STRAIGHT FROM THE PLAYBOX
HOT Record Picks from Alan H
Alan Handscombe or Alan H (as he is affectionally known) has been out and about on the Mod Scene since 1979, becoming a prominent DJ and Club Promoter, with the LEGENDARY Capitol Soul Club being one of his most memorable.
Suit Yourself were regulars at Capitol Soul and it still remains one of the most talked about clubs ever, it was EPIC - so we are very proud to give you Alan H, who is delving into his most sought after record boxes to bring you his column - SUIT YOURSELF - Alan H does..!
Straight from the Playbox for Suit Yourself Modernists Everywhere...
Well, I hosted my first DJ nights back in the early 80s at the Sols Arms on Hampstead Road, We became known as the Camden Stylists the smartest dressed Skinheads and Rudies in Town. The Penny Black reggae sessions in Farringdon, and the Dublin Castle in Camden were 2 of my clubs in the late 80s, early 90s. I carried on record collecting and Djing through the 90s and started Capitol Soul Club with Irish Greg in November 1998. Come the 00's I was very busy with Capitol Soul Club and I also became resident DJ at These Old Shoes, Jo Wallaces club, as well as running the Reggae Shack at Smersch, with Dave Edwards and French Fred. Then I started RnB123 early 2011, we were running regular Club Nights and Sunday Sessions. RnB123 became a great place to meet all your oldest and best buddies, but unfortunately the venue closed down in Jan 2017, so a farewell party was the only thing left for me to do. Suit Yourself were there, as they have been throughout much of my journey. Nowadays I'm still doing a bit of DJing but not as much as I used to do, ten gigs a year feels just about right now, and it gives me time to do some different things, like my column here - but no doubt I'll be catching up with a lot of you lovely people on a Dancefloor very soon. Alan..