Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson
1959 – 2018
Paul was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011 and had to have an operation to removed part of his left lung and four of his ribs.
He had been in remission for six years before the cancer returned.
It’s with a really heavy heart that we have to post the news of our dear Brother, Father and Grandfather passing. He died peacefully this morning and not before he played every track on the Album of his Life.
Each of you will have your own favourite track that evokes its own special memory of Paul. As do we as a family. One thing for sure there is now no longer anymore trouble for Paul to live through, but Paul Trouble Anderson will always live in us.
Thank you for your Love, Prayers and Support. Every time you filled the dancefloors to his Boogie you filled his heart with Joy.
With our Love
‘Not Old School. All School. Still Present! Troubgevity! Troubsolutely! Natroubley! Bless!’
Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson delivered his final Mi-Soul radio show on November 11th 2018.
He sadly passed away peacefully on December 2nd 2018.
And eversince a rainbow of global tributes have been flooding in
God is a DJ
We Love You Paul
Yes straight up soul.And loved to watch him dance.One in a million. Rockkkk paul.Rock.Oh i’m gonna miss watch u dance.Yessssss! – Barbara Tucker
The legendary Paul Trouble Anderson was more than just a dj, he was the original MASTER for many of us and always will be. – Bobby & Steve
A man who truly touched our hearts and lifted our souls. – Roy the Roach
Bless Paul’s spirit onto the next journey, such a gifted inspirational talented DJ Paul made mixing records sound effortless. – Danny Rampling
Such a positive and caring soul, who has been there for me through the most significant years of my life, through tears and laughter, and despite my faults, he never gave up on me. The realest of the real and the DJ’s DJ. – Jumpin Jack Frost
He bought love an joy with his music, his style but most of all his integrity.
PAUL TROUBLE ANDERSON You will be missed – MC Det
He’s more than a legend – Mad P
So very sad to hear of the passing of a true Legend, a beautiful soul and a power house of pure energy – Normski
May his spirit rest eternal behind the decks of the dancefloor beyond the clouds. – Aitch B
In my eyes he was the absolute first SUPERSTAR DJ that had it all. – Ronnie Herel
It truly was the house that Trouble built for most of us back then. Not only was he one of the best DJs we’ve ever had, but he was also a lovely guy. – Grant Nelson
But He Paul Trouble Anderson will be remembered by most as one of the best and most forward-looking dance mix DJs of his time – Norris da Boss Windross
Rip Paul Trouble Anderson You’ll Be Truly Missed Around the World – Booker T
I Love You Brother. I’ve never met anyone as dedicated to Music, as You. – Victor Simonelli
His mixing was a blend he felt every record like he made it. No one was like trouble – Huck Finn
Paul Anderson epitomised everything there was to know about boogie – Colin Williams
Celebrate Trouble. No Compromise. – Jeremy Newall
OBITUARY: With the passing of Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson, we have lost one of London’s DJ giants. Anderson’s Kiss FM show, which ran for eight years on a Saturday night, was the official start to any night out happening in London Town during the 1990s, while his weekly Camden party Trouble’s House was the unofficial headquarters for DJs, producers and industry people to assemble and listen to whatever hot new acetates Anderson had cut that week. Numerous visiting Americans performed or hung out there, from Tony Humphries and Loleatta Holloway to Barbara Tucker and Kenny Carpenter. He was not only London’s number one DJ, but probably its most loved, too (it’s rare you’d see Anderson with anything other than a huge grin on his face).
Born September 28th, 1959, Paul Anderson had a difficult upbringing, moving around various children’s homes, but he was record collecting and DJing in his early teens, first making a name for himself as one of a new generation of dancers and clubbers who were devoted to George Power’s sessions at Crackers nightclub in Soho, arguably the place where London’s black youth began to forge a new, uniquely black British identity. Paul Anderson was Power’s ‘boxboy’ and also the warm-up DJ at Crackers, as well as being one of its noted dancers.
Although it would pass unremarked upon today, Anderson’s role as a black DJ in the West End had a galvanising effect on a new wave of DJs that included Norman Jay, Jazzie B, Fabio and Colin Dale, at a time when racist door policies meant black kids were being routinely denied entry from central London clubs. “He was held in high esteem, ’cos he could do everything,” claims Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B. “He could rollerskate, he could dance, he could play music, he did a bit of kung fu and was in wicked shape and he was running the wheels of steel. We all aspired to that. Personally he probably inspired me the most, because he was in my grasp. I could see him, I could touch him, I could talk to him.”
By the mid-eighties, Anderson’s residencies included the roller disco at Electric Ballroom in Camden, where his love for go go act Trouble Funk earned him his nickname. The idea for the pirate Kiss FM grew out of these sessions and by the late ‘80s had become the number one station in London, outgunning even legal entities like Radio 1 and Capital. After it went legal in 1990, Anderson took over Kiss’s Saturday evening slot and held it for eight years, helping to break countless records over its long reign.
As well as providing a platform for the soulful end of American house, especially the New York/New Jersey sound, he was instrumental in helping to break many of the young British producers coming up at the time, including Sensory Elements, Chocolate Fudge and Joey Negro. “I gave ‘Do What You Feel’ to Paul, who cut himself some acetate, and he really really hammered it,” recalls Dave Lee, aka Mr Negro. “By the time it came out six months later there was a big demand for it.” Lee earned his first major label deal with Virgin off the back of the Anderson-created hype.
Over the weekend, tributes poured in from the dance community all over the world, among them Louie Vega and Tony Humphries. “Whenever I made a record you felt inside, you’d reach out and give props,” wrote Louie on his Facebook page. “I knew the record would be a smash, you are an impeccable taste maker. You could smell a hit a mile away. If Paul likes it, it meant something special and I respected your words.”
“Working for him numerous times as far back as 1988, was truly an honor and a blessing,” wrote Humphries. “Loved every minute of those hot sweaty throw down parties. REAL underground parties. From this day on, I will hope that any event I’m fortunate to be a part of in the UK will have a similar vibe.”
Dave Lee became good friends with Anderson and was a regular at his parties in the mid-’90s.
“He started off as a dancer so was a natural showman behind the decks, something not many of us are,” he says. “I always thought he could have gone into the super league of DJs as he ticked all the boxes, but he didn’t seem bothered about that sort of stuff and wouldn’t have wanted to play the game or compromise musically. Paul was a rough diamond who hadn’t had an easy life, but he was a good guy who was always totally immersed in the music.”
There were few DJs who had the knack of building excitement like Paul Trouble Anderson. His live mixing, which seemed to be permanently teetering on the brink, brought a kinetic energy to his sets that was lacking in anyone else’s and only added to the sense of urgency and propulsion. He lorded over London for well over a decade, yet was too humble to be minded about such trifles. Trouble built the house and, these days, we’re all still living in it.
Written by: Bill Brewster (MixMag)