Thursday & Saturday: 10pm to 12am
Upbeat sounds including soulful garage and boogie classics.
Paul Phillips Soulful Grooves radio show Showcasing, Supporting and Promoting New Music. The show is broadcast weekly on Solar Radio across the UK via the Sky Channel 0129 (free to air / no subscription necessary to listen to Solar Radio and available in 11 million homes in the UK) and worldwide online at www.solarradio.com.
The show features the very best in new Contemporary Soul, RnB, Soulful and Deep House releases mixed with classic and lesser known Soul, Funk, Disco, Boogie and Jazz Fusion from the 70s to the present day. More info, playlists and previous show podcasts can be found at soulfulgrooves.com.
Paul Phillips love of soul music began in 1978 with the discovery of radio shows such as Greg Edwards and Mike Allen (Capital Radio), Robbie Vincent (Radio London) and the original soul pirate Radio Invicta.
During the early 80s more and more pirate stations started to appear on London’s airwaves playing soul funk and Jazz. JFM, Horizon, LWR and Solar while DJs such as Phil Allen continued on Capital Radio. It was at this point that Paul started to take his record collecting more seriously.
In 1982 he decided to start his own pirate radio station and although only small it attracted a cult following around south east London until in 1985 the DTI raided and confiscated the transmitter and studio equipment.
Q1. What first attracted you to Soul Music, is this relevant today?
In the late 70s discovering Greg Edwards on Capital Radio, Robbie Vincent on Radio London and the London soul pirate radio station Radio Invicta. The music I heard from these shows just sounded far superior to anything in the pop charts at the time and from then on I was hooked.
Q2. What are your top 5 favourite soul tracks?
70s Beloyd – Today All Day
80s Aretha Franklin – (It’s Just) Your Love
90s Mint Condition – Pretty Brown Eyes
2ks Satya Project – Karma Wheel
2010 Daniel Moore – Halfway Love
Q3. What are your favourite three record labels?
Q4. Who are your favourite five artists?
Masters at Work
Earth Wind and Fire
The Jones Girls
Q5. What are your top three soul clubs of all time?
Once you have been to Southport nothing else compares when it comes to the atmosphere, variety of music to be heard and dj’s, live acts to be seen.
Q6. What radio experience did you have before you joined Solar?
My first venture into radio was in the early 80s when I had my own FM pirate station which although only small was great fun. In 1986 I became involved in a London pirate station called Starpoint FM where I presented shows up until its closure at the end of 1990.
Q7. What is/are your main criteria in choosing records for airplay?
As long as it is a good song regardless of style, tempo or era I will try and work it into a show.
Q8. Why would you recommend Solar to a listener?
It is a one stop shop for any soul music fan. During a typical there will be a show to cater for just abouts anyone who loves soul music.
Q9. Which other DJs do you admire and why?
Bobby & Steve. Paul Anderson, I loved the Kiss FM shows presented by Bobby and Steve and the way they would create a great feel good party atmosphere on the radio mixing up the soulful house, disco and 80s club tracks with a lively style of presentation.
Q10. How would you like to be remembered by a listener?
A vinyl junkie.
Q11. What do you do to relax?
Surfing (the net that is).