Our DJs Biogs & history




Our resident DJ's are Marky Mark & Russell Mark aka DJ Ruskie.
Check out our Biogs & history below.


Dj Marky Mark Dancetrax -
Soul Motive Resident dj,
Dj MarkyMark/Dancetrax/Soul Motive DJ's has been djing since the early 90's, music genres played include deep/jazzy/soulful house, eclectic chill/bar grooves, disco/funk/80s groove and classics.
Have and still dj at some of the following venues & events -
Soul Motive, London.
Blag club, London [ Lavish].
Promised Land, London .
SE1 Club London.
Shepherds Bush Empire, London.
The Egg Club, London.
The Greyhound, South London .
Anam bar, London.
Reds Bar, Sutton.
Sweet Soul, London
Rinky Dink, Clapham.
Gigalum, Clapham.
Inigo, Clapham.
Charterhouse, London.
Babushka [various].
Cargo, Shoreditch.
Ballroom, London.
Undersolo, Camden .
The rose, london.
Meet bar.
Mau Mau, w11.
Crash, vauxhall [ray of light].
Hell, shoreditch.
Medicine bar.
Best kept secret [london].
Dust bar.
Industry.
The Clapham North.
rouge / open .
the mass, white horse, dogstar and telegraph, brixton
the common rooms.
mojama and loop, croydon.
the circle bar.
coalesce, london.
the good grooves, london.
s-bar, battersea.
zigis streatham, penge parties, norman jay cratediggers parties @ dust bar and the lodge, copyright club, pitcher and piano[cool note sundays], q bar, shoeless joes, the mass, white horse, telegraph, dogstar[brixton], rollerdisco, la2/astoria[mean fiddler], nylon, the glasshouse, rouge[simply salacious], studio 33, pitcher and piano, g.b olympic sailing teams party @ the london hilton, fulham football clubs season closing party @ novotel.
used to promote and dj at underground 'word of mouth' warehouse parties around town with friends in brixton, shoreditch and elephant and castle.
also previously worked as resident dj for schooldisco.com in the 2nd room playing disco, funk, soul classics, and also rollerdisco@ bagleys, playing in the house room, and also nylon, london[style in the city group], playing disco, funk, soul classics, and also atomic @ the la2.
also have played in belgium at various venues including montuno[ghent], cafe capital[antwerp].

dj markymark was runner up in dj mags strongbow lounge competition in 2002 for his 'eclectic chill' mix.

Have also played on various London radio stations including Passion FM, Push FM, Unknown FM, House FM, London Live And Direct, Fresko & Outkast.


Which styles do you play?
deep/jazzy & soulful grooves, mainly house, but also underground disco, funk, soul, rare groove.

How long have you been DJing?
since the early 90s

What/who inspired you to start mixing?
going to the raves in the 80s and seeing the crowds reaction to the various styles the djs used to mix back then.

What is your most memorable set or DJ moment?
when i dj'ed and promoted my own warehouse parties in brixton at old railway arches, wicked vibes, great crowd and sound systems

Who are your favourite DJs?
numerous, u.s - vega, humphries, mancuso, u k - paul trouble, unabombers, norman jay

Who are your favourite producers?
maw, mr ali, fanatix, 280 west, ant nicholson, mark de clive lowe, bugz, roy davis jr, chandler, g.u, moodymann

What are your favourite labels?
maw, preludefreetown, soulgroove, phuturesole, shelter

What are your top-5 tunes of all time?
maw-various, jon cutler-its yours, roy davis-gabrielle, joe smooth-promised land, electra-jibaro.


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Dj Ruskie -

Soul Motive Resident dj.

MUSIC STYLE: Deepgrooveysoulfulfunkylatinjazzhousedisco business!


Dj Russell Mark's love of music started at an early age. Being brought up in a household where music was a constant,
1970's + 80's Motown, soul, funk, and disco was the soundtrack to his youth.



He started buying music at 12 years of age, mainly Hip Hop and the odd soul album, artists such as The Roots, Pharcyde,
Eric B and Rakim, A Tribe Called Quest and anything else that was played on Yo! MTV Raps. Whatever happened to this

programme....?



As he grew older his musical taste matured and soul music was the main influence. He started buying vinyl from second hand
record shops and 'borrowing' records from his Dads collection - no he still hasn't given them back yet.

Artists such as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Roy Ayers, Curtis Mayfield, Donald Byrd and Marlena Shaw are still some of his favourites to this day.


When he finally managed to save up enough money, he bought his first set of turntables and a mixer and started bedroom djing as a hobby. His record collection grew rapidly and house music started to take over following numerous trips the White Isle (Ibiza). After experimenting - in his lab - he soon found that deep, soulful and latin house sat comfortably with the classic soul/disco sounds he favoured.


DJ influences include Danny Krivit, Masters at Work, Kerri Chandler, Roger Sanchez, Joey Negro, Gilles Peterson, Bugz in the Attic and Norman Jay to name a few.


Russell Mark began playing out six years ago starting with a few local bars and private parties, progressing to more established nights and better known venues around London. Highlights include Cafe de Paris (Leicester Square), Plan B and The Dogstar (Brixton), Bloomsbury Ballroom (Holborn) and Charterhouse Bar (Farringdon).


Although a soulful sound will always remain the foundation of his sets, he loves to mix it up with some broken beat, tribal, minimal and electro nuggets.



Like the great Tribe Called Quest once said "can i kick it, yes you can".....



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Guest DJ's
Joe Soul-
A Soul , jazz and funk fan for over 30 years , began by following the dj,s of the day at clubs within London and the south east. Robbie Vincent ( Royalty ), Chris Hill ( Goldmine ) , George Power ( Crackers ) Were a few dj,s to influence my soul music knowledge .
Early years spent playing at parties and wine bars , followed by a residency at Starsky and Hutch ( arches / bagleys ) and various underground gigs. Laterly spent time abroad playing at various bars on the island of Corfu .