GROOVE CITY RADIO are delighted to bring you a little late edition to the CHRISTMAS DAY line up this year…. Having been involved in broadcasting from last years Stereofunk festival /// VINYL RULZ TENT we are happy to bring you a 2 hour Christmas Classics guest mix from Stereofunk owner Mr Stevie Lennon…
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In the beginning…
Born & bred in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Stevie’s been rocking the decks since the day he raided his dad’s record collection and started messing around with an old Alba hi fi! From being a checkout assistant in the local super market at 18 he invested in a set of Soundlab beltdrives AKA ‘Decks’ from back in day!
Another few shifts pushing trolleys and a student loan later a set of the hallowed Technics 1210s were proudly bought and a career path was choosen! 23rd Precinct Records and HMV we’re his classroom of choice.
By day he squeezed in a degree in Economics and Post Grad in Ecommerce, by night he chased his dream to become a DJ.
The first record he bought was Kayashi Furyo on Additive records.
Launching The DJ Career
Starting out by playing in local bars and clubs, covering the gigs from the bottom of the ‘dj food chain’ playing 70’s and 80’s music at birthday parties. He was simply fulfilling his need to get out and play music. In the long run it proved invaluable. After sending off countless mix-tapes he got his first break playing at the under 18’s at the Viper club in Bellshill and within weeks he was spinning the tunes at the over’s too. It was evident his career had began to gather momentum when he was approached to play on the Xposure Magazine British club tour which led on to playing in front of 5000 people at the Kritivibes festival in Crete, Greece with Dutch dance company Euro Music Events. Soon after that he began an 8 year residency at the legendary Fubar in Stirling.
City Falkirk, City Edinburgh, Karbon Glasgow, Common Glasgow, Centrepoint Coatbridge, Megabar/Hype Motherwell, Hamilton Palace, Essence Coatbridge, Rosies Falkirk, The Social Glasgow, and Level 2 Coatbridge.
Guesting the length and breadth of the UK playing T in the Park, the Arches for both Colours and Inside Out, Hed Kandi, Cream and not forgetting the legendary M8 Christmas parties at the Tunnel.
to name drop a few….
Throughout his time he has shared the decks with
Fedde Le Grand, Grant Nelson, Danny Rampling, Greame Park, Eddie Halliwell, Tiesto, K Klass, Yousef, Judge Jules,
Bart B More, Bodyrox, Funkagenda and Mark Knight to name but a few and Calvin Harris has even warmed up for him!
Reflects his eclectic influences – from his soulful house roots all the way through to the chunkier club beats that he’s known for. He’ll play whatever it takes to get the crowd going – be it the cooler unpretentious house music he loves, the cutting edge main room house he fires out with ease, or the tougher tribal techy tip he likes to take us on when the time is right. Wherever he plays, you can always guarantee plenty of energy and passion behind the decks, a distinctive musical style that whips the crowd into a frenzy, loads of crowd interaction and no doubt the odd chant of “Stevie, Stevie, Stevie F****n Lennon!”
DJ-ing has always been his first love but as his events continue to grow in success and popularity he finds himself juggling his career as a DJ with that of a promoter too but still enjoying it nonetheless.
Stevie, one half of Kelman & Lennon! The dynamic DJ duo & the brains behind Stereofunk, one of Scotland’s coolest club brands and music festivals. What began as overnight parties in castles and mansions across the land has now blossomed into an annual music festival at Strathclyde Park for over 2000 people, showcasing over 70 of the best Scottish DJs, 15 live bands and a sprinkling of the worlds best DJs. Stereofunk ‘the brand’ is continually growing year after year and Stevie is determined to keep fuelling its growth by continuing to build the brand by “taking the best people to the best places to have the best parties”.
Stevie also joined forces with industry heavyweights GoodGreef and Inside Out in 2008 to form one of Scotland’s biggest outdoor dance events Parklife, raising his and the profile of Stereofunk once more. Over 7000 people attended to see a star studded line up of over 40 of the world’s best DJs. Parklife has now firmly established itself in the Scottish Festival calendar.
After having had many live mixes aired on radio stations such as Clyde 1 and XFM, Stevie made his debut as a radio presenter in the summer of 2010 with his own radio show the “Stereofunk Show” on L107. With the peak time Saturday night show reaching over 200,000 listeners across Lanarkshire it served as a great platform to play his tunes to the masses, not just in the clubs but in their living rooms and in their cars too.
Giving something back…
Always keen to pass on his DJ knowledge to the younger generation, Stevie regularly organises DJ workshops for Reeltime Music in schools, clubs and youth groups in his local area of Lanarkshire.
Currently working hard in the studio producing house music that will no doubt be filling the nation’s dancefloors in the future. With releases on the horizon under Kelman & Lennon, this is sure to be another interesting chapter of his career to come. Watch out for “Love 4 Sale (Kelman & Lennon mix)”, “Stereofunk present Bucky’s Anthem” and the “Kelman & Lennon , The Stereofunk Shuffle”
Where you can hear Stevie now…
Thu – Fubar
Fri – Level 2 Coatbridge
Sat – The Torrance East Kilbride
Sunday – Liquid Cool Soundsystem at Common Glasgow’s renouned & longest running house night.
This residency suits his own style perfectly and here he can be seen playing the very latest in upfront house with a few old classics along the way.