"Trevor Fung is an oldsoulboy who was there at the birth of acid house (you could even argue he was its midwife). An early devotee of Ibiza, he mentored Paul Oakenfold and can still be found hanging out in grimy south London venues today."
"How did you get started as a DJ?
Steve Walsh was doing his big Monday Soul Night Out with Tony Blackburn. And I’d met him and started doing things with Steve Walsh. I started playing in Slough and I was like his warm up disc jockey.
OK. So tell me why you went the first time to Ibiza.
I was working in the travel business; I got a free holiday with… Club 18-30! So I go over there on a Club 18-30 holiday and I had the wildest time. Loved it. I loved it because it was the first time I’d been down to the Café Del Mar. First time I’d been to some of these clubs.
What was Café del Mar like in 1979?
It was just a little bar. It wasn’t done up. There was hardly anything around it then, it’s not like it is now. It was the onlybar there. There were no flats. So everybody would just sit there at sunset and listen to the music, including the locals. Before Alfredo, there used to be this guy called Carlos. Didn’t meet him that year, met him later.
Danny said you gave the name for Shoom.
Yeah. There was a friend of mine from Wolverhampton who always used to say it and I picked it up from him.
What was the difference between Shoom and Spectrum?
Smaller and more select. You know Heaven, just trying to get 1500 people through that door on a Monday, you can’t afford to pick and choose. I did like Shoom. I did the first ever one there. That bloody smoke machine! Then Nicky did The Trip and he really took it to the masses then. Saturday night.
Was it easy to find those Balearic tunes?
Well there was a couple of Spanish things that were hard to find, but I got hold of them. There was another James Brown sounding thing Enzo something. That was really hard to find. That’s when Pete Tong came up and asked me to do the Balearic Beats album.
Do you think Alfredo’s something of a forgotten figure in dance music, given what a massive influence he’s had on UK club culture.
I think he is, but it was the Brits that made it happen.
What was it like doing those outdoor parties?
What were the more memorable ones?
Sunrise, in Oxfordshire. Brilliant. Twenty thousand people. I’d done about four gigs and I got down there and I was coming on at 7.30 in the morning. I remember standing there, with three juggernauts, two with speakers either side of the one in the middle with mixing desks and decks. I went all the way round and I remember that feeling of putting on the first record. I stopped all the music. I put on Kariya’s Let Me Love You For Tonight. You’d think people would be dying at that time in the morning, but everyone just went mental. Brilliant moment. I know how rock stars feel now. There was some bad times, too. When all the gangsters and the serious drugs came into it, it killed it.
Here's one of Trevor's more recent 'acid house' mixes
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Interview by Frank Broughton and Bill Brewster in Soho, 3rd February, 2005