It was a warm summers evening in the early 2000’s when my mate Simon Brown rolled up to my house in his Atomix Discos van and asked if I fancied going with him to help DJ at an 18th birthday party. I’d never DJ’ed before but it sounded like fun so I thought ‘why not’.
I helped set up and then Simon done his thing and had people up dancing in no time. It was an amazing feeling standing in front of a crowded dancefloor watching them dance to the music that was being played. Simon asked me if I would like a go. I was so nervous. I didn’t know what to do or press. A quick point of the finger to some random buttons and sliders and I done the next song. Nelly Furtado – I’m Like a Bird! Most the dancefloor sat down but some remained and danced! It was my first taste of being a DJ and to just have a small number dancing I loved it!!
I would then regularly help Simon on weekends doing private parties and gigs and I was introduced to Scott’s business partner Scott Kinsella. Scott showed me more ‘tricks of the trade’ to really help me get to grips with DJ’ing. Whilst doing my full-time job a fellow colleague (Carl Jenkinson) gave me the nickname of Sploits. Shortly after that DJ SPLOITS was born!
I carried on DJ’ing and got my first residency in the Whitehaven Golf Club every Thursday night thanks to Simon and Scott which was doing a disco followed on by Karaoke. From there I got a residency in Havana in Whitehaven working for Glenys and Chris Corkhill. My DJ’ing career was really taking off. The dancefloor was packed every week! Havana shut for a major refurb so I was asked to go and DJ in the John Paul Jones in Whitehaven. This was working for Paul (I forget his second name) and I was doing Saturday nights every week. Paul left the john Paul Jones and I met new owners Bob and Pauline. We would form a brilliant bond and I carried on working for them for around 4 years. I decided to hang up the headphones and had a year out. I walked into the new Sydney’s (which was Havana before the refurb) and met back up with my old boss Chris Corkhill. He asked if I would like to go back and work for him. Does DJ Sploits come out of retirement? I was back behind the decks! 3 years later it was time to move over and let the younger generation of DJ’s come into the fold.
Now again out of retirement to help St Bees Community Radio, I’m live every Friday 1-2pm for the NHS Power Hour (playing music, requests and shout out’s for the front line serving us and risking their lives) and then live every Sunday 1-2pm doing the FUNDAY Supplement (playing them feel good songs that make you smile and want to dance).