Ian's love for dance music was heavily influenced by the good times he spent clubbing in Quadrant Park. Listening to his DJ hero's, John Kelly
, Mike Knowler
& Andy Carroll
. In late 1991 Ian bought his first pair of Technics decks determined to teach himself to Mix. Almost 12 months later his confidence was rewarded with offers of DJing work in local bars around Huyton, Whiston & Prescot. It was about this time that Ian along with his mate Nige set up a shop in the Liverpool Palace selling second hand rare dance records ,so RED HOT VINYL was born. The opening of Red Hot Vinyl's doors led to the opening of a few other doors for Ian, first came a guest spot playing at an old skool Night run by Tom Foley, this was called "CLUB CLASSIC" and was at the old Flintlocks Club on wood street. Ian played alongside Mike Knowler
who paid him a nice compliment saying "you played a great set ". This spurred him on even more and after this he was offered a weekly residency that ran for several months.
Towards the end of 1994 Ian was asked by club reviewer, Peter Kelly, to play at "L-Scene" Magazines 1st Birthday Bash, that was at the Circle Club (now the Zanzibar
) with LUV-DUP & Girls on Top also on the bill. Other gigs followed, Steve Parry
asked him to play classics night at Crosby Marina called "Sunday Night Fever", a regular slot at a Prescot Pub The Eagle & Child along with other bits and pieces, Charity Nights at the Beat bar . Leaving the record shop to concentrate on DJing, Ian also cultivated a sizeable mail order business selling rare classic vinyl – if he couldn't find what you wanted nobody could.
He started to miss the frontline of the business, the people and the contacts he'd made, and in 1997 he opened KONTRABAND Records again in the palace ,around this time he was asked to play a benefit night in support of the striking Liverpool dockers alongside DJ LAYDEE at the G-Bar .The shop ran for almost 2 years until it was sold and renamed Phase records .in late 1998 Ian also hooked up with Steve Parry
again as he was starting a progressive house night in The Lemon Lounge
, helping out with promotions and the running of the door. Unfortunatley in early 2001 a near fatal car crash forced a long break from the local dance scene but with his phenomenal knowledge of dance music amassed over the years it was certain he'd return. And return he did in 2003 with the brilliant www.quadrantpark.com
, a web site dedicated to the place he first found that love of dance music. The massive interest in the website brought Ian back into contact 3 Beat Records and an old friend Mick (PLUTO) who was starting an Old Skool Nite called HazyDayz
at around the same time, and there began Liverpools latest Old Skool revival.
The continuing success of the website also brought a return to DJing when during an interview on Radio City Lee Butler asked Ian if he would be interested in doing a Classics Night in the V.I.P. Room at Club 051, Ian did this night with Pluto & Mike Knowler
, it went well and was the first of many such monthly nights there until the closure of the 051. Around the same time Ian was asked by Les Calvert to play classics in the back room in Garlands
for the weekly friday night Disco Junkies for several weeks till it finished late 2005. Ian has provided several Guest DJ mixes on Radio City and Juice FM and has been assisting Dave Graham as part time co producer/researcher on his Radio City "Feel Good Friday" show.
In 2005 Ian also took the tentative step towards promoting his own night for the first time, this was an Old Skool Quad Classic night in Southport on a Sunday night bank holiday weekend this event was a massive success and sold out with 100s of people turned away.This success and an ongoing friendship with John Kelly
, led to them thinking that there would be a need for proper Quadrant Park Reunion in 2006,
Ian is now a regular Old Skool DJ/Promoter and can be seen at various nites in the North West including HazyDayz
playing alongside DJ Vertigo
, Mike Knowler
, Robbie Edwards