The one person with whom I’ve collaborated that has meant more to me than any of my famous dance music clients is Zaid Joseph.

Zaid’s a very successful promoter. Many say that he is THE most influential promoter in Camden Town and beyond.

He’s overseen the likes of The Maccabees, Babyshambles, Jack Penate as well as The Grumbleweeds’ careers.

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Zaid in full flow

But far more importantly, Zaid has introduced burgeoning talented young musicians to the London live scene. Without Zaid, much music would have remained unheard; so much talent untapped.

Gigging is a way of life. A bug that all creative musicians never want to give up. It’s far far more than a route to fame and fortune. And Zaid is the embodiment of that ethic.

The gigs he promotes and comperes are the real deal. No school or church halls here.

A former Butlins bluecoat, Zaid has fostered talent like no other, and not just within the Camden music hothouse. He’s involved in promoting live events in venues in London’s West End and beyond.

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Together over the last eight years, we have joined forces to give my talented BEAT and Woodhouse students (as well as top young talent from Camden, Brent, Enfield and Haringey) the same opportunities. With no backing tapes, voice manipulation, auto-tune or X-Factor style karaoke blandness.

Its been an inspiring partnership for me. The venues we have used have been Bar Vinyl, Bar Solo and, later, Bayou. These venues are right opposite Camden Town tube in Inverness Street. Prior to that, I used the Music Palace in Crouch End where I live. Its now the trendy new indie cinema, The Arthouse.

Here’s a promo shot for Zaid’s Vinyl gigs:

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So much young BEAT talent has passed through Vinyl. All of it facilitated by Zaid.

Following these smaller gigs, and if the young pups can handle it, they’ll move on to Camden Proud (see below). But they have to be good as its a more prestigious venue.

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I’m currently managing two acts.

The first, talented blues rock 4-piece Raw Cane Sugar packed out Bar Vinyl in one of the best first gigs by any band that either Zaid or I have ever witnessed.

So Raw Cane Sugar were fast-tracked straight on to Camden Proud. For their second gig, they did well again with lots of young support.

For several years now, Zaid and I have been presenting the ‘Amped’ showcase, which is always an inspiring afternoon and evening of excitement, creativity and flair. A new younger generation of North London music talent gets to enjoy the thrill of performing.

Here’s to another nine years Zaid!

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The sartorial Zaid. A combination of Victorian dandy and comic menace. Zaid Joseph: Camden Inverness Street legend. He makes us all Proud.