Pop quiz: He's widely considered to
Name? Sasha. Real name: Alexander Coe.
Date of birth? 4/9/69 (lets hope he enjoyed his birthday at Homelands). Occupation? DJ and producer.
Where is he from? Originally Bangor in Wales, but now he calls Manchester home.
What's Sasha all about then? Although
he's always been musically inclined (he's grade 8 piano dontchaknow), the original pin-up DJ had the usual run of shit jobs including working in a fish farm.
how did he get started DJing? He and his mate would drive up to Manchester every weekend and head out to the Hacienda in the late 805. Sasha was massively inspired by the likes of Mike Pickering and Graeme Park who played there, but most of all by Jon Da Silva. How so? They stayed in the same block and hung out together. Da Silva helped him get his first gigs including a slot at The Hac. He also instilled in Sasha the importance of mixing in the right key, a
lesson a few of the top names would do
well to learn.
What shot him to superstar status? His night at Shelly‘s in Stoke caught the acid
house wave and around the same time
he got into production (helped by all the
A&R guys who used to go there). Did he take to production easily? Up
to a point, as he’s so musical it was easy for him, but not knowing his way round
a studio frustrated him and he took
time out from lucrative remixing to learn
what all the electronic jiggery-pokery did.
His name is linked with Digweed isn't it? Too true. Sasha took the fledgling DJ
under his wing and their Renaissance and Twilo partnerships are legendary. We don't read too many interviews with him, do we? He shuns press and has never been that happy with the whole celebrity DJ thing, even though he’s often referred to as a God. Guess it's a lot to live up to really, being the omnipresent Creator and all that. He‘s also not chuffed about being tarred with the 'epic house’ brush.
I Sasha 015 at Colours at The Arches,
Sat 7 1 Sep.
DO THE LIST 9—23 Sep 1999
CLUB LISTINGS continued
I Syntax at The Queen Margaret Student Union. lOpm-late. £8 (£7). 18 Sep and the third Sat of each month. The acid techno sound system continues with residents Jace and Terry (Pussypower) joined on their techno surround sound PA this month by Mark Ambrose playing live.
I Trade at The Arches. Next event 2 Oct.
I Triumph at The Tunnel. 10.30pm—3.30am. £8 (£6). Weekly. A massive, dressy night of European 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 Stephen Lee offer up a different vibe with a party mix of garage and dance classics in the second room. Smart dress-code and they expect you to make a lot of effort.
I 2 Tons of Fun at Club Budda. 11pm—3am. £6. Weekly. Chris Harris and Geoff Montford kicking off with soul garage and funk, before slamming in the big tunes later on in the night.
I Velvet Rooms 11pm—3pm. £8 (£4 before midnight). Weekly. DJ Stevie Smith in the main room with house, garage and club classics. John Lyons in the front room playing mellow hip hop, swingbeat and classic soul.
I World Service at Alaska. Next event 25 Sep.
I Yang at Yang. 11pm-4am (bar open from 6pm). £5 (free before midnight). Weekly. Colin (the bloke from Dr J ives) and Ray play the bar room, room two sees Muchaill and Shu Hirata playing bountiful beats in a non-house style. In the back room there’s Nucleus, with Jim and Brian working this classic sweatbox in a deep electronica, US techno and hard house style. Guest DJs in Room 2
I All Drinks £1 at Reds. 11pm—3am. £4. Weekly. DJ Ronaldo plays Sunday night party tunes - it’s all in the name, really. .
I Bennet's at Bennet’s. 11.30pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Up-tempo high-NRG with John Frazer. Gay.
I Big Air Sundays at Air Organic. 8-11pm. Free. Apres/pre-club. Recovery session from the Jengaheads playing drum & bass, electro, nu school breaks and house.
I Big Love Summer Sundays at Club Budda. llpm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Geoff Montford and Chris Harris with a selection of big party tunes from the old classics to the new Stormers.
I Bite at The Cathouse. 10.30pm-3am. £2 (£1.50); free before 11.30pm. Weekly. Indie/alternative night at this award-winning rock club.
I Bonafide Love at The Cross Bar. 8pm-midnight. Free. Weekly. Reggae, ragga and roots from DJ Dirtsman.
I Budda at Bar Budda. 8pm-midnight. Free. Weekly. Pre-club. New York Alliance’s Colin Walker playing a deep house mix.
I Cleopatra's at Cleopatra’s. 10.30pm-2.30am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Pop, 705 and 805 party tunes.
I Club Tropicana at The Garage (upstairs). 11pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Two DJs called Brian playing indie, Britpop and maybe some retro stuff too. I Cooler at The Cooler. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Pre-club. Loungin’ Sunday sesh with laid-back DJs, cartoons and cheap cocktails.
I Divine Intervention at Brel.
830—1 1 pm. Free. Weekly. Hush Puppy (Glasgow School Of An) goes solo with a soulful Sabbath selection.
