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DJ Brandon Block Profile / Interview

Surprisingly enough DJ Brandon Block started his career in 1985 in his local boozer, The John Lyon in Harrow west London.   DJ Brandon Block says...   "It was a great pub, everyone went there. My friends and I used to buy a lot of funk and soul (the sound at the time) and one night the DJ there didnít show, so me and my then DJ partner Ali Jobe asked the governor if we could bring the records down and do it. We were so good that he fired the DJ. In fact it got so popular that they started charging an entrance fee".

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And then acid house took off and DJ Brandon Block started DJing properly. It was 1988, and at a night called ZigZag at Broadway Boulevard in Ealing, London.  Brandon Block used to spend Sundays at Queens in Colnbrook which became such a success that Dean Thatcher (best known as a founder member of techno/house act The Aloof) and Brandon started up our own Sunday night, Haven Stables - well, it was more of an afternoon /evening really. The place used to go off big time and was packed to the rafters until it came to an end in 1991.

DJ Brandon Blocks adventures in clubland got so successful that he hooked up with Charlie Chester (now famed for DC10 at Circo Loco in Ibiza, Charlie also founded legendary record store Flying Records in Dean Street, London) to promote a Tuesday night at Queens, which is out near Heathrow Airport. Youíve gotta excuse the pun, but this is where Brandon Blocks career really took off; his profile was raised and he was able to grab guests spots around London.

Brandon Block - Going Mad in Ibiza

Brandon Block: "1990 was also the year I first went to Ibiza with the small record label that I was working for. I loved it so the following summer I packed three or four bags of records, £500 cash and a small bag of clothes with the full intention of staying there for as long as I could. And thatís just what I did. Fast forward to 2001 and me and my frequent DJ partner Alex P seem to be as much a part of the Balearic scenery as Pikes, Manumission and the puke in the streets of San An!

The first time we met in Ibiza Alex was really drunk. He threw beer all over me and rolled around on the floor. And then he got arrested and we met up the next day and the rest is pretty much history. Two years later I met up with Peeze again and he invited me to play at the Space Terrace, which he had built himself. For the next five years we were residents at the Sunday Session, a place that confirmed the Terrace's reputation as one of the most special places in clubland.

Over the past ten years I have seen Ibiza transform from a secret party island somewhere in the Med to one of the craziest places on earth. It has grown so big now that you can easily have the best night of your life every day of the week. Every year I look forward to a summer of what life should be like all year round absolute madness.

Brandon Block has appeared on the following Fantazia albums:

Fantazia House Collection Club Classics Vol 1
Fantazia House Collection Club Classics Vol 2
Fantazia House Collection Club Classics Vol 3

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