Succour for the soul
Tuesday 27th August 2013, 2:00PM BST.
Let’s face it, Sundays in our little isle can be pretty dull at times, writes EMILY BURDEN.
So I was more than happy when I found out the Guernsey Soul Collective were holding an event at Les Rocquettes Hotel’s Johnson Suite from 1-6pm.
I arrived about half an hour after it started and the afternoon’s organiser, Andy Newman, was on the decks.
I was a little disappointed to see it not that well attended. However, it was still only 1.30pm and there was plenty of time for it to pick up.
I don’t know too much about Andy’s background, yet from what I could gather from his set on Sunday he is an avid vinyl collector and obviously a keen follower of the northern soul movement from the early ’80s.
Andy clearly has a great passion for this kind of music. What I tend to find with vinyl collectors is that they are not always the greatest of DJs in technical terms.
They never really mix or beat-match to perfection.
It is more about the selection of tunes and the use of the cross-fader channel on the mixer.
As Andy’s set progressed, the sound of the tunes reminded me of the documentaries I had watched about the Chicago and Detroit soul movements.
I could clearly picture the scenes of whole neighbourhoods dancing and kicking water hydrants in the streets in the summer sun. That’s why I think these events would be better received if held at an outdoor venue such as Vistas at Vazon or the Beach Kiosk at Pembroke. It would attract people from the street. Just a thought.
Up next was Paul Mason-Barney, aka Mi$tA. I hadn’t seen Paul play for some time and I have to admit, he was one of the main attractions for me.
I knew he would take things in more of a contemporary direction and add a little bit of funk into the mix, which he did.
Paul’s vinyl collection was enormous three years ago and I can only imagine how vast it is today.
So I knew he would be well armed last Sunday.
The pace soon picked up and the audience were on their feet, throwing shapes on the floor. What I have always enjoyed about Paul’s sets is that although he is not the greatest talent in terms of mixing on the decks themselves, he is very diverse in his music tastes, so one thing is always certain when you see him play – there really will be something for everyone, and maybe a bit of musical education too.
I found Paul’s set faster-paced than Andy’s – I guess that’s because there was a strong funk element to it compared with the previous set.
Putting these two in the same collective and performing at these events is a good thing as they each exposed movement and sounds in a different fashion.
Although I am not a huge fan of northern soul I am into funk, so even though it wasn’t something that tickled all of my musical tastebuds there was a lot else going on that did.
When boredom strikes on a Sunday, you should definitely head down to the collective’s next event for a dance.