I’ve been a DJ for a long time now (30+ years) although I’ve had a love of music for as long as I can remember.

I started out in my teens at a Youth club in March 1987 doing the weekly disco on a Friday evening.

The record decks I first used at the youth centre looked like this.

Old Record decks

It’s been a fun ride along the way even if it hasn’t always been plain sailing…

How many venues have I worked at? Now there’s a damn good question!

This is a list of some of the places I’ve been a DJ at in my time.

1) Bottesford Youth Centre – Scunthorpe
2) Riddings Youth Centre – Scunthorpe
3) RAOB Club – Ashby – Scunthorpe
4) Ashby Cons Club – Ashby – Scunthorpe
5) The Brumby Hotel – Scunthorpe (Demolished)
6) The Greyhound/Route 73 – North London (Greyhound now flats)
7) The Outpost – Manchester (Demolished)

 
The majority of my Compare/DJ work was usually “Unpaid” I did it for the love of it.

I got beer tickets at Ashby Cons Club where I did the Friday night private parties and Saturday nights MC bringing the acts on/off stage etc…

I spent many a happy night over the years playing different venues and spinning the tunes for peoples birthdays/anniversaries/weddings (Even Funerals)

I never seemed to get a chance at doing much DJ work when I lived in London just the stints at The Greyhound and Route73 which were both in North London.

The worst venue? Had to be The Father Redcap Camberwell London in 1998 (Not listed for a reason)

“I offered to fill in for one of the DJ’s who wanted a night off. I showed up to the pub to start doing the gig & the manager stitched me up like a kipper by hiding the record player styluses meaning I couldn’t do the gig! (How very grown up?)”

 
I wasn’t best pleased as you can probably imagine…

Refused to drink in there for a while as a protest until they put new managers in.

A few years later I did a Sunday night 80s disco in Manchester which didn’t last that long due to lack of Interest from punters.

In 2007 I moved back to Scunthorpe from Manchester to be nearer family.

Went back to do more discos and MC work for Ashby Cons Club. I’d had breaks from it previously in the 1990s to work away in London.

I ended up quitting after my third stint on the committee in 2008 due to family commitments.

It seems strange looking back on it now… most of the venues have either closed to make way for flats or have long since been demolished. The Youth clubs certainly aren’t what they once were either.

The one thing I don’t miss is having to lug crates of Vinyl around that’s one of the root causes of my spondylolysis not lifting properly! The curse of most DJ’s back in the day was getting a bad back from carrying (heavy) equipment from the van into the venue.

Would I go back and do DJ work at any of the venues? Probably not I’ve now retired from DJ work.

I’d do a gig again (If the price was right) but would have to give it great thought before I said yes.

Last updated on: October 30th, 2017
at 12:57 PM Europe/London

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