Artwork for the 2000 single Drop Some Drums by Lovetattoo, aka DJ Stephen Allkins (below).
Artwork for the 2000 single Drop Some Drums by Lovetattoo, aka DJ Stephen Allkins (below).

Drop Some Drums a hit for local DJ

DROP Some Drums is a dance song released in 2000 by an artist known back then as Lovetattoo.

The tune, by Byron Shire resident and DJ Stephen Allkins, has just been named one of the 100 best Australian dance tracks of all time, compiled by music website In the Mix.

Writer, DJ, editor and music programmer Jim Poe reviewed the song, which ranked at number 28.

"Stephen Allkins has been a true Australian dance-music legend since that word actually meant something," he wrote.

"From the gay disco scene of late '70s Darlinghurst, through the garage, punk and new wave of the '80s and on into the house era, Allkins pioneered a style of expansive, eclectic, epic mixing that made him to dancers on this side of the pond the kind of hero that his more famous peers like Frankie Knuckles and Junior Vasquez were overseas."

Byron Shire resident and Australian DJ and dance music icon Stephen Allkins.
Byron Shire resident and Australian DJ and dance music icon Stephen Allkins. Contributed

 

Allkins has always been very surprised with the extensive reach the song had, after being launched by Ministry of Sound.

"It was a very limited release, with only two thousand copies of the CD printed in Australia and 500 promos sent world-wide," he remembers. "It is incredible that it has been included in more than 80 compilations and people still remember it."

Allkins is now championing dance music in the Northern Rivers. Last year he headlined two No Standing parties in Billinudgel, and this year he's launching his own event My House.

"I want My House to be about dancing and socialising," he said.

"If it works, we could travel and take it to Lismore, maybe.

"We will have Tobin Saunders on the decks from 3pm to 5pm, and then Augustine Platypus from 5pm to 7pm. Then I'll do the final four hours until 11pm."

My Home will be held on Saturday, July 4, at the Mullumbimby Leagues Club from 3pm. Tickets at the door. $25. 



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