Recommends: Cut la Funk (aka Bob Baker)
Bournemouth News & Info supports home-grown talent and we have a particular affinity to DJs who are Slinky veterans like ourselves. Cut la Funk – aka Bob Baker – has been spinning tunes in Dorset since the early 1990s and this weekend ably supported Mr Scruff at his massive set at the O2 Academy. A review of the night and photos are to follow, but this piece is all about Bob…
It is not easy interviewing someone on the steps of the O2 Academy, especially when security tries to move you on like a Boscombe busker. But a brief 15 minute chat was a great introduction to the world of la Funk. He combines a genuine passion for music with a natural talent. He started DJing aged nine and his eclectic collection of vinyl secured him a DJing gig aged 12. So rather than trekking the streets on a paper round, Bob was out getting paid to spin tunes when most of us were glued to our Commodore 64s.
“I always loved music but it was when my family moved to Bournemouth that I got the opportunity to play for an audience,” Bob said. “An uncle of a friend liked my record collection and booked me for a birthday party. As soon as I played for an audience, I was hooked.”
Throughout the 1990s, he honed his craft then worked on tracks for Beechwood Records both in London and Bournemouth. He worked on compilation albums with the likes of Armand Van Helden and Basement Jaxx, and was also snapped up by legendary rave promoters Dreamscape to produce for them. He was also a resident for Slinky in the O2 Academy (then the Opera House) and ran the backroom playing his signature soul/funk blend.
“It was an exciting time for dance music,” Bob says. “Acid house and rave were mainstream and Bournemouth had one of the best venues in the country in the Opera House. I’ve got some good memories.”
It makes sense that he was personally requested by Mr Scruff to open proceedings this weekend, as both he and Scruff have a broad range of music tastes with the running theme of soul, and a funky bassline. It’s time for ‘room 2’ music to move into the mainstream and if you need a Bournemouth DJ to boost the bass, Bob’s your man.
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