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The Secret DJ

The Secret DJ

Discover the reality of being an international DJ and what really goes on behind the beat.

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From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads: The Secret DJ’s Guide to Surviving Dance Music is yje true story of DJing, from an authentic voice speaking to this scene. The Secret DJ will give hints and guide newbies, as well as telling it as it really is for most DJs.

The secret DJ never set out to be “a DJ”, no-one did in the 80s unless you wanted to get on the radio and possibly illegally close to children. Djing was about the connection music had to something ephemeral and glamorous that happened to other people very far away and for everyone, it started with radio empowering nerds. Wherever they were. However nerdy. If you are young, just replace the word ‘radio’ with ‘internet’.

The Dance scene has lasted for 30 years but has enjoyed very little coverage from those that have lived it. It is huge. It’s the world’s biggest youth movement bar-none and unlike it’s grandfather, the sixties, it’s still going 30 years later and only growing larger.

This book is not an instruction manual – more a cautionary tale that may illuminate anyone who has harboured ambition to pack a dancefloor…

Critic Reviews

Wild, wise and wickedly authoritative — as rip-roaring and authentic a window into this sleepless hedonistic world as you could ever hope to find, at the same time rooted in palpable love and passion for the music.

Marius de Vries
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When I'd left the after party to weep inconsolably about Grimsby Town's latest calamity, The Secret DJ stayed on, did all my drugs and managed to stay lucid enough to remember it all. Told with a reporter’s ear for detail and a comic’s knack for slapstick, this is the truest account you’ll read of what it’s like to live the life of a working DJ.

Bill Brewster
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The Secret DJ: Withnail And I take fear and loathing to Ibiza and shadow John Niven’s Kill Your Friends. Hooks you in innocently enough with DJ escapades, but twists into a dark no-sleep compulsive page-turning nightmare rant. You can’t shake it off. See if you still want to be a DJ after reading this!

Annie Nightingale
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When hedonism turned to decadence, I made my excuses and left. The Secret DJ stayed at the party and now sends an insightful, scabrous and darkly beautiful written report that lends weight to Mr Blake's aphorism.

Andrew Weatherall
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The Secret DJ's life is one of endless intoxication - messy nights, moody clubs, hospital wards - yet it's still frequently very funny. And probably a lot funnier to read through than to live through - you'll often want to cover your eyes. Self-deprecating and sometimes horribly honest, it has the unmistakable ring of truth.

Bob Stanley
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I recognise the madness of touring and discos. Feels very familiar. Equal parts hilarious and horrific, I recommend this book if you go on the road or find yourself in a dangerously Balearic scenario.

Roisin Murphy
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