Will Manning

September 4, 2013, 3:34 pm
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One of the best DJs in the UK, CJ Beatz has teamed up with writer/ producer/ hype man Fontz for a new project entitled Wide Awake.

Following its world premiere on Mistajam’s Radio 1xtra show, Wide Awake reveal their debut track W.A.G.H.Y (We Aint Goin’ Home Yet) from their forthcoming EP We Are Wide Awake.

September 20, 2012, 10:22 am
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Mr Steal Your Girl aka Trey Songz aka the man your girlfriend loves sat down with BBC Radio 1Xtra’s CJ Beatz. They talked all things GIRLS.


A few weeks back I had the honour of being apart of CJ Beatz’s BBC Radio 1Xtra R&B Mix Show. CJ is one of my favourite DJs, he is one of the only DJs on the radio who isn’t afraid to show off with some cuts, juggles and personality – something specialist DJs are seriously lacking these days, It’s very refreshing to hear.

There is a feature on his show called Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (yes the famous lyric) It gives DJs a 15 minute slot to showcase what they do in the clubs to make people dance and also theres a little chat before hand too.

Dev – Dancing In The Dark
Diddy Dirty Money Ft. Swizz Beatz – Ass On The Floor
Clinton Sparks Ft. DJ Class & Jermaine Dupri – Favourite DJ
Clinton Sparks Ft. Sean Paul – Favourite DJ (Part 2)
Enur – Calabria
Brandy & Monica – The Boy Is Mine (Architechs Remix)
DJ SNAKE – Party All Day
Kardinal Offishall Ft. Pitbull, Lil Jon & Clinton Sparks – Smash The Club
Kat Deluna Ft. Fatman Scoop – Drop It Low
Katy B – Witches Brew
Foregin Beggers – Badman Riddim
Emeli Sande – Heaven

Download: Will Manning BBC Radio 1Xtra Guest Mix (Re-uploaded)

September 27, 2011, 9:38 am
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Last night/ this morning I had the honour of doing a guest mix on CJ Beatz’s show which goes out Monday night’s 1-4am. I’m a massive fan of this show, CJ is a seriously amazing DJ and I’ve been looking forward to getting involved since he asked me about 6 months ago.

Even though it’s the R&B Mix Show CJ tends to steer clear of the slow jamz and mellow tracks and his show has a real party vibe so for my mix I tried to roll with that. Tracks from Swizz Beatz, Clinton Sparks, Emeli Sande and even Monica & Brandy are all squeezed into 15 minutes.

If you missed it then I highly recommend you clicking here to listen back on the iPlayer and scroll to 1 hour 45 minute mark for the mix and also a little chat before as well.

I’ll post up the mix as a download next week!

September 21, 2011, 5:20 pm
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If you didn’t already know CJ Beatz is an amazing DJ. He has two shows on BBC Radio 1Xtra, one weekend daytime show and another (my personal fav) being the R&B Mix Show on Monday nights which is all in the mix and he kills it every single week.

I’ve got a guest mix coming soon on his mix show so check back to find out when thats airing but for now check this video to whitness the CJ Beatz experience.

February 23, 2011, 5:30 pm
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Today I’ve spent a good three hours in my bedroom at uni sitting on my chair at my desk listening to some mixes which I have recorded and downloaded from DJ Swerve’s show on KISS FM and it got me thinking.

I think this is just an excuse to blog about my favourite DJ but I’m not sure, let’s see where this goes.

For those that don’t know, I’m a DJ. When I started out DJing there was no one saying “hey kids, want to be a DJ? Here’s how..” infact, there still isn’t and there never will be, it’s about experience, passion and fighting your way through this fierce industry. I started life as a DJ from the age of 8 or 9 in my bedroom mixing together tapes, or more fading them into each other (I didn’t have a clue what mixing was back then) from that I got the bug for music and recieved a karaoke machine as a present. On the machine there was a tape recorder, I got my mum to buy a load of recordable tapes and off I went, pretending I was a DJ on the radio. I used to pretend I was a presenter on Capital FM, back then it was the station my mum would listen to in the car with the likes of Chris Tarrent and Steve Penk – not DJ’s but presenters. From these recordings I decided to pretend I had my own radio station, I called it UK FM and Street FM.

UK FM was the Capital FM of my fake radio world with Street FM being the KISS 100. I loved doing this and did it for a good few years from my bedroom eventually recording myself onto CD’s.

Anyway, where am I going with this. I’m not actually sure but I just became quite reminiscent of my childhood today and the beginnings of my career.

