Louie Martin

Louie accidently fell into DJ’ing when his local youth club needed some music played one evening, so two hi-fi systems were set up and he soon caught the bug…

After playing out with mobile discos locally, he was offered a residency at The Greyhound in Dunstable which was set up as a 7-day-a-week music venue with installed equipment. It was here that someone (nobody can remember who) christened him ‘Brother’ Louie.

“I turned up one night” says Louie, “and there were giant posters everywhere advertising the different nights of the week with this ‘name’ on my night, so it stuck”.

Having been at the venue for a couple of years and establishing a Soul night specialising in US imports, he came to the attention of The California Ballroom in 1974. A new upfront night would be launched in the basement club within the complex known as The Devils Den (later re-named Didoz). It was here that Louie would establish another night for the more discerning soul music fans and also be selected as stage front man in the ballroom, showcasing the biggest soul funk and jazz artists who performed to packed houses, like Brass Constuction, The Fatback Band, Heatwave, Issac Hayes, Grover Washington an many more.

Around 1978 he was invited to appear monthly on the Robbie Vincent Show on Radio London and did many PA’s around the South of England and the early Caister Soul Weekenders and All-dayers including Brighton, Southampton and Reading. In 1980 he was on the DJ line up at The Knebworth National Soul Day and in his own words remembers “there were 12,000 people there, with the stage so far away, everyone looked like ants, but what an event!”

Louie continued to play out and moved into commercial radio, securing his own Saturday evening show on Chiltern Radio which was networked on many other stations around Herts, Beds, Bucks, Northants, Bristol and Gloucester. He also launched the breakfast show on Choice FM Birmingham.

Having made his DJ debut at Summer Soulstice in 2011, he more recently has paired up with Les Knott to provide some great sets in Connoisseurs Corner. Louie still plays at other selected events around London and the south east and after a long spell at Delite Radio, where he left in 2020, he can now be heard on the airwaves every Sunday afternoon via Solar Radio.

There is only one Brother Louie!

Louie with James Anthony at Summer Soulstice 2017.
Photo by Jamie Topham © Summer Soulstice Ltd.

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