Hi all and thank you for taking the time to read the latest edition of ‘The Music Connection’.
For this edition, I interviewed the North London based DJ and music connoisseur, DJ Sue.
So Sue, how did you first get into the music industry?
I’ve been obsessed with music since I was a small child. I started DJing when I was a student at Portsmouth Polytechnic (now Portsmouth University). I DJ’d there on Friday nights in the student union for most of the three years I was there. I played Rock’n’Roll, 60’s beat, Glam, Reggae and Punk Music.
What do you think are your biggest achievements within the music industry so far?
I’ve been DJing regularly since 1978 and currently perform between 2 and 4 gigs a week. I’ve DJ’d at many different places, have held long residencies at various venues in and around North London. I’ve also performed at festivals, many private events and parties. I also have a weekly show on Shoreditch Radio, which has been going strong for six and a half years.
Any forthcoming gigs?
I DJ every Thursday and occasional Fridays, at Joe’s in Camden, on the first Saturday of the month at Howling Hops in Hackney Wick, and at least one other Saturday or Friday there each month; the first Friday of the month at The Chequers in Walthamstow; a monthly Saturday at Brave Sir Robin in Crouch Hill; the third Saturday of the month at the Dragon Bar in Hastings, and the last Friday every two months at the Earl Haig Hall in Crouch End. You can also check out my show on Shoreditch Radio by going to www.shoreditchradio.co.uk. The show is broadcast on Mondays between 6-8pm.
What do you think the future holds in store for DJ Sue?
I really enjoy DJing and doing the radio show and will carry on for as long as people want to book me, audiences like what I do and for as long as I continue to enjoy it! I play a diverse mix of music, from rock’n’roll, twangy instrumentals, 60s beat/psych/soul, Northern Soul, reggae, rock, punk, disco and beyond, mostly on vinyl. I love it when the audience dances and goes crazy, it’s the best feeling ever!
Who are your favourite music artists?
My tastes are very broad, from the late forties to the present day, so it’s difficult to choose, but I love these artists such as Can, Johnny and the Hurricanes, Talk Talk, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Captain Beefheart, Augustus Pablo, Public Image Ltd, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Yo La Tengo and many, many more.
What do you like getting up to on your days off from music?
I’m into plants and gardening and love visiting places like Kew Gardens, the Chelsea Psychic Garden and wild open spaces.
What are your links with Crouch End?
I’ve lived in this area since 1981, which is the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere, and have seen the area change a lot over that time. I also shop there every week for various things, including records, and I DJ at the Earl Haig Hall every two months.
Thanks again for reading this month’s edition, catch you all soon.
Mark Anthony’s official website can be found at www.markanthonymusic.net