It’s 2018!

How did that happen!?

Well, news is – the radio show is on hold for the time being. If you’ve been tuning in recently, that wasn’t me… Black Wax Radio will live for a while as 29 streamable shows via Mixcloud. Thanks to everyone for supporting that venture. It’s not over, it’s just on the shelf for a bit.

Reason being – I’ve got a few other bits I’m working on and time is always running out. So, here’s what’s happening…

Saturday 20th January @ Phoenix Live (Harlow). I’ll be hosting a night of record spinnin’ with punk poetry duo Cherry & Peesh playing live. Full details are on the Facebook page but in short, it’s a chance to get out and get together, support some local art and listen to some cool music!

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Friday 2nd February @ Club Foot (Harlow) – I’m on bass duties with the legendary Eddie & The Hot Rods! It’s a special show for Independent Venue Week. I was just excited to be putting the show on, let alone playing it!
A pretty important show as it’ll mark 1 year since the closure of The Square (venue in Harlow) and Eddie & The Hot Rods were the last band to ever play at that venue.
Full details and ticket link is on the Facebook page, or go straight to the venue’s website here.

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Friday 9th March @ Phoenix Live (Harlow). Another night of record spinnin’ but this time we have Brandy Row playing live – rescheduled from the snowed off show in December. This one’s Free Entry as it’s being supported by the Harlow Is 70 campaign. Full details on the Facebook page.

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That’s a lot to take in for now, so get it all in your diaries and tell your friends, make plans and enhance your life.

More coming soon!

BW x

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Black Wax live at Wolfson College June Event ’17

On Friday night I was invited to spin some records at Wolfson College, Cambridge Uni, as part of their June Event. Also on the bill were The Subways, who played at the same time as me… so I played records for the bar staff and the photographer. Great times!

It was a funky soulful affair and you can hear it here!

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Track list –

  • 1 California Soul by Marlena Shaw
  • 2 Soul Time by Shirley Ellis
  • 3 Papas Got A Brand New Bag by The Funktified Enforcers
  • 4 Blow Up by The James Taylor Quartet
  • 5 This Girl by Cookin’ On 3 Burners
  • 6 Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder
  • 7 Lady Day And John Coltrane by Gil Scott Heron
  • 8 Cissy Strut by The Meters
  • 9 Mean Man by Betty Harris
  • 10 Cut Ya Down by Eli Paperboy Reed
  • 11 Express Yourself by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
  • 12 I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor by Baby Charles
  • 13 It’s A Shame by The Detroit Spinners
  • 14 Fever by Patti Drew
  • 15 Hit The Road Jack by Helen Reddy
  • 16 (Sitting On The) Dock Of The Bay by Peggy Lee

Vinyl Junkies June

On Thursday, after voting,  I went to The Herald pub for their monthly ‘Vinyl Junkies’ open decks night. I was great to see that the night has grown since I last went, and there were more people signed up to spin their records. Again it was a real mix of musical styles and everyone was very welcoming and appreciative of each others’ passion. Vinyl Junkies takes place on the second Thursday of each month at The Herald, Broadly Road, Harlow.

Here’s what I played –

The Stooges – TV Eye
Wilson Picket – Born To Be Wild
Dead Boys – Sonic Reducer
The Nerves – Hanging On The Telephone
The Who – I Can’t Explain
Small Faces – Grow Your Own
Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings – This Land Is Your Land
Aaron Neville – Hercules
T Rex – Children Of The Revolution
Newtown Neurotics – Kick Out The Tories

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Open Decks

Went to the Herald pub in Harlow this eve for their ‘Vinyl Junkies’ open decks night. 

Didn’t really know what to expect, but I knew it was a musically open minded pub so packed a small box of mixed records.

Not a busy night by any means but it’s only the second one they’ve done so word will hopefully spread. I played around 40 mins. Was unsure of what would go down well but then one of the good things about a small crowd is that there are less people to impress. 

It was a fun night and all the DJs were different, will try and get to the next one if I can though I think the idea of having a theme is a good one so they can pull an audience who are into what’s on. It seemed a bit like DJ club, bring your girl (or boy) friend along. 

Anyhow, here’s what I played:

The Stooges – Now I Wanna Be Your Dog

Funkadelic – Hit It and Quit It 

Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed – Cut Ya Down

Ripple – I Don’t Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky

Betty Harris – Mean Man

Black Heat – Drive My Car

Detroit Cobras – Cha Cha Twist

Imperial State Electric – (Why Don’t You) Leave It Alone

Them – Baby Please Don’t Go

The Seeds – Can’t Seem To Make You Mine

Randy & The Rainbows – Denise

The Standells – Dirty Water

James Brown – Cold Sweat Part 1

Night Trains – No More Heroes 

Stevie Wonder – Don’t You Worry Bout A Thing 

Pama International – Heatwave