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were you born?
Bart's Hospital, London, England
where do you live?
where would you most like to live?
London or the Caribbean
what is your first musical memory?
My dad is a doctor and my sisters brother and I used to go round the wards
to sing and play instruments every Christmas morning. I'm not sure it
really aided anyone’s recovery but I played a mean tamborine!
what was 1st record you ever bought?
probably something crap like Shakin Stevens, sad innit!
what was your 1st dj gig?
A school dance before I even had turntables, I switched between the cd,
turntable and tape of a cheap stack system. But the important thing is
most enjoyable gig?
My dad's 60th birthday party, surrounded by my family, playing records
most people wouldn't think I even owned and taking the piss on the mic
while getting too drunk to see! In terms of professional gigs I love playing
on the SoulBrew boat parties, I have a completely captive audience and
the license to play whatever I like!
how do you describe your musical style?
I am a Hip-Hop DJ in the sense of the term that everything I play I consider
part & parcel of Hip-Hop. That said I like to keep it pretty varied!
If something has a good groove to it and I'm feeling it then more than
likely I’ll go with it no matter what genre of music other people
want to put it in. To me there are only two types of music, good and bad!
who or what are you inspirations?
When my sister brought home a copy of the Beastie Boys "License to
Ill" that was it, everything changed. I was completely drawn to this
sound I had never heard before but was using segments of tunes I already
knew. At that point I didn't have a clue what it was never mind what breaks
were or anything like that! From then on I have been influenced in one
way or another by every DJ I have heard, good and bad, and very party
I've been to!
What do you think is the most important aspect of rocking a crowd?
To me it is selection. You gotta have skills too but I have heard some
pretty average DJs smash a party just through their selection of tunes.
You gotta be in tune to the people you are playing to though, it can be
very easy to loose a crowd if you are not paying them attention. To me
it is kinda like cooking a meal. If you don't start with the right ingredients,
keep an eye on what's on the stove, mix in the right amount of flavors
and make sure it is hot when it hits the plate sure it may be edible but
it won't necessarily be enjoyable. I.E. people might still be able to
dance but they won't be coming back for more!
outside of music how do you pass the time?
I love to hang out with family & friends, watch football, especially
the mighty Arsenal & eat and drink well!
If you were not making a living from music what do you think you
would be doin?
I dread to think. When I was a kid I once asked my Mum if she thought
I should be an orchestra conductor or a road sweep so I guss that leaves
what is you favorite drink?
Horses for courses! Beer, Rum & Coke, Champagne or a nice cup of tea.
It depends on where and when.
can you recommend a hangover cure?
Stay asleep as long as possible and when you do finally have to get up
lie in a hot bath and sweat it out then have another beer!
Saturday mornings running to spend his pocket money on the latest 45s
have transformed into late nights playing them to packed dance-floors.
It has taken a few years but Spin Doctor’s passion for music new
& old has remained a constant. What did change is when back in ’88
when one of his sisters brought home a copy of the Beatie Boys “Licence
to Ill”. He heard bits of the Soul & Rock records he had been
listening to for years in a way that was fascinating & exciting in
equal measure. That was it he had discovered Hip-Hop & then the party
From the early years in any venue big enough to take his Sativa Sound
System & the more recent times packing clubs with SoulBrew & the
Legendary Funkin’ Pussy Sound Squad it has always been clear that
when it comes to rocking a party Spin Doctor has the midas touch. With
Spin on the decks you can expect to hear anything from Hip-Hop & classic
Funk to Rare Groove & House always mixed with a few unexpected floor-fillers
& with a style influenced by his love of Hip-Hop born that afternoon
lying on his sisters floor watching that Def-Jam logo spin.
As well as his London residencies at his own nights The Doctor’s
Orders & Life & Soul Spin, monthly sets @ Ministry Of Sound &
Plan B, Spin can be heard rocking clubs & events as varied as the
legendary Southport Weekenders & B-Boy battles to record release parties
& film rap parties as far & wide asTurkey to Canada. Over the
years DJ Spin Doctor has had the pleasure to play alongside some of his
heroes in De La Soul, DJ Cash Money, DJ Babu, Kool DJ Herc, Afrika Bambaataa,
Norman Jay, Jazzie B, & DJ Shadow among many others. Having successfully
tried his hand in production & radio (Breaks Fm/Bounce FM & guest
spots on Kiss 100 & 1xtra) Spin still prefers to concentrate his time
on what he does best, rocking parties with the open minded party selection
that has seen dance-floors packed throughout the years all over the world.
