Froggy

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Froggy (aka Steve Howlett) was a real legend of the turntables. He was one of Britain’s most influential DJs, transforming the shape of UK club music by introducing live mixing into the equation…

Dubbed ‘Froggy’ for his habit of jumping up & down in time to the music, by the early 1970s he had his first residency @ the Essex club The Bird’s Nest. Froggy was then behind the creation of the pioneering mobile disco The Rosko International Roadshow for the Emperor Rosko & subsequently other Radio 1 roadshows.

DJ Profile ImageHe played @ the inaugural Caister Soul Weekender alongside fellow DJs Greg Edwards, Chris Hill, Robbie Vincent & Jeff Young, & with the subsequent addition of Pete Tong, this loosely affiliated group became known as The Soul Mafia. Regular visits to NYC in the latter part of the 1970’s & a close study of  the art of mixing from icons such as Larry Levan @ The Paradise Garage put him ahead of the game back home. This in turn meant he became part of the new wave of clubbing that would eventually change the UK clubbing culture. In the early 1980’s, Froggy rose to mainstream prominence with his own Radio 1 show duties & in 1985, he made the UK national charts with a James Brown Megamix & a then year later with a remix of the Real Thing’s ‘You To Me Are Everything’.

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Some 20 years later, both he & his legendary sound-system graced the fields of Barnet @ Summer Soulstice 2007 & helped put smiles on the hundreds of faces looking up @ the man that day & we are extremely honoured to have had Froggy a part of our humble beginning. Like everyone else who knew him, we were totally shocked to hear of his sudden death in 2008 at just 58 years old. Not only did he leave his own loved ones behind, including his son Mark who carries on the family DJ’ing tradition under the guise of DJ Tadpole, but he also left a very large extended soul family too.

Froggy: a true master, may you rest in musical bliss…

Links > Caister Soul Weekender • The Guardian


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