back then were Wigan and Yate. He started djing around the 90s, local do’s for Mark Jones, who he would later join up with to help promote The Bournemouth Railway Club, this was a fantastic club where anything and everything would get played, they still run these events today, but not as often as they would like. Tim has been lucky enough to have had some guest dj spots at some of the most forward thinking clubs in the U.K. and abroad, Empty Bottles, Soulfuntion, Rugby allnigter freestle room, Stoke, Kings Hall, Winsor Suite, Soul in the south allnighters, Bradford rare and underplayed, Southampton alldayers, Ghetto Soul and Lost Soul where he is now a resident.

Alfie Linney


Alfie has been collecting rare soul music since the age of 11, he is now 47. He has been djing since he was 13 … Alfie is a big fan of early Motown/Soul & RnB …
He comes from a place called Ely in Cambridgeshire U.K. and now lives in Southampton where he has been running events for the past 15 years. One of his main events is the annual All Dayer he put on in May. He is also guest DJ for various promoters around the country. And he is very honoured to have been asked to play at this years’ Hamburg Soul Weekender in the RnB room on the Friday night.

Lars Bulnheim


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“

Gerd Baum

GERD BAUM (Düsseldorf)

Gerd discovered his record collecting gene as a school kid and got into soul music a few years later via a mix-tape of a mate. Not much later he was asked to DJ at a local club- night in his then home-town Hamburg due to having amassed a tiny collection of soul tunes. From then on the collection grew and from time to time he was asked to dj at soul events all over Germany.
Nowadays he is living in Düsseldorf where he is promoting the D-Town Soul Club and has been djing all over Europe at events like the Barsoulona Soul Weekender, Black Trefoil Soul Club Genova, Movin’on Barcelona, Spider’s Web Edinburgh, Roma Soul City, Aberdeen Northern Soul Club, Nowt But Northern Glasgow, Black Music Power Anniversary Florence, Allnighter Ducale Parma …
He enjoys travelling a lot and loves listening and dancing to other peoples choices as much as playing records himself.
Being asked to dj at the Hamburg weekender feels very special for him as it is coming full circle.

Some of his favorite spins:
Papa Bear & The Cubs – You’re So Fine – (Sms)
Sweets – Something About My Baby – (Soultown)
Mel Britt – She’ll Come Running Back – (Fip)
Foreign Blue Renaissance – Finding You –(Kohoutech)
Otis Lee – Hard Row To Hoe – (Quaint)

DJ Matti

MATTI (Bremen / Backdrop Soul Club)

Dj Matti was infected with the “Northern Soul Virus” when he visited Scooter Rallies in the 90’s.
Together with his wife Kiki he founded the Backdrop Soul Club Bremen back in 2001 what by now is one of the longest running Soul Nights in Germany. As the resident DJ of the Backdrop Soul Club he shared turntables with various guest DJs over the last 15 years. Matti also played his records at several Scooter Rallies, the 1st Baltic Soul Weekender, Bulldog Soul Night/Hamburg, Soul City Cologne, For Dancers Only/Hamburg, 1st & 2nd Oldenburg Nighter.


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.

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.


HENDRIK IRMSCHER (Berlin / Soul’d Up – Berlin)

Hendrik Irmscher started his record journey 11 years ago by collecting 70s Punk/Powerpop, Mod-Revival and 60s Garage 45s.
At that time, Hendrik began DJing and organizing some regular parties in Berlin. Influenced by lots of different Mod-sounds, the road to the fantastic world of Soul music wasn’t that far off. Since then he has been specializing in collecting Northern Soul and Rare Soul 45s. After lots of Soul parties in smallish basement clubs in Kreuzberg, Hendrik recently started promoting bigger events under the flag of “Soul’d Up – Berlin”. Two times a year (30th May and 21st November 2015) he celebrates an Alldayer & Allnighter with international guest DJs. He has also had guest appearances here and there, including Marc Forrest’s “Hip City Soul Club” NYE Special, “For Dancers Only” & “Motte Allnighter” in Hamburg, “ECSC Weekender” in Seattle, “STUSA Weekender” & “Windy City Soul Club” in Chicago … and feels honoured to spin his tunes for another time at Hamburg Soul Weekender.

