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Tony Humphries Talks Zanzibar, DJing

Tony Humphries is the figurehead of the “Jersey Sound” – a formative influence to a whole generation of artists, producers and DJs. His work behind the decks – whether it be at Newark nightclub Zanzibar, on KISS FM, or mixing some of dance music’s most beloved tracks – is undeniable.

In his 2014 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, Humphries reflected on his journey to worldwide fame, how he transitioned from DJing on the radio to DJing in the club, the incredible sound at Zanzibar, and much more.

2:01 – Early days
19:09 – Shep Pettibone
28:10 – On the radio
36:50 – Larry Levan
45:44 – Zanzibar
1:12:47 – Ministry of Sound

0:37 – El Gran Combo – “Mambo Cool”
6:24 – The Joubert Singers – “Stand on the Word”
28:19 – early Tony Humphries radio set
39:19 – Phalon – “Dance Floor of Life”
54:10 – Tony Humphries DJ set
1:21:20 – The Beloved – “The Sun Rising (Zanzibar Has Risen Mix)”
1:31:43 – Romanthony – “Falling from Grace (Tony Humphries’ Main Mix)”
1:56:37 – A Guy Called Gerald – “Voodoo Ray”
2:01:38 – Peter Godwin – “Emotional Disguise (Instrumental)”
2:06:56 – Archie Bell & The Drells – “Where Will You Go When the Party’s Over”

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