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Paul Newman on Solar Radio

Paul Newman

Paul Newman

Q1. What first attracted you to Soul Music, is this relevant today?

I have always loved the feel-good factor that soul music naturally brings with it.

Being a musician myself (pianist) I especially love lush harmonious vocals and complex chord structures!

Q2. What are your top 5 favourite soul tracks?

Almost impossible! But Keni Burke – Rising To The Top, Gladys Knight – Taste Of Bitter Love, Luther Vandross – Going In Circles, Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street, Diana Ross – I’m Still Waiting (first soul record to send a shiver down my spine aged just 9)

Q3. What are your favourite three record labels?


Q4. Who are your favourite five artists?

The O’Jays
Bobby Womack
Natalie Cole
Beverly Knight

Q5. What are your top three soul clubs of all time?

Camden Jazz Café
Dover Street Wine Bar
Hideaway in Streatham

Q6. What radio experience did you have before you joined Solar?

Capital, Smooth, Southern FM, Chiltern, FOX FM, 2CR, BRMB/XTRA, Newbury & Andover Sound, Radio Seagull (AM rock on a boat!)… and a few more.

Q7. What is/are your main criteria in choosing records for airplay?

I can tell just by flicking through the intro and the middle eight if I’m going to like it or not. I leave intuition to work its magic and the mix usually works out quite nicely! (IMHO)

Q8. Why would you recommend Solar to a listener?

Absofunkinlutely! I’m already on a mission to convert the uninitiated! It’s just such a cool listen…and presented by a great bunch of professionals who really know what they’re doing! (I’ll catch up sooner or later).

Q9. Which other DJs do you admire and why?

Roger Scott for leaving the faders alone when he spoke over the music. Greg Edwards and Robbie Vincent are truly legendary soul ambassadors as is Tony Blackburn.

Q10. How would you like to be remembered by a listener?

Just to be remembered… (for the right reasons! LOL). That is all.

Q11. What do you do to relax?

Me, relax? Are you kiddin? OK, well, a nice Spa would be a good start!