Music for the people!
Why don't you play dance music? Why don't you play house? Why don't you take requests? The answer to the first two questions are simply that it's not what we like or enjoy and the answer to the last question about requests is that we've become quite good at doing what we do and jolly proud of it.
It's always hard to deal with requests because whoever is playing that night will be doing so for all the people in the room and a couple of misplaced tracks can really stuff things up. People always say how good the music is so we just ask them to trust us and we'll deliver like we always do… or go back to All Bar One!
When we first opened, MOJO was an oasis of purity in a sea of dance music that was threatening to engulf everything. That we find ourselves being copied by just about everyone pisses us off sometimes but things could've gone the other way but thankfully the sheer quality and number of bands about now makes it clear that England will always be the promised land of exemplary musical taste.
It took The Beatles to wake America up to what it already had in front of its eyes and The Rolling Stones to make them remember the original bluesmen that they had forgotten. While the origins of Rock n Roll are firmly in the deep south USA, by head of population England has produced a greater number of quality artists who without exception have taken time to honour what America did not (or could not) value.
England has the best barometer of music (dance, rock or otherwise) in the world. MOJO chooses to play what it likes - and stick to it (although we've been playing a lot more soul of late) and we choose to be a part of that barometer influencing and loving what we do.
Here endeth the first lesson.
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