Where it all began
The founder of Twisted Soul Collective, Jonathan Smart, was exposed to a wide variation of music as a young child and was taken to concerts, learnt the piano and guitar and like most young teenagers that have a passion for music formed band. This continued onto the dance floors of some of the UK great clubs but his musical career really started while he was studying Dance at what is now the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. After graduating and with a successful professional career in Dance under his belt Jonathan focused on a music career at beginning of the Acid House Music scene in the UK. In a very short time Jonathan went to work and produce for pioneering house DJ’s such as
· Trevor Fung, · Colin Dale
He produced his first EP Playtime Toons with the original Ibiza DJ legend Trevor Fung. From that EP ‘’Shaker Song’’ became the last song anthem at the legendary Manchester club The Hacienda. Following the tracks success '' Shaker Song ''was then remixed by world famous DJ Norman Cook aka Fat Boy Slim.
Jonathan then went on to write music for the advertising giant Olgivy and Mather Worldwide Dove campaign. In 1990 Jonathan signed to the Brothers Organisation and released a Rock / Dance based album called Smart which led to performances at the famous South by South West Festival in Austin Texas and a US tour . In 1993 Jonathan focused on his family but still worked on smaller remix projects.
So Where Are We Now ?
Fast forward 17 years ...... to 2010, Jonathan formed Twisted Soul Collective a group of DJ’s and producers who all had a passion for Disco Soul and Funk but the ‘’twist’’ was to take this genre of music into the 21st Century.
The members of Twisted Soul Collective are:
Jonathan Smart - Founder / DJ / Producer / Radio Host and the main driving force behind TSC.
Malx - Producer and Head of TSC Recording Studios
Stewart McCrea and Clive T - Founding Members and Radio Hosts for Twisted Sunday's - Kane FM
TSC have now an established name and brand within the Disco / Re-edit / Nu Disco Genre with a number one and three top three hits.
Twisted Soul Collective have performed at most of the premier venues in the UK and have performed in with some of the great names in the industry such as De La Soul, Groove Armada, Greg Wilson and The Reflex to name a few and for 4 years Jonathan was invited to be the Musical Curator for the University Of Hertfordshire Fashion Shows.
Highlights for 2018 include Liverpool Disco Festival (UK) and Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy) as well as signing to Prime Direct Distribution and Shine PR for the record label Twisted Soul Collective Records with the first 2 EP's hitting top 3 in the Disco Charts, Nu Disco Charts. Both EP's are being played along with amazing reviews and support by the likes of. Tony Humphries, Fred Everything, Tom Findlay - Groove Armada, Graeme Park, Tensnake, Greg Wilson, Ron Trent, Joe Negro. ( See The Buzz Section )
Twisted Soul Collective have established residencies at Queen of Hoxton, Big Chill, Electric Star Group and TSC's own night Disco Down Below at La Cabina, 2019 looks set to be a huge year for Twisted Soul Collective.
To date TSC have Released on the following labels.
· Twisted Soul Collective Records (UK) · Ghetto Disco (UK) · Platform 7even (UK) · Deep Sense (Mexico)
· A&R Edits (UK) · Hot Digits (UK) · Midnight Riot Records (UK) · Hutman Records (Germany)
· Dum a Dum Records (USA) · Ritmikal Records (Spain)
Greg Wilson also voted their edit of Do I Do in his Top 20 Edits for 2013 and 2014 and Jonathan's Bi - Weekly Radio Show on Music Box Radio has the highest listening audience on the station www.musicboxradio.co.uk
The Buzz Section
Here's what people are saying about Twisted Soul Collective Records
SHAKE AND BLOW EP
Twisted Soul Collective’s massive 2014 ‘Shake & Blow’ hit, originally released on Greg Wilson’s A&R edits, gets a much welcomed digital release alongside fresh new reworks from Chuggin Edits and a collaborative ‘Reshake’ from Fingerman and TSC.
