Nick’s love of soul music began in the 60’s listening to Motown records which continued into the 70’s, also listening to Philadelphia, Stax & Atlantic etc. He started his DJ career in 1976 at 16 with his brother doing parties and weddings. This provided him with funds to purchase expensive US imports from various specialist record outlets around London and Essex.
At 18 he began DJing on the East End of London pub circuit, then landed his first residency at Maylands Golf Club in Essex. In between gigs Nick attended various soul nights – including The Gold Mine in Canvey Island, The Best Disco in Town and Gulliver’s in London’s West End.
His reputation grew; residencies followed at Daniels Nightclub in Hornchurch, Flappers in Hackney, The Reservation club & The Tudor Lodge wine bar in Romford, aRBeez in Ilford – including sessions at the Caister Soul Weekender, Margate Soul Festival, Salou Soul Week and The Blackpool International Soul Festival.
Nick’s radio career began when he answered an advertisement for volunteer presenters on Goodmayes Hospital Radio. Later programs at various soul music stations for Brentwood FM and early Link FM. He later joined Solar Radio presenting a late Saturday night show – often doing 4 hour slots and has remained here for over 20 years.
Nick Aravis continues to work at various soul events in and around Essex; cherishing his time at Solar Radio.
Q1. What first attracted you to Soul Music, is this relevant today?
Listening to Motown and Philly on the radio as a child and good quality vocals/instrumentation.
Q2. What are your top 5 favourite soul tracks?
I Still Love You – Roy Ayers / Carla Vaughn
Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me – Glady’s Knight and The Pips
I’ll Wait For You – The Originals
Summer Soft – Stevie Wonder
That’s Where The Happy People Go – The Trammps
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?
The Goldmine (Chris Hill and Geoff Young)
The Lyceum (Greg Edwards)
aRBeez (my most memorable residency in Ilford Essex)
Q6. What radio experience did you have before you joined Solar?
Red FM and Hospital Radio
Q7. What is/are your main criteria in choosing records for airplay?
I endeavour to cater for all tastes.
Q8. Why would you recommend Solar to a listener?
Solar Radio has a history of breaking many new tracks and continues to do so. Additionally much unheard of material.
Q9. Which other DJs do you admire and why?
Greg Edwards with his unique style and presentation and Chris Hill for wonderful memories of The Goldmine with his unique showmanship, style and presentation.
Q10. How would you like to be remembered by a listener?
Nick Aravis keeps us guessing… What’s on next?
Q11. What do you do to relax?
Listen to? Cool jazz and soul