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Ian Geoffrey Levine (born 22 June 1953),[1] is a British songwriterproducer, and DJ. A noted moderniser of Northern soul music in the UK, and a developer of the style of Hi-NRG, he has written and produced records with sales totalling over 40 million.[2] Levine is also a noted former fan of the long-running television show Doctor Who.[3]

 

 

Levine began collecting Motown records from the age of 13, building a collection sourced from both UK record shops and those that his visited on family holidays to Miami and New Orleans.[4] This later extended to him becoming an avid collector of soul, R&B, and Northern soul.[2][4] After his parents emigrated to the Caribbean in 1979, Levine sold the bulk of his record collection to fund the purchase of a home in London.[2]

Having attended some of the early Northern soul all-nighters at “The Twisted Wheel” nightclub in Manchester with DJ Stuart Bremner,[2][4] on leaving school in 1971 he became a disc jockey at the Blackpool Mecca.[8][2][4] Levine joined other DJ’s in travelling to Stoke on Trent to join the Northern soul all-nighter “Torch”, which was quickly shut down but was the fore runner of the Wigan Casino events, which Levine opened.[4] Working with fellow DJ Colin Curtis, the pair was responsible for guiding the Northern Soul scene away from its oldies-only policy and towards modern soul and disco.[2][4] This resulted in BBC Radio 1‘s DJ John Peel travelling to Blackpool to interview Levine.[2]

In 1979, Levine began advising London‘s gay disco Heaven on its set-up.[2] He subsequently became the club’s first resident DJ [9], remaining through most of the 1980s.[2][5] Ian was also one of the first DJ’s to mix records in the UK.[10]

 

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