DJ Swerve was always at the front of this, though he didn’t know it at the time. I used to listen to his show every Tuesday night between 9 and 11pm and this was my source of what the latest Hip Hop and R&B records were. Within the show was two 20 minute mixes every hour, the first at 9.20 and the second at 10.20, these would be my 20 minutes of zone out time every week where I would listen to every detail of the mix from the transition to the track selection, BPM, juggles and every scratch and cut he made. From years of listening to Swerve I built my own mixing style, not from copying him but from developing ideas he gave me and giving it my own spin. I was such a geek, I could listen to his mixes and know when he would start a juggle, do a scratch, bring a track back and start a mix into the next song – yes, total nerd. Not to meantion I would text into his show every week so he knew I was listening – god I was a right groupie.

After bombarding Swerve with messages on MySpace at least 4 times a week I finally met the man himself at Market Bar just off Oxford Street. There was a DJ competiton which I had entered but not been selected for, I went down anyway and I watched Swerve do a live set and was blown away. I think I was 12 or 13 by this time.

When I was 15 I entered a competiton called “Are You The CK One” it was essentially a chance for DJ’s to showcase their skills infront of Swerve and DMC Champion DJ Rafik. It was sponsered by Calvin Klein and DMC. I was by far the youngest person there with the rest being 20-30 so I was nervous but still thought I had a chance to win, sure enough after showcasing a 10 minute set I did win, £1000 in fact, not bad for a 15 year old. The funny thing was that Swerve marked me down because he knew me, more that I was a weird groupie fan.

I started out with so many crazy DJ names it was stupid, I told my best mate if he thought up a name I’d pay him, he said DJ WM, I never did pay him but I took the name. I went under DJ WM for sooo many years, probably too many. That was until I started working for the BBC and the name had to go, thank God, that was one of the best things I’ve done and I’d probably still have that name now if it wasn’t for my then manager talking sense to me after speaking to 1Xtra. Will Manning was born.

It’s become clear in recent years that mixes with juggles and scratches on radio specialist commercial shows are less and less important as the listener just doesn’t understand what on earth the DJ is doing and gets bored of hearing a 4 bar juggle or some crazy cuts. Shows such as CJ Beatz on BBC Radio 1Xtra are keeping this alive for me and at least these recordings will live on through my iTunes.

So I’m still not sure why I’ve said these things I just thought I’d share some things I did before I was even 18. Theres so much I’ve done up to now but I wanted to meantion how I started out, the most common question I get is “how can I start out as a DJ?” so I hope this shines some inspiration to some of you.

I hope In a few years I can write another post similar about all the amazing things I’m doing now with touring, radio presenting, TV shows, interviews and sitting in a bedroom and Birmingham City University with the rain pouring down outside.
Thank you.

November 19, 2010, 5:25 pm
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One of the sickest DJ’s I know is DJ Cable, I’ve blogged his mixes up here before and It’s time for another one. This went out on CJ Beatz’s BBC Radio 1Xtra Show on Monday night, the outcome was serious. This is what Cable had to say…

I literally had about 5 to 10 minutes to prepare my set, as I had been busy all day Dj-ing at a Maida Vale session for Yasmin, but the end result was pretty dope! 30 minutes of New Jack Swing/90’s R&B, some uptempo club joints, southern Hip Hop, Dubstep, Grime, and a live acapella mashup too! It was nice to be able to go in live, and not spend ages preparing a crazy multi-tracked mix!

This is WELL worth a download, stick it on your iPod, in your car, heck, even send it to your Granny!

01. TLC – Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg (U.S. 7″ Edit)
02. Keith Sweat – I Want Her
03. Boyz II Men – Sympin’ (Remix)
04. Bobby Brown – My Prerogative
05. Boyz II Men – Motown Philly
06. R. Kelly – You Got That Vibe
07. Iconz – Get Crunked Up
08. Common Feat. Pharrell – Universal Mind Control
09. Clipse Feat. Keri Hilson – All Eyes On Me
10. LMFAO Feat. Lil Jon – Shots
11. DJ Class Feat Lil Jon – I’m The Ish (Remix)
12. Roscoe Dash Feat. Soulja Boy – All The Way Turnt Up
13. SX – Woooo Riddim
14. Rude Kid – Electric
15. True Tiger Feat. P Money – Slang Like This
16. Gucci Mane – Lemonade (Instrumental)
17. Ludacris – How Low (Acapella)
18. Redlight – MDMA
19. DJ Cable Vs. JME, Tempa T & Noah D – CD Is Seeeriousssly Dead
20. Ginuwine – Pony
21. Loefah – Disco Rekah

Download: DJ Cable BBC Radio 1Xtra Guest Mix
Stream: Mixcloud Stream