By Humphrey Carter FOR many, British DJ DesMitchell needs little introduction. He has been touring the world playing at the top clubs for the past 25 years during which time he has become an inspiration for new DJs from Canada to Japan and is now on the eve of two new projects. The first is there lease of the first album of all his own music and the second is taking up the post as the residen thouse DJ at Pacha Majorca which is going to be opening at the gallery Club in Son Caliu in June. Born to Jamaican parents in Birmingham, music was always apart of Des's life and he first started as a DJ aged just 14 before eventually turning pro aged 22. It was while he was playing the clubs in Birmingham he caught the attention of the BBC at Pebble Mill. I got a call and was invited to do a 40 minute promo spot on BBC Radio West Midlands. It was a mixture of soul disco, dance and I was still playing some reggae back then. So, I did the show and thought that was fun'. Then a few days later I got another call asking me to return the following week and do a slightly longer show. OK. This went on for a few weeks until I didn't get a call, so I didn't go down to the studios only to get a call asking me where I was! Next thing I know, I've got a weekly three-hour show every Sunday and a pay cheque, he laughs. I think what also attracted the BBC to me was my ability to communicate. I had a good education so I knew how to speak and connect with the public and that is very important for DJs. They've got to learn and know how to speak to the people, how to pick up the mic and say Hi' to everyone, he explained. It's one of the first things I try to teach up-and coming DJs, headded. Des stuck with the BBC until 1985, when he decided he needed a holiday and headed to Tenerife for a short break with some friends. First night on the island and I was hearing my music being played in session in many of the bars. It was amazing, so I quit the job in the UK, the BBC had held my post open, and spent the next four years playing the clubs in Tenerife and becoming th emostin-demand DJ on the island. But, after four years in Tenerife, Des was on the move again and in 1989, he headed across the Atlantic to Toronto. It was pretty strange at first. For example, you have to be a member of a record pool, like a union, to be able to purchase the new promo tracks in the record shops. But, one day I was in a record store and happened to bump into a guy who was head of the most important record pools and before I knew it, I was a member and, because of my contacts with top DJs in the UK, landed myself a show on CIUT radio. He also continued playing the top clubs and introduced the band SoulToSoul to the Canadian market. I was playing their first tracks and when they released their huge hit Back to Life people were coming up to me asking who these guys were and before you know it, Soul To Soul conquered Canada, he added. However, Des was missing Europe and after six months returned to Tenerife. But, no sooner had he landed back on the island, he received a call from BCM in Majorca and was offered a trial at what was then the biggest club in Europe. I didnot know anything about Majorca but was having dinner with some friends and they said it was a beautiful island, much nicer than Tenerife and that it was too good an offer to turn down. So I accepted and headed off on another of my adventures, he said. Within next to no time, three days to be exact, he was installed as there resident house DJ at BCM and still has connections with the club to this day. Now my protégés have taken over, he laughs. But, while Majorca was his new base, Des found himself in huge demand all over the world. I think I'm the only DJ to have played all of the Ministry of Sound clubs in London, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore but I think one of the highlights, a gig I'll never forget, was when I opened the 40 million pound Velfarre Club in Tokyo in 1995. Japan is just wild and the public are really excitable and it's a great place to work. I love Japan and have done a series of six months stints over there. Asia as whole is an exhilarating place to perform, the clubs are amazing and the public are really alive, hesaid. He has even played the New Year's party at Desert Zone in Dubai and performed in India, South Africa, the United States, the Maldives and needless to say, the top clubs in Ibiza on a regular basis. And, due to his talent and global exposure, a number of Des's productions have enjoyed great success in the UK charts and his famous track Welcome To The Dance reached number five and became a number one club hit all over the world.