Hi, my name is Robert McBride but prefer to be called Rob, I am 55 (but don’t look it lol). I am originally from Bradford, where I lived until I was 38.
I started DJ’ing at the local youth club when I was 13, the lad that usually did it got a girlfriend and didn’t want to do it anymore, so I stepped in. When he wanted his job back, they said he had to wait till I had had
enough, that didn’t happen.
When I was 18, I was in the local pub which was then called The Rembrandt (Formally the Black Bull inn). The DJ that was booked didn’t turn up, I mentioned I used to do it at the youth club and if someone would run me home
I would get my records that I had been collecting for a few years, I never took them home again until the pub changed hands and the new landlord wanted their own DJ (I did go back a few times.)
Whilst I was working there another DJ approached me and said he liked my style of music and banter I had with the crowd (when I first started, to get over my nerves I would take the rip out of people and play silly pub games)
and if I’d be interested in DJ’ing on an up and coming Beleric Island, he was scouting for talent to take over there, I had just gotten a new girlfriend at the time and didn’t have a passport, so turned it down………..IBIZA!
But if I had gone, I wouldn’t have my 2 children so I would not change it.
I worked at various pubs, clubs (with my Bro Den) and did lots of the usual mobile disco stuff, and at the local hotel called the Five Flags (with my DJ partner in crime Nigel), working with the likes of the Bachelors, Drifters,
Black lace, Little Egypt (lead singer, now lead singer of Smokie), Bob Monkhouse, Ken Dodd to name but a few.
I moved over to Barnsley Oct 2003 after meeting my wife online, we soon took on the Railway Pub in Wombwell, which we ran for nearly 7 years until unfortunately I went bankrupt late 2010, I continued to do the odd disco,
mainly for charity, family and friends.
My main influence in music is the 80’s especially the Human League, who I met briefly in 2001 when I was getting a tour brochure signed, but I love most types of music.