SOLAR WEST 009 GARY BYRNE

note: unforseen digital skip at ~13:10min after upload (apologies to all!)

...And i think that’s the key to DJ’ing. Not having any blinkers on when it comes to styles and genres. If you think it’s good, trust your judgement and play it. If one person dances or comes up and asks “whats that one mate?” then you are doing your job.

What an afternoon... It's very special when one has an opportunity to witness memories, feelings and palpable energy manifest in real time from ones vinyl music collection. Each piece had an awe-inspiring anecdote from its release, a feeling, a visual, and a recommendation for documentary/album to immerse ourselves into. This pattern went on for the entire 2 hours, and we were left twinkly eyed and wishing Gary was our long lost uncle. Catch the stream for golden tips of northern soul, reggae, brit-funk, disco and rave/house. See below for a few wholesome words from the man himself:

"Started in Birmingham late 70’s as a warm up DJ for punk and reggae bands. By the early 80’s, I’d drifted into the Northern Soul scene and also the emerging Indie scene which followed in the demise of punk and new wave. Also at this time were “Blues ‘party’s, being all-night illegal reggae party’s, where massive homemade bass heavy sound systems were crammed into big old houses in certain areas of Birmingham. Spent a year in the states in the mid 80’s. Listening to a local soul station in Chicago 1985 when i first noticed a different kind of soul sound. Colonel Abrahams, Trapped, was the first record to make me sit up and take notice. By the time we got back to the UK in 86, the new House sound was filtering in from the States. Warehouse party’s started up everywhere. Basically illegal all-night party’s playing anything from new house sounds to old soul to Indie to leftfield stuff. As more House and now Acid House records became available the ware house party’s morphed into Acid House nights. 

I heard the live mix of this once, it was 3am and as soon as the track started I literally saw people cry
— Gat Decor - Passion (12")

By this time my interest in Northern soul was waning as the scene seemed stagnant in comparison, and reggae had gone through a change and was now mainly Ragga. After a couple of years of just enjoying the parties, I had started to build up a collection of house tunes and thought I’d have a crack at this new style of DJ’ing, where records were beat mixed and not just blended. As soon as i “Got It “I went head long into the scene , organising party’s, club nights, and playing anywhere that would have me and trying to hold down my day job as i was married with a young family. By the end of the 90’s it was becoming more about the DJ’s than the music itself and seemed a good time to make the move we’d always talked about. So we came to Adelaide. I immediately got involved with the local Northern soul scene, and continued my with love of house but mainly through You Tube videos as work and life took priority. Just recently dusted off the decks again after my Daughter, Lois, took an interest in my vinyl collection. Nice to discover i can still get a few beats together (I ain’t no Carl Cox though). Also good to start playing stuff again that I’ve spent the past 40 years collecting. And i think that’s the key to DJ’ing. Not having any blinkers on when it comes to styles and genres. If you think it’s good, trust your judgement and play it. If one person dances or comes up and asks “whats that one mate?" then you are doing your job."

Ps. Thanks to Lois for bringing it together and coming through to hang

GARY, CIRCA '88-'93. GRAPHICS BY LOIS BYRNE
https://www.trialanderror.online/absolute-amnesia

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