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Steve Johns on Solar Radio

Steve Johns

Steve Johns presents The Outer Circle. An amalgamation of beats & grooves encompassing nu jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop & house!

Q1. What attracted you to soul music in the first place, and does this still apply today?

It was the playing of my mother’s Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in the late 1970’s & specifically MFSB’s “K-Jee” that first got my musical taste buds locked into the soul and disco sound of Philadelphia! Soul to me, whether old or new is all about the feeling and the groove behind it.

Q2. What are your top 5 favourite soul tracks?

Difficult to call, at the moment, they read like this:
Inner City Blues – The Chi-Lites
Lucky Fellow – Leroy Hutson
Can’t Hide Love – Creative Source
King Heroin – James Brown
Still In Love – Rose Royce

Q3. What are your favourite three record labels?

Blue Note
Atlantic
Motown


Q4. Who are your favourite five artists?

Marvin Gaye
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Chaka Khan
Patrice Rushen
Curtis Mayfield

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

No preference really


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

Kingston Hospital Radio (1987-90)
Festival Radio (Brighton 1991)
Starpoint Radio (1991 – 1995 broadcasting at the Southport Weekenders)

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

A deal of variation, and giving new music a deserved airing rather than playing the obvious classics.


Q8. Why would you recommend Solar to a listener?

Not a prescribed playlist in sight and musical variation

Q9. Which other DJs do you admire and why?

Gilles Peterson – The guy has always been innovative in his selection of musical styles and is never scared of pushing the musical boundaries both on radio and in clubs!
Paul Anderson – The man’s ability in mixing old disco tracks is unique and his old shows on Kiss FM both unlicensed and licensed, are legendary in my eyes!


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

For being musically diverse, open-minded, and not pigeon-holed as a “soul DJ”.

Q11. What do you do to relax?

Funnily enough, listening to music (!), a bit of running and cycling and supporting AFC Wimbledon.