Lives Glasgow, where he‘s just bought his own ﬂat
Occupation House music fanatic, boss of Glasgow Underground Recordings. occasional guest DJ in UK and Europe, one half (together with Andy Carrick) of the Musique Tropique production and remix duo, record reviewer for Muzik Magazine and Update, sometime club promoter.
Main inﬂuences The city of Glasgow; house music from New York, Detroit and Chicago, in particular that of Larry Levan, Roger Sanchez, Derrick May and Larry Heard.
Previous form McKay grew up living between Largs and Glasgow. In 1989, [he found himself at The Sub Club in Glasgow where he discovered house. He started Dling at Strathcylde University Union, moving on to hold residencies at The Tunnel, The Voodoo Rooms and later Yip Yap in Edinburgh. Turning Point In 1994. McKay set up deep house label Musique Tropique on which he later put out eight singles. He then did a single as Glasgow Underground for lus Trax before launching a new imprint with the same name. Glasgow Underground Recordings has since unleashed fourteen releases. McKay and Carrick have also done remixes for, amongst others, 168, House Of 909 and Two Lone Swordsman. Last year also saw the release of the Musique Tropique Collection, a double album which featured some of the best Musique Tropique catalogue being remixed by the cream of the US and UK deep house producers.
Current Status Glasgow Underground now enjoys international recognition as far afield as Russia, Australia, France and Portugal. There are several singles in the pipeline, including ones from Musique TrOpique and Manchester's Alex Moan. McKay and Caran are also remixing Larry Heard for Distance Records and possibly Working with Romanthony, though this is yet to be confirmed.
Career highlights Bringing premier league American 035 like Deep Dish, Francois Kevorkian and Roger Sanchez to small venues in Glasgow for the Kensitas Klub Club events.
Future plans To develop Musique Tropique as a live act.
I Kevin McKay guests at the launch of Triptonite 11, The Honeycomb, - Edinburgh on Fri 20 Feb.
Appearance Tall, fresh.faced. rosy- cheeked
72 TIIE LIST 20 Feb-S Mar 1998
CLUB LISTINGS continued
inimitable DJ Tchico. one of the hottest clubs of its type in the city. All proceeds to the Scottish Cuban Solidarity Campaign.
I Cool Lemon at The Arches.
l lpm—4am. £10 £8. 21 Feb and monthly. David Holmes was all set to play tonight. but got himself tied up in the studio twiddling knobs. Never fear though. because L.A. Williams (Chicago) who was one of Cool Lemon's top guests last year is back in town for a repeat performance joining the Cool Lemon top class residents Paterson and Price.
I Cul De Sac Cul De Sac Bar. 9—1 1pm. Free. Spin-back king lint Hutchison from Teknotis with hard house and techno. Drinks promos.
I Divine at Glasgow School OfArt (downstairs). 10pm—late. £3.50 (£2.50 Glasgow School OfArt students). Andrew Divine and Hush Puppy with Northern soul. Hammond grooves. bubblegum pop. wah wah funk. rnoog power and chemical breakbeats.
I Edwards at Edwards. 8pm—midnight. Free. Brian McGarry with commercial garage and house.
I Easy Street at CCA Cafe Bar. 9.30pm—midnight. Free. DJ Gordort Allan with a house/dubby pre-club.
I Free Form at The 13th Note Club. lOpm—3am. £3 (free before 1 1pm). Steven and Paul Watt with two floors of soul. Latin. jazz and funk. Note that the 13th Note has now moved to Clyde Stree and is 0 en as a bar frorn 8pm.
I Full (in at Tin Pan Alley. I 1pm—-3am. £8. Joe Deacon. Billy Reid and guests with happy hardcore and banging house. I The Garage 10pm—3am. £6 (£4); £1 offbefore llptn. An honest-to-goodness top night out with charty dance sounds downstairs frotn Dave Ross and altemative sounds in the attic.
I Home Cookin' at Babaza. 5.30pm—3am (DJs from llprn). £5 (free before I lpm). Pumping mix from Grahame Wilson of funk. rare groove and hip hop.
I Inside Out at The Arches. 10.30pm—4am. £10. 28 Feb and monthly. Number one female DJ superstar Sonique joins Tom Bouthier plus residents for hands in the air. glam as you like extremes. See panel.
I Knucklehead at Glasgow School Of Art (upstairs). lOpm—late. £4 (£2.50 Glasgow School OfArt students). Underground electronics presented by dem DJs Jilkes and Hatch. lnto its fourth year and consolidating itself as the club to hear true funk technology. Freaky dancing actively encouraged.
I Lime at The Lime. 1 lpm—3am. £6 (£4). DJ Fitz with a commercial clubby mix plus £1 drink promo.
I Lure at R.G.‘s. Spin—midnight. Free. DJs Ziggy and Bob get housey for a crowd heading off to Archaos and Sub Club. Pre-club.
I Mish Mash at The Basement.
1 lpm—3.30am. £8 (£6). 28 Feb and monthly. Second Mish Mash in The Basement and after the way the last one went. it’s bound to be a stormer. DJs Oscar. Nick Peacock plus MC Nordin mixing up everything front house. hip hop. disco. drum 'n' bass and a whole lot more. See Hit list.
I Polo Lounge at The Polo Lounge. 10.30pm—3am. £5. Take the choice of the Polo Lounge upstairs. open until 3am. downstairs for DJ lna with a camp mix of housey faves and anthems. or up in the Trophy Room with John for 80s pop. punk and new wave. Gay.
I Reds l 1pm—3am. £6 (£5). A packed night specialising in mainstream dance. funk. rap and house. Intimate. smart and friendly.
