Colin Hudd

 

Ever since dance music first swelled up Colin Hudd has been riding the crest of it. Beginning his monumental journey, as most DJs do, with humble beginnings, He worked as a mobile DJ  from 1971 to 1976, to which the foundations were laid of his DJ career, which lead to a residency in 1976 at The Monica on Canvey Island. A year later he gained another residency at Wings, Gravesend End for a year.  After passing an audition, Colin moved from Monica to Goldmine, a residency he kept until 1981.

It was during this time that his profile had gained momentum enough for him to be noticed and given his now legendary run at Flicks which ran from 1978 through to 1987. From as early as 1986, when the rest of the world was still listening to soul and the new romantics, Colin had already recognised the potential of a completely new genre. Little did he know that more than a decade later the music he had recognised as something more than a passing fad would have become the global phenomenon it is… This music being the initially much derided house music  

But times have changed within the scene, but while others are sticking to the formats they have long become accustomed to, Colin is, as always, on the lookout for new ways of presenting the dance sound.

Looking back, Colin has always been ahead of his time. When he discovered house music in 1986 he was told to leave this new noise alone and stick to the soul that had worked so well for him for so long. But he went with his instincts and found himself pioneering a dance revolution. In those days Colin had already established a serious reputation among the soul and funk clubs of the time. He had been a regular at Canvey’s legendary Goldmine and was still on a high from winning the Blues & Soul club DJ award.
His technical ability and creative foresight enabled him to go on to headline landmark clubs such as Heaven, Legends, Ministry of SoundWorld DancePure Sex, and Spectrum/Land of Oz.

Even bigger events were round the corner. His residency at Spectrum found him working alongside Paul Oakenfold  a man he remains good friends with. By that time house music had begun to take a hold  Colin and Paul found themselves playing to packed dance floors night after night. This then led to Colin and Paul supporting U2 on their Zooropa tour.

It was inevitable that Colin would turn to producing his own music. He worked as the Manic MCs and Audio Deluxe, whilst remixing PP ArnoldBilly Idol and a host of other well-respected artists. He moved to Singapore to open the Velvet Underground in 1994 and having played a number of gigs there he packed his record box and headed for New York where he played The Palladium. Since then Colin has graced turntables from Pacha, Ibiza a packed Olympic stadium, Berlin and Dublin’s Pod.

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