Alex Malam was first introduced to house music back in 1994 at the tender age of 15. He recalls finishing school at the end of the week to rush home and record Danny Rampling’s BBC1 radio show ‘The Love Groove Dance Party’. This is where his passion for the genre started.
Each week between 7-9pm Rampling would showcase the latest house music sounds as well as hosting guest DJ’s from across the globe, whereby the likes of David Morales, Roger Sanchez, DJ Disciple would each play a 30 minute guest mix full of exclusive gems. It was from these early shows that 'Malam' not only began searching for rare, US unreleased promo’s but also experienced DJ’s mixing 2 records together for the first time. It was from this point on that he decided that he wanted to become a Deejay and in 1997 bought his first pair of Technics turntables and mixer. Each weekend Malam and his mates would scour through the pages of MixMag trying to find the club night that hosted the best US DJ’s. Venues like Ministry of Sound, Love to Be, Hard Times, Cream and Golden were the clubs that tended to hold such nights and where the likes of Louie Vega, Frankie Knuckles, Angel Moraes and Tony Humphries could be found regularly spinning 6-8 hour sets at a time and giving Malam the inspiration he needed. It was around this time that he and a University friend decided to run a weekly house night named SALSA, that was based in Malam’s hometown of Stoke on Trent. The night attracted a number of local guest Deejays as well as the likes of Joey Negro, CJ Macintosh and Alistair Whitehead who would come together to play the latest up front funky, soulful house sounds. As house music has progressed over the years, Malam has also seen his style take on a number of different directions with perhaps a slightly deeper more dubby edge. However his routes remain firm and whether you want to hear a Dr Packer Disco Dub or maybe a Deep House instrumental dropped in, you always know you are going to be taken on a house music journey. You can now find Malam playing a monthly residency at Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant, York alongside the other Alpaca Residents.