Geoffrey Bingham
Geoffrey Bingham
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Geoffrey Bingham presents 3 hours of smooth soulful grooves from the 70’s to the present day

Geoffrey Bingham presents 3 hours of smooth soulful grooves from the 70’s to the present day

What attracted you to soul music in the first place, and does this still apply today?

In the mid-70’s my elder brother stopped listening to rock music and started playing soul music. Instead of hearing Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath the house was suddenly filled with the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Barry White and Earth Wind & Fire. My initial reaction was “this is nice music” and it all started there and then. Soon afterwards I discovered specialist radio shows playing artists that I’d never heard of and then the flood gates really opened.  My appetite for soul music is totally undiminished to this day and as I grow older gets more voracious year on year!

What are your top five favorite soul tracks?

I’m not really one of those people that compiles lists, charts or favourites. I think it’s a futile exercise as I would find it virtually impossible to list less than 50 favourite soul tracks of all time but if I had to pick 5 tracks that have touched me in a special way or at a particular moment in time been more poignant than others it would probably be something like this:

Keni Burke – Gotta Find My Way Back In Your Heart

Luther Vandross – Make Me A Believer

Gene Dunlap – Before You Break My Heart

The McCrary’s – Love On A Summer Night

Zingara – Love’s Callin

What are your favourite three record label?

Another one of those tricky favourite questions where the first three that enter my head without having to think too hard are Motown, Capitol & Expansion

Who are your favourite five artists?

Can I have some easier questions?

As it’s impossible to answer and without being obscure or dropping into connoisseur mode here’s a basic “starter for 10”:

Luther Vandross, Jeffrey Osborne, Anita Baker, Phyllis Hyman, Maze

What are your top three soul clubs of all time?

Clubbing wasn’t something I did a great deal of during my formative years but whenever I did venture out it was usually in the direction of Flicks in Dartford so that venue gets my vote

What radio experience did you have before you joined Solar?

My radio journey started in May 2000 at the launch of the Early in 2002 I left to join Solar and haven’t “strayed” anywhere else in the meantime

What is/are your main criteria in choosing records for airplay?

That’s very simple. Regardless of decade or style, as soon as I play a track it has to generate the following response from within, “oh that’s very nice, I’ll play that on my next show”

Why would you recommend Solar to a listener?

During my own shows I often say “Solar Radio, where there’s something for everyone”. There are approximately 75 DJ’s on the Solar roster. The breadth and depth of knowledge along with their respective collections is simply amazing. For anyone that is remotely interested in MOBO, there is something for everyone spread across 5 decades of soul and jazz

Which other DJs do you admire and why?

There are many DJ’s over the years on various stations that I have admired and enjoyed listening to. The ones that I have admired the most are those that have drawn me into their shows and managed to retain my attention (which is a difficult thing to achieve!) through their level of professionalism behind the microphone and the way they have influenced my own collection. During the late 1970’s and 1980’s it was undoubtedly Robbie Vincent and Jeff Young on Radio London along with Phil Allen on Capital Radio. In the 90’s when Kiss FM was a soul station for a few years Tony Monson’s shows were essential listening. Steve Hobbs & Dave Gregory on Jazz FM, JFM, or whatever the name of the day was, were a magnet for me. In more recent times it would have to be Richard Searling and Ralph Tee. There are others of course and the list would go on and on but the aforementioned DJ’s are the ones that immediately leapt to the front of my mind

How would you like to be remembered by a listener?

As someone who consistently puts together a show worth listening to and who can retain a listener for the duration of the show.

What do you do to relax?

Listen to music, find music, buy music, so on and so forth!