Wednesday 6 - 8am
Q1. What first attracted you to Soul Music, is this relevant today?
I am the youngest of five ( yes Mum and Dad did have a TV ) therefor I have twin sister, an older sister, and two older Brothers, plus the musical influences of my parents, at the time I didn’t realise how soulful they were, Barry White, Aretha
apart from the odd Perry Como LP and Dean Martin LP. My eldest Brother was into rock, ACDC, Jimi Hendrix and the like, my other brother liked Ian Dury, Roxy music, The Beach boys and of course Bowie, My eldest sister listened to Bob Marley, The Commodores, MFSB, War, Big Bad George Benson, The Real Thing, Rick James, Chic the list goes on, I wasn’t into the charts at all growing up, it was soul and Funk for me from a very early age, and that style of music has been with me ever since.
Q2. What are your top 5 favourite soul tracks?
Too many to mention to pick 5, but I would have to pick
1: Arthur Adams – You got the floor (must have worn it out)
2: Teena Marie – It must be Magic
You get the idea
Q3. What are your favourite three record
Motown (as it covers many artist)
Q4. Who are your favourite five artists?
Zapp and Luther V
And I will add this one as I grew up listening to him. . . . Bowie (maybe controversial)
Q5. What are your top three soul clubs of all time?
Living where I grew up, we did not have the likes of The Lyceum etc, My clubs growing up was the radio where I would hear Greg Edwards transmitting live from the Best disco in Town, In Milton Keynes we had a great night club Called The Point, I went to see many artist perform there. I even met one of the DJ’S that really influenced me, it was the legend Froggy RIP. The Point was my local in the mid to late 80’s The other clubs were rubbish, we did have some speciality nights where I could go and hear the type of dance & underground music that would get your head nodding, so a mention to Mr Eddie Richards who is still doing it today, touring worldwide.
Q6. What radio experience did you have before you joined Solar?
Having been a club DJ and mobile DJ for many many years, spinning vinyl. I know what songs work, depending on the crowd !! so, I have been comfortable with large crowds of people.
I have been involved with Solar sitting in for James Tully for over two and a Half years, and I have had many of my 20 minute mixes aired on Solar 12 or 13 years ago when Junior Giscombe had the afternoon slot so it is nice to be given the opportunity to put my stamp on a show, hopefully the listeners will enjoy my selection of music as it will cover all formats you would expect to hear on Solar, And of course do love to mix live.
Q7. What is / are your main criteria in choosing records for airplay?
Solar radio has got some very well informed and knowledgeable listeners who know their stuff. As Solar is 24 / 7. I try to choose some of the less obvious tracks you would not normally hear, and some you would. I am also a supporter of independent artists and use Solar to give them a voice and a platform to be heard.
Q8. Why would you recommend Solar to a listener?
All the Solar radio jock’s like myself are passionate about the music that is played, there is a great deal of musical knowledge within Solar, would like to add up the number of years some of these guys have under their belt. The Governor, Clive R, Bob Semple, Dug Chant, Ralph T, Angus Kemp, Gary Spence etc
To recommend Solar to a new lister I know they would be fully entertained and satisfied by the musical choices the above names above would play
The quality of output is also exceptional on whatever platform you choose to listen to Solar, and with the technology we have at our fingertips, Solar Radio has a worldwide audience.
Q9. Which other DJs do you admire and why?
Giles Peterson, Chris Forbes, Dave Pearce, Pete Tong in the early days, Loui Martin, Tony Prince and the DMC era, Some bloke called Robbie Vincent, Greg Edwards and the legendary Soul Spectrum show, The legend that is Froggy, I guess he influenced me big time, I would go to Bluebird Records in Luton to buy my choons, then nip over the road to Luton Sound and Lighting, the owner would let us play the records we had just purchased, a pair of 1210’s were always set up, and they blew me away as I only had belt driven decks at home. I ended up buying a pair of Technics SL1210’s from them over 30 years ago, cost me a thousand pounds, to put it in perspective, after passing my driving test my first car a VW Golf cost me £275, my parents thought I was crazy.
Many of the above I still have on cassette, from the last 40 years, I must have over 300 cassettes, Greg’s Soul Spectrum show, have loads of them on cassette along with Froggy. Would be great to have the time to digitize them and share the music.
Up to date of course Tony Monson, Paul Philips and all the Solar DJ’s need a mention but too many to name individually.
Q10. How would you like to be remembered by a listener?
I would like to be remembered for just being me. At the end of the day I’m not a super Star I just play other people’s music, you might get to hear some of my own creations in future shows, songs that have been written, played, and arranged by myself. Remember DJing in London many years ago opposite the Astoria and dropped one of my songs, what a great feeling that was.
Would be fantastic to be remembered by creating a song that will live on and stand the test of time.
Q11. What do you do to relax?
I have been making my own music for over 30 + years in my own studio that has expanded over the years, had a Saxophone for a few years and was learning to play it, not a neighbourly friendly instrument to learn I have been a keen Golfer for 25+ plus years, you wouldn’t think it due to my handicap still around the 18 mark, listening and finding new music and artists. Do like to cook, DIY to save ££££££ Really enjoy Mixing, finding what records blend nice together, cycling (pedal power and engine driven) I have a very powerful Suzuki, so nice to get out on that when the UK weather permits.
I have also had an allotment for 11 years
(do not tell anyone as there goes my street Credibility)
Last but not least, my three children, I guess they should be at the top but I’m not cool playing soul and Funk so there you are