About The ModCast

The Modcast started in December 2010 chaired by Eddie Piller & Dean Rudland talking up the “broach church” of all Mod Culture. Two or three guests from Tv, film, music, sport and more join the panel each month to chat about mod related and non-mod related topics. Guest so far have included Tour De France winner Bradley Wiggins, Marshall Chess, Geno Washington, Norman Jay, Martin Freeman and loads of other fantastic guests.. We now stream on Soundcloud and you can listen on Itunes. Links on the website.


Eddie Piller - Modcast

Eddie Piller


Eddie was born into an east end mod family in the mid sixties (his mum ran the Small Faces Fan Club) and a career in music beckoned.

In 1980 he started the legendary fanzine, Extraordinary Sensations and its attendant record label but was soon persuaded to decamp to Stiff Records where he became a label manager and a & r man. Fate leant a hand and when Stiff crashed, Piller moved into management and production – recording the young James Taylor and his Quartet.

After a while the JTQ became the main draw in the burgeoning London jazz scene and Piller teamed up with dj Gilles Peterson to establish the Acid Jazz label to push the scene into a fresh (and marketable) direction – the Acid House explosion ensured that the fledgling outfit soon swept the world and the acid jazz scene became the most influential youth movement of the 90s.

Success was immediate but Peterson left in 1989 to establish Talking Loud and Eddie Piller concentrated on a new generation of signings.Jamiroquai, the Brand New Heavies, Corduroy, Mother Earth, A Man Called Adam, Terry Callier, Gregory Isaac’s all had substantial hits through the decade. In 1993 Piller opened the ground-breaking nightclub, The Blue Note. In London’s extremely unfashionable Hoxton (a place known more for its bomb sites that its culture) – the club became a major success (winning the Time Out ‘club of the millennium’ award) and kick-started the careers of Goldie and Talvin Singh amongst others – whilst changing the face of east London’s Shoreditch/Hoxton triangle into the art and culture centre it is today.

By the late 90s Piller had moved into broadcasting. Originally presenting the ground-breaking Newbeats show for Jazz FM but has also hosted shows for BBC Radio London, BBC 6music and Q Radio (where he won a British Radio Award) – he has written and 8 part series on youth culture for ITV, documentaries for Radio 4 and appeared on Pop On Trial and Soul Britannia for the BBC…

Giving his love of ‘playing soul music’, Piller is the ‘music of black origin and influence’ for the successful Vintage Festival and is a regular at Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight, Bestival and a whole host of other festivals whilst maintaining a healthy DJ schedule in the night;clubs of Europe. His hobbies include cricket, ancient history and riding his Vespa!


Dean Rudlanddean rudland(modcast)


One of the most active compilers of CDs within the world of vintage soul and funk in the past two decades, Dean Rudland has combined this with a non-stop career as a DJ. He had used the knowledge acquired keeping the dance floors of the world full to produce best selling compilation series for Acid Jazz, Blue Note, Fania and BGP amongst others, he has also produced mixes for artists as diverse as Roxy Music and the Fania All Stars.

Dean first DJ’ed at nights organised by himself in London, before playing alongside the likes of Gilles Peterson, Ed Piller, James Lavelle, The Young Disciples and others on the early acid jazz club scene, graduating to becoming Friday night resident at London’s legendary Blue Note club, which was voted ‘Club Of The Millennium’ by Time Out magazine in 2000. Since then he has been a resident at Blow Up and DJed at nights around the world, most regularly in Sweden, Italy and Germany as well as all over the UK.

Dean currently owns and runs Roots Records, is the A&R and label manager for Ace Records BGP label and is a regular DJ at such nights as Mind Yuh Business at the Dex Club in Brixton. His box-set compilation ‘Take Me To The River: A Southern Soul Story’ was awarded The Mojo Magazine Award for best compilation in 2009.