Saturday 8th Apr '17 | Doors open 8:00pm
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Eddie Piller was born into an east end mod family in the mid sixties (his mum ran the Small Faces Fan Club) and a career in music beckoned.
In 1980 he started the legendary fanzine, Extraordinary Sensations, worked with Stiff Records, then into management and production recording the James Taylor Quartet.
Eddie teamed up with dj Gilles Peterson to establish the Acid Jazz label which included Jamiroquai, the Brand New Heavies, Snowboy, Corduroy, Mother Earth, A Man Called Adam, Terry Callier and Gregory Isaacs. In 1993 Piller opened the ground-breaking nightclub, The Blue Note. In London’s extremely unfashionable Hoxton (a place known more for its bomb sites that its culture) – the club became a major success (winning the Time Out ‘club of the millennium’ award) and kick-started the careers of Goldie and Talvin Singh amongst others – whilst changing the face of east London’s Shoreditch/Hoxton triangle into the art and culture centre it is today.
By the late 90s Piller had moved into broadcasting. Originally presenting the ground-breaking Newbeats show for Jazz FM but has also hosted shows for BBC Radio London, BBC 6music and Q Radio (where he won a British Radio Award) – he has written and 8 part series on youth culture for ITV, documentaries for Radio 4 and appeared on Pop On Trial and Soul Britannia for the BBC…He currently hosts the successful chat chow The Modcast and presents The Eclectic Soul Show, both for the new and innovative Soho Radio!
Giving his love of ‘playing soul music’, Piller is the ‘music of black origin and influence’ for the successful Vintage Festival and is a regular at Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight, Bestival and a whole host of other festivals whilst maintaining a healthy DJ schedule in the night;clubs of Europe. His hobbies include cricket, ancient history and riding his Vespa
The legendary out-spoken Scotsman has been around the Northern soul & funk scene since the start and began his career as a dancer. As soon as he had enough money together he started collecting and buying Northern Soul in the UK, during regular trips to the US and was starting to play around the Wigan area at the heyday of The Casino. By 1981 he had gained a respectful reputation as a DJ.
He moved to London at the age of 22 and decided to start living a normal life and quit DJ’ing, but was quickly playing Northern-soul again due to heavy demand by old Wigan promoters.
More recently, Keb opened a night at Madame Jojo’s in Soho (now closed). The location was perfect and he managed to arrange a weekly night to start with. The nights took off fast and it became the leading funk night in London. In 1996 BBE and Keb Darge teamed up to start releasing the now infamous Deep Funk and Funk Spectrum series that spawned a whole host of imitators.
Today he travels around the world DJ’ing, and running the label Kay Dee Records with Kenny Dope.