House music may be ubiquitous now, however back in the late 80s and early 90s it was something you had to seek out.
The first House tune I ever heard was ‘Day in the Life’ by Black Riot, It features in my mix called ‘In the Beginning There Was Jack’. That track changed it all for me, it sounded so fresh, so exciting, and so strikingly different. I was given that tune by a friend in 1988, and played it to death on my HMV direct drive turntable (No one could afford 1200s in my neighbourhood). I wanted more and went on the hunt, I was told about a shop in Soho called Black Market that stocked House Music, so ventured to the West End.
Back then I could only afford one twelve inch vinyl record so had to choose wisely, I must have listened to 50 plus records before buying ‘Bango – To the Batmobile’ by Todd Terry. Whilst in that shop I picked up a flyer for a Balearic night called ‘Spectrum. Heaven on Earth’. I was underage but knew I just had to get in. It was at London’s Heaven Nightclub, under the arches at Charring Cross. The que snaked all the way to Charring Cross Rd, but who cared, it was obviously worth the wait. The most exciting people I had ever met were in that que, I was on my own, but they were so friendly people just started chatting to me, They asked me what I was on (I did not no what they were talking about at that time), where had I been, and what was I listening too, It was clear that I was not prepared for this. It took me a fair few weeks to get my look and banter right, but I eventually made it in.