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

The big ‘strings n things’ warm production sounds of the mid 70s labels such as Philly International and yes, this still applies today – warmth and melody in the music are very important also, regardless of era.

What are your top five favourite soul tracks?

Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amour
O’Jays – Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby
Trina Broussard – Sailing
Michael Henderson / Rena Scott – Take Me I’m Yours
Peabo Bryson – Words

What are your favourite three record labels?

Curtom
Capitol
Philly International

Who are your favourite five artists?

Will Downing
Jarrod Lawson
Willie Hutch
Peabo Bryson
Incognito

What are your top three soul clubs of all time?

The Howard, Lancashire
Soul Underground, Walsall
Prestwich, Manchester

What radio experience did you have before you joined Solar?

Very little really, a year or so on an internet radio station.

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

All tunes have to fit in with my Soulsorts ethos – melodic, smooth and warm whether mid tempo, uptempo or ballads – I could never play a track I didn’t fully believe in.

Why would you recommend Solar to a listener?

Overall the station has a superb musical output with many outstanding DJ’s and shows.

Which other DJs do you admire and why?

I admire any DJ whose output is based primarily around the music they play and not themselves. Djs on Solar I currently check out regularly are Shaun Louis, Richard Searling and the Soul Brother Selection.

How would you like to be remembered by a listener?

As a DJ who knew how to make a radio show flow well and whose music choices and playlists were always of consistent quality regardless of the style of music played.

What do you do to relax?

These days I watch TV series and box sets.