Eddie, ‘Evil’ since a joke at a long-gone Halloween, is a founding father of the London house scene, the guy who turned the Camden Palace from a new romantic haunt to a house stronghold, and brought scores of American DJs over for their first gigs. After three decades behind the decks, he’s still up and at ’em all over the world.
How did you get into music as a youngster? I had an older sister who used to play Motown at home but I wasn’t into music as such. I had a friend at school who was into technical stuff and he would talk about these Garrard SP25 Mark 2 turntables. So we thought, “OK it would be a great idea to start a mobile disco.” That Saturday we went out and bought a couple of turntables and we were kind of committed after that. We didn’t have a mixer so we ordered the parts and built it ourselves, soldering it and everything. This guy in a band loaned us an 18-inch bass speaker. No tops or mids, just bass. We DJed like that as a mobile disco for a while, doing weddings and parties.