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Blow Up DJ: Paul Tunkin PAUL TUNKIN (1993 - present)
Paul began his career DJing and promoting clubs as a teenager and gigs for several years in his hometown of Southend. At 18, whilst studying at Southend Art College, he Djed at various alternative clubs including his own nights The Monkey House and The Periphery (the forerunner of Blow Up).

He moved to London in the early '90s and in 1993, whilst working in Camden Town's Out On The Floor record shop, started Blow Up. Since its Camden beginnings the club has taken him all over the world from Europe, to Japan, to Russia and the USA. Over the last 16 years he has compiled 5 Blow Up compilations (Exclusive Blend Volumes 1-4 , a series dedicated to instumental 60s & early 70s libary music; and the Blow Up club Classics Blow Up A-Go-Go) as well running an independent label Blow Up Records since 1994, releasing records for artists including Big Boss Man, The Bongolian, Add N to X, Baltic Fleet and more.In 2001 he took over the running of The Metro Club on Oxford Street, programming and booking the live show and clubs (Blow Up was the resident club here from 2002-2009).

Career highlights: No.4 Time Out's Top 10 Clubs of the '90s (Blow Up at The Laurel Tree & The Wag); Time Out Live Venue of the Year (Blow Up Metro Club, 2003); DJing for The Queen's Golden Jubilee at The British Ambassador's Residence in Moscow; 'Parklife' tour DJ for Blur; tour/aftershow DJ for bands including Charlatans, Suede, Pulp, My Life Story, JTQ; DJing at MTV Europe Awards; DJ at launch of The V&A’s Sixties Exhibition (2006); DJ for NME Awards 5 years running; booking/promoting shows including Dion, Faust, The Killers, Kings Of Leon, Bloc Party (more)...

Blow Up DJ: Ian Jackson IAN JACKSON (1994 - present)
Ian started deejaying on the mod & northern soul scene in 1984, doing clubs such as the Phoenix with Toski, & the Sols Arms. He then progressed to doing the mod rallies with Tony Class for many years, until he started working with the Yes Jude crowd in the early nineties. Then eventually in 1994 Ian started deejaying for Blow Up and "the rest is history" he says.

I play mainly original music, especially Soul, Ska, Reggae, Funk, Latin & other cool records of the 60's & 70's that I've been collecting records since 1979 & it's those records that I like!


Over the years resident and guests have included The Karminsky Experience, Andy Lewis, Nori & more - coming soon.

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