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A love letter to Newport’s nightlife – 1993

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Memories and music of a Newport DJ – 1993

1993 marked a tumultuous year academically, as I found myself more engrossed in nurturing Lliswerry High School Radio than focusing on my A Levels. With dismal grades in Drama, Computing, and English Language, I was at a crossroads. However, a push from family led me to Crosskeys College, where I pursued a BTEC ND in Media, excelling when the radio module finally came around.

On the professional front, I juggled jobs at Brooklyn Heights and Primark, saving enough to afford driving lessons. Passing my test on the first try was a triumph, even if my ride—a less-than-sexy Vauxhall Astra—left much to be desired. Behind the wheel, my driving instructor’s attempts at spiritual conversation often left me more focused on avoiding accidents than finding enlightenment.

DJ Lamsie gets going!

Meanwhile, my alter ego, DJ Lamsie, navigated a shifting landscape. Brooklyn Heights underwent a rebranding to Heights 2000, reflecting the millennial fever sweeping the UK club scene. However, a setback arose when the club invested in laser lights, requiring a license I wasn’t afforded.

Fortuitously, a connection led to my first major break at Blakes, a cozy café bar in John Frost Square, followed by a stint at The Bank on Griffin Street. Despite the ups and downs, the year culminated in unforgettable experiences and invaluable lessons.

Now, let’s delve into the soundtrack of 1993:

My soundtrack to 1993

Floorfiller:
Robin S – “Show Me Love”

An enduring dancefloor anthem, still capable of igniting any party, even 25 years later.

Twister:

Take That – “Why Can’t I Wake Up with You”

Despite my initial reservations, this reimagined boy band ballad found its way into my heart and onto the charts.

Clubber:

Haddaway – “What Is Love?”

Love at first listen, with its infectious beats and soulful vocals dominating dance floors worldwide.

Coolest:

SWV (Sisters with Voices) – “Right Here”

A departure from my usual tastes, this R&B gem found its place in my heart and inspired creative endeavors.

Radio Tune:

Gabrielle – “Dreams”

A track I confidently predicted would top the charts, only to be met with skepticism from a friend, until reality proved me right.

As we bid farewell to 1993, I extend my gratitude to those who made this year special, including mentors, friends.

Don’t hesitate to chime in on social media and share your own experiences!

Stay tuned for more musical memories as we journey through the years!

Written by: Ian.Lamsdale

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