They all found a mutual passion for buying, collecting, playing and sharing quality soul, jazz & funk and everything in between
Heavy Soul! Cambridge
Nik Butress, Paul Bennett, Shaun Owen
Location: Cambridge, UK
DJ Collective, Radio DJs
Nik, Paul & Shaun are on Stompradio with the Heavy Soul! show every other Thursday, between 8pm & 10pm.
About Heavy Soul!
The Cambridge soul collective Heavy Soul! was formed by the coming together of 3 like minded guys, Nik Buttress, Paul Bennett & Shaun Owen following a chance meeting in a local pub where Nik had been asked to organize a soul night. They all found a mutual passion for buying, collecting, playing and sharing quality soul, jazz & funk and everything in between.
Nik & Paul are long time friends, having known each other since secondary school and staying close for the next 30+ years. They both shared a love of mid 80’s soul & hip hop that was crossing the Atlantic from the city of New York & beyond which still remains to this day.
Shaun had a head start on Nik & Paul being a few years older and was a major part of the burgeoning Cambridge soul scene in the late 70’s and early 80’s, gaining his education at events run at legendary local venues The Burleigh Arms, the Howard Mallet Soul Club, The Old Bull, Royston.
Unknown at the time, their paths crossed on Sunday nights at Hobson’s where Shaun would be in attendance with locals DJ’s and then at Shaun’s own night, the Wic Wac Club at Ronelles Night Club in Cambridge City Centre .
So in 2009, after a couple of chats over more than a few beers, Heavy Soul! was formed to play & promote the best in Soul, Funk & Jazz in and around the Cambridge area and beyond. Starting off with nights run at the ‘Grad Pad’ at the Cambridge University Centre, the guys slowly built up a loyal local following, bringing the likes of Ginger Tony, Paul Clark & Les Knott to Cambridge to the area.
In 2012, Shaun brought to life a dream he had been holding onto and Sunday Soul Blessings was born. A free event where established and new DJs’ could get to share their love of all things soulful, be it Soul, Funk, Jazz, House, Reggae, Hip Hop. The guys all pulled together to make the dream happen and when they found their spiritual home at The Red Lion, Cherry Hinton, the event became bigger and better going onto to win the title of ‘Favourite Club East’ at the East Anglian Soul Awards 2015.
They are now an integral part of the Sunny Hunny & Family Affair Soul Weekenders in November & March every year, as well as being heavily involved in the Great Yarmouth Soul Festival run by Richards Parties on the East Coast.
A year later in 2013, following a couple of guest appearances on Graham ‘Grumpy’ Brown’s Soullin’ show on Stomp Radio, the guys were offered the chance to host their own fortnightly Thursday night show on the popular internet radio station which they jumped at, and took to the airwaves like ducks to water and haven’t looked back since coming up for their 3 year anniversary on the station in January 2016.
Contact: via the Facebook-Group