Stretch Taylor

Despite his youthful looks, Stretch is a club and radio DJ, journalist, remixer and event promoter of some 25 years standing…

Music has probably been in his blood from the day he was born, as his dad was lead singer of a band called The Gentry, who supported rock legends The Who on tour in the 1960′s.

Stretch was a music journalist for soul music standard Blues & Soul magazine for some ten years, compiling the Floorfillers Chart and writing a club column. He’s played all over the circuit including the Southport Weekender, Bournemouth Soul Weekender, Soul Village, Salou Soul (Spain), Caister, Hayling Island, TMF Festival and Clacton Soul Weekender.

As well as a regular fixture at events in the O2 and Jazz Cafe in the past, Stretch also co-promotes the legendary Boating Club soul cruises which have sailed since 1995. He presents his Ghetto Heaven Show on Mi-Soul Radio and was previously on the airwaves with Colourful Radio, Stomp RadioSoul24-7 and Essex FM.

Over the years he’s interviewed the likes of Roy Ayers, Leon Ware, Melba Moore, Teddy Riley and Blackstreet, Charlie Wilson, Eric Benet, Leroy Burgess and many others. He’s DJ’ed at many concerts over the years including Shalamar, En Vogue, Archie Bell & The Drells, Rahsaan Patterson, Mica Paris, Lalah Hathaway and Kindred The Family Soul. Stretch has also played at album launch events for Usher, Kelis, Faith Evans and other high profile events at the Ministry Of SoundTwice As NiceMOBO’s and at Notting Hill Carnival, plus overseas in Ayia Napa, Dubai and Ibiza.

Commercial highlights of his career include making the official mix CD for Missy Elliott’s multi-platinum selling album ‘Miss E So Addictive’ (on Warners) and DJ’ing for Pharrell Williams’ and Snoop Dogg’s photographic exhibition in London. Stretch has worked on many remixes, including co-producing the underground R&B hit ‘Now That Were Together’ for Vicki Young (Dome Records).

In 2018 he put together his first Ghetto Heaven Weekender in Great Yarmouth with the next one now scheduled for late 2021.

Stretch Taylor’s involvement with charity events, promoting and DJ’ing at numerous gigs to raise money for good causes, has also bought him to the fields of Barnet over the past few years. Having come to the festival, first as a punter, 2014 saw him make his awesome Summer Soulstice DJ debut in our Club Tent. Stretch also featured in both our virtual weekenders in 2020 and 2021.

Stretch enjoys a cuddle with his daughter at Summer Soulstice 2014.
Photo by Clifford J Irving © Summer Soulstice Ltd.

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