Tony Soulprano is an avid collector of Northern Soul records, though he calls himself an enthusiastic amateur.
Together with a few like-minded twitter friends he formed the Soul Collective, a group of DJs from as far afield as London, Newcastle, Ireland, Sweden and of course Stroud! This month they will be taking over the Joker pub in Penton St, London for a great night of motown, funk and soul.
Tony made an early start on the turntables back in the 70s at Roxborough House Youth Club.
“Back then I was listening to things like the Rubettes, glam rock and disco until I heard my mates playing northern soul. We would hire a coach from Stroud to go to clubs at Hunters Hall, Dursley and Yate for a Northern Soul all-nighter. I wish I’d started collecting records back then but to be honest I was more of a football fan in those days and I spent all my money on following Man Utd. I even founded the Stroud Man Utd fan club, running coaches to matches all over the country and beyond. However the organiser of the youth club knew how much I loved music and he’d give me a small budget to go to Boots in Russell St and buy the records for the youth club!”
Once Tony had finished his apprenticeship and started earning a wage he began his own record collection, but then – disaster struck – CDs came out and like many of us Tony ditched his vinyl in favour of the new technology.
“About 8 years ago my daughter asked me what I wanted for my birthday and it just popped into my head – a record player. So I bought a record from a charity shop and that was it, I had the bug again. Now I spend an average of £70 on a single. The most expensive I’ve bought was £700 but sometimes I’ll find a bargain in a charity shop. I also collect record players and have a few spares hidden around the house!”
Listen to some of Tony’s collection:
See Tony DJ at the Queen Vic on their quarterly Northern Soul nights, or book him to DJ a party of your own.