Beane is a DJ who has, over the years, carved out his own soulful sound DJing in the city of Nottingham. A collector of music first and foremost, he is also resident for Soul Buggin’ a longstanding night in the City and has spun music alongside the likes of Andrew Weatherall, Bill Brewster, Giles Peterson, Norman Jay, Benji B, Greg Wilson and Mr Scruff to name a few. We caught up ahead of the next Soul Buggin' night and talked about his fortnightly radio show, how he puts that together, buying records, DJing in Nottingham, the old Brownswood internet forum and his hardcore dedication to kebabs. His Half-Lights mix demonstrates his ear for soulful and varied eclecticism - shout out especially for the DJ Rogers track at the end...a beauty.
- Lindstrom and Prins Thomas - Feel AM
- Zee Erf - Southern Freeze (Mudd's Mazunte Mix)
- Jimmy Chambers - You Can't Fight (Riccio Rerub)
- Breakreform - And I (Yam Who ? Remix)
- Souleance - The Ramble
- Merry Clayton - Grandmas Hands (Scrimshire Edit)
- Rayko - Broadway
- Cottam - Unknown
- Leftside Wobble - Vision Of Sound
- Black Spuma - Hundred Fingers Man
- Ray Mang - Look Into My Eyes
- Conversion - Let's Do It (Prince Language Edit)
- Schaltkreis Wassermann - GoGoGo (Daniele Baldelli & Marco Dionigi Rework)
- Eddie C - Salva A Bahia
- Atjazz - Wind and Sea (Little Big Bee Remix)
- DJ Roger - All I Gave Him Was My Heart
Firstly, what have you been up to lately?
I’m just gearing up for the Soul Buggin’ 13th Birthday so just doing the usual promo and prep. We’ve got Alex Barck from Jazzanova coming over to play so we’re super excited. I am trying to wean myself off crisps at the moment also, I have gone through a bit of a bad batch recently smashing the old multipacks back like there’s no tomorrow. Not good for the waistline.
Where did music start for you, can you remember your first record you bought?
Unlike 95% of dj’s I read in interviews these days, I wasn’t brought up on a diet of old deep jazz and rare soul via my parents, seriously, who the fuck likes jazz at 11 years old? But rather was fed a diet of Jimi Hendrix and Fleetwood Mac. I soon got knee deep into quite dodgy early UK dance music in my teens via a diet of 10 pack rave tapes, Dance Energy on BBC2 and whatever was in the racks of Our Price and Andy’s Records in Peterborough where I grew up. The first record I bought was DJ SS ‘Breakbeat Pressure Pt. 3.' I've still got in a frame in my record room.
When did you first start DJing ?
I started collecting drum and bass records in the early 90s and like most people I just started playing records at house parties with friends and attempting to not to spill Tennents Super all over the mixer. It wasn’t until I moved to University in Northampton that I was introduced to a wide variety of music so started buying everything I could afford. 80% of my student loan must of gone on vinyl. I soon grabbed a residency in the odd bar and the local club The Roadmender before jetting off to Nottingham where eventually I would set up my own nights, the most successful being Soul Buggin’.
Soul Buggin’ seems to just keep on going with a healthy selection of high calibre guest spinners, the party is now in it's 12th year, whats it like being a resident for such an established night ?
Pretty amazing really but that’s mainly down to a few factors. There are four of us behind the night and we’ve always kept focused on our original vision which is to play the music we love, ignore what everyone else is doing and believe in yourself and the records you hold dear. We think people can feel that love so in turn we’ve developed an awesome crowd over the years. Many have come, many have gone but the message is still the same; it’s all about the music.
What DJ’s left their stamp at Soul Buggin in particular ?
Far too many to choose from. Each and everyone of them has left their mark in some beautiful way and that’s one of the reasons we ask them to play in the first place. They are normally people we hold huge respect for who know their onions. We’ve never really followed clublands fashions or trends of booking the latest kid Mixmag is banging on about with a Hitler youth haircut who only has to fart on Twitter and Resident Advisor goes into meltdown. Many of our guests are into their 2nd, 3rd or 4th decade of DJing so they bring that wealth of knowledge to our dancefloor but let’s be clear, we are not a retro night. The only rule we tell our guests is ‘play whatever you want’ so that could mean Domu throwing down broken beats, Andrew Weatherall taking us on one of his outer space journeys, Luke Unabomber playing so good his trousers rip in two, Joey Negro or Al Kent chucking screaming disco heaters around or even just Benji B giving us a masterclass in how to drink copious amounts of red wine and still smash up the dance without falling over.
