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Welcome thank you for visiting my site here is a little info on myself,  I have been in the Rockin' scene since I was at school, the usual applies to Rockin' people my age growing up listening to modern bands in the late 70s all through to the 80s such as the, The Polecats, The Jets, The Stray Cats and many others that were on the scene at the time. In my later years I have had the pleasure of booking some of these, and becoming friends of these guys.  My influence came from like most, my Parents and Grandparents. plus the bands that were around when I was a teenager. From an early age I would hear Rock 'N' Roll tunes being played particularly Elvis.  My Mother was a big Elvis and Tommy Steele fan,  my Father was more of a country fan  I would have to say the person that gave me most of my inspiration for music and who I owe a great deal to is my late grandfather who I lived with in my teenage years after my father passed.

 

This man was constantly playing  country music morning, noon, and night, artists like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Jim Reeves, Charlie Rich, and as you can imagine my passion grew and grew for great music.

I had many friends that took me to the rockin' gigs at an early age in the 80's to many to mention so if I miss you out I apologise. There were a lot of local gigs at the time and my friends took me to these mainly, Mick Wilson who has become a lifelong friend & at a later date my best man.  I think my first real experience of rockabilly outside of my area was the Head Stone at Harrow where friends Gill and her partner took me at just 14/15 years of age. I was let in as a favour, 'what a gig' another friend who took me places like the Kempston Rovers at Bedford was Rick Burgess (Rockin' Rick). He used to take me everywhere as he was a DJ; this happened from the age of 13 to 16 he would pick me up from my grandparents when I was staying there as he lived round the corner I even used to practice as a dj then on Rick's Danset Decks.  Through the years I went to many gigs never out of the scene, places like the Horn of Plenty St Albans, Silks London, various weekenders and many others.

I am now married and have been since 1989 and have a great wife & 3 great children.

Jumping a few years I started promoting gigs in about 1989 at local clubs for various pubs, clubs etc  then I starting hiring venues out myself and promoted these from about 1994 I have had various clubs, Western Union (two venues) The Rec, Rushden Diamonds, The Cock Tavern (London) Ashton , gigs in & around the London to MK area. I really started as a dj by accident I was promoting a gig and Cat Talk Lee Russell was my resident DJ which he done a great job of, but after a while the club was struggling and my wife Sharon said to me we can’t afford to keep paying a DJ...you have the records so why not have a go. So when we moved our club I brought myself some record decks and that's how I became a DJ. I have played many clubs aside from my own venues, for example Resident DJ at Thunderbird, 100 Club London, Resident at the Ace Cafe London, Brighton Beach all day events, Hemsby Rock 'N' Roll Weekenders, various festivals, The Rhythm Riot, Atomic Festival, Hillbilly Hop London, The Cock Tavern London, Dingwalls London, Get Rhythm festival Italy, Viva Las Vegas Festival, The Shakedown, The 2Rs Soho, various corporate gigs I have worked for universal music alongside lookalikes, comedians etc as a few years back I did  resemble to Ricky Gervais so I was told and hey if they want to pay me for playing Rock 'N' Roll or acting the fool trying to dance like David Brent who am I to complain.

 

I have had the pleasure of playing along side friends and great Dj's The Flat Top Brothers, Pete Bruce, Little Diane, Trevor Collins, Paul Ansell, Kelvin’s Red Hot Rhythm, Little Carl, Mouse, Memphis Paul, Big Beat Kris, Tojo, Skinny Jim, to name but a few.  I am currently one the resident Dj and entertainments manager at the world famous ACE Cafe London which is a dream to me and I love it, this place has got to be one of the top venues in the country.  I am currently running gigs under the umbrella of Guntrip Enterprises where we promote a variety of events such as The Caddy Club Bedfordshire, The Southgate Club London and The Rubberneckin' Club Harrow London.

Most recently I have obtained ownership of the world’s longest running Rock 'N' Roll Weekender HEMSBY! It has always been a dream of mine to have my own weekender so when the opportunity came up I took it and never looked back. I then have gone on to start a brand new camping festival "VINTAGE MANIA" based in Cambridgeshire on a lovely clean campsite.

I have also had the chance to compere, and stage manage gigs many thanks to the ace cafe for this as since I first compared for the ace I have had many opportunities. My favourite bands on the circuit in recent years are Nick Willett, No9, Go Getters, Blue Flames, Gene Gambler & the Shufflers, The Infernos, Darrell Higham, The Railmen, Hank 111, Slim Slip & the Sliders, Jack Baymoore, Hot Boogie Chillun, John Lewis, Drugstore Cowboys, Smokestack lightning, Jack Rabbit Slim and many more. My main musical influences are Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, Sonny Burgess, Eddie Cochran, Billy fury, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Burnette, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, Bobby Darin, Mac Curtis, Glen Glen, Joe Clay, Charlie Feathers, Johnny Carroll, Hal Harris, Sleepy La Beef (I even like Sinatra & Dean Martin).there is loads more that I like and enjoy playing and listening to from Rock 'N' Roll to Country to many to mention.

I believe that as a dj my job is to entertain the audience and play a variety of rock 'n' roll/rockabilly to cater for all so if I haven’t bored you too much and and you would like to book me for an event whether it is to dj, compere, stage manage please feel free to contact me, many thanks to you for taking the time to visit the site & many thanks to my friends & family that have supported me thanks to Alan Mills (lead singer of Coast to

Coast) for all his advice over the years.  Many thanks to the Ace Cafe. Thanks to everyone who reads this for keeping the music and scene alive. I hope you enjoy the site.

 

Take care

Bill

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