Sun 27 May — Summer Soul BBQ
Hosted by Music First Entertainent
Mark Rolfe started DJ’ing in the late 80s. His influences came from listening to Paul ‘trouble’ Anderson at Crackers/Global Village London. Robbie Vincent on the radio whilst on the way to Caister Soul Weekenders and later Giles Peterson at the Africa Centre — who like Mark shared a love for Black, US dance, jazz and funk, soul and disco. Mark took a lot of influence from The Inn Place, Brighton and his other influence was Larry Levan — who's mix of the above and early house music was legendary. So, when the Balearic scene hit our shores, the scene was set.
After playing at many bars and warehouse parties with partner in crime, Bob Selway (Hastings very own answer to Bobbi and Steve). Mark found himself playing warm-up sessions for John Digweed at his Bedrock/Storm nights on Hastings Pier. Playing packed Thursdays at Heven, London and sharing the bill with Frankie Knuckles at Zap in Brighton.
Then came ‘Wash Yer Pussy’ (What? I hear you cry). This was the stuff of local legend. 4 years dedicated to playing proper music to regular crowds. Famous DJ’s from Luvdup to Leftfield accompanied Mark on the bill as well as the exceptional local talent who made their way up through Frontier music, the record shop he ran.
Years later, Mark found himself hooked again. His love for old school resurfaced at Soul Weekenders where the introduction of re-edited soul and dance reignited a passion. Now he’s back at his roots playing his monthly night, Funkjam. A strictly vinyl night shared with his friend Jonny J who together play a collection of 35 years of the best quality dance music.