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James Winfield was destined to be the most imperiously superlative inspiration blah blah blah...oh cut the bullshit.
Why do so many DJs have the most banal biographies full of marketing shite?
House music has always been in my life ever from primary school days in the late 1980's. I may have been lucky enough to have had a stable and supportive family but growing up in Hull as a teenager was a particularly miserable, difficult and troublesome experience which I wouldn't wish on anyone.
It may sound a bit soppy but thanks to house music I still had hope of a better life. I longed from the age of 12 to visit nightclubs, my dreamt vision of utopia and joy was to be on the dancefloor. Pete Tong's Essential Selection on a Friday night was the 2-3 hours of my life every week that were my happiest. House music was my saviour.
At school almost nobody shared my love for all things dance music. Absolutely nobody in all-white and ever-so-slightly (at the time) racist Hull liked jungle music. Most were into Blur/Oasis. Not for me. At university everyone loved cheese. I would maybe get 20 minutes of dance music on a night out.
It wasn't until around 2005/06 when I discovered a sizeable group of friends that loved the same music as me - though by then I was pushing minimal and the likes of Villalobos/Loco Dice/Sven Vath and nobody wanted to know...at least back then.
I still love the dancefloor, I am from the dancefloor but it is time to give something back.
House music has given so much to me. It is time to return the favour.
I hope you will join me.