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ok, not gonna harp on about this too much, cos this blog is meant to cover me tring to set up and establish DAFT FUNK, so….
I had been part of the Funkademia team on and off for a few years. at Zumeba, warming up for Dave Booth, Fritz Great Lakes, Trafford Lovething (Manchester’s very own Banksy Trafford Parsons) and Myk Nolan. Then at One Central, where I got to do warm ups and play the main set! and then at Mint Lounge, where I would play the funky little back room.
Sometime during this I got my residency at PoNaNa. Which was my absolute favourite place to play. I started there not really knowing what to expect and not knowing what they expected of me and they had 2 or 3 very well known and respected DJ’s on their rosta. DJ’s Xander and Rich Reason (Hit and Run) and well as Mani (Roses/Primal Scream) and visits from people like Greg Wilson and Jazzy Jeff.
I quickly became a favourite there playing every weekend as I had the bar upstairs heaving. I would basically just play what i wanted to hear next as well as feeding off whatever was working for the punters. I don’t think many bars ever get to hear a DJ play Josh Wink’s ‘Higher state of conciousness’ or Pendulum’s ‘Tarantula!’
Just as they moved me to the club downstairs, PoNaNa closed down due to massive rent increases. I only got to play the club once, but it was the best night DJ’ing I ever had. i got to play what i wanted and the crowd couldn’t get enough!