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Rodger Reefer Sounds on Friday 18th May 2018
Born and raised in East London, music producer “Cordell” has always been fascinated by the vibrant music scene found in the area. A product of the ever changing musical landscape, he has developed an eclectic style born of the many influences around him, this has made him very adaptable. A set can delve between Hip Hop, R’n’b, House, Funk, Garage, Dub, Soul and world music as well as some of his own productions and remixes sprinkled in. Having produced Drum and Bass for a number of years as part of a trio named “Kolectiv”, releasing records across a number of labels as well as being featured a number of times in DJmag, “Cordell” is a new outlet for the musical exploration that until now has stood in the shadow of his Drum and Bass exploits. Currently a resident at Reefer Sounds alongside longtime friend and partner in crime AKA Sweetback (Soul Partizans) you can find him at Shelter on the third Friday of the Month spinning his eclectic mix that never fails to get the crowd moving.
Raised in “Soul-on-trent (as Stoke-on-Trent was nicknamed due to the plethora of top soul nights in the area) Rodger had the perfect playground to develop a love of the rarest and most innovative, American RnB, northern soul and West Indian roots reggae. Starting out as a midlands-based Dj, he quickly built a reputation amongst his contemporaries that led to him getting bookings across the North of England. Not satisfied with this initial success (and the rest of us) grant had grander designs in mind.
Rodger Cary Grant is one of the privileged few who can genuinely say that they were part of shoreditch’s first golden age, that period of sublime creative chaos, of people being intensely true to their passions and realising them by any means necessary. Grant was wholly submerged by this creative primordial swamp, from which the legendary venues, artists & events emerged, that eventually (too soon perhaps) made Shoreditch a magnet for the great and the good of the global creative map.
Grant had found his spiritual home. It was during this wonderful time that he started doing Special secret after parties for ID, the Face djing at the infamous“Hoxton pimps” , Bar managing and event promoting the amazing: BLUE NOTE: 1993-1998, various venues worldwide, Art directing and designing clothes for the likes of Bjork, Jamiroquai & Goldie alongside working on campaigns for Paul smith and Adidas. Shoreditch went from the place no -one wanted to come to, to a place no one wanted to leave.
Eventually Grant decided to put down some roots with a permanent monument to his aesthetic in the form of the cult venue: Three blind mice (2006-2013). This unique bar subsequently hosted a wide range of talent (many on the brink of being famous) including: Amy Winehouse, Groove Armada, Adele, The kooks, Pete Doherty, Finley Quaye, Mark Ronson, Tim burgess, Andrew Weatherall, Anna Calvi, Belleruche, Ed Sheeran, Jamie T, The Horrors & The Brand New Heavies.
Some say Shoreditch has had its day, that London’s trendy brigade have moved on, but if you look closely past the recent added sheen you can still find the weird & wonderful bars and independent shops that put the area on the map in the first place. It is in this milieu that hidden talent continues to emerge, gems such as the Soul Partizan radio roadshow, syndicated & broadcasted on Five stations in Europe & America, founded by rodger in early 2013.
Soul partizan delivers cutting edge events designed for those in “the know”, an intriguing antidote to the mind-numbing corporate copycats that have descended (some would say polluted the area).
Dj Bailey ( The Other side of Bailey)
Soul In Motion co-founder, Metalheadz DJ, Serato Artist, Mi-Soul radio host, BBC 1Xtra / Radio 1. Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bailey’s prowess as a premier Drum & Bass artist has earned him global respect. As a DJ, multi award winning BBC radio presenter and a record producer, he communicates his musical passion to the masses. Bailey’s foremost love lies in being the best possible DJ with an extensive record collection ranging from classic Funk to the freshest Drum & Bass pre-released mp3s saved on his hard drive.
Bailey’s fixation with electronic dance music began in the early 80s when Street Sounds Electro Volume 1 spun into his hands whilst at school. The beats and scratching he heard on that tape plus the break dancing he saw on the streets inspired him to get involved in this new Hip Hop culture. Bailey’s South London hometown was filled with sound systems’ grooves, so he stepped up playing at local house parties. Bailey also sought out warehouse parties sampling Acid House, Detroit Techno, and Hardcore – the emergent sounds of the late 80s/early 90s. The Breakbeat element in this new sound captivated Bailey, ultimately leading him into the world of Drum & Bass.
On the Decks
Bailey gained momentum as a DJ recording mixtapes for friends, playing wine bars, dance halls and pirate radio stations. After a chance meeting with DJ’s Kemistry & Storm they tuned into his show and recruited him for Goldie’s legendary Metalheadz club nights in 1995. To this day, Bailey remains a Metalheadz resident DJ. He also plays Fabio’s long standing weekly club night Swerve and regularly tours the world as a guest with other established Drum & Bass outfits. As for Bailey’s skills when he’s behind the turntables. Always an alchemist in the mix, he creates sonic landscapes as his sheer mixology elevates him above the crowd of DJ’s. He is one of a handful of successful DJ’s to gain fame without the help of production credits. His recordings, mainly in the form of traditional DJ’s mixes have been produced for Metalheadz, the front cover CDs of various music magazines, a compilation for French owned Black Label on Sony’s Music Garden imprint, a mix called Soul Thunder for the renowned U.S label Breakbeat Science to name a few.
On Radio On Digital On Line
In 2002 Bailey was selected to present his weekly radio show on BBC Radio 1Xtra running for 10 years; broadcast world-wide each and every Wednesday from 10pm as well as a shared slot on BBC Radio 1. The show has been extremely successful winning Bailey and 1Xtra many awards including Best Radio Show at Knowledge’s D&B Awards, Best Radio Station at The National Drum & Bass Awards (twice) alongside other triumphs. In 2013 Bailey started a new weekly radio show with Ministry of Sound presenting live every Tuesday from 5pm propelling him once again into the world of broadcasting.
In the Studio
Bailey began warming to life as producer/DJ in 2003 when he produced a track for Roni Size’s Full Cycle. His first steps into the world of production occurred by mistake. Bailey had requested a tune from the Full Cycle crew. Instead of the track, he received gold dust – a CD of samples to make a remix. So Bailey gave it a shot. The result, a rework of Forget Me Knots by Roni Size was immediately signed to the label. To date, Bailey’s produced tracks for many labels including Metalheadz, C.I.A, A Guy Called Gerald’s imprint Protechshon and remixed for artists such as Nas & Damain Marley, Chipmunk plus producing a house track with Melissa Molinaro.
Music Genres: Deep/Soulful House, Disco, Funk, House, Soul
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