“I started writing for Soul fanzines when I was teenager and was Black Echoes first staff writer when it launched in 1976. So always liked writing about the music and interviewing the music makers. The Northern soul renaissance has seen various books put out and I kept thinking I wish I had done that. Anyway last year I stopped working as consultant for the suSU label, I had been commuting to London and being a bit of workaholic on the label. That stopped when my Dad died around same time, so I decided to calm down and take some time out.