Author: Steve Luigi
Steve Luigi History Steve Luigi began his love of music back in the early 60s when his brother used to come home with records that he’d bought and play them in his and Steve’s bedroom whilst Steve was going to sleep. Steve was regularly sung to sleep by the Beatles, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley. When Steve was old enough to buy records himself his preference was Tamla Motown and Soul music from that era, the late 60s. His love grew for this music when he started going to the Northern Soul gigs and all nighters in the early 70s So much so that he asked the owner of the club he used to frequent, ‘The Leeds Central Soul Club’ if he could have a go at DJing one week, the owner agreed and after the gig Steve was asked by the owner to be resident of the club from then on. Of course Steve agreed and that’s when Steve’s DJ career began. Steve was eventually asked by another club owner ‘Derek Deegan’ if he would be resident at a new club/restaurant that he was opening, ‘Casablanca’ in Leeds, not playing Northern Soul, but playing pop and alternative music. After a great deal of thought Steve agreed. He did something that he regrets to this day and sold his Northern Soul collection to fund the music he had to play in this new position. The main reason he made the change from Northern Soul to pop was the fact that he was desperate to be a mainstream DJs. After working at ‘Casablanca’ in Leeds for 3 years, one of the owners wanted to move on and open a larger club, Steve was asked to go with him to be resident DJ there. Steve agreed and went to the new restaurant/bar called ‘Coconut grove’, and was DJ in ‘Ricky’s’ club, underneath the restaurant for about 2 years. The venue was eventually bought out by a Wakefield DJ ‘Paul Lamont’. Paul had a meeting with Steve and asked him to do an audition for the newly named venue ‘The Gallery’. Steve did the audition and was successful in gaining the residency for the new venue. In 1988 Steve opened a record shop in the ‘Corn Exchange’ in Leeds called ‘The Listening Booth’, so called because it had booths where customers could listen their music before buying. Although Steve was DJing Funk, R&B and Hip-Hop, he was selling quite a different music in his shop, House and Rave, Quite fortunate really, as also in 1989 Paul Lamont told Steve that he didn’t want the club to play Funk and R&B anymore, and that he wanted it to be a Rave club. Steve was in good stead to fulfil the role of a Rave DJ with the music that he sold in his shop. The week after being told, Steve turned into a ‘Rave’ DJ. The rest is history. After 3 years of packing in the crowds, the 'The Gallery' was voted 2nd best venue in Europe by ‘Mixmag’ an international music magazine. Steve still plays at venues in and around the UK, not only playing Rave, but also playing the music that he loved when he first started to DJ, Northern Soul. Steve has managed to re-collect most of the Northern Soul tunes that he originally had and enjoys playing them out as much as he ever did. Steve is now one of the oldest mixing/club DJs in the UK at 61 years young, and is very proud of the fact too. He has spent 41 years of his life pleasing the crowds, who still support him wherever he plays.