Lime interview - Clubs & Nightlife
Bobby and Steve
With the launch of the Groove Odyssey Sessions Vol 1 Album; Easter Sunday will mark this momentous occasion as they’ll be throwing a huge party with international headliners including, Bobby & Steve, DJ Louie Vega and diva extraordinaire, Barbara Tucker at London's world famous Ministry Of Sound.
In light of London's biggest Soulful House night, Groove Odyssey! We get talking to Bobby & Steve about what to expect....
What can party people expect from your set, styles and sounds at the Groove Odyssey LP Launch ?
We will obviously be dropping tracks from the album, which are going to sounds epic on that sound system. But as always, we'll be playing a soulful house set, which could be deep, jazzy, and disco inspired, but always uplifting. That’s the Bobby & Steve sound.
Do you have any secret weapons you can share with us?
Just watch out for some clever re- edits on the night.
Can you tell us about the Groove Odyssey LP and your mix on it? Also what's new in terms of productions, remixes, projects etc etc?
The Groove Odyssey Sessions Vol 1 LP is a collection of 14 great soulful uplifting tracks, from producers and artistes, old and new, including, Leroy Burgess, Pauline Henry, Louie Vega, Barbara Tucker, Michelle Weeks, Sara Devine,Mr V, Dajae, Sean McCabe, Matt Early, Wipe The Needle, Groove Assassin and yours truly, Bobby & Steve.
It's got some fantastic songs on there, all performed to the highest quality.
Production wise, we've got forthcoming single tracks with Joi Cardwell and Michelle Weeks.
How does playing in London, especially at Groove Odyssey & Ministry Of Sound, compare to other cities or countries and do you count London as one of your favourite spots?
London is, and will always be our favourite spot to play, especially at our own events. We’ve been dj-ing and promoting in London since 1984, and people who come to our events or to hear us play, know exactly what to expect and that’s the beauty of having a loyal following.
How does it feel to have been working in House music for the last 29 years or and what are you proudest moments/memories?
We both feel very blessed and guided for having such a long career and we’ve worked hard for what we’ve achieved in the last 29 years.
Proudest memories are numerous and ones that come to mind, include starting Garage City back in 1991 and going from a 200 capacity venue to 2,000 in 6 months; being the first UK promoters to do a weekly Soulful house night in Ibiza in 1992; being the first UK Promoters to do a soulful house party at the Miami WMC and still doing it there 18 years later, and we also held the longest running house show Kiss FM. The list goes on, but we’ll stop there.
How do you manage to keep it fresh, new and vital? Is it a case of pressure as a DJ/Producer to always be one step ahead in the house/techno scene?
We’ve always just done what feels right and stayed true to our love of good soulful music, be it, classic Soul, boogie, Disco or house, and we’ve never jumped ship; you’ve got to stay true to what you love.
What was your first break?
Our first big break was getting headhunted by Gordon Mac for Kiss Fm pirate radio back in 1985.
You grew up in Forest Gate, East London, how much of an influence did the neighbourhoods around you have on your path towards music? Were there any other major influences such as key people, DJ's, producers or clubs etc?
Our older sister Sonia was a heavily into Disco & Boogie in the mid-late 70’s and was out clubbing it on a massive scale. She was part of a dance crew that use to hold the dance floor, so she was a major influence. Our upbringing in our neighbourhood was a stable diet of Soul, Reggae, Philly, Salsoul, Hip Hop & Go Go.
We went to New York with our good friend Norman Jay back in 1987, and were fortunate to visit the fabulous Paradise Garage and hear the late great, Larry Levan, which was our introduction to house music.
Finish the sentence. A good set starts with....?
A good record. Your introduction is the most important part of your set, first impressions do, and always will count.
And ends with...?
A record to be remembered by. A classic always helps, you want to keep them on the floor, not let the next DJ bring them all back.
And what track should we be listening to as we heard out the door to Groove Odyssey?
'The Groove Odyssey Theme' by Barbara Tucker & DJ Q
Bobby & Steve headlines the Groove Odyssey Sessions Vol 1 Album Launch party on Easter Sunday March 31st at the Ministry of Sound, alongside Louie Vega, ,Barbara Tucker, Groove Assassin, Joey Negro, CJ Mackintosh, and House FM, and many more. All info on www.grooveodysssey.com or Facebook.com/grooveodyssey