Well what a hectic few months for the JFSN team!! hardly had time to catch our breath!
The new residency @ REMIX is really begining to take off and the word is out that Hertfordshire has a brand new No1 soul venue to rival the best!
REMIX is great for myself Mark & Daz as we get to play the choons YOU all ask for.. from the classic Caister choons to the new stuff that Daz somehow digs up (with a bit of help from the Soul Provider Keith).
The launch night back in September is what started it all off, mine and Marks dream of starting our own local soul night was up and running! The chance to work for the first but hopefully not the last time with our boyhood heroes Chris Hill & Greg Edwards who have always been our inspiration is something we will remember for along time!
Myself and Mark still look at eachother and say well we are on our way to the targets we set ourselves and we both know that we can't rest on our lorrals as there is still a lot of hard work, time and effort to be put in, which we both along with Daz Lovelock are up for and looking forward to!
Chris Hill has become a friend as well as a long time hero of mine before we actually had Hilly down to REMIX we spent alot of time on the phone talking about how to build our night etc and he gave us a lot of good advice and input! his night was great and although hes now 64 he still knows how to play a crowd...
Greg Edwards ... what can we say about this man?? what a fantastic man and still my all time favourite DJ .. the man still manages to charm the audience and keep them in the palm of his hand hanging on his every word! and i dont think you can wish to meet a nicer guy and after his set at REMIX he stayed around back stage to have a chat with myself and Mark and have some photos taken and even took time out to do an interview with Dave from SOULM8 magazine! and long after evryone had gone he still stood and offered us advice and encouragement outside the club before a long 3 hour drive back home to Hampshire!! another hero of ours that has become a friend!!
As most of you know the REMIX nights depend on you guys giving us the support and encouragement we need!! we will try and get as many top names down as possible over the coming months and in the new year some top name bands from the world of soul... The nights will be the biggest and best Hertfordshire has to offer and with you we can make it work!!
Thats why in return we want to keep the prices for the nights down to the minimum to save you money but still give you a great night out!!
The price of £5 early bird (booked on line) and £6 on the night is the idea of myself and Mark as we want as many people to get the chance to see the people we book for as little as possible!! The nights that have the JFSN DJ team appearing will be ONLY £3!!!! what more can we do 3 quid for a night of top choons at Hertfordshires No1 soul venue!!
The Coach & Horses in the old town Stevenage is still up and running every last friday in the month!! and for those that cant make REMIX its a way to keep topped up on your dose of Jazz funk & soul... these nights see myself, Mark Almond and Daz Lovelock with various guest DJs like Steve Day (med soul) and The Soul Provider (Marquess) on alternate months!
Caister... wow what a weekend that was!! top choons top people and a great friendly atmosphere!! Greg again was the main man but Ian Reading (zero radio) stole the show with his set that not only rocked the main room but stepped on a few toes at Caister but we wont say too much about that or myself and Mark will never get our invite to play next years Caister!! lol
Caister choon of the weekend for me was Bah Rhumba- Lets the drums speak played by Pete Collins at the after party on sunday night!
Thanks again for all the support your all giving at REMIX and with the website etc please keep it up!! and if you cant get to the club dont forget we are still at The Coach in high street Stevenge!
Ivans Top Ten Choons
1. Bah Rhumb..... Let the drums speak
2. Solo..... Blowing my mind
3. Mark Evans..... This thing called love
4. Haggis Horns/Mary J Blighe..... The Real Horn (Mark Almond's JFSN Mix)
5. Ivan Matias..... Somebody knows how you feel
6. Donald Byrd..... Loving you
7. Jay W Mcgee..... When we party
8. Blackbox / Jade..... Fall into my love
9. Mario Biondi..... This is what you are
10.Cerrone / Jocely Brown.....Hooked on love