James Tully
James Tully
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Soul Excursion

An eclectic mix of soul, funk, hip hop and jazzy beats. Join James Tully on a musical journey every Monday from 10pm – Midnight

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

I remember my first soul album, it was a compilation album called Moonlighting. It was the start of a deeper love for Soul which has grown over the years.

What are your top five favourite soul tracks?

Kenny Thomas – Outstanding
Zapp – I want to be your man
Soul to Soul – Jazzies Groove
Brand new Heavies – Shelter
Johnny Gill – There you go

What are your favourite three record labels

Expansion Records
Ninja Tunes
Columbia Records

Who are your favourite five artists

Tower of Power
Stevie Wonder
Otis reading

What are your top three soul clubs of all time?

Jazz Café
Ronnie Scotts
Solar boat party! (if that counts)

What radio experience did you have before you joined Solar

I used to DJ at parties but never on radio!!! I was on the stage and TV a few times but music is where my passion lies.

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

I have a very eclectic taste but all based around soul, funk , jazzy beats and hip hop, old and new.

Why would you recommend Solar to a listener

It’s simply the best soul station, its not dictated to by commercialism, its a station with freedom and excellent DJ’s who are passionate about what they do. It’s not just a station, its a way of life! It has a real soul community spirit.

Which other DJs do you admire and why

Tony Monson because he is a true legend and has been a real musical influence for me. I also admire Gary Spence and Richard Marzetti for their first class interviewing skills.

How would you like to be remembered by a listener

Because I gave them 2 hours of unforgettable music and of course my irresistible dulcet tones.

What do you do to relax

I’m a plumber by day so when I get home I love to sit and relax with my family, put together playlists and listen to Solar while drinking a nice cold beer, that’s my perfect evening.