There seems to always be a loose connection with jazz in your music, would that be a fair assumption?
Yeah I guess there is but I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with jazz. Rules are there to be broken but that doesn’t mean it should then be acceptable to have a 20 minute wank into a saxophone. I dunno, all subjective isn't it.
The first time I noticed your dedication to all things music was on Giles Peterson’s Brownswood music forum. It’s now gone which I think is a massive shame as it was a goldmine for music and hilarious at times - what happened to the forum ?
Times change but the biggest thing was the rise of social media I would say. We pre-dated all of the Facebook, Twitter, Myspace nonsense so it was one of the only ways for likeminded folk to interact and talk about stuff. Many of the old contributors have gone on to marvellous things so it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Congratulations on going on Brownswood FM a few months back, how did that come about and what was it like?
Yeah all that came about via the old Brownswood board. It was wonderful to visit the studio and play some records with my friends. I always like going to London. Love to visit, I couldn’t live there though, it would drive me mental.
What labels, record stores, blogs and producers new and old are you interested in?
Far too many to choose from! I buy so many different types of music these days but my current favourite crop of labels are Eglo, 2000 Black, Athens of the North, Sofrito, Soundway, Sound Signature, Melodies International, Rush Hour, Far Out to name a few.
What record stores do buy, online and in person?
Always love to go digging in person but the pool of record shops is obviously now smaller so it’s a mix of online and jumping on a train to one of the bigger cities. Phonica, Piccadilly, Sounds of the Universe, Vinyl Underground and Juno are my first go to places. In Nottingham it’s always good to drop into the local stores like Plates, Anarchy, Rough Trade and Robs Records, before it became a death trap.
'Noodle Hotpot' your radio show on MyHouseYourHouse has been going for a good while now, can you tell us about it?
I’m in my 11th year now which is pretty mad. It was one of the first online radio stations on the net that really pushed the shoutbox/interaction thing and pre-dated a lot of the current big boys such as NTS, Worldwide, Rinse and Boiler Room. What made it quite unique was that all the broadcasters did it live from their own houses which still continues to this day. There is no central studio, it was proper DIY. That obviously has varying degrees of success but in essence you’re just doing what the old pirates did, just minus putting ariels on top of tower blocks. It still blows my mind I can play records live from my record room in my pants to someone on the otherside of the world.
Your Brazilian Love Affair special show was a personal favourite of the year, you seem to have a real knowledge for music and an ear which matches - how do you choose your music and what jumps out when diggin ?
I spend a lot of time listening to music from all over the world, either digging in shops or online or even just checking out the vast array of amazing other radio shows that frequent the airwaves. I just try to find records that are a bit different from what many others are playing where possible but don’t get me wrong, I bloody love a good Michael McDonald record too.
Can you tell us a little about the mix, where it was recorded and what music is on it?
It’s all vinyl if I remember, recorded in one take with a big mug of coffee, it turned out a bit like my radio show really as it starts nice and mellow and bubbles away, like one of my girlfriends nice beef stews.
We also need to mention a certain penchant you have for kebabs, tell us about that.
Oh those days are long behind me I’m afraid. I did hit it hard quite a bit in my late twenties, so much so one of the local rags employed me as their official take away reviewer. The ever growing waistline now dictates my diet a bit more so knocked all that on the head but still feel the pull of the shish every now and then.
Outside of music and DJing, what books/films/TV shows are you interested in ?
I’ve almost finished both volumes of ‘Sapiens / Homo Deus’ by Yuval Noah Harari and I can’t recommend those two books enough, they are proper mindblowing. On a TV tip I’m getting back inside the Only Fools and Horses repeats at the moment, solid.
Catch Beane and the rest of the Soul Buggin' crew on Saturday the 4th of November with Alex Barck from Jazzanova.