So Mr Boogie, How did you first get into the DJing industry?
Well I never actually harboured any dreams of becoming a DJ. My career behind the decks happened by accident. When I launched Soulsa back in 2005, the initial plan was to promote classic New York Salsa in London. It was only when the DJ at one of our very first live events failed to turn up, my then business partner and I stepped in to fill the void and the positive crowd reaction to our set on the night, really took us by surprise. That quickly led to us applying for and securing a Tuesday residency at Bar Rumba in Central London.
What do you think are your biggest achievements so far as a DJ?
DJing at British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park Festival during the summer of 2017.
Where can people check out your current projects? Any forthcoming gigs?
The best way to check out my current projects, is by keeping an eye on my Twitter handle at @meltingpot4u, as well as the official Soulsa website at www.soulsa.co.uk.
What do you think the future holds for you as a DJ?
Very good question. I’m a planner but I try not to think too far ahead. What’s more important for me is to enjoy the now. Time will tell…ha ha ha.
What one piece of advice would you give to someone trying to make it as a DJ?
Take the time to learn your craft and do it for nothing other than the love of music.
Favourite music artists?
Goodness. There are just way too many to mention. I would find it much easier to talk about my favourite genres. I grew up loving Hip-Hop, but in more recent years, I’ve gravitated more towards Jazz, Funk, Soul, Latin and Brazilian sounds.
What do you like getting up to on your days off from DJing?
Music rules everything around me. If I’m not DJing, I like to support my friends in the industry, by going to their events, or I check out the odd live gig. Otherwise, I’m at home chilling or searching for new music. Whenever I can, I also try to catch up with close friends and family.
What are your links with Crouch End?
I’m a local in Crouch End, so I’m often in the area crate-digging at record shops like Audio Gold and Flashback Records.
Final words to the people of North London?
Give yourselves a massive pat on the back. You live on the right side of the river…ha ha ha.
Mark Anthony’s official website can be found at www.markanthonymusic.net