I Dribbler and Burd Called Ger at Yang (room one). 9pm—lam. Free. Weekly. Dribbler and Burd Called Ger playing funky super bass hip hop and house. Occasional one-offs with housey guests in room three.
I Ego Trip at The Apartment. llpm—3am. £5. Weekly. Jim Da Best ’ with his usual cheesy mix of pop and club classics.
Michael Kilkie joins Scott Mackay and Zammo for some hard house at T
I Hop On at The Tunnel. llpm--3am. £5 (£3). New end of week session that celebrates the up-and-coming talent about the place. In room one DJs Stella and Gary Curley play quality up front dance tunes while there’s a more laid- back groove in the second bar with Stevie Gibson and Douglas Lyle.
I Kenny H at The Spy Bar. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Pre-club. Chilled grooves and eclectic funk from Kenny H.
I Liquid Cool at Babaza. 9pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Absolutely insanely busy night with a dressy'crowd sucking the last drops from the weekend. Uplifting vocal garage and house from Archaos Saturday night residents AJ, Kris
Kee an and Ian Thompson.
I Nick Peacock at The Variety Bar. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Pre-club. The legendary Nick Peacock with a laid- back jazzy, occasionally housey affair. I Optimo (Espacio) at The Sub Club. llpm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Jilkes and Twitch continue their super fine contorted musical alloy. Electro, Detroit techno, 805 synthpop, bizarre 70$ punk funk, live keyboard freakouts and
uni ue Optimo mix downs.
I Please Yourself at Trash. llpm—3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. Paul N’Jie with a mellow Sunday mix from funk, soul. swing and hip hop to garage.
I The Shed at The Shed. 10pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Martin Hesketh upstairs playing chart house and garage at this Southside club from the team behind The Garage.
I Silver (Disco Extravaganza) at Fury Murry’s. llpm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Studenty night of big disco cheesy malarkey from DJs Dave and Phil.
I Straight Ahead at McChuill’s Way Out West. 8—11pm. Free. Weekly. Goodfoot DJs Mark and Kev playing an extremely diverse selection of soul, jazz, funk and dub.
I Sueno at Barcelona. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Pre-club. Four hours of
' blissed-out tunes from mainland Spain
played by DJ Jazz.
I Suntrance at Planet Peach. llpm—3.15am. £4 (£3). Weekly. DJ Skud thumping you back into Monday with his original blend of house and garage.
I Velvet Rooms 11pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Raymond Woods in room one, playing mellow hip hop, swingbeat and classic soul. Ronnie Bell in room two, with an open mix from classic house to soul.
I Voyeurism at Archaos. 11pm—4am. £5 (£3). Weekly. A night of sauciness at Archaos mixing up sneaky peeks of sordid adventurism. Massage parlour, body painting, peep holes and way-out performance is on offer to spice up the
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night. Music comes from Mark Sherry (Westsound), Paul Mendez (Room at The Top) and Neil Mackay & Frog (Sly) in the house room plus John Lyons (Velvet Rooms), Naeem (23rd Precinct), Paul Traynor and James Fullerton (Babaza) in the newly renovated bar one playing R&B.
I Wet Playtime at The 13th Note club (ground floor). 11pm—3am. £tbc. Weekly. New night from the mob who brought you Unscene, bringing you experimental, guitar-based sounds.
I Burn at The Apartment. 11pm-3am. £3 (free if you work in a pub or a bar). Weekly. DJs Norm and Richard with a mighty Monday knees up, mixing up top class dance and a few surprise drop-ins. I Cleopatra's at Cleopatra’s. 10.30pm-2.30am. £2 (£1). \neekly. Pop, 705 and 80s party tunes in this ever-so- tacky west end ’nite’ club.
I Loose at The Variety Bar. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Pre-club. DJ Paul Shields with alternative country, rock and blues along the lines of Led Zep, Jayhawks, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Wilco etc.
I Speedracer at The Garage. 10.30pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Classic good time party tunes with an indie slant from Steven.
I Burd Called Ger and Dribbler at Brel. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Pre- club night from Ger and Dribbler playing hip hop, funk and mellow drum & bass.
I Dub Night at The Variety Bar. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Pre-club. Stevie Donaldson from Bar 10 and other fine establishments round town plays dub as ifyou hadn’t already guessed). I E en at Alaska. 11pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Alan Ronald in the White Room playing student classics and Scott McKay of Tunnel fame upstairs for funky house.
I Lush at The Velvet Rooms. 11pm—3am. £3 (£2). New student night from the king of the poppy party night, Jim Da Best.
I Pump at Archaos. llpm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. DJ Vance with a poppy midweek mix of good time vibes.
I Shooting Stars at The Garage. 11pm—3am. £4 (£2). Weekly. Insane, drunken shenanigans eased along nicely by the charty choons of Gerry and Iain in the main room.
I The Shimmy Club at Bennet’s. 11.30pm—3am. £3 (£1.50). Weekly. Raymond Davrcn’s party-type affair at the straight night in this gay venue.