For my 800th post, I gotta give a big shout out to a friend, mentor & inspiration: Danny Holloway aka @smokinvinyl. I can only footnote it with the time I have, but from selling wax to Cut Chemist, the Beat Junkies, Peanut Butter Wolf, Madlib, etc, to having a young B+ (Mochilla) working as his early 90’s Indy LA Hip-Hop label photographer while he was documenting the scene at the same time. From working with Bob Marley & knowing him as a person to trying to sign N.W.A. to Island Records before they had arrived, his knowledge & history goes deep. It’s been a pleasure & a blessing to get to know him, while at the same time picking his brain & asking all kinds of tedious questions that probably get annoying after a while.
Danny’s promoting 3 different nights this month, Blazing 45s & Fuzz at the Echo and Odyssey (80’s electronic) at On The Rox (upstairs at the Roxy), and since he’s been an invaluable source of information & vinyl provider I wanted to give a little bio/background of the man behind the jams.
You can check out his 1972-1974 NME interview subjects here at Rock’s Back Pages.
Partial Discogs discography.
Labrat DJ Danny Holloway is a master of discovering rare gems. His record collection is a magic library of the most obscure treasures ever pressed to wax. We are honored to have this cat expertly select his favorite tunes, from the rawest to the most refined, just for you on the dublab airwaves. This Holloway theme-stream is your opportunity to enjoy a non-stop rotation of Danny’s dublab sessions. He’s a man who leads an incredibly rich life so let’s dive deeper into Holloway’s history with words from the DJ himself:
“I spin at clubs, lounges, parties + on radio. From ’97 to ’05, I spent up to twelve hours a day pursuing obscure funk music, traveling to Brasil, Jamaica, Nigeria, Ghana, France, the UK, Mexico and Canada digging for records. I’m from the LBC, but professionally began in London in the ’70s: first as a staff writer on the NME music weekly, followed by a few years at Island Records. I worked with BOB MARLEY, BURNING SPEAR, TOOTS & THE MAYTALS, JIMMY CLIFF and produced the HEPTONES album “Night Food.” I moved back to L.A. after five years in London and went back with Island, eventually lasting 23 years. I produced THE PLIMSOULS, signed SUBLIME, put together 22 soundtrack albums, etc. I recently returned to music journalism and I’m the music supervisor on a Marley feature film, doing consulting work for iTunes and still producing music. I’m also still digging and share the wax by spinning out or creating mixes for DUBLAB.COM.” – Holloway
You can find much more from Holloway on his Labrat DJ Page.