RPM is a vinyl digging collective that unearths chunks of Dirty Funk, Psychedelic Soul, Mod Spins, Speed Lounge, Groovy Soundtracks, Boogaloo, Afrobeat, Bollywood, Deep Disco, 80s Boogie, Washington Go-Go, eclectro & more.
We host a monthly night at Ramsgate Music Hall, 13 Turner Street, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 8NJ.
A man called Moogaloo had a few mates who all collected the groovy and funky end of vinyl. Whenever he met up with them they would talk about and possibly play their latest finds. Most of them did not know each other, so he decided to arrange regular parties for them all to discuss and play their latest finds. This became RPM (Record Players Meet). After a few years of eating cheese, drinking beer and playing each other great records, they realised that between them they could put together something very special indeed and so started a residency at Orange Street Music in Canterbury. After Orange Street Music closed, RPM once again became a private affair, until rescued by the lovely Farmhouse on Dover Street in Canterbury. Sadly the Farmhouse closed in 2012, so after a brief break we’ve moved to the fabulous and brand new Ramsgate Music Hall!
The RPM DJ collective is made up of:
Andy Mum’s Old Vinyl – Andy Robinson began DJing as Mum’s Old Vinyl nearly 10 years ago. His passion for funky, groove laden, beats has become an obsession over the years. Alongside his bi-weekly Radio shows you can catch him DJing all over Europe at Club nights alongside the likes of Jaguar Skills, The Freestylers and Coldcut, Secret London warehouse parties with artists such as The Cuban Brothers, The Horrors and Psychemagik, supporting the likes of S.Mouse! (BBC ‘s Angry Boys) The Stranglers and Squeeze at gigs. He performed at the 40th Anniversary of The Old Grey Whistle Test at the Brighton Centre and is a resident DJ for Secret Garden Party’s infamous Artful Badger’s. You’ll find him performing all over the UK at Festivals during summer months including sets at Glade, Lounge On The Farm, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown Fair, Bestival, Sunrise Celebration, Cloud Cuckoo Land and The Rollright Fair.
DJ Moogaloo – Originally from the Medway towns, Chris’s music roots were forged in the Mod scene. With a great ear for a groovy number, he’s found crazy records all over the place from Brighton to Bangalore. DJ Moogaloo was the man behind several of Medway’s best groovy nights, particularly Spreadin’ Fever and Kinda Kinky.
DJ Nice – Doug is passionate about funky dance floor tunes, with a particular passion for rare Afrofunk, Afrobeat and Latin Funk, Soul and Boogaloo. He has been Djing parties, pubs and bars since the early 90s, co-hosted the Brixton based Disco Biscuit nights, and has played at Kent Festivals Global Picnic and Lounge On The Farm. He was the co-founder of Samba Pelo Mar, the Whitstable Community Samba Band and has produced live world music nights with Music for Change, for whom he regularly DJs. He was one half of the High Life Latin, Afrobeat and Funk nights in Whitstable. Some of his mixes can be found at http://www.soundcloud.com/querico
Licorice Soul Ed – One of the three guys behind Licorice Soul Records which put out the genre-defining “Working Man’s Soul” compilations, he also runs http://www.blaxploitation.com/ which is the premier online resource for funky soundtracks and makes Original Peter Record Hunting Bags with Jonny Trunk. Ed has DJ’d in the UK and Europe at venues including the Jazz Cafe, Aquarium and The Borderline. For several years Ed was resident DJ for the cult “Night of the Living Dudes” club in London and is a regular guest on specialist music radio, including the Craig Charles Funk & Soul show on BBC 6 Music, Bill Brewster’s Far Side show on Ministry of Sound and Jonny Trunk’s legendary OST show on Resonance FM.
Jeff – Jeff was a big soul, funk and acid jazz clubber back in the day, and a huge record collector to boot. He’s the RPM go-to guy for uplifting club classics and funky obscurities – his amazing taste in records got him noticed by many promoters in the 90s resulting in DJ gigs at places including London’s Jazz Cafe and the essential Hall Of Fame in the YMCA off London’s Tottenham Court Road, one of the biggest underground clubs of the 90’s!
Paul – Medway’s own Paul has amazing records. Amazing. Really. You should pay attention to his sets! Preferring seven inches to twelve, Paul has DJ’d alongside DJ Moogaloo for Kinda Kinky and many of their other nights, and likes it fat, loud and funky. Big drums. Oh yes.
Martin – Martin has one of the biggest record collections in the country. Martin has very special records indeed, and we’re both delighted and privileged that he brings down so many incredible groovy rarities for your delectation!