With his Spanish Clarks firmly etched into the mod scene, the good looking Jules Barsoulona has been digging for wax since the 90s. Jules’ record collection has moved across many genres before finally homing in on the rare soul scene.
Imke Keyssler aka Ada Loveshake is a Hamburg based rare soul collector and DJ. Imke has a cultured ear for soul music and it’s fair to say her sound can be considered a bit of an “all-rounder” – If you’re lucky enough, you will catch her dropping all styles of soulful music including 60s, 70s, 80s and even some contemporary recordings if the vibe suits.
Like a lot of the old school soulies, Flanny got into it via youth clubs and school parties and ventured on to Wigan Casino, where he was immediately hooked for the rest of his life. Later, Flanny delved into the emerging jazz funk scene and then took a hiatus to start his family. Fast forward to 1988, it was the famous Saints Rugby Club which became the stomping ground and the first place Flanny started to spin records, mixing 70’s new releases with 60’s and breaking a lot of big records.
One fourth of the crew behind the infamous Orwell, a bastion of rare and quality crossover and modern soul for almost a decade. One half of the team behind 70’s soul behemoth So Soulful 70’s and resident at the legendary Soul Essence weekender, Great Yarmouth. Ladies and gents we give you… Steve Plumb.
Local hero John Clement started collecting soul music after being loaned “The Temptations Greatest Hits” whist still at school. Having quickly decided this album deserved better company, John headed straight to the delights of the Birkenhead market. As luck would have it, they’d recently had a cache of USA Motown/Tamla/Gordy 45s – And so the record collecting commenced. Read more …
Liam Flanders is one of the head honchos at Tuff Luff Soul Club, Liverpool. Relatively new to the labyrinth like realms of record collecting, yet quite the addict, Liam has been working to bring something fun to his home town for for the last year or so and loves to get people smiling with varied, energetic sets to spark the imagination and get the body moving.
Tuff Love Soul Club’s own Ryan Wilson has been collecting records since high school. No stranger to the clubs of Liverpool, Ryan’s held residences all over the city since his college years. Wilson’s roots are etched in House and Hip Hop. His musical ear soon matured and he was eager to investigate the true source of the beats and samples he was dropping each week – The rare soul scene. Hooked.
Liverpool native Bill is a man who appreciates good soul music of the 60’s through to the present and doesn’t worry about latching on to styles and tempos. When putting a set together, Will aims to introduce variety and hopefully some surprises which can include new releases and also ‘long-lost’ records. Will has DJ’d at Tuff Love Soul Club, Feed Your Soul in Newark and has also made two fascinating guest appearances on Dean Anderson famed radio show. Well worth a listen if you want to get a feel for the level of knowledge and thirst for music Will exudes.
The man behind the sound system known as the Wall of Sound that powers On The Real Side in Haydock as well as many other leading Northern Soul nights in the north of England and one of the founder members of The Orwell as well as being the man behind the Saints club which began in the late 80’s.
The man with the biggest smile on the soul scene and one of the most eclectic taste palettes you’re likely to come across. The young Deano started buying records in the late 80s and has been veraciously tracking them down ever since. Back then, going to Dingwalls in Camden on a Sunday afternoon, Dean garnered a burgeoning love of Jazz, Funk, Soul and Latin music.