Groove Odyssey’s Bobby & Steve have come a very long way from their weekly slot at Simpson’s Wine Bar in East London’s Forest Gate. Legendary parties such as Soul Heaven, Garage City and their radio show Zoo Experience have become huge brand names associated with quality music.
Brought up on a diet of classic Philly, Chicago and Detroit 70s and 80s Soul which stood the brothers in good stead for their DJing futures, which was also honed through the 80s warehouse party scene. News of the success of the boy’s parties spread and it wasn’t long before Bobby & Steve were approached by Gordon Mac, initiator and pioneer of London’s biggest (then) pirate radio station Kiss FM, who offered them a weekly slot. Ten years on and the ‘Zoo Experience’ was Kiss 100 FM’s longest running specialist show. Once Kiss FM was granted its legal place on the airwaves in 1990, the twins decided to do the same with their now somewhat legendary ‘Klub Zoo’ night. Originally held every Wednesday night at Munkberry’s in the heart of London’s West End back in 1988, the timing was perfect for the return of ‘Klub Zoo’ every Friday night with its new home at the Soho Theatre. Salsoul, Prelude or Philadelphia International grooves were on the menu and ‘Klub Zoo’ ran for three successful years. It was here that Bobby & Steve became instrumental in planting the UK roots for what would later become more commonly referred to as US House and Garage music.
It was however a trip to New York at the tail end of the 80s that was to mark a major turnabout in the futures of Bobby & Steve and Zoo. A visit to Larry Levan’s infamous Paradise Garage club gave the twins their first taste of a new sound dubbed ‘Garage’ music, a sound which American jocks such as Levan, Tony Humphries and Walter Gibbons were championing. Bobby & Steve returned to London and wasted no time in launching their legendary Saturday night venture ‘Garage City’, hailed as England’s most established Garage night out. Over those glorious twelve years sets came from the likes of Louie Vega, Tony Humphries, Eric Morillo, Todd Terry and Danny Tenaglia. The ‘Ten Years Of Garage City’ album mixed by the twins for Defected Records to mark its 10th anniversary was spawned off the back of the legendary club too.
Trips all over the globe to DJ and slots at massive festivals here in the UK and abroad keep the Garage kingpins very busy, as does their weekly radio show on House FM every Friday night. Bobby & Steve went down a storm at SSW6… So we ju’ had to get them back k for SSW7. The legacy continues.