Greg Belson’s Origins of Deep Funk

The origins of the club night ‘Deep Funk’ were borne out of the coming together of two separate club sessions in the early 90’s. Keb Darge’s ‘Humpty Dump’ at the Leisure Lounge in Central London and Greg Belson’s ‘Urban Soul’ at the Clarence Hotel in Surrey. The two DJ’s started trading ideas of a pivotal session after each had appeared as a guest at each other’s night. It was 1994 when it took shape for both Keb & Greg to work together on an all-encompassing funk event in London. Ideas were thrown around, guest DJ’s and venues discussed….

Keb called the night ‘Deep Funk’. Ormonds was the perfect two floor venue to launch our initial concept, and the DJ’s were put in place to carry the night forward. The first ‘Deep Funk’ was on 27th January 1995. These 45’s are just some of the records that made up the first session at ‘Deep Funk,’ but they would go on to become classics within our scene and be regarded as the ‘Origins of Deep Funk’.

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