Neil Fearnley

Neil Fearnley

I started getting into music thanks to series of successful parties local in my town when I was 14 years old. This was the early 1980s and the music then was soul and funk. Listening to some of the greats of the time in a small venue in the home counties.
Still at 14 I bought my first set of Technics SL1200 MK 1’s and began my journey in to DJing. Initially starting off playing soul and funk then mid to late 80s saw the arrival of the Chicago house scene. I switched to this sound pretty quickly. Late 80’s early 90s was my real inspiration though, with the very soulful house sound coming over from the US. I started running my own parties in my own town which were a great success. Then of course Ministry Of Sound opened its doors in London making this sound even bigger.
One of my most favourite clubs of the era was Garage City which was run by the then Kiss FM DJs Bobby & Steve. It was a regular haunt for me, and the music was just perfect to me in every way. Being a regular I got to talk with the twins and eventually was given the opportunity to play at a Garage City event. This turned into another and another and I was privileged enough to of played at Nine Elms Lane and Bar Rumba for them as well as the bigger events birthday events. I was honoured to be billed with some of the people I had admired for so long such as Paul Trouble Anderson, Frankie Foncett, Masters At work, Terry Hunter, DJ Spen, Linden C, Ricky Morrison, The Zoo Boys etc etc.
In the late 90s I was offered a residency at Freedom @ Bagleys which I obviously jumped at. This went on for a few years playing each Saturday night in the soulful house room with some of the people I had looked up to for such a long time. These great DJs included Roy The Roach, Smokin Jo, Spencer Broughton, Rob Acteson, Linden C plus many amazing guests along the way.
From Bagley’s I was given the opportunity to be rotational resident for a while at Ministry Of Sound in London for a new Friday night event. This came about through staff from Bagleys moving to Ministry.
I held down a weekly Saturday night Mix show on a local radio station called Mix 96 for over 9 years with my good friend and DJ Dom Palermo. The station broadcast to Beds, Herts and Bucks.
Over the years I have been lucky enough to of travelled all over the world DJing in countries including Australia, Switzerland, France, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, Cyprus, Ibiza, Tenerife, Romania, Finland etc etc etc. Playing some huge nights both UK and abroad with highlights being Ihana’s Studio 54 Party in Helsinki with Bert Bevans, Garage City 7th Birthday Party with Masters at Work at Camden Palace and their 10th Birthday Party at Fabric with DJ Spen and Terry Hunter, Screen Club in Helsinki that we had too many amazing night to mention, but my favourite being with Marshall Jefferson, my own night with Rob Acetson at Pacha where we showcased the original vocalists from Chic and a Soul II Soul night called ‘License to Dance’ at Bagleys in London. It would also be only fair to mention the Life Chemistry Boat Parties on the Thames that I have been asked to play at every year for the last ten.
My musical preference is still on the soulful side of house, though I do like to experiment with the deeper side of the genre these days.