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Anthony Flavin

Soul Boy — Nottingham

Name, where are you from? 
Anthony the Soul Boy Flavin, I live in Nottingham but I am originally from London.

What do you do?
I’m currently at college but also work in the best shoemakers' in Nottingham, Peters Shoes. Peter has been handmaking shoes since the 80s and I love working there and sometimes taking the shoes for a spin!

Describe your style in three words?
Full of soul.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
It has to be at the Federation Soul Club or Soul night

If you could put any three bands in history on a line-up, who would they be?
The Jam, The Who, and Jr. Walker & The All Stars.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
The Mods for sure. I love the clothes, style and hair. I wish I could have grown up in the original scene!

What is it about Northern Soul that you love?
It makes me so happy. The music, lyrics, scene and also the community. I love to dance and share the joy of dancing with other people too. Everyone should make time to dance every day.

What is so special about the Northern Soul community?
The people are so friendly and make you feel so welcome. It’s like a big family. And the music is great!

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history, who would it be?
Roger Daltrey from The Who. Everyone knows 'My Generation'.

What is your favourite independent venue?
I love Blackpool Tower. It’s crazy that it’s been a venue for over 100 years, imagine the acts it’s hosted over the years. My favourite was when I went there for the BBC Documentary to meet the soul 'God' Richard Searling, what a legend! So many famous people have danced on that floor.

What is your favourite record store?
Nottingham has so many but I think my favourite has to be Rob’s records, everyone who’s into music knows Rob!

Nottingham’s best-kept secret – any favourite hangout spots?
It has to be Rock City. Probably the best venue for live acts in Nottingham. Sad that it’s not open but I can’t wait to go back and have a dance.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Elvis Presley.

The first track you played on repeat?
'What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)' by Jr. Walker & The All Stars.

A song that defines the teenage you?
Well I’ve just turned 18 so not too far away from my teenage years! But 'Just A Dream Away' by Roger Daltrey.

One record you would keep forever?
My Favourite album has to be 'Jumping At The Go-Go'. If you want to experience the best Northern Soul tracks give it a listen. Every track will get you dancing!

A song lyric that has inspired you?
"Time will pass you by"

From 'Time Will Pass You By' by Tobi Legend. You only live once!

Best love song of all time?
'Love, Love, Love' by Bobby Hebb.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Smoke On The Water' by Deep Purple.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'The Next Time' by Cliff Richard.

A song to get you straight on the dance floor?
'So Is The Sun' by The World Column.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'Time Will Pass You By' by Tobi Legend.

Any new bands you’re into at the moment?
They’re not new but I do love Oasis and the Arctic Monkeys. Also a bit of an indie lover at heart.

Which Northern Soul tracks would you recommend to someone who is new to the genre?
'What A Difference A Day Makes' by Esther Phillips and 'In the Bottle' by Brother to Brother.

Name, where are you from? 
Anthony the Soul Boy Flavin, I live in Nottingham but I am originally from London.

What do you do?
I’m currently at college but also work in the best shoemakers' in Nottingham, Peters Shoes. Peter has been handmaking shoes since the 80s and I love working there and sometimes taking the shoes for a spin!

Describe your style in three words?
Full of soul.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
It has to be at the Federation Soul Club or Soul night

If you could put any three bands in history on a line-up, who would they be?
The Jam, The Who, and Jr. Walker & The All Stars.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
The Mods for sure. I love the clothes, style and hair. I wish I could have grown up in the original scene!

What is it about Northern Soul that you love?
It makes me so happy. The music, lyrics, scene and also the community. I love to dance and share the joy of dancing with other people too. Everyone should make time to dance every day.

What is so special about the Northern Soul community?
The people are so friendly and make you feel so welcome. It’s like a big family. And the music is great!

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history, who would it be?
Roger Daltrey from The Who. Everyone knows 'My Generation'.

What is your favourite independent venue?
I love Blackpool Tower. It’s crazy that it’s been a venue for over 100 years, imagine the acts it’s hosted over the years. My favourite was when I went there for the BBC Documentary to meet the soul 'God' Richard Searling, what a legend! So many famous people have danced on that floor.

What is your favourite record store?
Nottingham has so many but I think my favourite has to be Rob’s records, everyone who’s into music knows Rob!

Nottingham’s best-kept secret – any favourite hangout spots?
It has to be Rock City. Probably the best venue for live acts in Nottingham. Sad that it’s not open but I can’t wait to go back and have a dance.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Elvis Presley.

The first track you played on repeat?
'What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)' by Jr. Walker & The All Stars.

A song that defines the teenage you?
Well I’ve just turned 18 so not too far away from my teenage years! But 'Just A Dream Away' by Roger Daltrey.

One record you would keep forever?
My Favourite album has to be 'Jumping At The Go-Go'. If you want to experience the best Northern Soul tracks give it a listen. Every track will get you dancing!

A song lyric that has inspired you?
"Time will pass you by"

From 'Time Will Pass You By' by Tobi Legend. You only live once!

Best love song of all time?
'Love, Love, Love' by Bobby Hebb.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Smoke On The Water' by Deep Purple.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'The Next Time' by Cliff Richard.

A song to get you straight on the dance floor?
'So Is The Sun' by The World Column.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'Time Will Pass You By' by Tobi Legend.

Any new bands you’re into at the moment?
They’re not new but I do love Oasis and the Arctic Monkeys. Also a bit of an indie lover at heart.

Which Northern Soul tracks would you recommend to someone who is new to the genre?
'What A Difference A Day Makes' by Esther Phillips and 'In the Bottle' by Brother to Brother.