Eddie Piller

DJ — London

Name
Eddie Piller

What do you do?
I am a DJ, writer, sometime record producer and soul music broadcaster

Where are you from?
I was born in East London but have lived in Harlow for the last 25 years

Describe your style in three words?
Acid Jazz Mod

If you could have signed one music artist in history - who would it be?
This is an interesting question because I DID sign and produce the biggest selling UK artist of the 1990's, Jamiroquai...but if I could choose, it would be an artist that I tried very hard to sign in the mid 1990's. His name was Gil Scott Heron and after a long negotiation and some time in the studio, he signed to an American label at the last minute. I never really got over that!!!

Which British music icons have influenced you?
Paul Weller - Bullrushes...This was included on Paul's first post-Style Council album; The Paul Weller Movement. It was recorded during his Acid Jazz period and we had been spending a lot of time together. His ability to change and evolve while keeping true to his roots has never ceased to amaze me. Had it not been for hearing The Jam's 'All Around The World' back in 1978, my life would have taken a completely different path. To break up the band at their peak and to forge ahead with the progressive soul of The Style Council was a genuine stroke of genius.

Steve Marriott - My mother ran the Small Faces fan club in the 1960's and I have always loved Marriott's style and soul - The track would have to be Autumn Stone. Simply breathtaking.

Best gig you have ever been to?
This is almost impossible for me to answer because I have been doing music for a living since I left school in 1980. It could be when I was on stage in front of 80.000 people with the Brand New Heavies at Wembley Stadium, possibly when Stevie Wonder, Hamish Stewart and Herbie Hancock jumped on stage with them for a jam at Ray Charles birthday party or when Paul Weller's mum made me walk out on stage in front of 6,000 people and lead the crowd in a chorus of Happy Birthday for her son! But without being a shameless name dropper, it was either The Jam at the Marquee in 79 or The Stone Roses at Dingwall’s for their first London show in the late 80s.


Eddie Piller is a legendary DJ and co-founder of record label Acid Jazz. Eddie was pivotal in the UK's Northern Soul scene and is known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of Soul and his ability to spin the rarest of grooves. You can catch him at any of the events below: 

Soul Box
At Old Street Records - first Saturday of Every Month.

Pussycat Got Soul
Last Thursday of the month at the Owl and Pussycat Redchurch Street.

The Eclectic Soul Show
Every Thursday on Soho Radio at 4pm (or anytime Mixcloud).

First track you played on repeat?
Buzzcocks were the third band I ever saw in the summer of '78. 'Orgasm Addict' did not leave my turntable for a week and was indeed the first record I played on repeat. I bought this from the legendary Walthamstow punk shop, Small Wonder (recently the subject of an exhibition and future documentary) with my holiday job wages.

One record you would keep forever?
'All Because of You' by Leroy Hutson - quite possibly the best drum sound ever recorded and the producer that I based my own production style on. I fulfilled a lifetime ambition by bringing Leroy over to the UK a few years back to perform at Vintage at Goodwood with my band The Third Degree. He didn't disappoint and is my favourite artist.

Song that defines the teenage you?
I wasn't necessarily a teenager but the single Is It Something She's Got by Tyrone Davis became my DJ signature tune. I first heard this superb late 60s Chicago stepper played by the inventor of Acid Jazz, Chris Bangs at the legendary Special Branch - i immediately went out and tracked down a copy which stayed in my DJ box for over 30 years. It still sounds totally fresh

A song lyric that has inspired you?
Move On Up by Curtis Mayfield - simply one of the best songs ever written. I have some of the lyrics engraved on my metal DJ record middles:

"Take nothing less, than the supreme best. Do not obey for most people say 'cause you can past the test
So what we have to do is move on up and keep on wishing
Remember your dream is your only scheme so keep on pushing"

A song you wished you had written?
Lady Day and John Coltrane by Gil Scott Heron - it has absolutely everything in a wonderful three minute package - I never tire of hearing it.

Four songs you can’t stop playing now?

Front Door Step - New Street Adventure
Soulful social consciousness from their first album

Tri-State Soul-Bomb - The Brand New Heavies
Fabulous instrumental dance tune from the old masters (unreleased demo)

On My Way To Harlem Gregory Porter
Hardly new but then I play mainly old soul and funk. I never get bored of hearing his wonderful voice and this holds its own against anyone

Nature Boy - Lorez Alexander
Again another old tune, but this one is lifted from a compilation I have just put together with Martin Freeman called "Jazz On The Corner" which is out next year - a lovely and unknown version of one of the most covered songs of all time.

