Symix at OAD – I review my husband – this could get messy!It wasn’t an official OAD special. But the 19 July 2014 was always going to be a special one for me. My husband Simon, known as Symix in the DJ world was going to do a set. I have been with him almost nine years now. I know he underplays himself and what he can do. I have heard the stories of all the famous people he has met and mixed with. I even went to see Lee John from Imagination with him and found one of his mixes on a CD that was being sold there. (It had been used for Lee John’s European tour). But my husband is not one to draw attention to himself. I wanted to shout it to the world. Yes I’m the loud one in the relationship! But I have never heard him DJ. He still mixes but stopped performing before I had met him. This was my chance to see him in action.
Anyway, you should by now know how much I love OAD. I have written several blogs about how great it is and how much fun I have there. Simon had not let me see the set list before the gig. He had told me nothing. Given me no hints and no matter how hard I try, I couldn’t get the information out of him. All I knew was Fame by David Bowie was in there, along with No GDM by Gina X. That was it. That’s never gonna last an hour set! But he wouldn’t let me know what he had planned for his set list. It was driving me mad.We got to Birmingham in the pouring rain, and I was glad to get to the hotel. Well I would have been glad but before I had even got to my room they had a power cut and we couldn’t even see to go to the toilet. We were on the 4th floor which meant a lot of energy up and down the stairs to complain. I was worried I would have no energy to dance later.
We went to the pub next door and had something to eat and drink, then checking the hotel again (still no electricity) we walked into town and found a food festival on. There was a gin stall that gave demos of mixed gin cocktails, well while in Brum. So I did. After another hour we headed back to the hotel and sat in the dark reception area. (Yep still no electricity). I got talking to a hen party who offered us some wine. Well while in Brum. So I did. I had just about given up the thought of having time to crimp my hair when the lights came back on – almost four hours later! I hurried up to our room to get ready. Well it does take some time to transform me into Jasmine Storm!We were at OAD quite early. I am always early. It’s a bad habit. But I would rather listen to music I love than sit in the pub or my hotel room. It started to fill up and the anticipation of getting to hear Simon’s set grew. It was so lovely to catch up with all my OAD friends . More like family really . Genuine lovely people. You don’t realise how rare and lucky us darkling’s are until you stop and take a moment to realise.
Simon’s set was due to start at 12.30am. I took my place near the dj booth and was ready to dance. Fame started the set. Bowie is always a good choice. (My idol so excellent choice for me) but everyone else was also up and dancing. Gina X – No GDM is one of my all-time favourite tracks and I loved dancing to that. Well that was the two tracks I knew done and dusted. What next? More Bowie that’s what! Fashion works for me. Two Bowie’s – double bonus and on top of all the Bowie David already plays. I know Simon put Memorabilia by Soft Cell in for me too. It’s one of my favourite Soft Cell tracks.But it wasn’t just me dancing and enjoying the set. Everyone was on the dance floor. I overheard someone say ‘This DJ is great. Does anyone know who he is?’ I have never been more proud to be able to say ‘That’s my husband!’
I love OAD, the atmosphere, the people and the music. This night was a special to me. But don’t take my word for it. Here is what a few others have said in the Facebook group.Fantastic night as usual and loved the guest dj’s
Fad gadget – that is all. XxxSome interesting tracks played and the usual lovely people
Top night. Loved the guest dj sets and the mixing was great. Haven’t heard that for a while. Big big thank you to everyone who made it happen
Yet another fab night! My highlight was the beach mixed with da da da in symix’s set. Genius :DAnd final word comes from David, the manager of OAD - .For me, Symix’s DJ set was the highlight of the night, even more so because it was his first time as a guest DJ at OAD. You will certainly be asked to DJ again!
Original Set List
Fame - David Bowie
Back to nature – Fad Gadget
No GDM – Gina X
Fashion – David Bowie
Lady Shave – Fad Gadget
Feel Me – Blancmange
Love Song – Simple Minds
Memorabilia – Soft Cell
Life in Tokyo – Japan
Planet Earth – Duran Duran
The Beach – New Order
Da Da Da – Trio
Just can’t get enough – Depeche Mode
Baby turns blue – Virgin Prunes
To cut a long story short – Spandau Ballet
Sound of the crowd – The Human League
We live so fast – Heaven 17
Note: We live so fast was cut from the set as the video was played just before, so the set was changed to the following:
Der Amboss – Visage
Love will tear us apart – Joy Division
Night train - Visage