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This weekend the Cuckooz team is thrilled to welcome the man and legend himself; Roy Davis Jr, into our nests. All the way from Chicago, Illinois, Roy established himself as a house icon here on the UK music scene in the early 90s and has been making waves on dance floors across the world ever since.
This Friday, Roy is booked to play what looks to be a stonking set at The Colombian, sister to the highly acclaimed creative venue: Corsica Studios in Elephant & Castle. Playing a soulful mix of house, electronic, garage and disco, Roy’s sound transcends the status quo and establishes a deep sense of nostalgia for fervent and novice club goers alike. For the nominal fee of 15 English pounds, you too, dear reader can join us in rounding off the week by getting free and loose on the dance floor.
Hosted by ABC, a collective of self-professed music nerds from South East London, these guys have been making tracks into the London underground music scene by introducing some pretty incredible talent. We spoke to Tom of ABC to find out a bit more about what they do...
"We started out wanting to just throw great fun parties, initially for mates. We're lucky enough to have a very musically orientated group of friends so it grew to booking artists whom friends of ours enjoy, such as O'Flynn for his first main room set, FYI Chris after their debut Rhythm Section release, Glowing Palms before his and Josey Rebelle just at the cusp of her recent global rise, to name a few. It's grown into something which has attracted others way beyond our friendship group and we've made some great new mates along the way. The feel of our parties has, and we hope always will be like a community feel, bonded by great music. Our neighbourhood of East/South East London really nurtured this culture. We've hosted the likes of Rahaan, Chaos in the CBD, Alexander Nut and next up we're welcoming house music royalty, Roy Davis Jr"
Home to the time honored British gem: super-club Ministry of Sound and the celebrated Coronet, Elephant & Castle has, for sometime, been a melting pot for London’s emerging and prominent musical talent. A city fringe frequently compared to Dalston, an area of London close to our hearts (and nests) the ever up-and-coming area has welcomed bright young things on the underground scene for over twenty years.
In the lead up to his highly anticipated set, Cuckooz has caught up with Roy to discuss music, London and the ones to watch…
You’ve played a number of sets here in London over the years…what’s been your most memorable and what keeps you coming back?
There have been so many. My most memorable moment was rocking the stage with my boys Rudimental at Fabric a few years back - it was one crazy night! All I remember was all of my friends flying in from Los Angeles and Chicago at the last minute to surprise me. I remember showing up to the club with a crew of 40 people and the door men was looking at us like we were all crazy trying to get in! We made it happen and ended up partying like rock stars till the wee hours of the morning. That was a moment I will never forget - just pure madness!
When you're not swooning hordes of adoring fans, or playing sold out venues, how do you like to kick it when you're here in town?
Usually I like sightseeing - even though I have been here so many times I just never get enough. Also, I love seeing all of my peeps and trying all of the many restaurants, or just vibing out in the studio catching a different atmosphere.
Is there any emerging talent from the London music scene you're keeping an ear out for right now?
Theres a new kid coming up to look out for by the name Al Zanders. I just heard some nice new joints by him, keep a eye on him.
Your career has seen you travel all over the world - are there any cities that feel to you like a second home away from Chicago or that hold a lot of memories for you?
There’s so many these days that I have grown to love, such as the UK as a whole, but also Paris, France. Both places have been showing me so much love through out the years, that I would always still visit even if I am not touring.
No doubt you've seen a lot of changes within the house scene over your career. Do you have any words of advice for young creatives looking to break into the industry today and what elements do you feel are important for them to take forward in their production of new music?
My advice to them would be to study the music business first by all means necessary and take some musical instrument lessons if you can afford to, it can help you a lot as music and sounds keeps changing like a revolving door. You will always be able to adjust and remember to treat people how you would like to be treated. It goes a very long way.
Roy Davis Jr will be playing this Friday, 4th August at The Columbian, 4-5 Elephant Road.
Nearest Tube: Elephant & Castle
Tickets can be purchased here