press, demos & any further information please contact
Rod Gilmore firstname.lastname@example.org
The Doctor's Orders @ Herbal: 1st Friday of the month
Places & Spaces @ Corbet Place: Every Saturday
SpinThing @ The Westbury: 3rd Friday of the month
Fidgit @ Plan B: 2nd or 4th Friday of the month
Southport, May, November 2005
Urban Games B-Boy Arena
Clapham Common, London Summer 2002, 2003 & 2004
UK B-Boy Championships
Brixton Academy, October 2002, 2003, 2004
Zoot Curcus Tour
France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Spain Aug- Sept 2003
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DOCTOR CHART 4/4/06
1: Gnarls Barkley: Crazy (Warner)
2:Afroheat #4 :Afrosoundsystem (White)
3: Rhiana: SOS (Def Jam)
4: Dilated Peoples: Back Again (Capitol)
5: Spank Rock: Sweet Talk (White)
6: Mark Ronson: Just (BBE)
7: Yungun & Mr Thing: Jackin For Breaks (White)
8: Dem Francise Boyz: I Think They Like Me (Virgin)
9: Christina Milian: Say I (Def Jam)
9: DJ AP: Touch It(NRC Throwback Mix)
10: Lightheaded: Uhh (Tres)
11: Kanye West: Touch The Sky (Roc-A-Fella)
12: Damian Marley: Beautiful (Tuff Gong)
13: Alice Russell: Fly In The Hand (Tru Thoughts)
14: Ryan Leslie: Just Right (Casablanca)
15: Visioneers: Dirty Old Hip-Hop LP (BBE)
16: Kos: B-Boy Stance (Virgin)
17: Sam Scarfo: Who Want It (Def Jam)
18: DJ Cappel & Smitty: Blue Eyes Bed-Stuy (Moskowitz)
19: Rhymefest: Brand New (J Records)
20: Tom Moulton: A Tom Moulton Mix Vol.1 (Soul Jazz)
Run DMC: Peper Piper
“Just a straight up classic!”
A Tribe Called Quest: Award Tour
“It even mentions London, can’t say farer than that!”
A Tribe Called Quest: Electric Relaxation
“ A great hook that is mellow but danceable.”
Original Flavor: Can I Get Open
“It always suprises me how little you hear this track played.”
Jay-z: I Just Wanna Love Ya
“Still one of my favorite Neptunes Beats.”
Roots Manuva: Witness
“The Best UK Hip-Hop track ever recorded.”
Notorious Big: Hypnotize
“Biggie at his best”
Krs One: Mc’s Act Like They Don’t Know
“Kris & Premo on top form, nuff said!”
Gangstarr: Full Clip
“The definition of boom bap.”
Kanye West: Jesus Walks
“Just a dope track, really well pieced together.”
Don Blackman: Hearts Desire
“A great voice and a great track.”
Herman Kelly: Dance To The Drummers Beat
“Dancefloors have no choice but to do what they’re told”
James Brown: Give It Up Turn It Loose
“A b-boy classic from the godfather.”
Gwen McRea: All This Love That I’m Giving
“Probably the most overplayed sould tune ever but still amazing.”
Love Unlimited Orchestra: Strange Games & Funky Things
“Although never a single I could not leave it out”
Keni Burke: Rising To The Top
“A great way to start a set.”
Sylvia Striplin: Can’t Turn Me Away
“One of my favorite basslines ever.”
Gap Band: Outstanding
“My favourite 80’s soul track bar none!”
O’Jay’s: For The Love Of Money
“Another killer baseline and one of the first tunes to turn me onto
Bill Withers: Lovely Day
“A great feel good tune.”
A Tribe Called Quest: Midnight Marauders
“In my mind start to finish the best album ever recorded!”
Common: Like Water For Chocolate
“A master of his trade comes of age in true style.”
Steeley Dan: Aya
summer time, breaks laden listening.”
Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key of Life
“Re-defined what I thought of being as the Motown sound”
Snoop Dogg: Doggystyle
“This album blew me away and still features when I spin.”
Earth Wind & Fire: All in All
“This would be here even if Brazilian Rhyme was the only track on
Dr Dre: Chronic 2001
“The example of how to do a lot with a little. Simple but
so damn effective.”
“I never though this could work but this is a testament to Jigga
& The Roots.”
Prince: Sign of the Times
“I stole my sister’s copy and she never saw it again.”
Frank Sinatra: Live @ The Sands
“In Vegas with the strength of the Count Basie Orchestra behind
him, Frank kills it!”