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So, tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
I am Mr Drayton. I have lived and worked in the North East for more than three decades, I still cling to my North Lincolnshire roots. I hope one day to be the first Lady Mayoress of Scunthorpe.
Also I have been running a popular music listening club for seven years. We enjoy the vinyl. It’s lush. Prior to that I was the Marmalade King of Byker and Heaton.
You can catch five Record Players for free at Sage Gateshead from Saturday 23rd June.

What’s the first record you ever bought?
The very first song I ever bought with my own money was the No 1 1973 smash hit by the impossibly gorgeous Suzi Quatro – Can the Can. To this day I am still unable to pinpoint what it was about the leather clad elfin bombshell that appealed to the 13 year old me. On that day I also bought some bright yellow loon pants from off the market. I thought I was the king of the world. I was 13.

What’s your guilty pleasure musically?
Slinky Girl Pop. Baby Love by Petite Muller, Girlfriend by Christine and the Queens and  Bad Liar by Selina Gomez. They’re all absolutely perfect in every way.

Favourite film of all time?
I’m really enjoying all these modern horrors. Green Room, Don’t Breathe, A Quiet Place, It Follows. One I go back to though is Let The Right One In.  It’s a love story. With vampires.

Your guilty pleasure film?
You can sometimes find me watching films where people, for no apparent reason, kick seven bales of shit out of each other. John Wick 2, The Raid 2, Paddington 2.

If you could recommend one TV series to binge watch, what would it be?
I’m currently loving Atlanta, however, the rules state I can have just one – Godless on Netflix. It’s a western with a beginning, a middle and an end – none of this – series 2 coming soon bollocks. Good people do bad things, bad people do good things and in one beautiful scene, horses are tamed.

Your favourite book?
I’m a sucker for a doomed romance, beautiful prose and the Jazz Age, so it has to be The Great Gatsby. I buy copies from charity shops and I regularly gift them. There’s a copy in the car so I don’t gorm on my phone when I’m waiting for a beautiful lady to alight from a train.

Who or what makes you laugh the most?
I saw George Zach MCing Red Raw recently and he was a revelation, no lazy old tropes, razor sharp. Kieran and The Whale’s show Psychopomp is a work of synapse snapping genius. It’s comedy, it’s a play, it’s a concept album. It’s full of joy. Gavin Webster always, always, always makes me laugh. Gangs of the EPL.

Who or what makes you sad?
Phone wankers at gigs. It’s happening right in front of you you absolute idiot, why are you looking at it through a screen? You complete and utter cretin. Go on, fuck off. Seriously, it should be banned. And they should be ashamed of themselves.

If you had super power, what would it be?
I have a recurring dream where the Raleigh Runabout Moped I had when I was 17 is still going strong – and it never needs refuelling. It’s at the heart of my every nocturnal adventure. So that please.

And finally, you get to play a board game with any three famous people from history, who do you choose and what’s the board game?
The King of the board game is Frustration. Thanks to its clicky-clacky Popomatic! dice device it has an inbuilt tension. I’d play with Buddha, Jesus and Nelson Mandella to see how calm they are as I romp home.

Mr Steve Drayton’s Record Player is at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 23rd June.

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