Name
Eddie Piller

What do you do?
I am a DJ, writer, sometime record producer and soul music broadcaster

Where are you from?
I was born in East London but have lived in Harlow for the last 25 years

Describe your style in three words?
Acid Jazz Mod

If you could have signed one music artist in history - who would it be?
This is an interesting question because I DID sign and produce the biggest selling UK artist of the 1990's, Jamiroquai...but if I could choose, it would be an artist that I tried very hard to sign in the mid 1990's. His name was Gil Scott Heron and after a long negotiation and some time in the studio, he signed to an American label at the last minute. I never really got over that!!!

Which British music icons have influenced you?
Paul Weller - Bullrushes...This was included on Paul's first post-Style Council album; The Paul Weller Movement. It was recorded during his Acid Jazz period and we had been spending a lot of time together. His ability to change and evolve while keeping true to his roots has never ceased to amaze me. Had it not been for hearing The Jam's 'All Around The World' back in 1978, my life would have taken a completely different path. To break up the band at their peak and to forge ahead with the progressive soul of The Style Council was a genuine stroke of genius.

Steve Marriott - My mother ran the Small Faces fan club in the 1960's and I have always loved Marriott's style and soul - The track would have to be Autumn Stone. Simply breathtaking.

Best gig you have ever been to?
This is almost impossible for me to answer because I have been doing music for a living since I left school in 1980. It could be when I was on stage in front of 80.000 people with the Brand New Heavies at Wembley Stadium, possibly when Stevie Wonder, Hamish Stewart and Herbie Hancock jumped on stage with them for a jam at Ray Charles birthday party or when Paul Weller's mum made me walk out on stage in front of 6,000 people and lead the crowd in a chorus of Happy Birthday for her son! But without being a shameless name dropper, it was either The Jam at the Marquee in 79 or The Stone Roses at Dingwall’s for their first London show in the late 80s.


Eddie Piller is a legendary DJ and co-founder of record label Acid Jazz. Eddie was pivotal in the UK's Northern Soul scene and is known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of Soul and his ability to spin the rarest of grooves. You can catch him at any of the events below: 

Soul Box
At Old Street Records - first Saturday of Every Month.

Pussycat Got Soul
Last Thursday of the month at the Owl and Pussycat Redchurch Street.

The Eclectic Soul Show
Every Thursday on Soho Radio at 4pm (or anytime Mixcloud).

First track you played on repeat?
Buzzcocks were the third band I ever saw in the summer of '78. 'Orgasm Addict' did not leave my turntable for a week and was indeed the first record I played on repeat. I bought this from the legendary Walthamstow punk shop, Small Wonder (recently the subject of an exhibition and future documentary) with my holiday job wages.

One record you would keep forever?
'All Because of You' by Leroy Hutson - quite possibly the best drum sound ever recorded and the producer that I based my own production style on. I fulfilled a lifetime ambition by bringing Leroy over to the UK a few years back to perform at Vintage at Goodwood with my band The Third Degree. He didn't disappoint and is my favourite artist.

Song that defines the teenage you?
I wasn't necessarily a teenager but the single Is It Something She's Got by Tyrone Davis became my DJ signature tune. I first heard this superb late 60s Chicago stepper played by the inventor of Acid Jazz, Chris Bangs at the legendary Special Branch - i immediately went out and tracked down a copy which stayed in my DJ box for over 30 years. It still sounds totally fresh

A song lyric that has inspired you?
Move On Up by Curtis Mayfield - simply one of the best songs ever written. I have some of the lyrics engraved on my metal DJ record middles:

"Take nothing less, than the supreme best. Do not obey for most people say 'cause you can past the test
So what we have to do is move on up and keep on wishing
Remember your dream is your only scheme so keep on pushing"

A song you wished you had written?
Lady Day and John Coltrane by Gil Scott Heron - it has absolutely everything in a wonderful three minute package - I never tire of hearing it.

Four songs you can’t stop playing now?

Front Door Step - New Street Adventure
Soulful social consciousness from their first album

Tri-State Soul-Bomb - The Brand New Heavies
Fabulous instrumental dance tune from the old masters (unreleased demo)

On My Way To Harlem Gregory Porter
Hardly new but then I play mainly old soul and funk. I never get bored of hearing his wonderful voice and this holds its own against anyone

Nature Boy - Lorez Alexander
Again another old tune, but this one is lifted from a compilation I have just put together with Martin Freeman called "Jazz On The Corner" which is out next year - a lovely and unknown version of one of the most covered songs of all time.

Eddie Piller's Top Ten Influential Northern Soul Tracks and Floor Fillers

Eddie Piller's Northern Soul Playlist

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