Steve Kite – The Life of a DJ
I started DJ’ing back in the summer of 1979. I was too young to drive at the time, so my dad (god bless him) used to run me around everywhere in his Cortina. I’d bought some second-hand equipment, and started doing weddings and parties in and around the East London area. My mobile disco was called Atmosphere (Mobile Discotheque), which was great until Russ Abbot released that poxy record! I stopped using the name Atmosphere.
Socially, I was a regular at the Goldmine, The Orsett Hall, The Prince of Wales and of course The Caister Soul Weekenders. I also attended the National Soul Day at Knebworth. I used to listen to Robbie Vincent and Greg Edwards on the radio.
Chris Hill used to live on the corner of Love Lane in Aveley. I used to walk pass his house every day on my way to school. It was a nice house, with nice cars outside. I decided then, that I’d like to DJ for a living.
After a few years of mobile gigs, I managed to get regular nights in The Dover Castle in Whitechapel, Sir Henry Gurnett and The Top House in Aveley and the very popular Prince of Wales in South Ockendon. After a few more years, I was offered a job DJ’ing full time at The Circus Tavern in Purfleet. Apart from the money, this was a great move. I got to work with some World class acts, playing to a packed house, and I met the lovely Amanda for the first time.
I was still at The Circus Tavern in the early 90’s, when the owners opened a new club in Rochester, Kent. I then became resident at The Casino Rooms. After a couple of years, I felt it was time for a change, so I moved out to Greece!
I was offered the chance to open a bar with some friends in Faliraki, Rhodes. It was in the days before all the bad press, and probably the best time of my life. As well as providing the entertainment at Jazzbo’s (the bar), I started DJ’ing in a few of the clubs, once the bar had closed. I worked at SET with Jamie T and Mark Lee (Froggy’s son). I then went on to become resident at the award winning (Best Club in Greece) Q Club. By now I’d learnt to mix properly, and was playing US Garage and Soulful House 7 nights a week. I also DJ’d during the day at Palms, The Sports Club and Aquarius Pool on the beach.
Along with two fellow workers, Errol Vincent and Ian Anthony, I helped to set up UK Radio, which broadcast Soul and RnB throughout the Dodecanese. I had a two hour show, five days a week. I don’t know how I managed to fit it all in!
By 2000 I’d had enough, and decided to move back to the UK. I took up where I’d left off, DJ’ing at The Casino Rooms in Rochester and in various pubs around the Romford area. I managed to get an agent, which resulted in working in some top venues, the 5 star Sunborn Yacht floating hotel in Docklands and Annabel’s in Mayfair being a couple of the highlights.
In 2007 I started Soul @ The Squire in Romford. I was working on Link FM at the time; this is where in met Roni O’Brien and Tony Matthews. I asked Roni if she’d be interested in joining me in my Soulful venture, and so it began.
As a result of working with Roni and Tony at The Squire, I was offered the chance to DJ at Caister. So, it’s kind of gone full circle, from walking passed Chris Hill’s house on my way to school, to DJ’ing at Caister. I’m also back in a relationship with Amanda, after a 20 year break!
Here are ten of my favourite tunes (in no particular order)...
- Love Ballad – George Benson
- Disco Inferno – The Trammps
- Taste Of Bitter Love – Gladys Knight
- Act Like You Know – Fat Larry’s Band
- Glow Of Love – Luther Vandross
- Looking Up To You – Michael Wycoff
- Feel The Real – David Bendeth
- Lovely Day – Bill Withers
- Overdose Of Joy – Eugene Record
- At Midnight – T Connection
Ten of my favourite films...
- The Italian Job (original version)
- The Great Escape
- The Bourne Trilogy
- Kick Ass
- Nightmare On Elm Street
- Shawshank Redemption
- Pulp Fiction
- The Pianist
- The 40 Year Old Virgin
Five of my favourite TV programmes...
- The Inbetweeners
- Ghost Hunters
- Family Guy
- The Simpsons
- Soccer AM
Well, there you go, that’s me... for the time being :o)