will never find a bigger ‘superstar’ DJ than Tim Westwood, not simply
because of his height.
of ‘Radio 1 rap show’ fame has been named the UK’s best hip-hop
DJ each year for the last decade by the influential ‘Hip-hop Connections’
the rap music industry, Westwood is a star so large, that Eminem
admitted to be star-struck when he first met the man known to some
as ‘Big Tim.’
a star like Westwood performing at a club with the capacity of 360
is a true credit to the owners of Soda, This shrewd move attracted
hip-hop fans from all along the M4 junctions, from Reading, Bath
and Bristol to see the undisputed King of UK rap radio perform.
my own bitter experience, influential ‘superstar’ DJ’s have a habit
of not turning up or end up playing a twenty minute experimental
set of Belgian trance at the wrong speed before being ushered away
from the club in a limo with five grand in cash.
Westwood was paid for his performance at the club it was definately money
well spent. I got to the lusciously decorated club about 30 minutes
after the doors opened and was quite impressed to see Westwood already
behind the decks, busily darting through his record boxes and talking
to his fellow DJ’s ‘2-Vibe Crew.’
put the needle to his first record just a fraction after 11.00pm
and the following three hour set did not disappoint.
all the criticism Westwood gets from certain quarters it is clear
that you cannot fault his ability to work a crowd.
Westwood says ‘put your hands up’ – the crowd follows his every
word, like their lives depended on it.
DJ really seemed to meet his remit with ease, he took the crowd
on a music journey with him – acting partly as an MC – shouting
commands at the crowd and seemingly enjoying every moment spent
behind the decks.
club seems truly suited to the ‘Soul City’ night – the décor seems
to lend itself to the music, the soulful blend played on the first
floor by DJ’s Truss, Jada Funk and C Double E, and the raucous selection
banged out by ‘2-Vibe Crew’ and Westwood on the ground floor.
about Soul City at Soda was perfect. Not only did Westwood positively
work for his fee, but the venue, a great crowd and the friendly
but firm door staff created a great mid-week night out.
Westwood has finally gained my respect, not only for giving me a
great night out, but for seemingly practicing what he preached.
the club, and opposite the kebab van was a huge white American truck
with the number plate ‘RAP 30X.’ Yes folks, Westwood has proven
that he lives truly lives the hip-hop lifestyle – by parking on
double yellow lines in Old Town. Gangster.