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FCR podcast 3: Stout Eyes
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Publish-date-icon May 15, 2007
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Jon K Moved to Manchester in 1994 and became involved in DJing at House/Free parties as well as various Bar residencies. This lead on to being offered a Residency at the Notorious Mcr Hip Hop jam - Subtub, the Petri dish that spawned the Broke'N'English Family and the Players/Estate record Labels as well as Playing alongside DJs such as Q-Bert & Rob swift and Live acts such as Jeru tha Damaja, All Natural & RSL.

Recent times has seen him working behind the counter at Manchester's Fat City records as well as holding residency at their Friends and Family club night which has hosted guests such as DJ Spinna Madlib, Kon & Amir, Qool DJ Marv, Quantic & Ty over the years.

This along with the Eyes Down/Subtub connections has led to a variety of gigs for Jon K outside of the Northwest including a recent appearance at Warm (Sonar Kollektiv), Scuba and regular trips to play Plastic People's Balance night with Abdul Forsyth.

Jon's also resident desinger at Fat City Recordings - check his handy work on recent releases from the label such as John Robinson's 'The Leak Edition Vol 1' and Eric Lau's 'Dudley & Friends', with more to follow.....

Eyes Down, launched on 15th September 2000 at Manchester's infamous Dry Bar as a weekly Friday featuring residents Jon K, Kelvin Brown, and Hosted by MC DRS (Broke'n'English) . After a couple of venue changes Eyes Down settled at the Band on the Wall venue with 150 years of musical history reverberating through its ageing walls. Predominantly a live jazz and roots venue it previously played hast to artists such as Tony Allen, Terry Callier, London Electricity, Courtney Pine, Poets of Rhythm, Antiballas, Eddie Palmieri, ACR and Attica Blues.

Here Eyes Down developed an increasingly uncompromising music policy, focusing on individual and often challenging selections taking in Jazz, Cuban, Broken Beat, Hip Hop, Disco, House, Detroit Techno, Folk and Reggae.

Previous guests at Eyes Down have included I.G. Culture, Waiwan, London Elektricity, Landslide, Recloose, Abdul Forsyth, Moodymann,
?uestlove (The Roots), Dego, Jazzanova, Pepe Bradock, Dobie, Mark Pritchard, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Charlie Dark and Domu.

With the closure of Band on the Wall and a short residency at The Roadhouse; Eyes Down are moving to a new venue (keep checking back for updates!).


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