There are many people who claim to have been there at the defining moments in music history, but Ashley Beedle, DJ, producer, tastemaker and all-round nice chap, really was.
Ashley was there at Shoom and Clink Street when acid house reshaped the way music is consumed. He was there when they played the first house record at Notting Hill Carnival. He produced one of the first British garage tunes, ‘Give Me Back Your Love’ by The Boyz in Shock.
He was also instrumental in bringing about the new disco revival in recent years. And 2002, with X-Press2 alongside long-time partners-in-crime Rocky and Diesel, he conquered the charts in the US and the UK with the anthem ‘Lazy’. If ‘Lazy’ saw him working with David Byrne of the Talking Heads, that’s only the first in a long list of collaborators.
He’s produced such musical luminaries as Horace Andy (Studio 1, Massive Attack), Kurt Wagner (Lambchop) and queen of soul, Candi Staton. Then as a remixer, he has made tracks for the likes of Lily Allen, The Streets and yes, none other that Mr. Elton John. He has more stories than Hans Christian Andersen.
There’ll be jerk chicken on the grill and a free bar; what better way to usher in the Easter holidays?
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