I Strawberry Fields at Strawberry Fields. 9pm-3am. £5. Party night with 605 sounds.
I Stereo at The Asylum (Caledonian University Student Union). 9pm—2am. £3 (free before midnight). Alternative indie night with DJs Rowan and Angela.
I Sub Culture at Sub Club.
10.30pm-5atn. £8. Hard and Domenic lord it over the legendary night of nice 'n‘ groovy. hard hittin'. funky house at the king of Scottish underground dance
I Trash I lpm~3am. (£7) £5. House in Room One with DJ Matt. funk in Room Two from Paul N‘Jie plus eclectic beats by lnnes in Room Three.
I Triumph at The Tunnel.
1 1pm—3.30am. £7 (£5). A huge night of Italian and UK house at one of the country's best looking venues. Colin Tevendale and Steven McCreery take on the main room while Kevin McFarlane and Steven Lee offer up a different vibe with a wide mix of soul. funk and dance classics in Room Two. Smart dress code. On 21 Feb (£10). Renaissance return with Deep Dish playing the main room. see Hit list. 28 Feb (£12). Cream continue their residency. bringing in Alistair Whitehead arid Graeme Park to give it some Cream style.
I Under The Influence at The Bedsit. 9pm—2am. £3 (students and guests). 21 Feb and monthly. Deep house and dark techno from residents Mr Peaches. Glenn C and Guy.
I Velvet Rooms l()pm—late. £8 (£4 before midnight). DJ Skud in Room Two with house. garage and club classics. John Lyons irt Room ()ne playing mellow hip hop. swingbeat arid classic soul.
I Vinyl Frontier at The Queen Margaret Student Union. 9pm—2.3()am. £3. 21 Feb only. First outing for the VF guys this year. with resident Robin joined by both George T and Simon Sumner of Edinburgh‘s Tribal Funktion. playing Glasgow as a duo for the first time. The night also includes rare dub groove collective Dubware upstairs. Free tequila at the be rinning if you get there early.
I Wire at Strathclyde University Student Union (Level 8). lOpm—3am. £2 (£1.50). Dance. indie and 60s. Drinks promos.
I Bamboogie at Babaza. l lpm~3am £3. Uplifting vocal garage and house frotn Scott and Geoff. Drinks promos.
I Bennet's l 1.30pm-3am. £3 (£2). Up— tempo high energy with Jan Frazer. Gay. Drinks )l'otttos.
I Bill 8. Ben's Flowerpot Men at The Garage (upstairs). l 1pm—3am. £2 (£1). DJs Joint and Gm in with indie classics. Drinks promos.
I Bubblelicious at Reds. l 1pm—3am. £5 (£3). Club classics and a touch of soul. plus drinks promos.
I Budda at Budda. 8pm-«ntidnight. Free. New York Alliance and ex of Tonka Colirt Walker playing a deep mix to bring your weekend to a close. Drinks promos.
I 8.0.P. at Fury Murry's. llpm—3am. £3 (£2). Music your mother would know. from DJs Desperate Dave arid Weird Phil. Drinks promos.
I Club Jamaica at The Underground (formerly The Venue). 10.45pm—3am. £2 (£1). Reggae night from Sweet T playing dub to soul. all with a reggae tinge. Drinks promos.
I Club Mouth at 13th Note Club. 10pm—2.30am. £2 (free before 1 lpm). Bizarre eclectic mix of “Guitar. beats. punk psych. past. present future‘. with a late drinking. nae dancin‘ policy brought to you by Mark P et al.
I Contact High at Nice 'n' Sleazy. 8.30pm—midnight. Free. 1 Mar and fortnightly. Northern soul. garage. funk. ska and soundtrax.
I Cul De Sac Cul De Sac Bar.
9—1 1pm. Free. Diarmid and Steve playing art across the board mix of ‘Sunday' tunes from tripped out jazz. to drum 'n‘ bass.
I Divine at Brel. 8.30 -1 lpm. Andrew and Alan Divine (Glasgow School Of An) play you the stuff they play for themselves at home. Retro soul. Bobby Gerttry. movie themes. etc. Pre-club.
I First Contact at The 13111 Note Club (basement). 10pm—3am. £2 (free before 1 lptn). A blend of drum ‘n' bass from Rob G and Kemal. Note that the 13th Note has now moved to Clyde Street and is open as a bar from 8pm.
I Optimo at The Sub Club.
1 [pm—3am. £4 (£3). Night that replaces Aquaplanet with Twitch (Pure) and Jilkes (Knucklehead for tecltno/electto action.
I Shirley’s Temple at Archaos. llpm—3am. £5 (£3). A trippy mix of camp theatricals and hard house soundtrack from the radiant Ms Alston. joined last Sunday of the month by Maggie from Joy. Prepare yourself for some pretty insane antics like trapeze acts and fire eaters. Paul Traynor in Bar 1 with R&B. hip hop. swing and soul. Drinks promos.
I Sorted at The C‘athouse. 10.30pm—3am. £2 (£1.50; free before
1 1.30pm). Indie/alternative vibe with drinks promos.
I Squat at The Apatttttent. 1 1pm 3am. £5. New night ofextreme aural pleasure with Cris Bigtrzzi arid Jim Hutcltison going for zero tolerance of commercial tracks and opting for deep electro. house and techno. lixtra sound and £1 drink promos. Look out for some extremely special guests iii the next few months. with Justin Robertson on 8 Mar. and man of the moment DJ Punk Rock in April.
I Velvet Rooms 11pm 3am. £5. Alan Ronald in Room Two with art open mix frotn classic house to soul and Martin
Deep Dish play the Tunnel