March 17th, 2016 | Posted by Bailey Intabeats | Filed under News
Officially announced today, I am now an artist on the Clinic Talent agency. It’s the UK booking agency also responsible for artists such as Makoto, Need For Mirrors, Anile, Bcee and others. Needless to say that I’m excitied about working with them and I look forward to what’s ahead.
March 12th, 2016 | Posted by Bailey Intabeats | Filed under News
Many years ago on a night’s work DJing, I walked into Club 333 in London to play a set. I proceeded down a dark, narrow staircase to the room I was playing in. The thud of Reggae basslines pummelled my ear drums as I descended. I turned a corner and as the DJ stand came into sight I noticed a white, elderly gentleman sporting a shirt, tie and waistcoat behind the decks. He was holding a 1970’s microphone. Analysing the DJ equipment for my set as I approached, I saw two minidisk players resting on the turntable platters. Surely this man wasn’t the source of this reggae music! No sooner had I thought that then did he put the microphone to his mouth and started chanting to the crowd in patois I only usually hear from my family. This man WAS the DJ AND… he was killing it! It totally blew my mind. I played my set after him and left the venue romanced by the deep influence Reggae and black music as a whole has had on the world.
A year or so later I stumbled across a documentary on TV about a white ex accountant for Cadbury’s who one day decided to change his life and follow his passion of reggae, soul and blues music. I caught it halfway through but whilst watching noticed that the main character was the same elderly gentleman I came across at Club 333. He was called DJ Derek. The documentary spilled the details of his musical influence and deep involvement in the Bristol community. I was in awe.
The documentary is called DJ Derek’s “Sweet Memory Sounds”.
A few years later on the way home from a DJ gig, I couldn’t believe it when I spotted Derek on the same train platform as me. I had a little chat with him expressing my encounter with him in the past. We also talked about him retiring as a DJ for the second time. He told me he attempted to retire before when his bookings went through the roof, he couldn’t say no to the demand. I felt privileged that he’d taken time out to talk to me even posing for a photo (pictured above). He was a natural, sweet and unassuming man.
DJ Derek is an inspiration to all who pursue their dreams. You’re never too old, young, white, black or anything else to make it.
Rest in peace.
Nervous excitement was the call for the day on my debut for the ‘Official Drum & Bass Show’ on Mi Soul radio. As I blasted thorugh two hours of my freshest beats I could think nothing more than how much I loved and missed doing radio shows. Catch my debut show below and remember to catch it live every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month (with Jumping Jack Frost doing the 1st and 2nd Wednesdays) at 11pm until 1am on Mi-Soul.com
Future archives of shows can be caught at baileyintabeats.com/radio
February 18th, 2016 | Posted by Bailey Intabeats | Filed under Audio
I’ve hunted and finally tracked down one my favourite sets I played at the Sun And Bass festival 2015, Sardinia. MC Soultrain was on the microphone duty for my set. Big thank you to everyone who got hype on the dance floor and special thanks to DJ Soulsurfer for letting me play in his room. Top vibes.
February 18th, 2016 | Posted by Bailey Intabeats | Filed under News
This is a picture of me shaking hands with founder Gordon Mac sealing the deal for me to become a presenter on Mi-Soul.com.
For those unaware of Gordon’s legendary status and legacy, he was the original founder of Kiss 100 FM back in it’s pirate radio days in 1985. In 1990 Gordon led the station to gain it’s legitimate license making Kiss 100 the first legal broadcaster in the UK to play exclusively black music. In November 1997, when Gordon left Kiss FM, media giant EMAP, who by this time had taken complete control of all shares, valued the company at £40m.
After a long break, Gordon felt it was time to create a radio station that reflects the needs of music connoisseurs. Mi-Soul, his latest venture is the destination for everything Soulful, including Soul, House, Reggae, RnB, Hip hop, Jazz, Jungle and Drum and Bass. An environment in which people sharing a love of soulful music can listen connect and interact with an A-List team of DJ’s who respect the past, present and future of our music. This line up includes Ronnie Herel, Jazzie B, Jumping Jack Frost, Rampage, Paul Trouble Anderson, Femi Fem and other masters from the UK club scene. Having now myself being added to the impressive list of presenters is a huge honor as a lot of these names were a great influence on my musical tastes growing up.
I’ll be presenting the ‘Official Drum & Bass Show’ from 11pm – 1am on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month which are alternate weeks to Jumping Jack Frost’s shows which happens on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at the same times (11pm – 1am). Expect to hear my newest, favourite current tracks in Drum & Bass/Jungle alongside the history of music made it what it is today. Catch it live on your DAB digital radio on the website at mi-soul.com or via the Mi-Soul apps on the iTunes and Google Play stores.
Special thanks to Jumping Jack Frost.