Dj Cal Profile By: Filthyandgorgeous.
Cal has been Djing since he got his first decks aged 15 and
started playing soul, funk and disco at parties in the 80’s. He moved on quickly from mobile Dj'ing to
the professional club circuit in Edinburgh and Fife. By the age of 18 Cal was regularly in control of the old vinyl decks at clubs such as: Jackie O in Kirkaldy, Buster Brown’s Edinburgh, Nightmagic Dunfermline, Cinderellas Edinburgh, Zenetec Edinburgh, Video Drome Edinburgh, Angels Brechin and many other venues.
He was a key figure in the late 1980's when he took up the residency
at club Xtasis in Ibiza Town making him one of the first British Dj’s to play on this up and coming paradise island. After spending two summers on the Island cal decided it was time to move onto other venues and decided residency work wasn’t for him and he needed more of a challenge. He worked freelance on many commercial radio stations, finally refusing a permanent job offer on Glasgow’s radio Clyde due to play list restrictions.
Around about this time the cd revolution had taken place but Cal continued to push the vinyl as new Dj'ing techniques were emerging from the states. Scratching had been introduced many years earlier but it was now being taken to a different level due to the advances in technology.
Many Dj’s from the states started to appear as guests at the notorious 80’s/90's illegal acid house parties. Cal spent 1989/90 playing exclusively to these audiences. Touring throughout the country and Europe. Later that year Cal was invited to play at the Famous Hacienda Club which was certainly one of the highlights of his DJ career. Around about the same period saw Cal guest DJ on the popular late night t.v show “The Hitman and Her” hosted by Pete Waterman and Michaela Strachan.
Due to family business commitments Cal turned down many offers to join the International DJ Elite. Turning down recording contracts, radio jobs and deliberately staying out of
the limelight. Turning down offers to play at many of the famous DJ fests including an offer to join the famous Carl Cox DJ agency.
Cal continued Dj'ing until mid 1997 when he decided to have a break from the DJ trade
that he loved so much. The main reason being that there were too many drugs in the clubs, too many kids collapsing on the dance floors. Ecstasy was the drug of choice and there was too much of it around even more than in the acid days. Rave and Techno was the music of the day and this didn’t suit the maestro either.
A few years later after selling his business interests Cal saw the new mouth watering DJ technology on offer. The dance and club music had gone full circle, there was once again a human touch on the tunes it wasn't all drum machines making Dj'ing look appealing again. Cal decided that mainstream club/house and R&B was going to be his choice of music but wait.. there was a new challenge waiting, he was approached by Mumbai records who had heard about Cals mixing ability and talent for producing funky tunes and mixes. They offered Cal a recording contract to produce a series of “ministry of sound style” Bollywood mix albums. Although Cal had never dabbled with Bollywood or Bhangra the challenge was appealing and the offer was too good to refuse. The first album was released in India in Jan 2007 and has sold over 1.5 million copies. This established Cal as a truly cosmopolitan Dj.
In 2005 Cal decided like many other DJ's to move away from playing vinyl as technology now allows him to recreate and produce the same effects with cd.
Cal has spent the last few years touring the world and in 2009 launching his first club album for many years. During his long distinguished career Cal has played alongside many of the worlds leading names including: Todd Terry, Carl Cox, Junior Vasquez, D Mob, Tom wilson, Tori Amos, Black Box, Brandon Block, Armand Van Helden, Martin Solveig, Armin Van Buren,Technotronic,Turntable Orchestra, Tomcraft, The Mixmaster, Benny Bennassi, Pete Tong, David Guetta amongst many others.