Soul:Step - UKG vinyl sessions. Perfect blend of rare, old and new UK Garage on vinyl
Soul:Step started DJ-ing and vinyl collecting in 1999 following getting the ‘garage bug’ when regularly attending a weekly garage event on Hastings Pier with friends. For the past 21-years he has never swayed from vinyl and never ventured into ‘digital DJ-ing’ and has always kept true to the origins of the art mixing on Technics and his SL-1200MK2’s.
In the early days, Soul:Step gained residencies at local clubs and bars in and around his hometown of Hastings, but soon ventured into local pirate radio (Nice FM), then later on London based studio-streaming internet radio, UKG SOLDIERS. This lead on to further residencies in 2002 onwards at clubs and bars across the South Coast from Dartford right down to Bournemouth including a brief residency at Imperial Gardens.
He quickly gained recognition due to pushing new music from up and coming producers and remixers and working with a host of up and coming MC’s to ensure his sets delivered huge energy. With a small group of friends, he quickly got into arranging and promoting their own series of regular garage events across clubs in the South East and booking leading DJ’s from the underground garage scene such as Ray Hurley, Scott Garcia, Ramsay & Fenn, and Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont.
At this point, vinyl collecting became a real passion and purchases would be often made from online stores, record shops, eBay and Discogs – always searching for the rarest white labels and limited presses along with the best of the big-label bangers. Learning from others and talking to like-minded DJ’s, Soul:Step’s Vinyl collection is now more eclectic than ever having crafted the contents of his crates for well over 20 years.
‘’To me it’s about building a vinyl collection that’s unique and like no other … But you can never own everything … I recently researched how many ‘Garage’ records have been released and there are approximately 20,000 from the early 90’s to today and you certainly don’t need them ‘all’ – for me it’s about buying those forgotten tracks that are relevant to the foundations of the scene and in collecting original those true underground productions and that will flow well together in your set. I’m not interested in £3 and £5 mass produced records. It’s about investing time in hunting out original garage vibes and being patient and selective with your ‘wants list’. You will only rarely hear me play a more mainstream or commercial garage track and even then, it will likely be a rarer, brilliantly produced remix or B-side’’.