1993-1999 Chubby Grooves + Fat City Records Manchester

Owner of Chopped Herring Records, Ebay trader Bruceforsight and recording artist Pro Celebrity Golf started out as the one DJ Chubby Grooves in Manchester in 1992. His first paid gig was for Fat City Records' club night Home Cookin in 1993. Soon after he started working in Fat City Record shop in its first incarnation in Afflecks Palace on Oldham Street in Manchester. 

He repped Fat City Records through the mid to late 90s spinnin at every venue in Manchester from the Hacienda to his legendary residency Headfunk at Jam. During this period he was DJ'in (on turntables,with RECORDS,wow!) all over the north of England, Scotland and Ireland dropping his own esoteric mix of Hip Hop, Jazz, Salsa, Reggae and Funk, and in 1995 was named Manchester Dj of the Year by City Life magazine


In the studio he was scratching on records for Aim on Grand Central Records and jointly produced with Tony D (RIP) the track 'It's Time To' on Grand Central Records. He also provided scratches on Wai Wan's LP on Autonomy Recs released by Toshiba in Japan and was a compiler for Fat City Records' debut album 'The Flavour of Fat City vol 1'. 



Chubby was also spinnin flava at gigs around town including support slots for Gil Scott Heron, Maceo Parker, Krs One, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, The Pharcyde, Masta Ace, the 1997 Technics Finals, The Roots, Jeru, People under the Stairs and more.

Throughout the 90s Chubby Grooves often shared the bill with other up and coming Manchester Hip Hop based talents including Mr Scruff, Andy Votel (owner of Twisted Nerve Records) and Tom Simba aka Tom Findlay (who went on to become half of Groove Armada).


If you don't know about Headfunk and it's significance in the north of England you need to ask around the Manchester music scene; it was the hub for a good few years. Kids would TRAVEL to get to the weekly friday night jam, which was always rammed to capacity, and then show up next morning at the shop to buy as many of the tunes played the previous night as possible.


Back in those days the stores meant something and Chubby was supplying fresh flava to all the Manchester dj's of the day. Headfunk led on to other successful Manchester club nights and influenced the next generation of promoters and DJ's.


After 6 years of workin under the Fat City Records banner Chubby Grooves was looking to set up his own thing,saying what he wanted to say and making the music he wanted to hear. It seemed to him that the Manchester music scene at that time was getting very stale and mechanical with little humour,social commentary or politics in the mix......

But before anything could happen he had to go through the short-lived but integral phase which we will refer to as The Idiot Period.......