‘Shake & Blow’ has all the ingredients for a peak time, hands-in-the-air anthem. From the exhilarating horn section and heavyweight bass, to Twisted Soul Collective’s masterful dubbing and filtering of the funk samples, they create a state of fever pitch enhanced by the ever-present buildups and subsequent drops. It’s a melting pot of energy. Pure euphoria.
As for the new edits, Hot Digits head honcho Fingerman and TSC join forces to take things straight back to ‘80s New York airwaves, with a b-boy styled, boogie reshake. Coupling those funk break beats with squelching acid synths, a weighty double kick and a deep bassline, it’s a harder-hitting weapon to have in the arsenal.
Known for his releases on Masterworks, Hot Digits and FKR and co-captain of Slightly Transformed Records, Chuggin Edits lays down a low-slung, disco-house dub version of ‘Shake & Blow’ to close out the EP. Savoring the vocal samples for choice moments, it’s a heads down, late-night journey that will draw you in and keep you entranced throughout.
Fred Everything 15/11/2018 - “TSC Rework for me, thanks!”
Tony Humphries 26/10/2018 - “Nice funky track”
Graeme Park 25/10/2018 - “Wonderful!”
Tensnake 02/11/2018 - “thanks, downloading”
Steve Miller 24/10/2018 (Subatomic uk / www.subatomicuk.com) - “Twisted Soul can do no wrong. This is no exception.
Killer release. Full radio support from Subatomic”
Andy Wilson 30/10/2018 - Ibiza Sonica / www.ibizasonica.com - “great track , top party tune , the reworks are both great
but the TSC is the bomb”
Sam Divine (Defected) 25/10/2018 - “cool ep”
LOVE AT ZERO HOUR EP
Following a string of highly regarded EPs on the likes of A&R Edits, Midnight Riot and Ghetto Disco, Twisted Soul Collective set their sights on a label of their own creation. And with an endorsement from rework royalty Greg Wilson, naming TSC’s 2014 ‘Do I Do’ edit one of his top edits from that year, this dynamic collective clearly has the goods to produce something special.
For this inaugural release, ‘Love At Zero Hour’, they’ve teamed up with Savannah – one of Greece’s golden boy producers – to
construct a sparkling edit encapsulating that joyous 80’s disco glitz and glam. Sprinkled with sensuous strings, staccato guitars and sultry vocals, loving touches weave their way through the edit. Reverberating echoes and filtered breakdowns are interlaced to expert effect, creating a level of suspense and vibrancy sure to whip any crowd into raptures.
First up on remix duties, Edinburgh’s Natasha Kitty Katt who’s released on the likes of Masterworks Music and Ghetto Disco, styles her re-edit into a summertime disco house stomper, coupling a weighty kick, sweeping vocal snippets and killer synth loops with a bumping no nonsense bassline. Think, turbo charged cocktail of heavenly goodness, with a healthy shot of unadulterated thump.
Finally, Liverpool Disco Festival founder James Morgan, a man who certainly knows a thing or two about top-tier disco, offers up a cosmic reinterpretation of ‘Love At Zero Hour’, bouncing those vocals off into distant galaxies whilst resonating shimmery arps, a full frontal bass riff and luscious guitar licks around the far reaches of the brain. Hold tight for that steamy synth breakdown – a brilliant touch that elevates this edit into the disco stratosphere!
If this is what love sounds like at zero hours, just think what Twisted Soul Collective will dream up in time to come.
Tom Findlay 10/09/2018 (Groove Armada) “twisted soul mix is lovely great sound, production”
Danielle Moore 04/09/2018 (Crazy P) - “Really like the Twisted Soul mix...and coming closely up the rear are the other mixes. Powerful end of summer autumnal vibes...thank you :-)”
Dany B 06/09/2018 (The Sound of New York City) - “This is something special!!! Ready to play this Sunday at LeBain in NYC. Rooftop summer vibes!!!''
Ashley Beedle 10/09/2018 - “Solid EP.”
Ron Trent 10/09/2018 - “Very interesting. Would like to put this on one of my dance floors.”
Sam Divine (Defected) 13/09/2018 - “very nice”
Marc Roberts 03/09/2018 (Snowbombing) - ''Quality slice of action!”