“I’ve always loved vocal, funky house. But I play it all – trance, hard house, tribal, R&B, hip hop. I like it all, so why not?”
Whether playing house on the ocean waves or rock solid turf, the sky’ the limit with DJ Fubar when he’ pushing his favourite tunes onto the dance floor as resident at the vast and illuminated Syndicate club in Blackpool.
Once a kilted nipper up in Scotland, he moved to Blackpool aged seven. His heart has remained there ever since although he’ marauded the world from India to Magaluf. Starting off dabbling with decks in Portsmouth in 1988, Fubar was soon drawn to the eclectic house scene: “I got into house music after going to London and a few clubs there – SW1, Legends in Leicester Square. I’d never really heard house music before and I was like… this is amazing.”
When he took to the waves during a two-year stint with the navy in 1991 he took his new-found passion with him, spinning the soundtrack to parties on the flight deck of his floating office. “Yep,” he chuckles, “I did parties on the flight deck of the Ark Royal and I did parties in all the little clubs and bars of the ports we visited. And when I realised you could get paid for doing it I thought – I’ve got to get out of the navy and do this.”
In 1993, back among the landlubbers, Fubar soon took to the air, heading this time for Corfu where he packed out the dance floors with holiday Maferits. A year later he landed in Magaluf in Mallorca, with his feet soon securely behind the decks at BCM (WHEN IT WAS GOOD!!)
He spent many summers scratching sizzling parties for Ministry of Sound, Cream, Godskitchen, Sundissentail, Clockwork Orange, Miss Moneypenny’, MTV Dance-floor Chart, Judgement Sundays and the legendary BCM old Skool nights. He also resided at Sundance at Pacha in Palma, regularly flying over to Ibiza to guest at most of the islands prolific clubs, playing alongside most of the world’ greatest DJs – Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, Roger Sanchez, Eric Morillo, Judge Jules, Frankie Knuckles, Armand Van Helden and Paul Van Dyk, to name drop a few.
From 97 to 2001 he had residencies and guest spot around the country including the world famous Hippodrome, as well as his residency at the Bizness in Blackpool. Having been named “1999 Coca Cola UK DJ of the Year” his star status was reaching new heights – his tune “The Love Parade” hit the airwaves and dance floors in 2000 to raucous reverie, becoming the anthem for the Leeds and Berlin Love Parade parties that attracted millions. Summer 2001 saw the track crash landing in the UK charts at number 11, with remixes from Fergie and Pete Heller.
Since conquering the studio Fubar has set sail once more, plugging his party pieces from a residency at “Futures” in Greece to Corfu’ “full moon” style gig to loving’ it long time as resident at Bangkok’ Ministry of Sound. “I put some really good parties into Bangkok,” Fubar proudly remembers, “parties that they’d never seen before – people like Paul Van Dyk, Roger Sanchez, Pete Tong & Danny Rampling” On the East meets West tour of 2002 Fubar conquered the USA, taking such key sites such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Miami in his stride.
Back on home turf Fubar is nestling back into his roots as resident at the biggest club in the UK – THE SYNDICATE SUPERCLUB in his home town Blackpool, where he now works as resident DJ and Director of Music. He is already creating a coastal storm: “The addition of The Syndicate has created a new market for Blackpool. It’ bringing a lot more out-of-towners who used to see it as a bit cheesy and a bit naff.” World-renowned DJs are already lined up as The Syndicate brandishes its membership to the league of Super Clubs with parties such as MTV Dance and Retro. “Here we are, big, bold and brash and in arguably the biggest party town in the summer, and we’re doing 4,500 people on a Saturday night – surely we’re doing something right!” It’ the Med on your very doorstep, so swap your donkey rides for disco dancing and step on out. “There’ a big future for the club,” Fubar finished. “We’re not even scratching the surface yet.”
Fubar has also spread his wings back out to the Island he loves “Mallorca” where he is the promoter and DJ at a wee club in Magaluf called “FUSION” (formerly Heroes) Fubar has put in weekly parties by HEDKANDI, RETRO & JUDGE JULES with many other guest djs like BENNY BENASSI, JEREMY HEALY, BOY GEORGE, BRANDON BLOCK, ALEX P, MARK LEWIS to name drop yet a few more and has done to Majorca what BCM have failed to do this year “put top quality names back into Magaluf.” A very busy time for a very talented DJ and his sets either abroad or back at the Syndicate are definitely not to be missed…watch this guy go!