Thursday, September 11, 2014 -
17:00 to 23:00
Steve Proctor started DJing in Liverpool in 1979, and within a couple of years had established himself on the Futurist/Alternative Club scene in the Northwest of England. This led to him having a residency at the legendary Liverpool club, 'The State' where he was also the promoter of all the live bands. These bands included Big Audio Dynamite, Sigue Sigue Sputnick, New Order, Dead or Alive and many more.
In January 1987, Steve moved to London to work for Polydor Records. Responding to the rare groove movement in London at the time he set up a label called "Urban" and had immediate success with the re-release of a number of Rare Groove classics such as Maceo and the Macks "Cross The Tracks", The Jackson Sisters "I Believe in Miracles", Bobby Byrd "I Know You Got Soul" and Roy Ayres "Can't you see me". Steve instigated and oversaw the re release of a number of classic albums by Lyn Collins, James Brown and Roy Ayers and he also compiled Urban Classics Vol 1 & 2. He was also responsible for commissioning the Mix of the " Hot Pants" Breakbeat which is now the most used drum loop and sample in Dance Music ( even more than Funky Drummer).
Steve left Polydor to manage British Rap artist, Derek B, taking him from a small independent label to a Two Album deal with Phonogram. During this time He had his only top twenty hit " Good Groove", which Steve helped write and produce (uncredited). It was through Derek that Steve also came to manage the original Soul to Soul vocalist, Rose Windross (negotiating the deal for Fair Play).
In the summer of 1987 Steve returned to his first love - DJing. He remembers clearly driving Paul Oakenfold to Liverpool from the Prestatyn Soul Weekender on Saturday morning when Paul told Steve how he wanted to start a night full of alternative and Balaeric music just like Ibiza. Steve told him that it was nothing different than alternative DJ's across the country had been doing for ages but that he would support Paul if he tried it in London (a brave move).
Steve Proctor is one of the small number of DJs who is credited with starting the Balearic/ Acid House Scene, the effects and influence of which are still felt more than twenty five years on. As well as playing regularly in Ibiza, He worked at Shoom as a resident DJ with Danny Rampling. Steve also played at the early Boys Own parties with Andy Wetherall and Terry Farley, The Hacienda with Mike Pickering and numerous parties with Paul Oakenfold and Love at the Wag where Steve was the resident DJ with Dave Dorrell as his warm up, Steve headlined the first two legendary Sunrise parties and has been a guest DJ right across the UK , playing at Most Excellent, Back to Basics, Luvdup, Slam, Golden, Bedrock, Storm and Quadrant Park amongst numerous others, as well as running two very successful clubs in London , Promised Land and Better Days. The guests who played at Better Days reads like a who's who of DJs and includes most of the DJs mentioned above as well as John Kelly, Justin Robertson, John Digweed, Jon Dasilva and Kelvin Andrews. Steve Proctor was also the First DJ to play Acid House on German National Radio and pioneered the International travel of House Music DJs.
During his career Steve has played at Wembley Arena, Docklands Arena and the Albert Hall.
Steve very quickly started to make records to feed the scene and released music under the names, Technodelia, Precinct 13, Better Days and The Better Days Project. Technodelia was one of the very first European Acid House Records and Precinct Thirteen "Listen to Your Heartbeat" was copied by Hardcore Uproar " Together". Steve had a record Deal with Music of Life, Living Beat and eventually Virgin and a publishing dea with Swanyard Music, he also Signed Rose Windross to Swanyard.
Steve was also one of the first DJ/Remixers with more than 50 remixes to his credit, including The Mock Turtles "Can You Dig It ?" (Top 5), Soho "Hippychick" ( Number 2 ), China Crisis "African and White", Pete Wylie, The Railway Children, JBC, BoysWonder, C-Force, Neutron 9000, YBU, Candyland " Fountain of Youth" ( Top 20) and many more. He also had a label called Better Days, which released tracks by himself and other artists including C-Force, Museka, The Disco Universe Orchestra, Marshall Hain, Mahalia, and 2 Fabiola. Most of the releases included mixes he did. Steve also produced aThrash Metal album by a band called " Crowforce" which was released on Music for Nations.
Steve took some time out of the Business in 2000, when his son, Tom, was diagnosed with Autism, in order to concentrate on looking after him.
Steve returned to DJing in 2003 to take up a residency at a Shoreditch bar called the Drunken Monkey, where he was the Saturday resident for 10 years. During that time Steve completely embodied the Eclectic sound which Shoreditch became famous for, when on any given night he would play, Balearic, Disco, Funk, House (all styles), Reggae and cool 80s tunes, all mixed with his own uniques style. During that time he has also played at Faith, The Egg, and other club nights and old school house nights in Liverpool and London. In the summer of 2010 Steve returned to his spiritual Musical home, Ibiza playing at Aura with Danny Rampling and For Balearic Mystique and Folk Ibiza. He has returned every year since mainly playing at Private Villa parties but also his favourite Sunset venue - Sunset Ashram, as well as various Beach Bar/restaurants like Sands and Nassau.
Over the past 4 years Steve has begun Remixing and recording again for labels such as 'Is It Balearic' and Hi-PHi and Advanced records. He is currently working on two Eps of his own material as well as remixes for other artists. Steve is also currently coordinating his entire back catalogue for re release and distribution in the near future.
Steve has been DJing regularly across the country, playing different sets to reflect what he is excited and inspired by now. He runs his own occasional Parties under the name OE2KB (Old Enough 2 KNow Better) and also recently had a Wonderful 25th Anniversary celebration for his first Club in London 'The Promised Land @ The Fitness Centre'.