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The Breakfast Show - Wednesday & Thursday

Simon van Os blends Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, House and anything he can get his hands on from the 70s to now!

What are your top five favourite soul tracks?

1. Unfinished Sympathy – Massive Attack
2. Got To Give It Up – Marvin Gaye
3. Optimistic – Sounds of Blackness
4 One Nation Under a Groove – Funkadelic
5. Don’t Stop The Music – Yarbrough & Peoples

What are your favourite three record labels?

1. Def Jam
2. London
3. Sleeping Bag Records

Who are your favourite five artists?

1. Prince
2. Snoop Dogg
3. George Clinton
4. Massive Attack
5. Jill Scott

What are your top three soul clubs of all time?

I didn’t really focus on only going to clubs that played soul, so I had a bit of an eclectic taste in venues:
1. Bar Rhumba in the 90s
2. Cinderella Rockerfellas in Maidenhead in the 80s
3. The Wag in Soho
4. Buzz Bar in Soho

What radio experience did you have before you joined Solar?

Two and half years playing on a couple internet stations, Caister Soul Weekend Radio and before that I played on several pirate radio stations back in the 90s – although I’ll deny everything!

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

Does it fit the mood or programming of the show?
Do the records flow together?
Do they mix well?
Will they make the listener smile and dance?
If its a yes to all of these then it will be getting played!

Why would you recommend Solar to a listener?

Absolutely, its the perfect mix of modern and classic sounds that cover several decades of beautiful soul music. Its the best soundtrack to reminisce, dance and forget your worries.

Which other DJs do you admire and why?

I have a broad spectrum of DJs that I admire and aspire to be, here is a selection: Tony Blackburn, Kenny Everett, Terry Wogan – some of the pioneers in radio presentation.
My favourite soul DJ list is endless as I am always drawing inspiration from new and old. I am very lucky to play amongst some of the nicest, more professional and musically-aware DJs.

How would you like to be remembered by a listener?

As a DJ that plays for the people, choosing music that makes them remember great times and gets them up to have a dance. Someone who never takes himself too seriously and thrives on enjoying the music as much as they do.

What do you do to relax?

Music is my life!