Sometimes I really do have to kick myself, at the fact that I first learned to use a turntable at the age of 4. Started collecting music from the age of 7 and this continues to present day.
Like a lot of people I did the rounds in pubs, clubs, community centres and all sorts of places to play the music I enjoy so much.
My main stay was at a place in Ascot called Ollies in the high st, now known as Bar 1. I had the privilege of working and dj’ing around some great brit funk / American bands including Light of the world, The average white band, Alexander O’Neal and the crusaders to mention a few. In the late 80’s to early 90’s I did 2 shows on Pointblank FM which was my first pirate experience and is still going strong today. Also during this time, maybe a bit earlier, I was proud as punch to go into a shop to buy a pair of Technics SL1210 turntables, which I still have today.
Having hanged up my headphones due to working commitments, I was listening to Les Adams who made a request for people who were interested in working in a radio environment. After a brief chat, I went to his studio to make a demo show, and needless to say, he said I was rubbish, but was willing to take a chance on me. Funnily enough he still says I’m rubbish (gotta love him) Being part of the Onairexperience team (Now Onairstudio) our journey began at heart and soul radio in 2014. After a brief spell, we went to Zero radio, where I have been, for close to the last 3 yrs.
This journey has now led to the biggest achievement I could possibly think of, being part of Solar Radio.
What attracted you to soul music in the first place, and does this still apply today?
My love for this wide and expanding genre started at the age of 4, the sound of Marvin Gaye, The Temptations etc had me hooked with classy riffs and fancy footwork was an instant wonder and still is.
What are your top five favourite soul tracks?
Marvin Gaye – What’s goin on
James Brown – Sex machine
The Players Association – The things you get me to do
Brass Construction – Shakeit
David Ruffin – Walk away from love
What are your favourite three record labels?
Philly International Records
Who are your favourite five artists?
What are your top three soul clubs of all time?
Ollies Bar & Night Club
What radio experience did you have before you joined Solar?
Heart & Soul Radio (Manchester)
What is/are your main criteria in choosing records for airplay?
I’d like to think I can spot a cracker from the offset, soulful vibe, awesome vocals and flowing rhythm.
Why would you recommend Solar to a listener?
It’s a station with lots of passion, fantastic people that cover the whole spectrum and genre that soul music has to offer
Which other DJs do you admire and why?
Always inspiring, innovative and advocates of music on air or in a club
How would you like to be remembered by a listener?
Someone that managed to make you smile and feel good about this musical madness we all love.
What do you do to relax?
I love to watch history programs, read the occasional book and enjoy great food with my better half Lorraine, and of course my ever increasing search for great music to listen and play.