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DJ Using music to help others fight cancer

IMPACT: Paul Anderson

AN ALL-star group of DJs and music artists have joined together for a one-off fundraiser by one of the UK's most influential DJs, who has beaten cancer.

Paul ‘Trouble' Anderson, the first black DJ to play in London’s Soho, in 1979, has called on his music pals to help him say “thank you to all the staff at Macmillan Cancer Support,” who helped him recover from lung cancer."

The proud father of three and grandfather was diagnosed with cancer 18 months ago, and had one of his lungs removed along with three ribs in order to survive.

He told The Voice: “I want to thank everybody at Macmillan and Jane Kelly, who was responsible for diagnosing me and supporting me during my crises. Music has always been my love so this is me saying thank you and showing my gratitude to those that helped save my life.

“But it is not just me, there are a lot of people who suffer from this disease and it is really going to be a celebration of life,” the 52-year-old said. “I want people to come and have fun. It’s also an opportunity to create more awareness about cancer and help the people who do countless work behind the scenes like Macmillan.

Everything helps so everybody who attends will be part of a larger movement to help fight cancer. There is power in numbers and people should be united.”


The ‘Celebrate Life' party will take place at Ministry of Sound on May 20, with ticket sales donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. The likes of Joey Negro, Danny Rampling, CJ Mackintosh, Phil Asher, Bobby and Steve, Norman Jay and Robert Owens will journey through a range of genres - from house to disco - all of which Anderson has been instrumental in pushing in his decades in the business.

SUPPORT: Norman Jay

He attributes his successful recovery to the “positive energy” he receives while playing music. “My favourite place is being behind the decks. It could be anywhere. Music has always been in my life. It is a universal language that brings people together under one roof, allowing people to forget their troubles.”

One of the founders of Kiss FM, Anderson is also a dancer and has performed with Diana Ross.

“Music has been my life for over 30 years and it has helped me find strength in some of my most down days.
But growing up in various children’s homes around the UK has also been a huge character builder, teaching me how to take life’s ups and down, trials and tribulations. My background growing up and my moulding has made me a natural born fighter.

“I grew up on the streets so I had to be strong from an early age. I was on my own; I did not have parents. You have to be strong and you have to grow up quickly, and I did. My early years have definitely made me who I am today. The majority of people who come out of institutes and homes end up on the streets, dead or in jail, but I managed to make a career for myself and touched a lot of people all over the world.”

Anderson urges other cancer sufferers “never to give up fighting and to keep mobile.”

“Cancer is just like every other obstacle in life. Prayer doesn’t go amiss, but it’s just like anything else in your life which is difficult, you have to fight it,” he says.

“Cancer is like a lottery. A lot of people who I know over the years have had this disease; some have got through while others haven’t like DJ Swing. Cancer has taught me not to take life lightly.”

ORIGINAL: Anderson was the first black DJ to play in Soho

Dubbed the ‘original boogie man’, Anderson’s contribution to UK club culture is immeasurable – from residencies at legendary parties and raves such as Crackers and Biology, to his own ‘Trouble's Loft' parties, which saw a who's who of DJs and singers perform in front of packed midweek crowds. He is looking forward to a “unique, never to be missed star-studded DJ and music marathon.”

One of his prodigies, Norman Jay, who was mentored by Anderson at the beginning of his career, told The Voice: “This is a must-attend event, not just for Paul but for all other cancer fighters. I first met Paul some time in the late Seventies, 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 dance floor style of the Eighties, and he is without doubt one of the best DJs in the world. He is a total one-off and maximum respect to him. Come out and show your support.”

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