A musical massage with soul, boogie, funk, jazz classics, future R’n’B and soulful funky house stompers.
ASH SELECTOR started DJing back in 1980 playing soul, jazz funk, brit funk & lovers rock at student parties. In 1982 Ash became a club Dj with his 1st Residency “Soul Night” at Melanie’s in NW London every friday night.
The night became a roaring success and the club gave Ash every saturday as well to do the same. The club changed the sound system and sold the old one to Ash with which he set up the “RHYTHM BOX SOUL SOUND” & and ran for 4 years, hiring venues, playing & promoting at his own soul music events.
In 1984 ASH had his first taste of playing at Notting Hill Carnival with the Peoples Choice International sound system. Throughout the next 5 years Ash continued to play on the club scene spinning anything from soul/funk/brit funk/jazz funk/acid jazz/hip hop/electro/lovers rock to soulful house and garage whilst presenting radio shows on Girls Fm & Skyline Fm, he also played at clubs in the midlands, amongst them were “Boogies”, “Bobby Browns” & “Edwards no.8” in Birmingham, “Christophers” in Kingswingford & “Alley Cats” in Stourbridge.
1989 to 1991 Ash was resident Dj in the soul/soulful house room at Kiss Fm’s 3rd Base Every Saturday night at Shaftesburys night club attracting up to 1500 clubbers every week in the west end of London,alongside a variety of Djs including Paul Trouble Anderson, Chrissie T, Max & Dave, Steve Jackson & Chris Phillips. Ash also played at Kiss Fm’s weekly sunday under 18’s gig “JOY” at the WAG club alongside Rob Blake & Maura Miller. 1991 to 1994 Ash played at various london clubs, including Pump Club at Iceni,London Soul Night Out @ Limelight, Rhythm & Soul at Laceys & Life at The Middlesex & Herts country club, WITH DJS including Norman Jay, Bob Jones, Jasper the vinyl Junkie, Kev Hill , Mark Smedley & Tony Monson.
Q1. What first attracted you to Soul Music, is this relevant today?
I just loved the sound, and started buying soul 7-inch records when I was eight years old. Once soul music is in your system, it never leaves you , I’m a music junkie looking for my next fix! By that I mean I’m always looking for new artists making quality soul music today. When you find them you’re on a musical high!
Q2. What are your top 5 favourite soul tracks?
I really couldn’t narrow it down, too many to choose from, but they include:
Special Lady – Second Image
There’s a Reason – Hi-Tension
Overdose of Joy – Eugene Record
Bring the Family Back – Billy Paul
Make My Dreams A Reality – GQ
Q3. What are your favourite three record labels?
Q4. Who are your favourite five artists?
Q5. What are your top three soul clubs of all time?
A tough one, loads to choose from. Fond memories include:-
Q6. What radio experience did you have before you joined Solar?
I worked at various pirates including Girls FM and Skyline, then Choice FM
Q7. What is/are your main criteria in choosing records for airplay?
Firstly the groove, with a quality vocal and production.
Q8. Why would you recommend Solar to a listener?
The station has a history of supporting soul music to which it has always stayed true. I listened to Solar myself in my younger days and it’s all still here! All DJs are given free rein on their shows and there is no playlisting, allowing the DJ to display their personal passion for music.
Q9. Which other DJs do you admire and why?
DJ Spen for his mixing skills and imagination, Greg Edwards and Robbie Vincent for the radio shows I listened to as a youngster.
Q10. How would you like to be remembered by a listener?
With a smile, because music makes me happy, and I hope the music I play brightens their day.
Q11. What do you do to relax?
Believe it or not, I watch soaps on TV or take my two dogs out.