Ahead of his Stockton Calling DJ set at The Georgian Theatre (11pm), we talk music with established and respected broadcaster (BBC Radio 1, 6 & Scotland), journalist and author Vic Galloway...
What drew you to music?
My family is very musical and I've been listening to it as long ago as I can remember. My own first musical epiphany was hearing Prokofiev's 'Peter & the Wolf' and then Henri Mancini's 'Pink Panther / Baby Elephant Walk' single... all amazing music to spark the imagination of a young kid! After that, music was most definitely my thing...
What was your first purchase single/record?
My own discovery and first music was Adam & the Ants. My friend James (Yorkston - singer-songwriter) and I were obsessed with him, his music and his various looks. The first record I bought with my own pocket money was 'Stand & Deliver' 7" single... although my Dad had already bought me the 'Kings of the Wild Frontier' album. I was young around 8 years old, but it did something to me... and still does!
What’s your dance floor filler?
It depends on what dancefloor really... I always try to play some 1950's rock'n'roll in my DJ sets towards the end of the night, so Little Richard 'Tutti Frutti' might be a good one. Earlier on, maybe some LCD Soundsystem or Pigbag 'Papa's got a brand new Pigbag'. I'm eclectic when I DJ - from indie to electronica, psyche to ska, punk to funk, house to hip-hop - I just wanna play a massive range of bangin' choons and have fun!!
What’s your going home song?
If you mean, the last song in my DJ set? It is usually Ramones 'Blitzkrieg Bop' with the infamous chant... 'Hey Ho Let's Go'! Seems to be a suitable closer to any set...
Who do you listen to to get in the party mood?
Personally I like to listen to fast and crazy-ass punk rock like The Damned, maybe some original Jamaican Ska, some wild & sexy Afrobeat and 60's Soul/R'n'B to get me in a party mood... I hope to spin a load of that in Stockton if possible!
You are a big advocate of new music, who is currently on your radar?
New Music is the lifeblood of any scene and cultural movement... I could list you hundreds of new acts that are worth checking out right now, but on the 'Stockton Calling' line-up, I'd recommend - WHITE, Avalanche Party, The Van T's, Mouses, Isle and Neon Waltz - amongst many others.
Which song/album/artist is your guilty pleasure?
Ooh, like most people I have too many... In a DJ set, I will play The Knack 'My Sharona' or possibly KISS 'I was made for loving you' - both cheesy, but both awesome!! At home on YouTube, I might play Glenn Frey 'The heat is on'... I can't believe I just admitted that in public!!!