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45 Live Lowdown #15 - Wrongtom

45 Live Lowdown #15

Our newest member of the crew, mighty roots n' reggae powerhouse, the man called Wrongtom.

1. Where are you based?
Stinking London.

2. Why 45s?
I like the limitations of them, short tracks keep you on your toes when selecting. Also the history of the 45 goes hand in hand with pop music, they were considered almost throwaway in the early days which, for me, makes them even more cherish-able.

3. Your inspiration/mentor/hero?
My earliest inspiration was my sister’s boyfriend Steve who lent my brother and I a load of records in the early 80’s - Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash, Atomic Dog, White Lines etc etc - we taped them and played them endlessly. A lot of my musical inspiration comes from my family and their musical tastes but that stack of records especially made me want to have a stack of records of my own, and the magical sounds they made became the backbone of everything i still love about, and look for in music.

4. Your most elusive 45, what is it and how long have you been looking?
Not so much an elusive as it’s not hard to find but in my teens I picked up a copy of 'The Rub Out' by Jeff Britton & The Spitfires for 30p and someone stole it off me in my early days of DJing. It just doesn’t feel right paying more than a couple of quid for it having found it for pennies so i’m always on the hunt for a bargain copy hiding in a pile of 7”s in a Sally Army somewhere godforsaken.

5. Best ever dig?
Any where I get offered a cup of tea. I’m still waiting to be offered a sandwich like one guy who obviously spent too much time at Vinyl Frontier in Morden.

6. All originals pressings?
Nah, too broke to worry about that kind of thing. They’re nice to have, and important if you want to have a unique set but if there’s a killer track easily available on repress for a few quid, it no longer matters to most people on the dancefloor if you had the OG, and they’re the people that a DJ should be thinking about.

7. Do you hoard or buy and sell?
I’m a hoarder through and through.

8. How many 45s have you got and how do you catalogue/store them?
Probably a couple of thousand. Completely disorganised, in crates and shoeboxes. “Real” collectors would sneer themselves into a stupor.

9. Cover up or share the love?
Always share, it’s our job for crying out loud.

10. What’re your top 3 LPs tracks that you wish had been pressed onto 7”?
Not sure about a top 3 but off the top of my head, i’d like 7”s of...

Shades Of Joy 'The Crying Bag'...

Prince & The Revolution 'Tamborine'...

(ed's note, can't find video)

Martha Bass, Fontella Bass & David Peaston 'God Has Smiled On Me' (I’ve actually looked into releasing this one myself!)

(ed's note, can't find video of this either!)

11. Biggest disaster whilst DJing?!
I was on stage, in the final throes of a set at Wembley Arena when suddenly the front desk cut out. I was left standing there in complete silence under a spotlight in front of 10,000 confused people, and left the stage with my tail between my legs while the crew at front-of-house sat waiting for the desk to reboot.