RIP UK's Legendary DJ Paul Anderson | 4 Hrs Of His Mixes Up Next 10:45p ET
DJ Paul Anderson has died seven years after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
WORDS: BILL BREWSTER | PHOTOS: DAVE SWINDELLS
DEC 3, 2018, 3:43:PM via MixMag.net
With the passing of Paul 'Trouble' Anderson, we have lost one of London's DJ giants. Anderson's Kiss FM show, which ran for eight years on a Saturday night, was the official start to any night out happening in London Town during the 1990s, while his weekly Camden party Trouble's House was the unofficial headquarters for DJs, producers and industry people to assemble and listen to whatever hot new acetates Anderson had cut that week. Numerous visiting Americans performed or hung out there, from Tony Humphries and Loleatta Holloway to Barbara Tucker and Kenny Carpenter. He was not only London's number one DJ, but probably its most loved, too (it's rare you'd see Anderson with anything other than a huge grin on his face).
Born September 28th, 1959, Paul Anderson had a difficult upbringing, moving around various children's homes, but he was record collecting and DJing in his early teens, first making a name for himself as one of a new generation of dancers and clubbers who were devoted to George Power's sessions at Crackers nightclub in Soho, arguably the place where London's black youth began to forge a new, uniquely black British identity. Paul Anderson was Power's 'boxboy' and also the warm-up DJ at Crackers, as well as being one of its noted dancers.
Although it would pass unremarked upon today, Anderson's role as a black DJ in the West End had a galvanising effect on a new wave of DJs that included Norman Jay, Jazzie B, Fabio and Colin Dale, at a time when racist door policies meant black kids were being routinely denied entry from central London clubs. "He was held in high esteem, 'cos he could do everything," claims Soul II Soul's Jazzie B. "He could rollerskate, he could dance, he could play music, he did a bit of kung fu and was in wicked shape and he was running the wheels of steel. We all aspired to that. Personally he probably inspired me the most, because he was in my grasp. I could see him, I could touch him, I could talk to him."
By the mid-eighties, Anderson's residencies included the roller disco at Electric Ballroom in Camden, where his love for go go act Trouble Funk earned him his nickname. The idea for the pirate Kiss FM grew out of these sessions and by the late '80s had become the number one station in London, outgunning even legal entities like Radio 1 and Capital. After it went legal in 1990, Anderson took over Kiss's Saturday evening slot and held it for eight years, helping to break countless records over its long reign.