I have no doubt that every second article in this paper could start by saying what a wonderful place West Cork is to live in; what creative talent and inspiration abounds amongst the people who live here and how we are blessed to be in the presence of such greatness, so I won’t, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t agree.
I am talking about the West Cork Supastar DJs. Every so often some new act turns up to blow us all out of the water, make waves and show us where there is a boat we need to get on before it leaves the dock, but these guys ain’t so new, they’ve got 150 years of DJing experience between them, and man can they read a dancefloor?
Pulling out all the stops, I managed to arrange an exclusive interview with the trio last Saturday night and, as usual, the manager was missing, which did allow the other two, GIK and Shane, to be a bit more candid, particularly about their manager, Steve, who they agreed is probably the worst manager in the world!
In show business, superlatives are always good for grabbing attention, even if this one is for all the wrong reasons. According to GIK, they have no public profile, no bookings, no way of being contacted and no eyebrow gel. Shane on the other hand says nothing, a ploy I presume employed to make him appear deeper and more meaningful than he really is.
The three met up for the first time at a pop-up ‘Boutique’ night out the back of Scannell’s in Clonakilty. Steve does a regular Friday night there under the moniker ‘The Doktor’, to the usual reply ‘doctor who?’ He carries with him a mind-boggling arsenal of tunes mostly from the last two or three thousand years. A smooth talking south Londoner, Steve’s pedigree took him through Art College into various different bands and onto the dance floors of England during the 70s. He fondly remembers a band he played keyboards with called ‘Heroes on the Inside’, as being like The Bronski Beat, only crap. Having expressed himself creatively for a decade, like any good hippy, he went looking for himself around Europe and ended up in India. He’s been living here since 1985, but still talks the same way.
GIK plays mostly vinyl and sticks to stuff from the last century. He does like his novelty tunes and will get ‘yer booty shakin’ to all the latest Ragtime favourites, vintage and rare Ska, Reggae, Soul and Funk. He grew up in a music pub in Passage West in county Cork before moving to the States where he used to run the Ri-Ra (as in Ree-Raw) Club night in San Francisco. Shane, who is just too cuddly to leave at home, grew up in Enniskeane listening to legends about The Lilac Dancehall and vowed that things should never be the same again. He does what he can to bring the show up to speed and squeezes the best out of the 21st century.
There is no doubting that this style is expensive, and few venues, besides Levis’ in Ballydehob, have been prepared to dig so deep for the art of dancing, so we are grateful that they have found a spiritual home in Connolly’s of Leap where they will next appear on Sunday of the bank holiday weekend at the end of the month.
I must also mention the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry, starting tomorrow, Friday, July 1, and running for nine days. The festival shows, workshops and exhibitions are in various venues throughout the days and evenings, featuring the best Irish and international composers and performers.