Gary Taylor
Gary Taylor
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Hot Soul Sauce - A Slice of Soul, a Chunk of Funk and a sprinkling of Jazz

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

It was after being introduced to the Wonderful voice of Lou Rawls that I started to explore and fall in love with the genre, I have just more passionate as iv’e grown older

What are your top five favourite soul tracks?

Difficult one ….but my top ten as submitted to Tony for the Top 500 tracks this year.
1 Teddy Pendergrass Wake up Everybody 2 David Ruffin Walk Away From Love 3 Gwen Mcrae I Can only think of you/90% of me is you 4 The Jones Girls This Feelings Killing Me 5 Bobby Womack How Could You Break My Heart 6 Grover Washington Jr Saulsalito 7 Sunburst Band Everyday 8 Phyllis Hyman You Know How to Love Me 9 Kenni Burke Let someone Love You 10 Barkays Listen to Your Heart

What are your favourite three record labels

Philadephia, TK and Kent

Who are your favourite five artists

Lou Rawls, Johnie Taylor, Grover Washington, Gary Taylor and Kenni Burke.

What are your top three soul clubs of all time?

Easy one for me as I grew up with and attended Lacey Lady, Goldmine and The Royalty on a regular basis.

What radio experience did you have before you joined Solar

I had many residencies of both large and small venues before joining Solar the 1st time around.

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

A ‘feeling’ and the wish to explore all avenues of this wonderful music whether it be on the deeper or jazzier side.

Why would you recommend Solar to a listener

Simply the best in terms of musical choice and presenters.

Which other DJs do you admire and why

Tony is a Legend, Shaun Louis, Dug Chant, Gary Dennis (Old school friend), Sir Richard Searling and Dr Bob Jones.

How would you like to be remembered by a listener

Playing quality Soul and Jazz but not necessarily the obvious choices.

What do you do to relax

I live in a farmhouse so takes a lot of upkeep in between attending a huge number of live gigs and events.