Arguably one of the most versatile DJ’s in the South of England who has demonstrated versatility and diversity playing to a wide audience both in clubs in the UK, Europe and Radio (Reading 107fm during it’s pilot).
The journey started at PANELS WINEBAR in May 1987 with a night called SOLID FUNK, which was at the time the name of his brother’s sound system that hosted parties during the 80’s and Deano tagged along as an under aged groupie! The night became popular in a short space of time and enticed the owner of nearby NINOS WINEBAR to approach Deano and offer him a Friday night slot at this well established 250 capacity bar in Reading.
Deano soon took up residency on Saturdays drawing in big crowds with a diverse upfront selection of dance music, including tracks from Adeva, Ten City and softer soul from Joy Simms and Loose Ends.
After a Wild New Years Eve gig at CARTOONS BAR /CLUB in Reading in 1987/88, the management asked Deano to recreate this atmosphere fortnightly on Thursdays. This smaller cosier club always exceeded its official 200 capacity as Deano’s following quickly grew and THE OUTRAGE CLUB was born.
Deano followed his succesful stint at Cartoons with a storming 3 year residency at Bukowski's in Reading town centre during which time he hosted a successful 1400—1600 Soul and dance show on “Downtown Radio” a pirate station based in Berkshire for one year.
A new 700 capacity club had opened close by in Reading called WHISPERS and Deano was again approached by the management to continue his night but this was renamed as “SOUL SAUCE”. Here Deano teamed up with more well known DJ’s like Trevor Nelson, Daddy Bug (then of Kiss FM) and Tim Westwood. To create a promising R&B/Hip-hop night. This ran for one year before the club was closed down in 1994 Due to bankruptcy.
In mid 1995 a new night was established by a friend and promoter at THE HOLY RUMES, but soon relocated to the ALLEYCAT LIVE (a 1000 capacity club) in Reading called “THE IDEAL HOUSE EXHIBITION” where Deano became one of the resident DJ’s. Its Subsidiary nights were at the BASS Breweries bar EDWARDS, where Deano was also a resident on Thursdays “INTERLECT”, playing Soul, Jazz, Funk and Disco. On Saturdays, “ONE SIZE FITS ALL”, Deano played Soulful House and Disco. THE IDEAL HOUSE EXHIBITION soon became one of the South’s most talked about & exiting House music nights. Here Deano hosted alongside some of the house music scenes biggest names including Paul Trouble Anderson, Bobby and Steve, Rude boy Rupert, 95 North and the legendary Marshall Jefferson.
Along the way, Deano has played in various parts of the country and abroad including Gran Canaria, Kos, and Tenerife. In the UK, he has played at THE ADRENALIN VILLAGE (A Philip Salon promotion, London), THE SUBTERRANIA (LONDON), THE FLAMINGO (Hanover Street, London, MEZZO (Wardour Street London) THE MATRIX (Reading), RG1 (Reading). THE AFTER DARK (Reading) to name only a few.
Between 2000-2002, Deano was a resident at PO NA NA Reading’s FEZ CLUB for 2 storming years at this 1000 capacity souk club. Initially, 52ND STATE was well received by crowds from all over the south of England as the music policy was strictly Soulful U.S. House music. The guest DJ’s on rotation were MONEYPENNY’S ANDY WARD, PATRICK SMOOVE, DELI G, and SIMON OWEN. From SOUL HEAVEN/ZOO PROMOTIONS were BOBBY & STEVE, CHRISSY T, CRAIG BARTLETT, and RUDEBOY RUPERT.
In 2002, Deano sought a well deserved break to spend time in the early stages of parenthood with his family until 2005, when he was back with his next musical conquest at the PLUG AND PLAY in Reading where "Gold Dust" was born. This was a night that went went back to basics with real DJ’s playing real Soulful music past and present, twice yearly for an over 25’s crowd at various locations in the south East of England. This is a musical journey from the 70’s right through to today. Any Soul, Funk or Hip-hop classic can be heard and it takes you through to the here and now.......
His musical journey now continues weekly on Gold Dust Radio.
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Born and raised on the mean streets of South London, Funky B, AKA Andrew Bowen started his musical journey when he was 14, when he discovered inner London Pirate radio stations such as Kiss FM, Horizon FM and Solar Radio to name a few, listening to the best local and International RnB of its time, it was at this moment that Funky B knew he wanted to be part of 'The Scene'.
Funky B first became interested in RnB, UKG, Jungle, Hip Hop and Soulful House music in early nineties. As a young man he spent most of his free time clubbing at club YOYO listening to the musical talents of Trevor Mad Hatter Nelson, and was a frequent visitor to the Pig in Holborn, Bar Rhumba, Corks and the Fridge Bar in Brixton. It wasn't until the creation of 1xtra and the radio show of Treble T and Mike Anthony which was a great influence and inspiration, that Andy finally decided it was time to invest in the music that he enjoyed so much and start his path learning the skill of music selection and the Art of playing to the crowd.
Funky B did various warm up sets in local bars before taking the plunge and creating his own small events in london and basingstoke ranging from Cottons in Islington to Censos and The Tea Bar in basingstoke and has also had guest slots on the Mr Cool radio show on release FM.
A large portion of his time has been spent doing private events and party's, but he still finds time to keep active in mixcloud, giving fans of his musical style the opportunity to experience his unique mixing signature.
Funky B is a determined and driven guy who has a diverse taste in modern and Old school flavours, he likes to combine the Old and the new in exciting and original ways, and is happiest when the room is rocking hard and the crowd says "REWIND"
Suffice to say, this is the beginning of his journey, he is only getting warmed up and we should be expecting big things from Funky B in 2013.
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For the people out there that know Timi on a personal level I'm sure you'll agree that there simply aren't enough words to describe the boy wonder that is 'Mr Backspin'.
Timi was born and raised in the cultural and artistic explosion that is Reading and being of West Indian origin, he was surrounded by music. Most of his childhood
years consisted of listening to his dad & Mum playing the music while he danced along to the beat. From an
early age he always knew he loved music & wanted to be a dancer and his passion for it just kept growing.
Timi started off as a dancer when he was just 13 with one of the pioneers of British Hip Hop music, The She Rockers and has since performed and taught dance to many people along his journey.
It was the Rock Steady Crew who inspired Timi to take his dancing more seriously and to another level where he reinvented own trademark 'Funky Charleston and Kick
Step' dance moves. His main inspiration as a dancer and all-time favourites were Michael
Jackson, Ken Swift, and Big Daddy Kane's Scoob & Scrap, he soon performed with some of these acts whilst touring the UK and Europe: She Rockers, Public Enemy, KRS One, Cassius Henry, The Honeyz, De La Soul & R-Kelly.
Along the way, he has had ample TV exposure dancing in music videos for Cassius Henry, She Rockers, Lonyo, and The Resistance to name just a few.
In recent years Timi's passion for music and dance has led to him Djing in the South East at a various bars and specialist music events playing R&B, Hip-Hop, Old
Skool Soul, and Ragga. He provides a fresh and exciting angle on UK music and is ready to take
his journey to yet another level into the World of Gold Dust Radio!
DJ Fennygan’s journey into music began at the tender age of just 14 playing Soul music. He used to go to house parties with a bag full of records playing music and even made it home for 11pm, alwayskeeping on the right side of his mum!
At age 16 he joined “Sir Graphics Sound System”, playing Reggae music and dub plates, travelling up and down the country . In 1989, Sir Graphics sound system broke up, and from this “Luv Unlimited Sound“ was born. The style of music played then changed to R ‘n’ B, Slow Jams and 80’s Groove.
Luv Unlimited took up residency at The Wall Nightclub in Southampton which achieved great success, and lead to them making guest appearances at Soul Revival events and nightclubs around Bournemouth.
DJ Fennygan moved from Reading to Southampton in the mid 90’s and Luv Unlimited went from strength to strength, by taking up a residency in the Afro-Caribbean Centre. At the beginning of the new millennium he became part of the management staff at the Afro-Caribbean Centre, managing events and promoting many shows including Janet Kay, Trevor Sax, Robbo Ranx, Craig David and Deadly Hunter to name but a few.
As in his younger years, he is now playing more Soul, Rare Groove, & Jazz Funk, and blending it with Classic Reggae & Lovers Rock. His main aim is to provide entertainment for the mature raver wherever it maybe. Music that brings a feel good factor and no bad attitudes, just Peace and Love…..
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DJ PRONE (Andrew Sedman) PRONE stepped onto the scene back in 1983 primarily as a first generation UK B.Boy, Scratch DJ, Beat Digger, Hip Hop producer and graffiti artist. His initial weapons of choice were two battered BSR decks, a Tandy mixer and a double cassette deck from which he used to create break loops. The first sets started down at the school youth club where he would spin on the wheels and on his back with his old
B-Boy crew 'Circuit Rock'.
In 1986 he made his first public appearance at a Hip Hop Alliance Jam alongside 'The Syndicut' with DJ Fingers, Crazy Noddy, Daddy Speedo and 2000AD cutting breaks. Prone reflects "I remember waiting to go up in front of this packed venue with a couple of copies of Chic Good Times and Feeling James under my arm, when I got behind the 1200s and GLI mixer I was shaking like a s***ting dog but managed to rock the crowd with much encouragement from the other DJs".
