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Mucho Soul was born in the Spring of 2001 as a monthly club night in Soho, London. The brainchild of long time muso’s and DJ’s Alan Kenny Arscott (DJ A.K.A) and Ket Shah, they initially set out to encompass music with the emphasis on Soul to a discerning and appreciative Saturday night crowd. Their soulful concept soon developed to include a more varied and eclectic array of black influenced dance music ranging from Jazz, Disco, Reggae, Funk, and House right through to the very best fresh Nu Electronica. Since those early heady days at the turn of the new millennium, Mucho Soul have gone on to appear and guest at various high profile global events including: the Inspiracion Festival 2009, The Sunsplash Antalyar Festival in Turkey 2010 and The Southport Weekender 50th Anniversary in May 2014. Later in 2014 Ket & Al put together a series of “Soul On The South Bank” specials which featured live appearances from Nathan Haines, Vanessa Freeman and Da Lata with guest DJ’s Dr Bob Jones and Patrick Forge. The following year they took their inimatable style to the big Latitude 10th Anniversary Festival curating and managing the ‘In The Woods Stage’ and playing with Ashley Beedle and The Size Doesn’t Matter Crew whilst also gracing the Beach Stage at The Southern Soul Festival in Montengro where they’ve since featured again both in 2016 & 2017. In 2016 Mucho Soul also guested at the big Wilderness Festival in Oxford where they entertained the masses with a special Latin infused mix on the Jose Cuervo Tequila Town stage. They returned to Wilderness last year again as part of the main Peacock Bar line-up and currently have a Sunday Supplement Monthly Residence Session in Blackheath South East London.
In addition to their regular live appearances Al & Ket also been presenting their weekly Mucho Soul Radio Show since 2009. Initially for Urban Jazz Radio followed by Back2Back FM and more recently Likwid London. Ket and Al’s weekly broadcasts have built up a strong following of devoted followers tuning in every week to hear thier shows which have included critically acclaimed interviews with Jazz Funk legend Lonnie Liston Smith, don of the Disco and inventor of the 12” Tom Moulton, Acid Jazz Pioneers Eddie Pillar & Dean Rudland, Rare Groove Legend Norman Jay, Afro House Specialist Atjazz and The Body & Soul trio: Danny Krivit, Joe Claussell and Francois Kevorkian. D.J A.K.A (Alan Kenny Arscott) & Ket Shah have over 40 years of DJ-ing experience between them as Mucho Soul continue to deliver soulful music of the highest quality, happily merging styles from long lost forgotten Jazz gems to fresh off the press, sought after Soul and in demand secret up-front house and electronica weapons.
I first got into Black Music in the mid seventies after being a big Bolan, Elton John and David Bowie fan. After Young Americans I suppose I became what you might call an archetypal Soul Boy. I grew up in the mid 70’s in the suburbs of South London and went to school with Carl Cox and loads of other Soul music lovers. I used to go to all the big Soul clubs back then… Crackers, Lacey Lady, Goldmine, Global Village etc and my personal local fav, Sutton Scamps. I then went on to DJ and help run clubs in my late teens and early 20’s with other local Soul music lovers including Trevor Fung, Danny Rampling, Paul Oakenfold and all that lot..
The radio shows, the fashion, the vibe, the banter, the big ghetto blasters, the album covers and the opportunity to meet cool people. I think that many more people are getting attracted in 2018 as the buzz for vinyl and live events has become very popular again.
J.R Bailey – Just Me ‘N You
Stevie Wonder – Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You?)
Terry Callier – Ho Tsing Mee (A Song Of The Sun)
Rufus Ft. Chaka Khan – Magic In Your Eyes
Jon Lucien – Rashida
Marvin Gaye – Where Are We Going
Wornell Jones – Must Have Been Love
The Jackson – Show Me The Way To Go
Rance Allen – Reason To Survive
Dexter Wansel – The Sweetest Pain
TSOP (The Sound Of Philladelphia), Strata East and Blue Note for The Soul & Jazz
Yoruba, Atjazz Record Co and Innervisons – For The Now
TSOP (The Sound Of Philladelphia)
The Brothers: Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Jon Lucien, Gill Scott Heron, Terry Callier
The Sisters: Minnie Ripperton, Linda Lewis, Chaka Khan, Rachelle Farrell, Erykah Badu.
I Don’t have five favourite artists – I like so many different styles it would be impossible to narrow it down.
Frenchies Camberley with Chris Brown and Johnny Walker
Jaffas at The Horseshoe with Paul Murphy
Dingwalls with Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge
The Three Clubs that gave me an education as I was growing up
Belvedere Arms – Ascot
Royalty – Southgate
Bogarts – Harrow
What radio experience did you have before you joined Solar
Presenting the Mucho Soul Show with Ket since 2009 at Urban Jazz, Back2Back FM and Likwid London
Helping Darren Foggel on Invicta and Graham Gold when he was at Solar
Presenting shows on Girls FM – Harlesden, Jive FM – Luton, Playback FM – Watford, Radio Bahia – Tenerife,
Active FM – Essex during the eighties and nineties. More recently our Mucho Soul Shows for Urban Jazz Radio, Back2BackFM, and Likwid London
Our philosophy is all about music that touches the soul. This could mean anything from spiritual modal Jazz, classic heart wrenching Soul, dirty bass driven funk or deep melodic House! I listen to all sorts of music every day and my selections are often a snapshot of things that have reached my ears during that particular week. This could be something from a film score, another DJ’s selection, an online recommendation or a live gig or party I might have been to. It’s important to include new releases and to look forward but I also like to include stuff that might have gone un-noticed or slipped under the radar. By mixing all these elements I like to think that I give a more original, varied and fresh approach. As long as it gets to my soul I’ll play it!
The tracks need to please the listener and possibly make them go out and buy the track or album in any format and then make them curious about other productions.
They’ve been consistent for years in their endeavour to cut through the dross to present quality Black Music to the World.
Quality in Abundance
The main DJ’s that inspired me originally included Chris Brown, Bob Jones, Paul Murphy and on the radio Robbie Vincent amongst others. Later the younger guard of Kev Beadle, Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge helped shape my musical taste even further. More recently I really enjoy Harv Nagi’s Jazz selections and for the dancefloor you can’t beat a bit of Osunlade, Atjazz or Dixon for pure energy, drama and bliss
Rainer Trueby, Kevin Beadle, Ashley Beedle, Gilles Peterson, Lefto and many others.
I admire them for keeping it real after al these years and for introducing me to new styles and keeping me smiling when their dance floors are rocking.
For shaping tastes and inspring listeners to seek and find out more about the artists we feature.
As the Housewives favourite
What do you do to relax?
I’m a West Ham Utd season ticket holder but that’s hardly relaxing! I still enjoy live gigs and meeting up with friends at soulful happenings. Away from music I love Snowboarding, and a good read or movie and obviously listening to music!
Watching movies or Netflix, going to concerts, having nice meals with friends.