Interview with Dave Wakeham , on Wirral Radio with Desa from baseheads

Short Biography

 

Originally from Liverpool England , Radio wise , Dave Wakeham was influenced by the great DJs of the seventies from Radio Luxembourg, BBC radio 1 . Club wise , the jazz funk and soul club DJs , This took him on a long journey through the world of DJ based entertainment.

Starting at the age of sixteen Dave Wakeham became one of the youngest radio presenters and shortly after took him around the world through various agencies during the eighties to eventually end up in Hamburg Germany at the beginning of the nineties.

Throughout the years Dave has produced over a thousand hours of radio, worked in over forty clubs, in ten different countries, and now speaks fluent German as well as his native English.

Radio Podcasts.

Striaght out of the box is a series of informative radio shows by Dave Wakeham dating back over fourty years, pulled out of a massive archive, click on any selection to listen via audio stream from mix cloud or go to mix cloud and obtain more.

 

Straight out of the box , Dave Wakeham presents over fourty years of club music give it a listen and you can experience more on mixcloud here.


Over 40 Clubs in many countries and incredible amounts of music.

By the time I was nineteen I had already done several private party’s in locations all over the north west, My first real live DJ experience was a 14 year olds Birthday I was 16 at the time. I had already been out and about with some of the older DJs on larger events and picked up a lot of interesting tips. My Club work started suddenly one evening when my father called up a pub where I was at one Thursday evening and told me that , Leighton Court Country Club need a Disc Jockey straight away. I drove home picked up my records and got there fast.

A Brief History:

 It has been a long long journey through many countries clubs and music styles.

In the beginning I was heavily influenced by those top DJs on the likes of Radio Luxembourg 208 and Radio Caroline.

Radio Caroline was a pirate radio station broadcasting from a ship in the North Sea. Radio Luxembourg broadcast from the grand duchy, both renowned for personality DJs and influencing the youth of the time with some great music. There is a lot of history about both of those radio stations to be found all over the internet.

Back in those days we didn’t have the technology that we have today, equipment ( if any)  was expensive, most of it was homemade or made by small companies serving that growing industry. I started like many a budding DJ at the time, by practicing in my bedroom with a reel to reel tape machine a microphone a record player and some records. In fact recently I found a tape of me practicing but I won’t be embarrassing myself by putting it on here.

At the age of sixteen I was a member of a local Hospital radio station. I realized I had a passion for music, radio broadcasting and producing radio shows. Kenny Everett definitely had a massive influence on me for his incredible work in producing interesting radio content; he actually stretched the technological possibilities to the limits at the time and may I add taking four hours to produce a few minutes of content..


Club Work.

By the time I was nineteen I had already done several private party’s in locations all over the north west, My first real live DJ experience was a 14 year olds Birthday I was 16 at the time. I had already been out and about with some of the older DJs on larger events and picked up a lot of interesting tips. My Club work started suddenly one evening when my father called up a pub where I was at one Thursday evening and told me that , Leighton Court Country Club need a Disc Jockey straight away. I drove home picked up my records and got there fast.

Leighton Court: shortly before being demolished

After a successful Thursday night ( for a group of Carlett Park college students ) I was asked to come back again and again until eventually I was working many nights on an almost full time basis all over the North West.

One must remember that at this time , Disc Jockeys had to research and find sources for good music , usually importers willing to let you have the latest music a lot of time was consumed getting hold of the tunes to play on the various nights.

At the beginning of the eighties I was meeting up with other Disc Jockeys who were working abroad, and eventually left the north west of England to pursue a career as full time professional Disc Jockey working in almost forty clubs in ten countries.


 

Working for various agents all over the place can be quite exciting but it also has its draw backs , especially being a foreigner in a foreign country not knowing the language, getting stuck when the car has broken down , having no work for a few months can also drain the bank account.  It’s a very steep learning curve on self-management and organisation.

Scandinavia,Tromso is about 300 kilometers above the arctic circle and at the time about five British Disc jockeys worked in that city and many in surrounding areas would converge on the place to buy records. I found it fascinating that despite the weather everything was still happening as normal , but obviously with a different infrastructure.

Tromso Norway : View from my apartment

I spent about two years touring Scandinavia and enjoyed every minute of it , due to licencing laws at the time we didnt really work too many hours. 

Luxembourg

The grand duchy and home of Radio Luxembourg was a place that many British DJs frequented,especially the white rose pub,  I worked the royal Bugatti club which is no longer there.


 The Posemuckel as it was called was a traditional German Bierdorf concept ( Beer Village.)

Posemuckel is a fictitious name for a place , The Pose as it was called by the locals was known as " the place that no one admitted to having ever been, or knowing where it was. But every Tuesday, Thursday,Friday and Saturday it was so full that it would take you twenty minutes to get from the back disco to the exit.

