Snooker’s Mr Bor­ing is now DJ Thun­der­mus­cle!

STEVE DAVIS

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IT’S nearly three o’clock in the morn­ing at the Bol­ly­wood stage at the Bes­ti­val mu­sic fes­ti­val on the Lul­worth Cas­tle estate in Dorset. The crowd danc­ing to an eclec­tic mix of psy­che­delic and elec­tronic tracks are not only hav­ing a great time but are wit­nesses to prob­a­bly the strangest and most un­likely trans­for­ma­tion of a sport­ing icon of all time.

For the hip­ster stand­ing in front of them spin­ning the discs is no or­di­nary DJ but the six-times world snooker cham­pion, Steve Davis. Yes, that’s right, Steve “In­ter­est­ing” Davis. Lam­pooned, per­haps rather cru­elly, by the 1980s satir­i­cal TV pup­pet show Spit­ting Im­age for be­ing the bor­ing goody-two shoes of a sport that at­tracted some wild, devil-may-care char­ac­ters, Davis has re-in­vented him­self as the noc­tur­nal DJ Thun­der­mus­cle.

What’s more, he’s lov­ing every minute of it. He and his co-DJ Kavus Torabi, an ex­per­i­men­tal mu­si­cian who has played in sev­eral ac­claimed bands, are now much in de­mand at the UK’s top fes­ti­vals.

“It gives me as great a buzz as snooker did,” Davis tells me as we meet up for a cof­fee the fol­low­ing morn­ing. “There are chal­lenges. The sort of mu­sic we play, the vast per­cent­age of peo­ple will never have heard of it be­fore. So for peo­ple to dance to some­thing they never heard, it’s got to be good. We iden­tify records we think they’re go­ing to en­joy.”

So how did this ex­tra­or­di­nary change of ca­reer come about? “It was by luck re­ally. Kavus and I do a ra­dio show in Brent­wood, called the In­ter­est­ing Al­ter­na­tive Show. Two guys who run a won­der­ful elec­tronic mu­sic fes­ti­val in Mine­head called the Bloc Week­ender asked if we’d like to come down and play a live set. We did it and we had such a great laugh.

“Peo­ple were com­ing up to us and said they thought it was re­fresh­ingly dif­fer­ent. For­tu­nately the BBC came down and did a lit­tle doc­u­men­tary on it which they ran dur­ing the world snooker cham­pi­onship two years ago. And then the phone started ring­ing and all of a sud­den Glas­ton­bury rang!”

Davis headed down to Som­er­set in June last year for the UK’s big­gest mu­sic fes­ti­val but had a shock when he first ar­rived. “We got there about an hour be­fore we were due to go on and the tent was empty,” he re­calls.

“We thought, ‘Oh no, let’s hope some­body turns up’. We went off and came back and the tent was rammed. It was a 500-ca­pac­ity tent and twice as many peo­ple were try­ing to get in. We went on stage and it was the big­gest buzz you ever had. It was fan­tas­tic.”

At first, Davis found DJ-ing to be a nerve-rack­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. “I was very self-con­scious. Al­though I’ve played snooker in front of mil­lions,

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