This really kicked things off and Prone was beginning to appear all numbers of Jams
around Surrey in the UK. In 1987 he put on his first Jam in Frimley with friends called 'Funki Junction' which was a huge success and later became a name for his DJ Crew. The same year Prone stumbled across Reading Crew 'Fresh Connection' (later Sparks) who reached out and introduced him to the Reading Scene where Prone started to grace many more jams such as After Dark and even Basingstoke Caribbean Club. "There was a lot of excitement and sometimes rivalry in those early days but it was all good and fresh to me, it was all love at the end of the day and on many occasions I crossed paths with some of
the Gold Dust DJ''s"
In 1989 Prone hosted the Hip Hop show on Woking's ill-fated 'Infinity FM' which was such a blast while it lasted. Much later on in 2002, Prone started Radio again on London's GFR (Global Funk Radio) where he hosted 'The Scratch and Sniff Show', and in 2004 he also played on Shoreditch based 'Bounce FM' where he hosted 'Prone's B.Boy Document'
Over the years Prone became a very successful DJ broadening his musical knowledge
and opening up for a range of legends such as Roy Ayers , Gwen McCrae, Dougie Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, The Crusaders, Brand Nubian, Jurassic 5, Amp Fiddler, Souls of Mischief, Charlie Chase, Tom Brown, Aesop Rock, Company Flow, The Pharsyde, Qbert, Craze.. to name drop a few and believe me the list goes on and on to the break of dawn.
Over the years Prone has played at most of the leading London venues/clubs including
the classics such as The Wag, The End, Scala, Thekla, Mean Fiddler and also at events
in Lithuania and Slovenia etc.
Whilst also promoting club nights, Prone's 'The Breaks' residency at the After Dark in eading, attracted acts from the US such as Jurassic 5, and other raw UK talent
stage. This night was also featured on ITV and club of the month in SKY and Mix
Mag in the early 90's. Prone was also a resident DJ and co/organiser of the Legendary Dedbeat Weekender, around 2001 attracting other big named artists.
Prone is also a musician and producer, currently the percussionist for one of the UK's
tightest Funk and Soul bands- 'Funkshone' (Skyline Recordings). Funkshone's latest LP '2' sold out on Amazon on the day of its release taking the LP to number 1 in the Amazon Funk Soul and RnB Charts selling out in HMV two days later. Funkshone's first single 'Purification' was recently remixed by Kenny Dope (Masters at Work) and released on a Kay Dee 45. Funkshone have headlined a number of top venues such as Camden's Jazz Café , 333 Club, Queens Elizabeth's Hall (Embankment) and have also recently supported legends Fred Wesley & The New J.Bs, The Blackbyrds and James Brown's one and only 'Martha High'. Funkshone have also worked with BBC 6 Craig Charles (Red Dwarf, Corrie etc) as well as gigging extensively in Europe.
As a producer Prone has worked with a wide range artists from the USA (such as Subkrew) , UK and Canada recordings of which have been released on various compilations as well as his own vinyl LP 'Prone Breaks' (Second to None Records) which sold worldwide in 2003.
Prone has also been working on his own Neo Soul project 'Soundationz' which is still very much in development but getting some airplay. Be sure to listen out for Funkshone exclusives on Prone's Vinyl Destination on Gold Dust Radio to be taken to place where other music cannot reach......
Catch Prone's "Vinyl Destination" Show Sundays 7pm-9pm GMT
Travis Blake - 'Reflections'
“Some of my earliest memories are about music, listening to my Mum & Dad’s records when I was a kid, we had no telly so it was music, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Supremes and The Beach Boys……it’s my passion!”
A youth of the late 70’s and growing up in the 80’s Travis was gripped by the Mod Revival and Two Tone movement of that era, the kids had once again found music and style that belonged to them. This opened up a whole world of discovery, slowly linking together the chain connecting blues, R’n’B and Soul.
Having spent time in bands, playing guitar and singing, Travis started Djing around Reading as one half of the High45, establishing a regular slot a Café Iguana in the 90’s, playing 60’s Soul, Garage, R’n’B and Easy.
A move to Worcester in 2001 saw Travis playing some of the local bars and also a bit of Artist Management helping Robinson, a young singer songwriter, down the path to better things.
And now a show on Gold Dust Radio, looking back through your Mum and Dad’s record collection (or even your Nan & Granddad’s) playing 60’s & 70’s Soul, Blues, R’n’B and later tunes and Artists that look back to these records for inspiration, that’s Reflections!
