‘I'm not a tourist, I live here’ is typed on Dj Adam Whitakers shirt. With typical London brashness he's wearing it here adjacent to the Treaty stone in the midst of weary looking day trippers who grab composed shots of the stone and the Castle together as travel boxes are ticked on two day visits. Adam is on a dedicated short trip also with a box of records that cost more to transport on the plane than himself. When not on tour he resides in the magical land of House music, a special place where he respects the original rules of the WARE-house i.e that funky music must be delivered via an organic dancing manifesto. I pulled a cheesy 80s comp lp from my stash at one stage to get a cheap laugh but in serious tones he says ‘ I grew up with that record’. His yearly trip to the Cheebah house of wax this time extends to a Saturday in the Trinity Rooms where each week the courtyard showcases a different style to complement the mighty Webb in the Main Room.
Each time he vists theres more stuff to offer. Not only just musically representing a distintive London vibe, this guy has made a couple of instrumental-beaty records himself as part of the ‘Unusual and Electric’ crew.These are now i tuned and available to buy online as well as being currently for sale on vinyl from All City in Dublin. A designer and photographer with a eye for detail that extends on ocassion to personally screen printing his record sleves , our man uses these trips to road test product in front of one of his favourite euro crowds.
Caits warming up the crowd in Mickeys cutting funk with tracks DJ Monkleft behind.Wearing a fashionably ripped Cheebah Shirt her look probably had notions of being Debbie Harry but kind of arrived at Debbie Gibson, still a vibrant look though. Adam then steps up, tossing a salad of the Nevilles ‘Hercules’ with Young Mcs and sprinkling a few sounds like Will Powers ‘Adventures in Success’. The main course is rolled out with Sidney Youngbloods ‘if only I could (a polarising classic from the early 90s). This it seems was a big Limerick track judging by the reaction from an older section of the crowd. Some loved it and some didn’t but it was remembered as the start of those halcyon mainstream House years . Everybodys here as a goth trembling version of Bauhaus,s ‘Kick in the eye’ fills the alley and the Dj is playing cupid behind decks to an English guy and Polish woman on a date in a peep show kinda way. Now bring on the dancing Adam and watch as he whips up chunks of pumping quirkiness that alternate between reggae tinged breaks and house before his own tracks and cheeky bootegs are wheeled out (Candi station with ‘Crazy’ and a daft Queen one spluttered in the mix) Our Dj had just finished a 90s house night in London recently and brought that energy and a few of those records over with him notably a storming D Train cover. The rain stayed away but the crowd didn’t, making it a very busy night for “team mickeys’ as glass pint towers swayed to that ‘Break my stride’ song thing he always finishes up in Limerick with.