BRIAN Rae has been a Northern Soul DJ for the last 45 years. He’s been a leading name on the Northern Soul scene from the very beginning and is a true original and innovator. He began DJing in the 1960s on the early mod scene and grew into Northern Soul as the scene developed, with residencies at legendary venues such as The Twisted Wheel and Wigan Casino.
Brian has dedicated his life to soul music and with his knowledge and persistence, over the years, has built up a record collection that can only be called world class.
He’s playing the opening night of Big City Soul, so I caught up with him for this week’s ECHO music Q&A…
Are you looking forward to playing Liverpool?
Yes, I’ve been playing Liverpool on and off for a long time, since the day’s of The Iron Door, Pink Parrot and in the 2000’s The Sink Club.
What’s on your stereo today?
Hank Hodge – An Eye For an Eye
What was the first album you bought?
A Coasters’ album. Cannot think of the title – it had Charlie Brown on it which I’d bought as a single.
Which musician do you most admire, and why? Loads! You see what I like about musicians is the good ones not only play well but have an ability to see what tune will fit with whatever lyrics. If I had a piece of paper with lyrics on it I couldn’t tell you if it should be sung fast, slow or midtempo. A musician’s talent for me, lies in that he can sit down and work out all these things and end up with a product with massive public appeal.
What are your three favourite albums of all time?
Here’s Little Richard by Little Richard, Temptin Temptations by The Temptations and Up All Night by various artists – one of the albums l compiled. More