DD0527 - Steve Proctor Artwork with Whit

This week Steve Proctor returns to Dusk Dubs, for part two of his life in Music.



"Welcome to the second instalment of my occasional series for Dusk dubs which charts my musical evolution with a playlist of tracks which are significant in at evolution.

This session picks up where the last session left off in 1976
DD0440), and it was agreed with Dusk Dubs HQ that I would cover the years 1976 to 1986 this time.

I had originally attempted to offer chronological notes to accompany the session, but after two crashes in which I lost four hours writing, and then three hours writing, I have come to the conclusion that this particular session is best offered with a brief summary so here goes.

As per session one, each track has been chosen to specifically mark a particular moment, which I have identified as being important in the development of my musical psyche. Where this differs, is it also covers the beginning, and in fact my whole time as a DJ in Liverpool.


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1) Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant (1976)
2) Dillinger - Cocaine In My Brain (1976)
3) Bryan Ferry - This Is Tomorrow (1977)
4) Ultravox - Quiet Man (1978)
5) The Normal - Warm Leatherette (1978)
6) Human League - Being Boiled (1979)
7) Kraftwerk - Robots (1979)
8) Tubeway Army - When The Machines Rock (1979)
9) Yellow Magic Orchestra - Firecracker(1979)
10) Gino Soccio - Dancer (1979)
11) Rodney Franklin - The Groove (1980)
12) Japan - Quiet Life (1980)
13) Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart (1980)
14) Yello - Bostich (1980)
15) Visage - Tar (1980)
16) Simple Minds - I Travel (1980)
17) Heaven 17 - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang (12'' Mix) (1981)
18) New Order - Everything's Gone Green (1981)
19) Soft Cell - Memorabilia (1981)
20) Patrick Cowley - Megatron Man (1981)
21) Divine - Native Love (Step By Step) (1982)
22) Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force - Planet Rock (1982)
23) Grandmaster Flash - Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel (1982)
24) Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense (1983)
25) The Cure - The Walk (1983)
26) Cabaret Voltaire - Yashar (1984)
27) Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax (The last seven inches) (1983)
28) Big Audio Dynamite - The Bottom Line (1985)
29) The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary (Howling Mix) (1985)
30) Farley Jackmaster Funk & Daryl Pandy - Love Can't Turn Around (1986)

"The first three years in this set, 1976,77 and 1978 and in fact Gino Soccio from 1979, are all tracks which I'd heard being played by other DJs, or which I had sourced as a result of my working in a record shop. From the rest of 1979 onwards, all the music is directly related to my beginnings and career as a DJ. 

I was inspired to become a DJ by two other DJs who were significant in my early development. The first was Norman Killon from Erics in Liverpool, and the second was Mike Davidson from a club called Hollywood in Liverpool.

Between these two DJs I learnt the basics of what I think makes a DJ. I learned how to play different types of music, I learned that there was a lot of different music available to a D, I learned to read a crowd, and I also learned how to program music in order to make it flow to the best enjoyment of everybody. 

I learned that you can ONLY play with passion if you truly want to succeed as a DJ, and I learned that you had to find the music to express that passion to help establishing a unique identity as a DJ. A DJ has to know the music that they're playing inside out, they have to believe in it, they have to love it, they have to believe that they want to play the record to a group of people, even if it means that maybe it will clear a dance floor at the beginning, it's about having a belief and a passion for that track. 

And that's why my selection from the bulk of 1979 onwards to 1986, is comprised of tracks which for me were absolute game changes, and were absolutely massive tracks for me in relation to my developing my own career, expressing myself personally, and making people dance whilst leading them into the future.

It's apparent as you listen to the set, that my sounds and styles were early electronic dance music and up-tempo dance music, and the overall feel throughout the set is one of 'Proto Balearic, Proto acid house music, and all the terms that have become known now. 

1979 and 1980 and 1981 were probably the most three most significant years for me in my development as a DJ. I was working in a record shop where I had access to incredible stock, and was able to order anything from all over the world, whilst also being in a position where I was playing four nights a week as a DJ, and able to experiment and work and develop a relationship with people that allowed me to break records, whilst also developing my skills as a DJ as far as programming, reading a crowd, and the technical skills, because I was playing five hours a night, four nights a week. In every situation I was warming up myself, playing in the peak of the night, breaking records and  playing those records as floor fillers. It was the best education and opportunity I could have ever had, and it certainly informed my DJ style when I came to London. 

I know that will be the topic for my next dusk dubs session, which will cover the music that was influential and significant for me for the first 10 years I was in London. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this set, and apologies again for not being able to provide extensive notes as I provided last time. 

Thank you all again for listening and for your time, enjoy