A little over a year ago, the Rainbow - one of the finest music venues in Birmingham - was facing closure, and had been rallying support from music loving friends across the city that eventually reached the echelons of Birmingham City Council and even Westminster. After extensive renovation, a roof was built and a new era of underground clubbing magic dawned with the launch of Cellar Door, its new venue.
Scott Bleepz (www.myspace.com/scottbleepz), promoter and DJ has over the last few years been at the forefront of underground music in Birmingham. Scott is a man constantly on the move, sorting out artists, booking venues, musicians, DJs and photographers but he still manages to carry an edge of calm in the frantic night to night operation of one of Europe's biggest music events.
Currently performing a progressive mix of Tech House, Scott has warmed up for many of the world’s biggest DJs including Erol Alkan, Switch, Ivan Smagghe, Tiga, Rob Da Bank and DJ Yoda.
Mustachio is a fun take on the usual FACE weekly Saturdays, where everyone is given a “mustachio” on arrival. “It’s just for a bit of fun” says Scott who’s always looking to get a crowd hyped up and given a memorable night. "Besides the music, myself and fellow promoters Elliot and Lee feel that a friendly and happy crowd is the most vital ingredient to any Saturday night out. People really enjoy our events and we work hard to create that atmosphere". Scott's boundless energy illustrates his passion for putting on live events and the Cellar Door is the perfect home for it too.
It’s Birmingham’s take on the basement club scene which has lined the backstreets of Europe for decades. Scott knows only too well what this means for the city.
“Birmingham has always been known for great performers and venues, from the Academy to the NEC and the NIA, now it’s the smaller venues that are showcasing the most talented DJs in the world.”
Photographs by Tamsin Mae photography www.tamsinmae.com