When you met someone in there that claimed to never go there they would say they just happened to be passing by or needed small change for the pub over the road.

The Posemuckel was in the Bleichenbrücke 10 in Hamburg down stairs in the cellar of a large shopping Centre. There were twelve bars and three discos to choose from catering for all ages and all sorts of events. So you could either party to 60s -70s oldies and rock music go the the main disco catering for more mainstream charts and disco music, or go to the disco in the back room playing a more sophisticated funky sound.

I completed three separate contracts in the back disco playing such tracks as Chaka Chan, Aint nobody, Hi Tension, Aurra, Fat Larry´s Band, Act like you know, Colonel Abrams, Kool and the Gang mixed in with some Soul and funk Classics.

There was ( as always )  local criticism about this place as some people with somewhat biased opinions considered it " Un-trendy " due to its wide range of entertainment and age group.( but they were also there ) It was well managed, well organized , and well known all over the area. The DJs were professionals, on six month contracts and the atmosphere very lively.

The web site can be seen here www.posemuckel-hamburg.de


SWITZERLAND

La Triplice meaning the Three places , was a fascinating little Disco in Nyon , upstairs was a restaurant ground level a bar and café open all day, downstairs the disco I worked there several months and enjoyed exploring the ancient buildings along the lakeside.

Nyon is in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. Located some 25 kilometers north east of Geneva's city center and on the lake Geneva part of the metropolitan area of Geneva.


Trinity Hamburg

The Discotheque trinity opened in 1978 in the Eimsbüttler Chaussee and was undoubtedly one of the best clubs in Hamburg, Its studio 54 style design,fantastic lighting and lazer show along with well managed music program , made it something worth a visit when in Hamburg. I worked there sporadically during its final days, Whilst in Hamburg on a short visit. ( in picture , the Baltic Köln Company yearly party ) Trinity changed names and became, Offline and then Base and then Trinity again, and eventually closed for ever.

There exists a tribute web site to one of Hamburgs, or in fact, one of the best clubs in Europe at the time.

www.trinity-hamburg.de

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Aftershave was a club on a slip road from the famous Reeperbahn in Hamburg , capacity about 300 open 6 days a week. The club opened in 1978 in a different loction and moved nearer to St Pauli. I worked there from 1992 until 1996 probably one of the longest residencies, It was no doubt one of the best clubs I worked in, great sound , in house record collection contained everything that I had ever played as DJ in impeckable condition. A well looked after JBL sound system would greet me every Saturday and Sunday evening. Unfortunately nothing lasts forever and I moved on.

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KAIFUL LODGE SPORT CENTRE

Kaifu Lodge was one of Hamburgs favorite sports centers presenting six major events a year.

I consulted them on various issues over a period of three years and we built up the events from a three hundred  to two thousand capacity even, with extra level dance floor.  


Just a selection of the many clubs i have worked in , and all of them had many memories and particular historic values attached to them


CEBIT Hannover 


STAIRCASE BERLIN


REWIND


 

 

 

 

Dave Wakeham doesn’t concentrate on only one music field, unless it’s a club residency or a particular concept to adhere to. After years of in-depth study and hands on experience in many musical eras its possible to specialize or mix the various types into one very interesting night.

Present Day.

Current mainstream/club danceable tunes mixed with hits from previous years to suit a mature audience as a whole night set ( about five hours ) between bands, speeches, live acts with or without moderation, suitable for a company event or after trade fair breakdown or in a bar atmosphere.

Rock Orientated: Mix of old and new rock classics for a mature audience 

Deep house or vocal house mix , current club sound mixed with the best nineties house selection.

 

The 90s

Ministry of sound style retro house, uplifting dance tunes, or hits from that  time can also be mixed with the 90s mainstream/club tunes and some 90s lounge sound. Dave also had a large selection of sophisticated ambient soul and jazz elements.

The 80s

A great era for pop music in all its diversity, however, Dave can also play a massive repertoire of retro soul and funk from the late seventies to early eighties. Music from Phil Collins, Prince, Michael Jackson, or the retro soul stars like Luther Vandross , Alexander O’Neil, James Brown just to name a few.

Retro Soul & Funk Program

This is an enjoyable mix of good soul funk and jazz funk classic tunes from the mid seventies up to early eighties; can also include northern soul and Motown classics or emphasize more on the jazz funk era of the time. Expect Roy Ayers , Lonnie Liston Smith , George Duke, Narada Michael Walden Invisible mans band and a whole lot more tunes you may not have heard of for a while.

