StarBoy Nathan Gets 20 Months

StarBoy – Come Into My Room

StarBoy Nathan first came to my attention back In 2004 when he dropped the hit single Come Into My Room, this track was an anthem, on heavy rotation everywhere and reached number 37 in the UK Charts. His style was on par with any American artist of the time and I was excited and hoping for big things to come.

The Interview

I first got the chance to meet Nathan when I interviewed him on Radio Web TV. Having interviewed many US, UK and Jamaican artists, I found StarBoy Nathan to be very down to earth and easy to talk too. He came to the studio with his manager who we now all know as E-Plus from Capital Xtra.

The interview went well we spoke at length and covered many topics from Gun Crime in the Uk to how to break into the music industry, StarBoy Nathan striked me as being very mature for his age and intelligent. You can check out the full interview below.

Bubblicious DJ L’s Birthday

The next time I got to see Nathan was at My 30th Birthday Party on 24th December 2004 (Bubblicious @ Babble Club Mayfair) where he performed Come Into My Room for me live.

Starboy Nathan

In the following years to come I feel StarBoy Nathan never topped the success he had from his first single and his career was not nurtured. He was in and out of the limelight appearing on Celebrity Big Brother and X Factor where he reached the judge’s house and at one point I rembering seeing him on a crowed funding site looking for funds for an album.

StarBoy Nathan Fraud Case

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Linda E from Pulse 88 Radio was the first to bring this case to my attention, I then followed closely in the media. I was shocked, Nathan did not strike me as the type of person to commit such a crime, I am not condoling what he has  done but I wonder if a turbulent music career had a part to play!

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GarageProud May Bank Holiday Weekend

GarageProud on Friday & Prophecy of House on the Sunday, I had a busy one this Bank Holiday Weekend.

Proud Camden

Proud in Camden is fast becoming my 2nd home, I was there for the Rich Homie Quan UK Tour Party (Flexin’), the launch of GarageProud, on Friday I headlined the R&B London room (at GarageProud), the end of the month I will be back to shake a leg at Spoony’s House and hopefully I will be DJing at the next GarageProud – The Summer Ball.

R&B London Room

Spread over 3 floors, I was DJing in the R&B London room. Climbing the ladder to reach the DJ Booth I could picture the former horse hospital that this venue used to be.

My Set

It has been a minute since I have played out, I do a lot more radio now (twice a week on Pulse 88) since my weekly residency at Moonlighting Night Club. The DJs on before me were good and their mixing was tight so I had to make sure my game was on point.

After judging the crowed I could tell I would have to do a Kisstory set so I started off with Where The Party At by Jagged Edge to keep the party going followed by Boogie Tonight by Tweet and Ride With You by Joe. As this was an early set 11.30 pm – 12.30 pm I decided to start off Old School and gradually work my way up so that the DJs after me could play the current hits.

Even thought the crowed clearly enjoyed my first set I was just warming up.

GarageProud

GarageProud

My next set was at 2.30 am, I was in two minds, do I stay in the R&B room or do I check out the UK Garage and House rooms. As a DJ it is always good to listen to the DJ set before yours so that you know what was played and get a feel for the crowed, as my next set was prime time I had to stick around so I quickly niped into the other rooms, there were so many nice woman of all types I could not resist lol.

I proceeded into the main UKG arena I am not sure what DJ was on it could have been Mat Jam Lamont or Pied Piper but one thing I do remember is that the vibe was lit and some serious Old School Garage tunes were being played. From the UKG room I progressed to the House – I Like It Deep Room.

GarageProud

I Like It Deep

In this room they were playing at the time what I believe is called Nu Disco, I do like Nu Disco as it borrowes from 80’s Electro music (wich I loved growing up as a kid) I was tempted to stay in this room but Instead I grab a drink at the bar and made my way back to the R&B London room.

Climbing the ladder to the DJ Booth I was mentally gearing myself up, I decided to mix it up the old with the new, R&B, Hip-Hop, Trap, Afrobeat and Dancehall etc. I remember dropping Beyoncé – Drunken Love, Ghost Town DJs – My Boo, Drake – One Dance, Kent Jones  – Don’t Mind, Yo Gotti – DM, Desiigner – Panda not in this order but they were all in the mix somewhere, this time I was in my element.

