Graeme Park is featured each week after our Saturday Night Live Ain’t No Jive Chicago Dance Party. You can catch Graeme’s “This Is Graeme Park” at 3AM CT every Sunday morning.
Listen on the radio, online here, in our app or in the iHeartRadio app (search WCKG). You can also listen directly from our website here.
Back in the day, people used to record the mixes on the radio so they wouldn’t miss them. Today, we do all the work for you! Now, you can listen to any of the mixes from our Friday Night Jams, Saturday Night Live Ain’t No Jive Chicago Dance Party, Hot Lunch Mix and more on demand in our DJ MIXES section and in our app.
Each mix page features information about the DJ, links to their social networks, video and tracklists (when provided)
This week’s Graeme Park Radio Show features Mousse T., Kathy Brown, Ibibio Sound Machine, Noel Gallagher, Kylie, Riva Starr, Afrika Bambaata, Cerrone, Felix Da Housecat, Seduction and more[/su_tab]
City Song Part 2 (Peace, Love & Harmony), Eli Escobar
Love Is The Message, Moon Rocket & Re-Tide
U Can Feel It (Original Mix), Ricky Castelli
Try Yazz (E. 140th St Club Yazz), Two Without Hats
Larry’s Jam (Cleptomaniacs Mix), John Julius Knight
Rock The Mic, Mousse T. feat. TAZ & Inaya Day
You Give Good Love (DnA Funky Bass Mix), Kathy Brown
All That Dancin’ (Danny Howard VIP), Danny Howard & Guz
Show Me, Filta Freqz
Give Me A Reason, Ibibio Sound Machine
Fly Away (Dennis Ferrer Remix), Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons feat. Afronaut Zu
Swimming Places, Julien Jabre
It’s A Beautiful World (Park & Pickering 21st Century Nude Vocal Remix), Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Dancing (Illyus & Barrientos Remix), Kylie
Deliver Me (Illyus & Barrientos Remix), Paul Harris feat. Cevin Fisher
Housepital (Original Mix), Riva Starr feat. Dajae
Surrender Yourself (Original Un-edited Ballroom Mix), The Daou
String Free (Kiko Navarro Re-edit), Phortune
Turn Up The Bass (Original Scratch It Up 12″ Club Mix), Tyree feat. Kool Rock Steady
Looking For The Perfect Beat, Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force
Security, The Beat Club
Dance (Do That Thing), Black Magic
I Feel Love (Illyus & Barrientos Remix), MYNC & Rhythm Masters
Ill Noize, Felix Da Housecat
Better Days (Doorly Remix), House Of Virus & Jimi Polo
(You’re My One & Only) True Love (New York House Mix), Seduction
The Haçienda was a club without a purpose until house music filled its cathedral-sized dimensions. It undeniably defined Graeme as a DJ, but in 2014 celebrating his 30th anniversary as a DJ, that can only be seen as one chapter in an on-going tale: ‘Yeah it was a very big chapter,’ says Graeme. ‘I guess the first was when I realised I could DJ and discovered house music from the US. The Haçienda was chapter 2, then chapter 3 was when it re-opened after closing for a couple of months in 1992. Chapter 4 was when it closed not long after I left and I played all around the world. I suppose Chapter 5 was the turn of the century and continuing my journey. Chapter 6 is where I am right now, with more variety to my gigs and music selection than ever before.’
As far as Graeme’s concerned, things are as fab as ever. But where is dance music and club culture headed? Well, who better to ask directions than the man who wrote the disco A-Z? ‘I started doing it purely by accident,’ he details. ‘And then realised I was actually pretty good at it. But I never thought I’d end up doing it for over 30 years. And I see no need to stop at the moment. I still love playing fantastic tunes in a variety of different clubs all over the place and people still want me to do it too.’
And where we are now is a very interesting place to be with regular gigs around the UK, Europe and beyond playing a selection of classic house cuts as well as new and current tunes too to audiences made up of die-hard regulars and new clubbers too. There’s also a variety of occasional productions, remixes and collaborations under various guises with people such as legendary Ten City vocalist Byron Stingily, Juan Kidd and his ongoing Yellow & Black project. Although keen not to be bracketed as purely a ‘classics’ DJ, Graeme regularly delves into the thousands upon thousands of tunes he has collected on vinyl over the years: “House music has made people channel their tastes, so I went back to my roots and pulled out some forgotten classics,” he grins, still in love with process of mining those rich seams of vinyl. “I love seeing a crowd go wild to a tune they haven’t heard for years or playing something really obscure from 20 years ago that people think is new.”
In the past couple of years, Graeme has reunited with original Haçienda Friday Nude Night partner Mike Pickering. Recent gigs in Paris and for The Haç at Sankeys Manchester were huge with Graeme and Mike playing sets full of contemporary tunes rather than classics. “We want to try and recreate the excitement of the original Nude nights when nobody knew what we were playing from one week to the next. We’re also both massive fans of the current crop of young house and dance producers who are making scores of huge club tunes that take their references from over 20 years ago. Response to our occasional sets has been massive from both young and older clubbers alike.”
Celebrating over 20 years on the radio with shows on Kiss, Galaxy, Key 103, Radio City, Juice FM, Forth One and more, Graeme’s years of experience help him understand the specialist skills required by a radio DJ: ‘A lot of radio shows or DJs just play the same big tunes. You can’t simply pretend you’re in a club, you have to talk to the audience and put your personality and knowledge across without sounding like an idiot.’ His weekly Graeme Park Radio Show airs on scores of radio stations both in the UK and overseas and brings in a big audience with his mix of new and older tunes mixed together like only he knows how. He’s recently been hosting the Saturday night show on the Bauer Radio Place Stations network across the North of England and Scotland which featured the perfect mix of classic tracks alongside the biggest anthems of today.
Keeping ahead of the game, Graeme has his own official app for iPhone and iPad which you can download from the iTunes Store for free. It keeps you up to date with what he’s playing and where while you’re on the move. You can also listen to his weekly radio show and not surprisingly it’s proving extremely popular since it’s launch in March 2010.
Whether through his sets, his radio shows, his productions and remixes or simply by getting to know his audience, Graeme has spent over 30 years getting his jocular personality across. He was there before it all started, he was at the forefront of the dance scene when it was at its zenith and he’s still there, still rocking it, years later – longer than some of the people on the dancefloor have been on the planet! And the best thing is he still loves it, still loves the music and still loves to play it for people to dance to.
‘Yeah, for my entire career I’ve been finding good tunes that I want other people to hear. The reason I keep doing it is simple: it’s my mission in life to let people hear good music.’
The Haçienda is now an apartment building (the developers asked Parky to DJ at the launch; he politely declined). At the back of the building there is a time-line, carved into steel, detailing the history of the club from Madonna‘s early performance to its closure. And there’s Graeme’s name not once, but twice, carved into the metal for time immemorial. What other DJs (what other venues?) have had that significance in clubland?