another 2Klub discovery, is becoming well-known for his unique
style, not only in the clubs across the North of England where he
has played most frequently, but also nationally and now internationally.
A 2002 survey placed him in the Top 40 of DJs internationally, which
is a phenomenally rapid rise to fame since our first meeting in January
2000. I have had no role in his later fame and success, but I did
give him his first professional residency, which helped start him
Eddie combines hard tunes with superb scratching effectively re-mixing
live! He's both a born showman, interacting with the crowd and working
them up to a frenzy, as well as an extremely accomplished technician
on the decks.
I first heard him playing at a house party in Birkenhead in January
2000, after his enthusiastic friends had insisted that I see and hear
him play. I was impressed and offered him a residency soon afterwards.
Click for an eight minute video of the night I met Eddie, (viewable
in Real One Player)
for the quality, which isn't great, as the camera didn't have a light,
and the picture deteriorates when compressed. However, you should
still be able to get a sense of the moment.
We met at the launch of Totally Mashed, (later renamed
Good Greef). I'll get more video of that event up when I
get 'round to it - later this year I hope.
Though this sounds like a dream come true, (friends get promoter to
hear mate play at house party, gets residency, becomes superstar DJ),
it is actually what happened. I take no credit for Eddie's fame, other
than having had the nouce to spot talent when I came across it and
giving him his first chance. The rest has been down to Eddie.
|He played for
2Klub in Manchester, on our float at The Love
Parade in Leeds in the Summer of 2000, and then for 2Klub's event,
SWEAT, in Birmingham.
Eddie's initial guest appearances included Totally Mashed and
Good Greef in Manchester, Jump in Sheffield, and Sundissential
North in Leeds. He then went on to secure residencies with
Raukous at Bed in Sheffield, Sundissential
in Birmingham , Garlands in Liverpool and Gatecrasher.
In 2001 he toured South Africa and January 2002 saw MixMag
featuring Eddie's talents with a free cover CD, Bosch! Those
who had heard only that CD got a hint of what he can do. It was
an appetiser to a main course best enjoyed live, in part because he
jealously guards his scratching technique - before he became recognised
nationally he would never release demo or promo CDs in case other
DJs could work out what he was doing!
After a productive time with the Tidy Trax DJ agency,
in 2002 Eddie switched to join Serious after being
approached by Judge Jules, (the agency run by his
brother Sam), and one of the most influential and significant in the
UK at this time, (see the DJ agencies section on the Community
"Politics" in the music business generally is a minefield,
and Eddie realised this from the start. Apart from being a skillful
manipulator of vinyl, he is extremely careful and considered in his
management of his relationships with the people he works with, a very
useful skill in the development of a successful DJing career.
If there can be said to be any criticism of his position as a DJ,
it is his disregard for music production. In a recent article in MixMag
he claimed to be focusing on DJing rather than production, something
which has been met with raised eyebrows by many well-established DJs
and something of a curiosity as he has qualifications in music technology.
Amongst many well-established DJs, the greatest regard goes to those
who have developed new styles of music and pushed the boundaries.
This has only been possible by those who are involved in its production.
For Eddie to dismiss production is to them to deny himself the possibility
of achieving the level of respect accorded to the world's best.
Since the days of Eddie's first residency at 2Klub in 2000, to today,
he has traveled a meteoric path, going from strength to strength,
playing both nationally and internationally. His
story is the realisation of the dream of almost every young DJ.