All in all I had a great night, nice people and good music what more could you ask for? I survived a few near falls from the ladder leading to the DJ Booth lol, so now I can see you all at the next GarageProud – The Summer Ball Friday 24th June 2016 lol.

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My Views On Views From The 6 By Drake

 

First Thought

I had been eagerly awaiting Drake’s new album, the 3 promo tracks floating around Controlla, Pop Style and One Dance had me really excited but after my second listen I am still undecided as to whether I like it or not. I must admit on my first listen I was multi-tasking so could not fully take the album in and on my second listen I was still not able to focus.

Drake View From The 6

Drake

I do love Drake as an artist and maybe this is why my expectations are very high, generally any track he features on I enjoy, so I was hoping just like Justin Bieber’s album Purpose and Mary J Blige’s album My Love I was going to hear banger after banger.

Last night Tim Westwood virtually featured the whole album on his Capital Xtra show, one thing about Tim he makes any track sound good, I am not going to lie I am now warming to Drake’s album and will go in for a third listen and come back with my verdict in a couple of hours.

The Final Verdict

So I am back, I decided to load the album onto my smart TV as opposed to my PC so as to get a fuller listening experience. What’s my View on Views From The 6 (Pardon The Pun) my view is that it is a good album, some of the additional tracks I am now loving include the Trap influenced Hype, Weston Road Flows which samples Mary’s Joint by Mary J Blige (taken from the My Life Album)

With You ft PartyNextDoor is a nice little track, Faithful, Still Here, Controlla – which is a slightly different mix (does not feature Popcaan but Beenie Man instead), Grammy ft Future and I am really feeling Too Good featuring Rihanna, it’s a catchy track and upbeat.

It took me 3 listens but I got there in the end I was determined not to give up on the album lol, there is something for everyone Trap, Dancehall, Soca, Afrobeat, Hip-Hop & R&B influenced tracks, a nice album for chilling out too. I think the 3 promo tracks that are floating around had set my expectations very high and on my first listen I thought the album was typical of many, a few good tracks and 10 other wack ones lol.

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The DJ vs The Nightclub Promoter

Being both a DJ and a Nightclub Promoter I see both sides of the coin.

The DJ

From a DJ’s perspective I can see the argument that they are being booked to DJ not to play Nightclub Promoter and that if they now have to promote the event as well they may be expected do this for all the other events they are DJing at. If expected to sell tickets or promote the event than maybe a fee for the extra work should be negotiated?

In hindsight I can see now that DJs may feel like they are getting a raw deal if they  are expected to promote but are not getting a commission on ticket sales, a fee or a percentage of the door money for doing so.

Nightclub Promoter

On the flip side, as a Nightclub Promoter with over 200 events under my belt I feel that all the DJs that I book for my events have an obligation to promote the event. When I say promote I don’t mean stand outside Nightclubs and hand out flyers till the early hours of the morning or that they should go out of their way to distribute flyers in hair saloons or clothes shops etc but in this day and age of Social Media I expect Tweets, Broadcasts, Pins, Snapchats, Posts and mentions on radio. I also expect the DJs I book to take a handful of flyers and hand them out on their journeys. I understand that a DJ may be booked for other events but these tasks can be done in seconds, Nightclub promoting is a numbers game every little helps.

Nightclub

In hindsight I may have been hard on some of my DJs in the past but promoters can be under huge pressure, we have costs to cover, Nightclub owners to please and a reputation to uphold, we are not only thinking about making huge profits (well some of us aren’t).

Weekly/Monthly Residency

If am booking a DJ every week or every month I feel that I am supporting that DJ (I am not only promoting the night but I am effectively promoting them as well) and in turn they should support me. Nightclub promoting is a business and is a team effort, if a DJ is not a team player then why the hell am I booking them? In this day and age of downloading everybody and their dog is a DJ and I may as well book a DJ that is willing to promote, there are many around.

Beggars Can’t Be Choosers!

Finally over the years I have been approached by so may DJs that have begged to DJ at my Club Nights, because of the type of person I am I have booked them giving them a chance to shine or further their career, only for them to return the favour by sleeping on my event, beggars can’t be choosers.

