.ltoiy Weller, a one man iniorntation highway, gets his phacts right.
I lame? Keoki.
I Appearance? Good lookin’. full on dance den denizen with a nefarious choice in hair colouring.
I Occupation? DJ, producer, dance consultant and journalist. I Ooh, that’s a new one, a DJ who writes, tell me more. He created Project X Magazine (New York) in ’89 and has been music editor since its conception. He also writes for other organs including: Update USA. Urb and XLR8R.
I And dance consultant, haven't heard that one beiore either. Yeah, he’s been on the Billboard Dance Panel since ’91 for his innovative and progressive ear for music. He also contributes to the Billboard Dance chart.
I Innovative and progressive ear for music? He was one of the first US DJs to pick up on the acid house explosion in the 805, and was at the forefront of techno and trance in the 905.
I lley, a bit oi a mover and a shaker. Yes indeedy, his massive underground status earned him the privilege of being the first DJ to release a Superstar Journeys by DJ compilation tape in the autumn of last year. He’s also one of the special guest DJs travelling. with. Renaissance on their forthcoming tour.
I What will his wing do to us? He says that we (the UK clubber) need to be taught about music in a powerful way: f**ked up the ass and slapped around a bit.
I So he’s not too keen on the UK? He says he likes coming here because ‘I can soak up the sad Soumcss of the country: it sends home to New York snipowcrew '
“Ignything else we should know hlml Yup, his press release :sayhe ‘looks great in plastic iipantsi, so at best a'sartorial [complication and at worsta incontinence problem. plays the Tunnel as part of Renaissange tour; Saturday 10 5f
Are you really going to say he’s a bad DJ? The undisputed WBC Super Middleweight Champion oi the world iiigel Benn is now trying to master the beatmix. What started as a way oi unwinding during training and between tights three years ago has now become a major part of his liie; a venture which he believes will eventually be his permanent vocation when it comes to hanging up the gloves.
A Ilielong music lover and co-owner oi london record shop Catch-a- oroove, Benn has been training on the decks with some of the world’s top Dis: Tony Humphries, Benii Candelario and 0.! Macintosh. He claims to have more iriends in the club scene than in the boxing world, who are impressed by the amount oi time he puts into practising (never less than five hours a day he says).
it’s clear though that his career as a
1 0.1 has been accelerated because at
who he is: Joe bedroom lock wouldn’t regularly be asked to play the Ministry oi Sound bar and headline at dates nationwide after only a few years proper application but, as he says himseli, people don’t just come tor the music they come tor the name. This is a guy who says he ieels the pain oi
5 each punch that bought each brick oi
his mansion. It’s a iact that no one who’ll see him
DJ in Glasgow will ever have heard I him play beiore, yet it’s a sure bet that
iiigel Benn: on the ropes tor once
the Benn name alone will be enough to pull the crowds willing to spend £10 on a club lucky bag. (Rory Weller)
i lligel Benn plays the Tunnel on Sunday 4 June.
I Dream Sequence at Rooftops (Secrets Lounge). 10.30pm—3am. £2.50. Long- established indie night with a friendly vibe. Rooftops now sports a fab new sound system and is bigger too.
I Fresh Cream at The Volcano. 11pm—2.30am. £5 (£4 with matric card). Mellow house. garage grooves and street soul with Scott McCay.
I The Garage 10.30pm—3am. £3 (£2) lOpm—l 1pm. £4 (£3) llpm—midnight. An honest to goodness top night out with dancey sounds downstairs from Dave Ross and alternative sounds in the attic. I Knucklehead at Glasgow School of An. 10pm—late. £2.50 (includes Divine downstairs). J‘ilkes and Ha't‘ch with their uncompromising mix of new house and deep techno plus classic and contemporary Detroit tracks.
I Love Boutique at The Arches. 10pm—3am. £10 (£8). 3 June and monthly. As media interest in the club intensifies to fever pitch the Boutique just basks in the rays. Breeze from Ministry of Sound playing a harder set than usual and a live PA from Grace (Not over Yet).
I Mo’ Jazz With Attitude at The 13th Note (groundfloor). 8pm—midnight. Free. ‘The Australian eclectic Watts mix a cordon bleu selection of spicy jazz and funk foods for your feeLs and something to shake your wig to Missus'. Well if they say so . . .
I lilcos 9pm-midnight. Free. DJ Paul with hip hop, funk and rare groove.
I Playtime at The Voodoo Room. 11pm—3am. £8. Kevin McKay. Mel Barr and Stevie Sleepman relaunching Saturdays at The Voodoo. opening up the back room as Room 2 for mellower beats. keeping Room 1 as uptempo vocal garage. I Pussypower at The Arena. llpm—3.30am. £6 (£4). 3 June and fortnightly. Terry and Jason of Pussypower every other week plus guests.
Drinks Promos. 3 June. Pussypower welcome Gemini (Cajual and Relief Records) with a live DJ set. See panel. I Beds llpm—3am. £6 (£4). A packed night specialising in mainstream dance. funk. rap and house with DJ Skud and Graham. Intimate. smart and friendly. I Rhapsody llpm—3am. £7 (£5). Robin Burrows with an eclectic clubby mix. Live acts through the back.
