ModWear5 - E1 - Martin the Mod February 24 2014
Mod Wear 5 with Marting The Mod Episode 1
First up in our string of 5 minute read / 5 question interviews is Manchester DJ – Martin the Mod.
1) For those who don’t know... who is Martin Mod?
Like most lads of my age I went to see Quadrophenia in 1979 and it immediately struck a chord. This year I celebrate 35 years of continual modism. I have adhered to a 100% mod lifestyle throughout the entire 35 years since, (in my opinion there is no other valid lifestyle anyway)! In my case it certainly wasn't a teenage fad. As Stevie Marriott said "it's all or nothing"!
2) In terms of Dj’ing - what can punters expect to hear you spin at your nights?
I play nothing but original 7 inch vinyl. On my nights you will hear a wide and varied selection from modernist jazz and blues to classic Northern Soul Motown, British R & B, Freakbeat, mod revival, Two Tone and the sounds of young Jamaica.
3) When you get the opportunity to play the final record of the closing night at a venue, the moment people remember & reference for years to come, what do you play?
Having experience of just this scenario on more than one occasion it can be anything from a soul classic to a storming Blue Beat monster, dependent upon the audience. My own personal choice would be 'Where is the love' by Glenn Miller which was a discovery of mine back in the earliest years of my DJ'ing career
4) Being a fellow Mancunian, what do you love about our city?
The fact that there is such an appreciation of music has meant that I have been lucky enough to be involved with DJ'ing in our great city at some of the most iconic venues throughout the last third of a century. I continue to DJ regularly to an extremely diverse audience, which I don't think would happen in any other city!
5) What’s your all time favourite item of clobber that you own?
I treasure my late father's tie, an original 60's hand-knit. I am lucky enough to own some great, original vintage clobber but my dad's tie means the most to me
You can check out Martin at his weekly residency, ‘Suitable’ every Saturday evening from 8pm until the early hours, at the Thirsty Scholar (50 New Wakefield Street Manchester City Centre) You can also see Martin at “SKA Sunday” on the last Sunday of every month at the same venue.
For those of you attending the Manchester Leg of March of the Mods in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust next month you will hear Martin playing during the day.
In May he will be DJ'ing at Manchester's first combined art and soul event, an all-nighter at Manchester's Victoria Baths.