Conclusion

So to sum up, I don’t expect DJs to do the work of a Nightclub Promoter, but in this day and age of Social Media DJs need to help, promoting is a team effort and if the night fails everybody looses out SIMPLES!

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10 Things That Make For A Bussy Club Night

Club Night

As an established DJ/Promoter with over 10 years of promoting club nights, over 25 years DJing and over 300 club nights under my belt, I have been asked many times by clubbers “is my club night going to be any good”? Even if I think it is not going to be, I am hardly going to answer by saying “no my night is going to be rubbish so don’t come”.

So to help you clubbers make an informed choice I list 10 things that can make for a busy club night, I stress that the following do not always guarantee a packed event but they do help.

Established Venue

The party is at well known venue and the venue/club night is synonymous with a particular style of music for example Egg Club and Ministry of Sound with dance, Moonlighting Club with Urban Music (R&B, Hip-Hop & Dancehall). Clubbers are drawn to the branding of the venue just as much as they are to the club night brand, increasing business. Also established venues are conscious who they hire their venue too and will vet promoters to ensure they can actually pull a crowed.

Ministry of Sound

Established Brand

A well know brand is behind the night, the night has been been going for many years on a weekly/monthly basis at the same or different venues in London, around the UK or internationally. Some names that spring to mind are Garage Nation, Sun City and Twise As Nice. These club nights are established brands and  have diversified into Merchandising, Franchising and a DJ Agency and generally these club night brands will work hard to protect their name.

Weekly/Monthly Event

Touched on this above slightly, if the event has been at the same venue for a while on a weekly or monthly basis then this can be an indicator that the night will be a good one. A weekly/monthly residency can enable the night to grow and establish a following. Generally speaking a venue would not want to keep a promoter on if their particular club night is not dong well if the event is in-house then this is a different story. You can always call a club and ask is the event in-house or put by an external promoter.

Word of Mouth

They say the best form of promotion is Word of Mouth. If a lot of people are talking about the event, there is a lot of hype on Social Media surrounding previous/forthcoming events, basically a buzz then generally this is a good indicator that the night is going to be busy.

Tickets Sold Out

Obviously if tickets are sold out then this is an indicator the night is going to be packed. Although I do know of promoters that have lied and made out on (ticketing websites) mthat First Release (Early Bird Tickets) have sold out just to induce sales.

Big Name DJs

If big named DJs like DJ EZ for example are playing at the event this can help the popularity of the event, the more big names the better. Big name DJs cost money so a night club promoter will obviously want to recuperate his or her money thus doing everything possible to ensure a busy event. Although this can be a good indicator that the night will be busy, I do know of promoters though that have lied on flyers listing big name DJs knowing fully well they will not be turning up or cancel the big name DJs just before the night as the promoter has an inclination the night is not going to be busy.

DJ EZ KIss FM

Promotion

If the night has been heavily promoted for example on radio, social media, posters/poster boards etc this can lead to a busy night. Budgets vary will vary though, radio advertising and poster can be costly so a promoter will want to guarantee a busy night so as to recuperate his or her costs.

Special Occasion

Special occasions can help for example New Year’s Eve, Bank Holiday Weekends, Valentines etc. Some people that don’t go clubbing on a weekly basis choose to go out on these occasions.

After Party/Celebrity Appearance

A guest appearance from a famous rapper or reality TV star can boost the popularity of a night or an after party to a popular concert or an award ceremony like the Mobos, be sure to check that these parties are the official ones though.

To sum up I would say that no one thing (apart from tickets selling out) can guarantee a busy event but a combination of the above will definitely help.

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Spoony’s House Is Back!

Proud Camden

So after a few months break Spoony’s House is back and has a new home, Proud in Camden. Proud is fast becoming a second home for me, I recently went there for the Rich Homie Quan tour launch party – Flexin’, for Garage Proud, I will return for Spoony’s House and I will be spinning at the forthcoming Garage Proud in the R&B London Room.