70s Rock and Pop Classics

Can be mixed with modern day rock tunes to create an interesting mixed ages group rock night. Deep Purple meets Red Hot Chili Peppers or AC-DC Classics get mixed up with some of the today’s rock 

For very special themes, how about a 60s 70s Soul or Pop music show Recreate the Studio 54 theme, 80s sound or New wave, it can be just as authentic as having been there at the time.

There are many ideas for good party themes too and its evolving. that perfect program for that perfect party..

THE MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH KNOWLEDGE

Dave Wakeham doesn’t concentrate on only one music field, unless it’s a club residency or a particular concept to adhere to for an event.

After years of in-depth study and hands on experience through many musical eras its possible to specialize or mix various types of music into one very interesting night.

Mixing the different genres is called the surprise effect, you would never know what is going to come up next , but it seems to fit into the previous record somehow. This knocks the spots of spotify.

Specializing or grouping certain geners appeals to sophisticated audience and this is what Dave is able to do without moving out of focus.


SOPHISTICATION ELEMENT NuJazz latin bossa salsa lounge grooves.

There is so much good high quality music out there and from Daves radio show future sound of radio Dave brings a mix of classic dance floor jazz and music from artists with an edge on jazz, electronic beats, modern funk, afro-cuban rhythms, jazz funk, bossa, samba trip hop, drum and bass soul latin lounge and grooves to make you move, for a discerning audience.

Expect the best of the bunch. 


 Today......

Current mainstream/club danceable tunes mixed with hits from previous years to suit a mature audience in a whole night set ( about five hours ) between bands, speeches, live acts with or without moderation, suitable for a company event or after trade fair breakdown or in a bar atmosphere.

 


 

House Deep House Vocal House mix

The peak time for house music was undoubtedly the late eighties to mid nineties this could be a five hour full on session taking some current club sounds and mixing up a best of house selection. A ministry of sound style retro house, uplifting dance tunes like Lil Louis, Cajmere, Masters at Work, Armand Van Helden, Daft Punk, Pete Heller, Eric Prydz,  Fedde Le Grand, kalkbrenner, Crystal Waters, 2 Puerto Ricans a Blackman & a Dominican, Adeva ,Basement Jaxx, Bizarre Inc, Black Box, Blaze, Bob Sinclar, Clivilles & Cole, Frankie Knuckles, Groove Armada , Incognito, Robert Owens, Shapeshifters,  X-Press 2, Stardust,  Joey Negro, Phats & Small, Silicone Soul, Azzido Da Bass and a whole lot more vital vinyl tunes to keep you dancing all night long. 


 THE EIGHTIES

A great era for pop music in all its diversity, Music from Phil Collins, Prince, Michael Jackson, or the retro soul stars like Luther Vandross , Alexander O’Neil, James Brown Jocelyn brown just to name a few. Please don’t write in and say I forgot Fat Larry, Frankie Beverly, U2 or simple minds , Its all there in the box. 

THE NEW WAVE

Simple Minds , Tears for fears , Depeche Mode Human League just to mention a few......


Retro Soul & Funk Program 

This is an enjoyable mix of good soul funk and jazz funk classic tunes from the mid seventies up to early eighties; can also include northern soul and Motown classics or emphasize more on the jazz funk era of the time. Expect Roy Ayers, Level 42, Lonnie Liston Smith, George Duke, Narada Michael Walden, Invisible mans band, James brown and a whole lot more tunes you may not have heard of for a while, or even forgotten about, good funky dance music.

 


CLASSIC ROCK MEETS TODAYS ROCK

Mix of old and new rock classics for a mature audience five hour session 

This is where bands like AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jim Morrison meet Arctic Monkeys , Pearl Jam,Vol Beat, Nirvana , Queens Of The Stone age and more in a sophisticated mix of quality rock music to create a great rock party, this would also include some of those great classics from the last forty years, perfectly programmed to create a crescendo of massive mega rock hits.


 THE SIXTEES

A massive repertoire of music stretching beyond three decades can be mixed with modern day music to create an interesting mixed age group party night. For very special themes, how about a 60s 70s Soul or Pop music show Recreate the Studio 54 theme, 80s sound or new wave, it can be just as authentic as having been there at the time.

There are many ideas for good party themes too and its evolving. that perfect program for that perfect party..


SOUND SYSTEMS - LIGHTING - LAZER - LIVE STAGE ACTS

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DAVE WAKEHAM Talks about multimedia and art.

This Is a Tribute to Dave Eastwood.

Dave was probably a member of the first generation of Disc Jockeys , both broadcasting and in live events, I worked with Dave in Leighton Court on the Wirral back in 1980 as well as meeting up with him on my travels in Luxembourg. As a young budding DJ at the time I picked up a lot of tips from him, he did a great job of entertaining his public and maintained a steady flow of interesting and informative radio shows. Unfortunately no longer with us but many memories of some fun times in the past.

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