|Clinton Smiley. Photo: Conch Facebook event|
Clinton Smiley was (and always will be) one of the very early crop of local DJs & music connoisseurs in the modern sense. Clinton Smiley hosted the legendary ‘At Home’ on Radio Active on Thursday nights, followed by ‘The Floor’ in later years.
He held residencies at Clares, The Sub Club, Naked Angel, Mas-if, the legendary Juice night, Edward Street Cafe, Tatou, La Luna, The Matterhorn, and finally Trash at Good Luck.
He played support for a swag of internationals DJs, including Sasha and Paul Oakenfold. Towards the end of his long career he’d begun playing overseas, with gigs in Japan’s Kansai district and at London’s Southside Soul. Clinton was (and still is) a likeable rogue with intelligence to burn & he didn’t suffer fools gladly. This came across in his sets as well as in person.
Clinton Smiley’s last set was November 23, 2006 on The Floor, the Radio Active show he founded in 2000. The next day, November 24, 2006, he suffered a brain aneurysm. This caused a debilitating stroke, a week and a half later. Jason Harding currently resides in a nursing home in Porirua.