Spoony's House

Jazz Cafe

I started to become a regular at Spoony’s House when it was at the Jazz Cafe, as usual I was on free Guest List. I enjoyed the night for a number of reasons, I got the chance to meet up with friends that went to my school (Highbury Grove) and DJs I used to play alongside on Y2k 90.6 Fm, secondly the crowed was more my age group/mixed & thirdly I enjoy reminiscing to Oldschool Garage.

Although I don’t play UKG I was on pioneering stations like Dejavu 90.3Fm and Y2K 90.6Fm, I used to rave at Colloseum and many of my peers are well know UKG DJs & Artists like DJ Pioneer (Kiss Fm), Donaeo and Heartless Crew, I naturally respect and have love for the music.

Spoony’s House

At Spoony’s House I was treated to DJ sets by the man himself (who went to the same school as me), DJ Luck and MC Neat, DJ Fonti and a live PA by Nana performing – Body Grove (who incidently I went to the same Colledge as me) I feel at home when I am at Spoony’s House, although I am from East London I am at home in North London, I think because I went to School/Colledge there and because Y2K 90.6 Fm was based all around North London.

I am sure the legacy will continue at Proud Camden, see you all there on the 26th May!

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Club Reina Every Saturday

Club Reina City Party

So it’s Saturday and I felt like going out as it had been a while! As I know quite a few nightclub promoters I started to make some calls. After having a nice catch up with one particular nightclub promoter I decided to go to Club Reina City Party.

UK Garage Saturday

I made arrangements with my friend to meet me at Uk Garage Saturdays Far Rockaway in Shoreditch. Mighty Mo former member of the Heartless Crew was performing. Upon arriving I chilled in the corner listening and reminiscing over the UKG tracks. Mighty Mo arrived but did not see me I was a bit Intoxicated by now and could not be asked to go over and greet him lol. Anyway after picking up the flyers from the promoter for the next Garage Proud in Camden which incidentally I am playing at ( in the R&B London room) I met my friend outside as he cant stand UKG lol.

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Club Raduno

We made our way over to Farringdon it’s not that far from Shoreditch.  We had been to this particular promoters event in Farringdon before so I was surprised when ee got to Ember Bar on Turnmill Street that the venue was closed, it looked like the venue had been sold and was being built into a Nandos. So many clubs have closed in the area or changed ownership Turnmills, Anexo Bar, Raduno and now Ember Bar. I was confused I though the event was still at Ember Bar every Saturday, I just kept on thinking to myself 85 Charter House Street, 85 Charter House Street that address rings a bell so we made our way over to Club Fabric, it then dawned on me that the club night had moved venue to Club Reina which was the old Raduno Club. Raduno was a venue I used to do club nights at and DJ a few years ago, I promoted a night called Blushed every two weeks there and a few morning parties as the venue had a 24 hour licence, ahh those were the days.

Blushed at Raduno

Club Reina City Party

Security were polite and after showing our ID we were admitted into the Nightclub. I walked up to the counter and “said we are on the free guest list” I never pay to go clubbing 😄. One of the promoters said cool we can go through. If I can remember rightly the first room we went into was playing Afrobeat and all I heard was big up DJ L at this point I got a little paranoid thinking who is calling my name out. I could not find the DJ box at first when I eventually did I realised it was DJ Data bigging me up so I went over and greeted him.

Through out the night I partied on both floors which were playing R&B, Dancehall, Afobeat, Hip-Hop and Trap handing out my promotional cards for the London Club Nights App. The music was on point, the crowed was friendly & there were loads of pretty ladies. These promoters know how to throw a good party, they have Ben active in the City of London for many years with their brand Lets Get It On at venues like Agenda Bar.

Club Reina

Club Reina can feel small and sometimes you may feel a bit squashed but my friend liked it this way as it is easier to get intimate with the ladies.

The night finished at 4am which was good as nowadays you will be lucky if a club finishes at 3am. After getting my coat I went outside to perform the ritual that most nightclub promoters perform, handing out flyers. I must admit I enjoyed the night I only like going to places where I feel relaxed, my friend definitely enjoyed it and said he will be coming back.

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Clubbing London

Clubbing In London? – Download The London Club Nights App! Find The Best Night Clubs In London.

 

Where Is There To Go Clubbing In London?

