Name: Bob Johnston aka King of the Delta Blues (Kotdb)
How many years in the game? : DJ’ing for 4 or years now I think. Pretty recent thing for me.
What got you into DJing? : Well I have always been into music in a big way. In the period when I was out all the time when I lived in Glasgow I foolishly didn’t buy my own decks and after that I kind of felt like I had missed my chance. Of course I now realise thats a load of old bollocks. It’s never too late.
The notion to DJ got stronger and stronger and I was always making playlists and compilations for people and when Purple Radio came along I grasped the nettle and had a go. Never looked back.
Describe your style: I like to think I have a pretty broad taste that can suit loads of situations but the stuff I play tends to have an emotional element to it, be it hands in the air uplifting or melancholic. If it tugs at your heartstrings in some way there’s a good chance I’ll like it. I’ve got a liking for folk music, country, blues and old rock and roll. I also love electronic music be it ambient, disco, house, techno or dubstep so the stuff I play is drawn from that heady brew.
Kit, (for the nerds!): It was my Hercules MkII midi controller that my wife Gemma and some friends bought me for my birthday that got the ball rolling and although it’s getting a bit old it works well for me. Laptop DJ from the start I did finally get some Technics 1210’s and I have an Allen and Heath Xone 62 mixer.
DJ/Musical Heroes/Inspiration: Gilles Peterson’s eclectiscism was a big influence on me as were the Optimo boys from Glasgow. Soma and Slam and the Sub Club also in Glasgow introduced me to Detroit and Chicago and my techno heroes- Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills, Derrick May. Peter Kersten (Lawrence and Sten) is probably my favourite producer from the last few years.
Best DJing moment: Had some brilliant times at the Big Chill Bar on New Years Day and other times. Dropping Little Richard “Long Tall Sally” in the middle of some some big techno tracks and everyone going mental on a Bank Holiday at the Big Chill Bar was probably my favourite moment. One that you imagine in your head as a DJ and then it actually works!
Name drop for us: erm…Ewan Pearson was at my birthday party once. Hmmm not so impressive eh?
Where can we listen to your musics/mixes? : On my soundcloud page
Current dancefloor killer: Not played out for a few months as I’ve been travelling but before I left Chemise- She can’t love you was the killer.
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What’s your ‘most shocking’ dancefloor moment witnessed? : Well I can’t say I witnessed this as such but I was woken up by a Dublin bouncer while I was on the dancefloor. I was still standing/swaying and holding a pint of Guinness. He ordered me to go to the bar which is a pretty reasonable response if you ask me. I clearly hadn’t had enough to drink.
And finally, when can we catch you on PR?: I normally have a weekly show on Purple radio from 6-8pm on a Monday evening but I have been abroad for the past six months and currently my internet is no good for broadcast. I will be back. Oh yes.