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I understand 'Soul Sam' MB was a teacher...

What do / did other top DJ's do for a living?

I don't think many made / make enough from actual DJ payments! Especially if they follow the vinyl only code!

Ed

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21 hours ago, tomangoes said:

I understand 'Soul Sam' MB was a teacher...

What do / did other top DJ's do for a living?

I don't think many made / make enough from actual DJ payments! Especially if they follow the vinyl only code!

Ed

Wasn't Martin a geography teacher? 

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18 minutes ago, Peter99 said:

Richard Searling has had numerous jobs in the music industry. 

 

Most DJ's on the scene have long standing day jobs Pete because they keep being told not to pack them in.  :lol:

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In his DJ'ing days Shifty, (ex 100 Club and all over), was a full time record dealer. Still deals records part time but re-trained and set up business as a plumber :)

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Hiya, does shifty grade his pipe work ? I would hate a job done that said.  Hairline crack but otherwise good +  needs cleaning.  Cheers

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9 hours ago, Peter99 said:

Wasn't Martin a geography teacher? 

History or English I thought???

And wasn't RS a buyer for Morrisons most recently before retirement?

 

Cheers,

Mark R

Edited by Mark R

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I remember talking to Keb Darge and Guy Hennigan in the mid 80s and they were moaning about their jobs. Keb worked in an abattoir and Guy in a carpet shop although it also turned out that they were also 'claiming' at the same time (I think I can mention that now!).

 

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Kev Roberts

Event Promoter and Radio DJ

Most 'name' DJs from the Kings Hall, Blackpool and the like don't have to worry

Probably next division - Rugby and Nuneaton etc do OK

DJs doing Northern nights at the local clubs (even if they're regular) I would guess is a different story.

 

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25 minutes ago, sammy seaman said:

not a top dj by any means but I am a contract welder but judging by the way the contracting game is going might have to rely on the odd booking I get lol

Sammy seaman

Welders always get the cream.

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12 hours ago, Peter99 said:

Wasn't Martin a geography teacher? 

Always thought articulate Martin B was a retired English teacher - though may be wrong . Interesting thread . I've often wondered what business /employment some of the younger djs are in - looking at their high end value , ever developing playlists for guest spots in large main rooms and their own promotions they must have regular access to significant funds 

Sean Chapman - RAF pension & record dealer . 

Edited by andybellwood

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I was a gangster, enforcer, Security boss  M C at raves security consultant, now I'm a retired gangster enforcer, Security boss M C and security consultant but making people happy playing NS was the best job of all

LoL, ML

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12 hours ago, Peter99 said:

Richard Searling has had numerous jobs in the music industry. 

 

Er he was the Lighting and Music buyer for Asda for about 25 years. Prior to that A&R for RCA UK.

I knew someone at nighters who was taught by MB - there used to be button badges saying 'I've been educated by Soul Sam'.

Dx

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33 minutes ago, DaveNPete said:

Er he was the Lighting and Music buyer for Asda for about 25 years. Prior to that A&R for RCA UK.

I knew someone at nighters who was taught by MB - there used to be button badges saying 'I've been educated by Soul Sam'.

Dx

Shows how much I know. 

:elvis:

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56 minutes ago, Hooker1951 said:

I was a gangster, enforcer, Security boss  M C at raves security consultant, now I'm a retired gangster enforcer, Security boss M C and security consultant but making people happy playing NS was the best job of all

LoL, ML

Nice one Mick

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1 hour ago, Hooker1951 said:

I was a gangster, enforcer, Security boss  M C at raves security consultant, now I'm a retired gangster enforcer, Security boss M C and security consultant but making people happy playing NS was the best job of all

LoL, ML

And it was much appreciated.

D&P

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3 hours ago, Mod66 said:

Kev Roberts

Event Promoter and Radio DJ

Most 'name' DJs from the Kings Hall, Blackpool and the like don't have to worry

Probably next division - Rugby and Nuneaton etc do OK

DJs doing Northern nights at the local clubs (even if they're regular) I would guess is a different story.

 

Rugby is in the Prem as an All Nighter....

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I could list lots of fantastic Soul events at every level. Teddington down south - very small but as good as  any major venue

But It's as the starter of the forum asked' do these DJs need day jobs?'

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Do we really think that any DJ on this scene who isn't a significant promoter can afford not to work as a result of their DJ fees (assuming they're not of retirement age of course!)?

 

Cheers,

Mark R

Edited by Mark R

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And yes, I too have to wonder where these young guns get the money to fund the collections they seem to have!

Fair play to 'em like, but you do have to wonder......

Cheers,

Mark R

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23 hours ago, Mark R said:

History or English I thought???

And wasn't RS a buyer for Morrisons most recently before retirement?

 

Cheers,

Mark R

Yes I just came to the computer to correct that - Morrison's not Asda.

Wasn't Steve Whittle a maintenance engineer at Heinz?

Re-the diversity of people on the scene - I went to a few nighters with a professional Thatcher from Littlehampton (near Southampton) way.

Dx

Edited by DaveNPete

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8 hours ago, Peter99 said:

Shows how much I know. 

:elvis:

He gets a mention on the previous thread quoted by Len as working for Morrisons so it looks like you were right Pete, maybe after he left ASDA but that's just guesswork on my part.

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Well I can see that there's a few Bob to be made at a venue pulling in 1000 punters, but they are few and far between. 

Even if a top dj got a grand, there may only be such a pay day once a month etc.

So, as others have suggested, unless they are collecting a pension, it's more than likely they would indeed need a day job to make ends meet.

I suppose it's not as expensive on the records front if they play newer releases.

Still a labour of love, and total respect to them! 

Ed

 

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7 hours ago, Mark R said:

And yes, I too have to wonder where these young guns get the money to fund the collections they seem to have!

Fair play to 'em like, but you do have to wonder......

Cheers,

Mark R

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On 25/03/2017 at 18:19, DaveNPete said:

Yes I just came to the computer to correct that - Morrison's not Asda.

Wasn't Steve Whittle a maintenance engineer at Heinz?

Re-the diversity of people on the scene - I went to a few nighters with a professional Thatcher from Littlehampton (near Southampton) way.

Dx

Deffo worked for Morrisons , we do a lot of their packaging (work in Repro and Flexo plate making) and we used to do the Video & CD bags , I was asked to design a new one once and had to speak to a guy called Richard Searling ! When I rang him I asked if he was THE Richard Searling , to which he replied Yes :thumbsup: So we chatted for a few minutes and he was going to send me some CD's , Togetherness etc . Never bloody got 'em :(:lol:

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Certainly back in the day, the DJ was revered by the young audience who aspired to changing places across the record decks etc.

Another kind of hero was the radio dj.

As a teenager, in South Yorkshire, the main northern soul show was radio hallam 's soul shotgun, with one John Green as host.

Roll forward 30 years or so and I got a call out of the blue about attending a sportsman's evening from a guy called..........

John Green!

The most obvious question to me, if weird to others, was ' your not soul shotgun, are you' ? To which the shocking confirmation came it was!!

Since then I've had plenty of conversations with dj John! 

A small world indeed.

Ed

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