As a DJ and Promoter I have played and been clubbing at some of London’s biggest Nightclubs like Ministry of Sound, The Coronet, Scala, Sound, Rainforest Cafe, On & On (now called Piccadilly Institute) and Moonlighting Night Club and been behind club night brands like Bubblicious and Etiquette Ladies Go Free. As a result I constantly get asked where is there to go clubbing in London or can I recommend a good club to book a birthday/VIP Table. Noticing a gap in the market and that nowadays people are spending more and more times on their smartphones a team of us have come together and developed a mobile phone app called London Club Nights available for free on the Google Play & App Store. If you enjoy clubbing then this is the App for you.

So the weekend is fast approaching and you are looking for a good Urban Music party to go to in London, download the London Club Nights App – Your No.1 Guide For The Best R&B, Hip-Hop, House, UKG, Afrobeat & Dancehall Parties & Concerts In London. Currently listed are some great parties at venues like Shaka Zulu Club Camden, Konnect Club Victoria, Gilgamesh Club Camden, My Place Club Earls Court, Proud Cabaret Camden, Boujis Club South Kensington, The Mayfair Club Mayfair, Libertine Club West End, Qube Project Victoria plus many many more. New events are uploaded weekly.

Clubbing London

The App boasts some great features

● You can search events by music genre, age or table/birthday package, fast and easily through the app

● Buy discounted tickets, be the first to find out about exclusive parties in London, call the Promoter to discuss your requirements or simply just browse forthcoming events

● Submit your names for Guest List to exclusive members clubs & celebrity parties

● Share exciting events with your friends via Twitter and Facebook and add these events to your diary and favorites list

● Get directions to venues through the in app navigation feature, so you never get lost.

● If you are a Night Club Promoter you can upload your club night easily through the app and sell/keep track of your ticket sales

Maybe you are not going clubbing you can mess around with the other features.

● Upload last week’s clubbing pictures

● Listen to the latest DJ Mixes from DJ Pioneer, DJ L, DJ Hotsetppa, DJ S, DJ EZ, Tim Westwood, DJ Majesty, Frisky DJ plus more

● Listen to London’s hottest online Urban Music radio stations like Ontop Fm, Pulse88, Flames Fm, Reprezent Fm and Bang Radio

The App looks slick and is easy to use, search club nights by music genres with the click of a button, buy tickets with just a few clicks and navigate to a venue with just one click. 

After listening to our feedback we will be introducing the following features in the forthcoming moths.

● Uber

● YouTube video

● Instant Messaging

● A Blog & Forum

● A UK music page for artists to upload their tracks and video.

so what are you waiting for download the App today!  London Club Nights App – Your No.1 Guide For The Best R&B, Hip-Hop, House, UKG, Afrobeat & Dancehall Parties & Concerts In London.

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Justin Bieber – Purpose

justin bieber purpose album cover

Finally got round to reviewing this album, never been a Justin Bieber fan don’t think I can name any of his previous songs or albums, always though his music was too poppy/commercial for me but it was the 2nd release from Purpose, Sorry that drew me in and now that I have been drawn in I am hooked! This Dancehall influenced track is catchy and I am feeling the various remixes featuring Mr Vegas and Lumidee, I have the track on heavy rotation in the clubs and on my weekly radio show. It has been years since I have listed to an album and can honestly say I like most if not every single track, the last album I can credit for this was Mary J Blige – My Life Album.

There is something for everybody on this album like the Dance/House music influenced tracks What Do You Mean and Where Are U Now to the Dancehall influenced track Sorry and Ballad track Love Yourself. Incidentally those are some of my favorite tracks off the album I am also really feeling No Pressure Feat. Big Sean, I love big Sean’s rap on this track ” You supposed to be my uno, Yoko Ono Oh no, round two again We’ve been fighting more than Ryu and Ken”. Check out the full Justin Bieber track list here

I am definitely now a BELIEBER and not ashamed to say it, I am not sure if I will listen to his previous albums but if you think I should, please let me know what album I should listen too. I think Justin Bieber has truly come of age on this album and I hope he carries on and blesses us with some great albums in the future, is he the next Justin Timberlake in the making only time will tell!

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