DjHistoryMay 18, 2023
DjHistory Podcast - Steve "Silk" Hurley (DJH011)
Steve Silk Hurley is one of the founding fathers of Chicago house. His surprise hit hit in 1987, Jack Your Body, was the first house track to hit #1 in the pop charts and announced his arrival as a major talent. In this wide-ranging interview he recalls sneaking out of the house to go to parties, breaking his father’s strict curfew, makes a claim for his version of ‘I Can’t Turn Around’ being the first house track ever made and tells the story of how Farley Jackmaster Funk’s hit version was an idea originally stolen from him.
DjHistory Podcast - Monica Lynch (DJH010)
Hip hop pioneer Monica Lynch was the seminal rap label Tommy Boy’s first employee in 1981, where she went on to spend nearly two decades (much of it as president), signing De La Soul, Digital Underground, Stetsasonic and RuPaul, to name a few. In this full interview, she talks about the birth of hip hop, plus her time as a radio presenter, hustle dancer, and topless performer in Times Square. Quite a life, for a middle class gal from Chicago.
DjHistory Podcast - Yuksek (DJH009)
Soundtrack composer, DJ and record producer Yuksek is a busy guy. Over from his native France for a show in London to coincide with his latest album, Dance’O’Drome, we talked about his many aliases, inspirations and the difference between composing for movies and making dance tracks.
DJ History Podcast - Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy (DJH008)
Broadcaster, club DJ, compiler, Loft baby and founder of Classic Album Sundays. Colleen Cosmo Murphy is all of these things. We chat with her about all of the above (and then some).
DJ History Podcast - Simon Dunmore (DJH007)
We’re honoured to have music industry grandee and veteran DJ, Simon Dunmore, who recently stepped down from Defected. We quiz him on his rockabilly, jazz-funk, house music all life long and what the hell he’s planning now he’s no longer got a day job.
DJ History Podcast - Charlie Dark (DJH006)
Charlie Dark is an instigator. Whether it's via his band Attica Blues, ICA night Blacktronica, or even his running club Run Dem Crew (which he describes as a "warehouse party that moves"), Dark has an opinion on everything. So it was a pleasure to catch up with someone who has thought long and hard about what we DJs do and how we do it. There are few people in dance music who use their voice as often and as wisely as Dark.
DJ History Podcast - Jyoty (DJH005)
Jyoty is one of the breakout DJ stars of the past few years. Her career exploded after her debut Boiler Room performance (now on over 2 Million streams) and her latest live show, at Koko, sold out in three minutes. We talked to her about her Punjabi-Dutch heritage, her smart use of social media, doing gigs before she even knew how to work the CDJs and her relentless determination.
DJ History Podcast - Gerd Janson (DJH004)
Long-time buddy of DjHistory, Gerd Janson, is this month’s podcast guest. We caught up him during one of his regular jaunts to the UK (this time at Night Tales) to talk in detail about his career and inspirations, with an in-depth discussion on the history of German house music and he influence of clubs like the Front, Dorian Gray and Robert Johnson, where Janson first made his name. Other gear for your ears this month, we’ve got another classic Mystery Mix, this time from Mark Seven, the enigmatic British digging genius who’s now ensconced in darkest Scandinavia (all the better for finding unheard records by the Bjørns, Doris’s and Ragnars of the world).
DJ History Podcast - Danielle Moore (DJH003)
"Performing is everything," says Danielle Moore, and you can tell when she's on stage. The Crazy P front-woman is one of the most cherished and acclaimed vocalists in live music. When she is on stage at the likes of The Big Chill, Bestival, XOYO or Wilde Renate, belting out all manner of catchy cosmic sounds, you cannot fail to be captivated by her energy and style. "When I'm performing I feel like I've stepped into my alter ego and am able to take on any mood. It's very empowering to become detached from my own slightly vulnerable self." It is that charming confidence and that unique exchange of energy with the crowd which makes her every performance an utter thrill.
DJ History Podcast - Luke Unabomber (DJH002)
The Northern powerhouse is assured as east squares off against west in the latest DjH podcast. With Bill Brewster in the Grimsby fishwives corner interviewing special guest Luke Una via the M62 from Manchester. Luke is the renowned Balearic eclecticist and A-level forager, known for his sideswipe rants to camera, his discursive Worldwide FM radio show, and as the co-founder of Manc institutions Electric Chair, Electric Elephant and Homoelectric.
DJ History Podcast - Dimitri From Paris (DJH001)
A new podcast from Bill Brewster's legendary DJ History podcast each month with some of the best names in music. This month Bill is joined by French producer Dimitri from Paris.