Stav’s real interest in music began in 1975, aged 14, when one night it was announced that no music would be played in his youth club’s music room, due to the regular guys being on holiday…

An avid table tennis for his county of Essex at the time, ‘ping pong’ was all he ever thought about, until that fateful night…

A young Stavros (aka Mark Chappell) offered his help by going home to retrieve a few personal tunes and upon returning, proceeded to ‘find’ himself. A little older and wiser, local nightclub Sweeneys took him on board as a warm up and as he saw it, was a master stroke, technically under age (over 18’s night) he maintained the position for four years, gaining valuable experience. When the regular DJ left because of work commitments, he was asked to carry the night forward.

While at Sweeneys he decided, with the help of his mentor Steve Scott aka Quasimodo), to become a mobile DJ. The year was now 1979 and soon radio came his way via local community station Radio Basildon on which he helped produce a few shows. Stints on hospital radio soon followed along with a guest spot on the now defunct Essex Radio and a show on pirate radio.

Stavros has played ’em all.. clubs, pubs, bars, weekenders, radio… he’s done more private functions than he cares to remember. But he’s loved every minute of it and still does, saying “it’s the greatest feeling in the world to see people on a dance floor making shapes to something you’re playing.”

Forty odd years behind the decks and still spinning the good grooves, including his popular A To Zee of Soul podcast which is broadcast on Starpoint Radio every Saturday, as well gracing our little gathering in a big field over the years. Stavros, we loves ya baby!

Stavros sharing a joke with Richard Felstead on the Main Stage at Summer Soulstice 2017.
Photo by Paul Hodson © Summer Soulstice Ltd.

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