12.1

At long last I got to play the gig that I have been waiting for and really looking forward to in the Bernard Shaw Sunday evening.

I must admit I was pretty nervous in the days leading up to the gig. The usual questions like, ‘what will I play?’, ‘what vibe will I set?’, ‘will this sound good?’ circulated in my thoughts. My anxiousness was increased by the fact that I was going to be playing in front of some other DJs and a very discerning audience. People who know music. That’s the clientele that the Bernard Shaw attracts.

In an effort to show my eagerness, I arrived at the pub early. Really early. I was due to start playing a three hour set at 6:00 and I got there at 5. Perhaps that was a bit too keen but I was able to meet the lads and settle in a bit before I started playing.

The gear was set up. Everything was plugged in. I was ready to go. I had decided on my first tune, ‘Sure Thing’ by St Germain, on Saturday. The first song is really important and I always stress over what it will be. I chose ‘Sure Thing’ because I thought it would suit the bar and let the crowd know that I meant business. I also chose it because it was the very first song I played at my very first gig nearly six years ago. It worked. People walking around the bar were nodding their heads and a couple even came on to the floor and danced.

After that I just tried to keep the momentum going and followed the axiom ‘all killer, no filler’. Lounge, Hip-Hop, Alternative, Disco, Funk and House were what I chose. There was also a little ‘Madchester’ set thrown in for all the people who remember Baggy times. The response was great. People danced. I got some requests and lots of thumbs up. The bar man was nodding his head and pumping his fist in the air all evening. It was a lot of fun.

I’m not sure when I will be able to play another gig there but I look forward to when I can.

The tunes I played were:

01. Sure Thing – St Germain
02. Montego Slay – People Under The Stairs
03. Can I Kick It? – A Tribe Called Quest
04. Barcelone – Tommy Hools
05. Talkin’ Loud And Saying Nothing – James Brown
06. Fifth Circuit Rapture – Harvey Lindo
07. Electric Feel – MGMT
08. Hide Me (Al Usher Dance Remix) – Grandadbob
09. The Child – Alex Gopher
10. Exploration – Karminsky Experience
11. Who’s Got The Bacon – Howie B
12. Smokey Joe’s La La – Googie Rene
13. Da Da Da (I Don’t Love You) – Trio
14. Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads
15. Emotional Rescue – The Rolling Stones
16. You’re Just The Right Size – The Salsoul Orchestra
17. Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead
18. Got To Be Real (12″ Version) – Cheryl Lynn
19. Melting Pot – Booker T & The MGs
20. Double Dutch Bus – Frankie Smith
21. Bad Luck – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
22. Ironside – Jackie Mittoo & Sound Dimension
23. 54-46 (Was My Number) – Toots & The Maytals
24. The Guns Of Brixton – The Clash
25. Dub Be Good To Me (Norman Cook Excursion In The Version) – Beats International
26. Waterfall (Justin Robertson’s Mix) – Stone Roses
27. 96 Tears – Inspiral Carpets
28. Groovy Train – The Farm
29. Groove Is In The Heart (12″ Version) – Dee-Lite
30. Mr Wendal (Perfecto Mix) – Arrested Development
31. Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder
32. Finally (Original Version) – Kings Of Tomorrow
33. Tracey In My Room – Everything But The Girl vs Soul Vision
34. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics
35. Cars – Gary Numan
36. Superstylin’ (Discotek Mix) – Groove Armada
37. Release Your Mind (Phonicfood’s Deep Tune Mix) – Syke ‘n’ Sugarstar
38. See It Thru (Machomovers Remix) – Chubby Dubz
39. One More Time (Club Mix) – Daft Punk
40. Going Back To My Roots – Richie Havens
41. City Streets – Basil
42. Clapz (Slope Remix) – Studio R ft Mocky
43. Eye Know – De La Soul
44. I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (12″ Mix) – Hall & Oates
45. Rapture Riders (Single Edit) – Blondie vs The Doors
46. Heart Of Glass – Blondie
47. Medecine (Kraak & Smaak Mix) – Mark Rae
48. Looking For Love (Kevin Yost’s Fate’s Calling Mix) – Karen Ramirez
49. Surrender – Petalpusher
50. Get Down (Saturday Night) (Phonicfood Remix) – Discorados

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