Catch his show 8-10pm GMT every Wednesday on Gold Dust Radio.
My love for music started when I walked into a record shop to buy “Winter in America” by Gil Scott Heron as the main track “The Bottle” was only available on that album at that time and it is still one of my favourite tunes ever. The year was 1974 and I was 12 years old and what I remember most, was getting the record home and realising I needed to buy a decent turntable to play it on, which of course, I never had until a few years later! I carried on buying records and building my collection which was based around Neo Soul, Funk and later on Hip-Hop. It wasn't until 1982 when I brought my first pair of Technics 1200s and the rest as they say is history…..
Since then my love for music has remained and my DJ career has flourished, and like most old school DJs, playing music comes from the heart. I still have a fantastic collection of vinyl which I love to share and have been a DJ professionally since around 1982 moving with the times, and in 1993, I was introduced to a variable speed CD player which did not impress me although I was impressed with the sound quality. I was also impressed with the technology which became more readily accessible and gave me the ability to create my own music/mixes although I still love my vinyl! Still moving with the times, I have embraced newer technology and am now playing music off a digital format purely for transportation purposes….
I have played at numerous venues and events in the UK, which has given me a good feel for people's tastes and have done thousands of parties over my 35 year DJ career. In recent years, I made the transition to broadcasting on Radio with the local Berkshire based station, Release FM. It has been a steep and emotional learning curve making the transition from being a club DJ to a radio presenter as it not as simple as you think! It’s not just about playing music it's about the art of conversation and engaging with the listeners in real-time. With my wealth of Radio experience, I am now really looking forward to the exciting challenge of joining the Gold dust Radio family with this great bunch DJs that have varied tastes, versatility and many different DJ styles. Also really looking forward to playing my take on Soul, Funk, Jazz, RnB & Hip-Hop to the huge cross section of Gold Dust Radio listeners.
Catch my show “The Sunday Soul Session” weekly from 10am-12 GMT
DJ K Vibez A.K.A Kenny Vibez has always had a interest in music. His early musical influences were New Jack Swing & Hip Hop due to him spending most of the 80’s and early 90’s living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Once Kenny moved back to the UK he still continued to follow RnB & Hip Hop and used to listen to Westwood, Choice & Kiss Fm. He used to be a regular fixture at the infamous RG1’s Nightclub, formerly known as Washington Heights, dancing & bubbling to the sounds of local Reading DJ's Pete Precise & Roy D Boy Williams.
When he needed that change of scenery he would travel as far a field as London to hit up Starlight In Paddington or The Venue in Poole Dorset. He was then introduced to what was then called rave music by an old college pal, and then later being taken to his first rave at the infamous Q Club in Birmingham.
Kenny’s eyes were opened to a whole new scene where people in the rave were not pre occupied with how they looked or how they were dancing. It was literally all about the music & vibes.
1993 Kenny had caught the Jungle DnB bug and was going to events like World Dance, Roast, One Nation & Voodoo Magic. Also going to clubs like Lazerdrome Peckham Rye, & Awol @ Paradise club Islington.
In latter part of the nineties, early Y2k the music then became a little bit darker and technical and the musical influence’s which he fell in love with i.e. soul, reggae & hip hop started to appear a lot less in the tracks being played in clubs.
Kenny was introduced to UKG round about 1996 and would regularly be purchasing the La Cosa Nostra & Sun City tape packs. The first time Kenny actually heard a UKG live was at a club called Cookies & Cream and he was lucky enough to be their on a night when HLC Heartless Crew were on the line up, and they didn’t disappoint.
Over the years he has been able to collect a very large catalogue of music from the above mentioned genres, but has always had the urge to actually be on the other side of the DJ booth as it were, and share some of the music and create the vibes, which he loved so much.
Having now played at events such as Back 2 Love – in Reading, and being a resident DJ for “Exquisite” he has been given the opportunity to try and share some of those vibes through his music on Gold Dust Radio by taking you back to those days, but still staying touch with the here and now.
The show aims to bring you the raw elements and club feel right to your home every Tuesday night and will be hosted by Kenny with his crew including DJ's Killah Kutz and DJ Clarity.
Kenny’s show will consist of tracks which are predominately bass influenced i.e. UK Garage, House (all spectrums), Grime, Jungle, and Drum & Bass. There will also be shades of New Jack Swing, RnB and Hip Hop, with a flexible interactive style, so anything may roll for the listeners.
The show will also have special guest DJ’s & MC’s from all over the UK, so there will always be variety, energy and fun on your Tuesday nights which will never be the same again!!