I Shoosh! at R.G.’s. 8pm—midnight. Free.
'DJ Cristian with a house/garage pre-club
I Solar at The Queen Margaret Student Union. 9pm—2.30am. £4. 3 June only. Home grown techno with Ege Bam Yasi. Brainstorm (Pure) and a set from Benzie in the chill-out room.
I Super Saturdays at Sub Club. 10.30pm—3am. £8. The Subby enters a new era. capturing the spirit of heyday Subbing and combining it with a future spirit. Saturdays top the list with a hard house night from the outstanding Harri. Oscar and Dominic.
I Tangent at The Arena. 1 lpm-3am. £6 (£4). 10 June and fortnightly. 'Eclectic dance music from a different direction'. Drinks promos.
I Teardrops at The 13th Note (basement). 8.30pm—midnight. Free. The sounds of loneliness. melancholy and heartbreak supplied by Jason McPhail and Andy Divine.
I Triumph at The Tunnel. 10.30pm—3am. £7 (£4). One of the clubs regularly mentioned on Pete Tong. Upfront house and garage with Colin Tevendale and Stephen McCreery in Room 1. and Kevin MacFarlane with an eclectic funky set in Room 2. Dressed-up door policy. 10 June. Renaissance continue their beautifully decorated monthly residency. this time featuring Fathers of Sound. lan Ossia and Keoki plus a PA from lsha-D. 10.30pm—5am. £10 (£12). See Phactfile
on Keoki and Club competition for Renaissance give-aways.
I Wild at Cotton Club. 10.30pm—3am. £6 (£4 students). Commercial dance and pop with Craig Davis.
I Wired at Glasgow Caledonian University Student Union. 10pm—late. £3 (£2). DJ John Aldis with indie/mainstream choons.
I Bennet’s l 1pm—3am. £1. Gay. All beers and spirits £1. DJ John Frazer with commercial dance and pop.
I Boogiemania at The Attic. 10.30pm—3am. £2 (£1). DJ Graeme with a varied mix of club classics. Drinks promos.
I Blackiriars Sunday at Blackfriars Underground. Spin—midnight. 50p. R.A.D. with their usual varied vibe. ‘no strict music policy. strategy or style.‘
I Bubblelicious at Reds. l lpm—3am. £5 (£3). Club classics. disco anthems and all drinks £1 all night. Amiable smart crowd not putting too much emphasis on hitting the ﬂoor.
I buz at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut. 8pm—close. Free. 4 June and fortnightly. Two floors of upfront beats and ambient tunes from ‘the best live PAs and Dis Scotland has to offer'.
I Don’t Forget Your Handbag at Club Xchange. llpm—3am. Ms Alston with a night of high camp. men in skirts and more handbag than Watt Bros.
I Fuddrukkers at Cleopatra’s. 1().30pm—2.30am. £3 (£2 with ticket). Disco. pop and 60s party vibes from DJ Craig Davis.
I liberate Sundays at The Cut De Sac. 8pm—midnight. Free. Nigel Hayes of Bomba and Liberty City with undiluted black house and garage. Bacardi Black and Red Rock £1.20.
I lush at The Voodoo Room. llpm—3.15am. £5. Mega stars Harri and Oscar with their underground house and garage. A damn fine night for full weekend party people. All drinks £1.
I Nashville Babylon at R.G.‘s. 8pm—close. Free. 11 June and fortnightly. ‘Country-tinged rock. blues. soul. 70s classics and heavy drinking‘.
I Nicos 9pm—midnight. Free. DJ Graeme with a 70s disco cheesefest.
I Nigel Benn at The Tunnel. 10.30pm—3am. £10(£8). 4 June only. Yup. it’s the satne Nigel Benn. slipping off the gloves and hitting the decks. Joined by Paul Bleasdale from Cream and Tunnel residents Simon Foy and Steven McCreery. See panel.
I Rock City at The Cathouse. 10.30pm—3am. £2 (£1.50). Rock from the 70s to the present.
I Sonora at The 13th Note. 8pm-midnight. Donations (£1) on the door. cushions on the ﬂoor. Excursions into ambience and the occasional glance at other related activities. Look out for the cream of avant garde bands live.
I Songs of Praise at The Volcano.
l lpm—2.30am. £3 (£2). Popular weekend end slot with ‘pre-roast blessings' and ‘fun' music.
I Sunday Service at Maxaluna. 8.30pm—midnight. Free. A new pre-club with an ecclesiastical bent. Heavenly decor (drapes and candelight) plus funk and rap ‘hymns‘ from Ali C ‘the monk of funk‘. Lordy me! Sinfully cheap drinks. I Thirsty Dog at R.G.'s. 8pm—close. Free. 4 June and fortnightly. 'An alternative Sunday on alternate Sundays'. Old punk and indie.
I Unity Reggae Club at The Venue. 10.30pm—late. £2. Every Sunday and Thursday. Reggae. ragga and dub ‘Strictly dancehall'.
I Yellow Submarine at Fury Murry's. llpm—3am. £3. All spirits plus mixer 99p. Spanking new club night ‘a soundtrack of modern pop and dance for the disco generation'.
N The List 2-15 Jun 1995