Ian Geoffrey Levine (born 22 June 1953), is a British songwriter, producer, 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. Levine is also a noted former fan of the long-running television show Doctor Who.
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. This later extended to him becoming an avid collector of soul, R&B, and Northern soul. 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.
Having attended some of the early Northern soul all-nighters at “The Twisted Wheel” nightclub in Manchester with DJ Stuart Bremner, on leaving school in 1971 he became a disc jockey at the Blackpool Mecca. 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. 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. This resulted in BBC Radio 1‘s DJ John Peel travelling to Blackpool to interview Levine.
In 1979, Levine began advising London‘s gay disco Heaven on its set-up. He subsequently became the club’s first resident DJ , remaining through most of the 1980s. Ian was also one of the first DJ’s to mix records in the UK.