Ten 45s straight from his playbox:
Willie Brown – I Think I’ll Fall In Love [TRI-SOM]
Coke – Got To Touch Your Face [SOUND TRIANGLE]
Roy Simon – I’m Waiting On Your Love [PAPER MOON]
Ray Hines – Is It Something You Got [RNH]
Billy Byrd – Lost In The Crowd [SCREAM]
Illusions – Shake Your Mini [SHOWTIME]
Tony Troutman – What’s The Use [JERRY]
Jimmy Burns – Can’t Get Over [Dispo]
Barbara Jean & The Lyrics – Any Two Can Play It [BIG HIT]
Minnie Jones – Shadow Of A Memory [SUGAR]

Hendrik Irmscher begann seine musikalische Reise vor 11 Jahren, als er anfing, 70s Punk/Powerpop-, Mod-Revival- und 60s Garage-Singles zu sammeln. Zu dieser Zeit fing er an, als DJ Platten aufzulegen und regelmäßige Partys in Berlin zu organisieren. Bereits durch den Mod-Sound beeinflusst, war es nur ein kleiner Schritt zur „Fantastic world of Soul“. Seitdem hat er sich auf das Sammeln von Northern und Rare Soul 45s spezialisiert. Nach vielen Soul Partys in kleinen Kreuzberger Kellerclubs begann Hendrik vor Kurzem mit der Veranstaltung eines größeren Events unter dem Namen „Soul’d Up – Berlin”, das zweimal jährlich (30.5. und 21.1.2015) stattfindet und einen Alldayer & Allnighter mit internationalen Gast-DJs beinhaltet. Auch diverse Gast-Auftritte hat Hendrik bereits absolviert, u.a. bei Marc Forrests „Hip City Soul Club“ Silvester-Special, bei „For Dancers Only“ & dem „Motte Allnighter“ in Hamburg, dem „ECSC Weekender“ in Seattle, „STUSA Weekender“ und „Windy City Soul Club“ in Chicago … und es ist ihm eine Ehre, erneut beim Hamburg Soul Weekender zu spielen.


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 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!

Thorsten Dietsche & Stefan Christiansen


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.

 Merten Kaatz

MERTEN KAATZ (Hamburg / Cree Records)

Merten Kaatz has been djing for quite some time now, his emphasis lying on afro american music. He has been co-founder of Hamburg’s ’Shelter Club’ and now is the brains behind Cree Records.
He is responsible for a variety of reissues, from German Garage Rock to Northern and Modern Soul and also Disco Funk from Namibia. It was only recently that he compiled the much appraised compilation ’Nappy Music Man’ with Funk Disco Calypso productions from Trinidad. It’s where he is hanging around at the moment, digging in backyards and cellars for more forgotten gems …

Seit Jahren DJ mit Schwerpunkt auf Afro-Amerikanischer Musik, Mitbegründer des Hamburger Shelter Clubs und der Kopf hinter Cree Records.
Er ist verantwortlich für diverse Wiederveröffentlichungen von deutschem Garage Rock über Northern und Modern Soul bis hin zu Disco-Funk aus Namibia. Zuletzt stellte er die von Presse und Kollegen hoch gelobte Compilation ’Nappy Music Man’ mit Funk-Disco-Calypso Produktionen aus Trinidad zusammen. Dort treibt er sich auch gerade herum, um in Kellern und Hinterhöfen nach weiteren vergessenen, musikalische Perlen zu stöbern …

The Jan

“THE” JAN DREWS (HH / For Dancers Only)


Ralf Mehnert