don't want to educate,
I want to entertain…
many DJs can claim to have been around at the origins of dance music
and actually mean it.
Forget pre-house… Paul Taylor is pre-disco. And that's no PR spin
- Paul Taylor will forget more about music before breakfast than
most folk will know in their lifetime.
The mastermind of the massive Retro nights, Paul eats, sleeps and
breaths music and after 25 years in clubland, he knows what makes
a dancefloor tick.
If there's one man who knows how to whip a crowd into a disco frenzy,
it's our Paul. Just ask any one of the 8000 people who head for
the dancefloor of Retro at Tall Trees every month.
take my hand as the screen goes wobbly and we go back, way back,
to the northern town of Burnley in the 70s.
"I was into the Northern Soul scene before I started DJing," says
Paul, his eyes glistening with the memory, "so that's how I got
my love of music really - I was a punter at Northern Soul gigs and
in 1974 I got offered a job as a DJ in a club that had just opened
in Burnley called Angels."
Small time? Northern nonsense? Think again.
"We used to get people from London coming up for it", he continues.
"The Twisted Wheel in Manchester was the only club I knew apart
from the Wigan Casino that served the underground, so I knew there
was a market for it.
We ended up getting a thousand people every Wednesday at one point,
and it ran for three or four years until disco arrived in 1978."
house music that tidal wave crossed the Atlantic in the mid 80s
and crashed over the UK swept up Paul in its wake.
1989, along with business partner/promoter/top pal Steve Farkas
he took ownership of Angels, and throughout the early nineties began
booking DJs who have since rocketed into the clubland supernova.
Carl Cox was a monthly resident, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Tall
Paul and Boy George all played Saturday nights for Paul.
In 1991 Paul and Steve decided that too much music was too quickly
discarded and dedicated the final hour on Friday nights to tunes
released in the previous three to four years. And lo… Retro was
born, emerging from a music policy to become a party in its own
right, with gigs all over the country and hundreds locked out every