THE SOUL CELLAR
Each week the ‘Soul Cellar Crew’ dig deep into their cellars to play the most wonderful Soul, Disco & Jazz Funk mixes on SUNDAYS 4pm-6pm (GMT) with DJ’s Jim, Andy, Phil.
THE SOUL CELLAR
Al B says : I got the DJ bug after providing all the discs and getting involved with the school discos in the mid 70’s. One of my first DJ assignments was in The Turntable Club at Temple Back (Now an office development) during the heights of the Soul, Funk and Disco era. I got into funk/soul after going to bars like the Guildhall Tavern and The Assize courts in Bristol City Centre. My musical influences were (and still are)
- Brass Construction
- James Brown
- Fatback Band
- Roy Ayers
… and all things funky. Once family life took over, the DJing stopped and was not until the late 90’s I persuaded a good friend to form the Funk Mob. This all started after seeing the success of Soul Train and realised people wanted to hear all those classic sounds from way back, and though was not a rival to them, it sort of complemented it as those attending were more into the Funk. But my friend became ill and in 2003 he sadly died so decided not to continue with The Funk Mob.
Shortly after his death the Soul Train gang asked me to DJ at one of their events at McClusky’s and have been part of the Soul Train collective ever since. I and fellow Soul Cellar DJ, Phil Small restarted The Funk Mob to play at events when we can. More of a tribute and memory to our long lost soul and funk brother Nick Tuchband. It still amazes me that the tunes I play both on The Soul Cellar Show and in bars and clubs, are still as popular now as they were nearly 40 years on. (now that makes me feel old) I did not imagine back in the 70’s that I would still be DJing at 52, but hey, you’re never too old to stop enjoying yourself.
The Soul Cellar Crew