Our community sadly mourns the loss of another of its member by the likes of Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson of the Kiss-FM/Mi-Soul fame. This in the early hours of Sunday December 02, at the age of 59, following multiple battles with cancer.
Anderson‘s friend and Mi-Soul Radio colleague, Gordon Mac, announced his passing in a Facebook post. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Paul’s nearest and dearest”, Mac wrote. “He will be sorely missed by the entire Mi-Soul family and by all that had the privilege to see him live.”
Paul‘s family later confirmed the news in a statement on Facebook… “It’s with a really heavy heart that we have to post the news of our dear brother, father and grandfather passing. He died peacefully this morning and not before he played every track on the album of his life… Thank you for your love, prayers and support. Every time you filled the dance floors to his boogie you filled his heart with joy.”
Anderson was diagnosed with cancer in his left lung in 2011. He had to have an operation to remove part of his left lung and four of his ribs. Being in remission until earlier this year when tumours were discovered in his brain and his right lung.
In August, his family and friends began crowdfunding to raise money for his cancer treatment. The campaign reading… “It’s our chance to give something back to this very special man who has given us so much.”
“I used to play upstairs at the Electric Ballroom and I would sneak out whilst playing a long Jazz record and go and listen to Paul playing early Electro tunes. He is one of the most important people in London club culture. And Soul II Soul and all that stuff came off the back of Paul Anderson and let’s not forget that. He’s an original boogie man, playing material that’s very dirty, very bouncy – real shuffle. And the girls love it and boys feel good around it.” (Gilles Peterson)
In his youth, Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson earned a reputation as one of London’s best dancers. Soon after graduating to the DJ booth in 1979. He became one of the first black DJs to play in London’s West End. Earning a cult following at Crackers, an underground Soul and Funk spot which young DJ’s such as Carl Cox, Fabio and Terry Farley were frequenting.
“I first met Paul sometime in the late 70’s, somewhere like Crackers or the 100 Club, and we hit it off immediately. He is the reason I brought my first pair of roller skates during the boogie dancefloor style of the 80’s. And he is without doubt one of the Best DJ’s in the world. He is a total one off and maximum respect to him in all the musical eras…” (Norman Jay)
Paul also ran the legendary Trouble Funk soundsystem which happened to be a big influence on Norman Jay and Soul II Soul‘s soundsystems. Then by the mid-80’s, he would pretyy much contribute introducing London to Boogie and Electro/Funk. This while spinning at Camden’s famous Electric Ballroom. In other words that same place where Gilles Peterson got his break while playing in the second room.
Alongside George Power and Gordon Mac, Paul ‘Trouble Anderson’ happened to be one of the founding members of Kiss FM. A stable which eventually became the UK’s first legal Dance Music radio station.
Paul also found time for some studio activities. Eventually remixing Nomad‘s #1 hit ‘Devotion’. But also Byron Stingily‘s ‘Get Up (Everybody)’ and Thelma Houston‘s ‘All Of That’.
“I left school and went to the Electric Ballroom and all these boogie tunes I heard Paul Trouble playing… Well, he was the guy that set me on my path” (Femi Fem / Young Disciples)
At his own night ‘Troubles House’ at Legends, he had many big name guests like Ten City, Todd Terry, DJ Pierre and David Morales. Meanwhile, his midweek Loft parties in Camden became one of London’s most celebrated house music events during the 90’s. Attracting stars of the era such as Masters At Work and Kerri Chandler.
Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson continued to DJ until his death, playing regularly at events like Southport Weekender and Croatia’s SuncéBeat.
“ My heart is heavy and my soul is numb. Yesterday.. I lost a family member. We have all lost somebody who I consider to be the most important and influential DJ of the past 4 decades. He is the UK’s Godfather of Dance Music” @Gordon_Mac https://t.co/7zjKRh4gTn pic.twitter.com/fU9YQXu6BQ
— Mi-Soul (@MiSoulTweets) December 3, 2018
Radio 1 Xtra DJ Trevor Nelson also took to social media to pay tribute to Paul…
The 1st club I went to at 15 was called Crackers in Wardour st.The 1st club I went to regularly was the electric ballroom in Camden Town.The Dj was Paul Anderson,who in his heyday was one of the best ever.R.i.p ‘Trouble’
— Trevor Nelson (@DJTrevorNelson) December 2, 2018
As for myself, and although sharing my time between France and Britain, I also remember Paul as an occasional collegue. Still havin’ in mind the words he wrote in the early 90’s in a free underground mag I can’t remember the name of. The latter resulting in a memorable quote – “House is where you live and Garage is where you park your car” – which gave me a big laugh at the time. This before meeting him for the very first time by the mid-90’s at the pool at the Miami Fontainebleau-Hilton during the Winter Music Conference.
So long, brother. Forever in our memories…
Indamixworldwide would like to express their deepest condolences to Paul Trouble Anderson‘s family and friends…
Tribute: Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson