Winston HazelSSC Concerts / Booking: Winston Hazel
- AKA The FMG: Style: Versatile Freestyle recent/current studio productions: SuPaFix: Ghetto New Yorkshire, alongside fierce studio partner Ross Orton AKA Rossman of The Fat Truckers, out on Afro Art Records
as well as a forthcoming Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra remix on the same label with the famed Marc Woolford.
Now firmly back at his
monthly residency at SCUBA in Sheffield, Winston
continues to tear up dance floors, ...dropping a blend of local science mixed up with a pure erotic house set.He
is can also be found regularly headlining at many venues across Europe, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, etc!
HIS-STORYIt seems only fitting that Winston Hazel should have started his career as a DJ at his school youth club as a teenager in the late 1970s.Winston, a.k.a.The Funkmaster General, has always been ahead of the pack in his comprehension of what tunes make a dancefloor move: a wise head on young shoulders and the natural leader of a generation of Sheffield DJs and musicians, his musical evolution may have had inauspicious origins, but then Winston wouldn't mind sharing that with you - he may wear his talent on his sleeve, but shouting it from the rooftops is not his style.
Nor is it a Sheffield thing you see, and Winston
has always remained true to his
Having progressed from the school gym to working the national alldayer funk circuit, Winston
took a break from rotating funk and soul to spinning on his
head with his
breakdance crew SMAC 19.The crew's two-year run took in break battles with the likes of Goldie and tours of Northern Europe, Scandinavia and Ireland.Back on home soil in the Republic of South New Yorkshire, Winston
moved from bodily contortions back to turntable manoeuvres to form a club partnership with fellow Sheffield DJ, Parrot
that was to prove crucial to the city's dance music development.
The mid 80s saw Winston
spearhead a house and techno assault on the clubs of the North and Scotland which spawned such groundbreaking nights as Jive Turkey, The Steamer (with Graeme Park), Club Superman, Funky Precedent, Deep, Cuba and Occasions - and a whole generation of new DJs and producers including Asterix & Space
(latterly RAC and now Swag) and a young scrap of a lad called DJ Pipes.
At the same time, Winston
was further fanning the funk furnace with three shows a week on dominant pirate radio station SCR, setting the airwaves alight with the sounds that were firing the dancefloors.So to the inevitable move to the studio, where Winston
began by constructing the seminal funk of "The Forgemasters Track with No Name", the first release on Warp records and the shape of dance music to come.Further tracks followed - with fellow Forgemasters Robert Gordon and Sean Maher, and as The Step with Parrot and Sarah Jay - while away from the studio, Winston continued to maintain his high profile on the national DJ circuit, breaking the new Sheffield sound across the country and going on to form the collective of DJs, musicians and nightclub artists known as Stone Jamm.
Never willing to compromise the depth of his
music for a quick thrill or fast dollar, Winston
was discerning in his
choices of club outlets, favouring community-based basement parties in preference to aircraft hangers filled with football players and soap stars.Such choices have ensured his
continued position at the cutting-edge of the dance music be it in the studio, on the decks or on the dancefloor.Currently writing tunes with Olive drummer Rossman, the two have recently completed remixes for The All Seeing I and Warp Records, where Winston - alongside Parrot and Warp's Steve Beckett and Rob Mitchell - has also just compiled the Warp Influences album to celebrate ten years of the Sheffield label and the music that it sprung from.
Having hooked up with Moloko to support the band on their Surround Sound Tour of Europe, Winston
also collaborated with Occasions soul mate Pipes as the All Seeing I soundsystem - providing support for the band on tour, breaking-out into national clubs in their own right and teaching Pipes not to be so cynical about life.