Presented by Angus Kemp. The Essence of Soul New and From the Past. Also includes the Triple Jazz Fusion Section.
Q1. What first attracted you to Soul Music, is this relevant today?
The first soul seven inch single I bought was Candi Staton – Nights on Broadway at The time of its release. I bought it from a shop called ‘Lullaby Records’ in West London, Ealing. And after hearing it at such a young age, it created a feeling and connection. The music, harmony and greatness completely resonated with me. Hearing the ‘real sound of soul in her voice’ invigorated and inspired me to listen to more club, dance and soul music. I further bought my first twelve inch single on ‘Motown Records’, called Teena Marie – Sucker For Love, and at the time I thought it was the best and funkiest record in the world! But after hearing ‘Rick James play bass guitar on one of her follow up singles, ‘The special twelve inch version of Teena’s – I Need Your Lovin’ The Lady ‘T’ soon blew me away even more, and I was then totally in awe! Before that, I previously had avid interests in records like Rhani Harris & Flo – Six Million Steps, Mass Production – Shante, Dexter Wansel, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, George Duke, Locksmith, MFSB, ‘Kleer’ especially their ‘Winners’ Album. Others interests were the BT Express and many other groups.
Q2. What are your top 5 favourite soul tracks?
Ronnie McNeir – Keep giving me loving
Chapter 8 – How can I get next to you
Patrice Rushen – Number One
Eddie Russ – See the light
Webster Lewis – Barbara Ann
Mass Production – Shante
Q3. What are your favourite three record labels?
Blue Note Jazz
Q4. Who are your favourite five artists?
Earth, Wind & Fire
Q5. What are your top three soul clubs of all time?
The Lyceum in the Strand London – Best Disco in Town & All-nighters (1980’s)
The Royalty in Southgate – Chris Hill, Froggy, Greg Edwards, Robbie Vincent (1980’s)
Lucky’s Nightspot, Ealing – The memorable joy and atmosphere: own DJ residency (1980’s)
Q6. What radio experience did you have before you joined Solar?
I worked on numerous radio stations during the 1980’s and 1990’s, including Playback Radio in Watford, Medina FM in North West London, and I was also a co-guest presenter on a few shows on the early legendary soul radio station Horizon Radio of which I also supplied live recorded music mixes.
Q7. What is/are your main criteria in choosing records for airplay?
I feel that as a presenter it’s very essential to always think about the calibre of music that you are playing, but also take note, think and compromise with the listening audience relating with their desires as well. Depending on the time of day, music can be adapted and played to create a comfortable mood or uplifting feelings. I believe in playing quality and quantity with popularity, whether the music be new or old it’s sometimes new to the listener. I always like to combine my own personal musical choices and also generate feedback from the listening audience too! I always admire the artists that perform for the love of it…..’Sharing and doing it with passion and devotedly for the love of the music’. Naturally sometimes the rest of the success can then follow! When the sound is well tuned with high quality production, with a well composed written song and good artist, ‘Then you know you’re truly playing a super track…
Q8. Why would you recommend Solar to a listener?
I would recommend Solar to a listener if they’re looking to discover, learn and enjoy classic soul music, new and from the past and present, and to anyone who has listened to the genre of music to the present day, and also a new generation that are new to Soul, Jazz and Soulful House that are wanting to listen and learn more about the music. Solar is also one of the longest standing and established U.K based soul radio stations. The DJ’s are of good calibre as of many from the era, with a vast learned wealth of musical knowledge and inspiration, some of them have been specialist journalists and editors for ‘many many years’ also writing for magazines such as Blues and Soul, Record Mirror and also compiling charts associated with a longitude of great artists and acts. And to add to that……’I believe that many DJ’s are doing it from the heart, continuing to promote the excellence and worth of the music’, sharing consideration especially for the listeners and getting the music out there…..for the know!
Q9. Which other DJs do you admire and why?
Through history they were all pioneering DJ’s in the U.K; they led the way that helped bring soul and quality inspirational dance music where it is today. And they all shined their musical influences and made contributions universally and further afield to nourish the music market .Supplying a diverse mix of Jazz, funk, soul and real R&B. They are truly legendary inspirations to the U.K soul and dance music scene.
Greg Edwards – Listening to Greg on his pioneering show ‘soul spectrum’ during the 1980’s – 1990’s and there –on, inspired me to buy many dance and soul records, and then further CD’s, ‘A record labels dream purchaser’ especially when the listener is addicted to the music’. Greg’s energy and input connects with the listener and the level and quality of music he plays is always completely inspiring. Leading the way, ‘he is truly a DJ legend’.
Robbie Vincent – A great inspiration for his vast amount of musical knowledge, fun, witty, innovative, unique and experienced approach to the presentation of the music. Robbie inspires listeners to listen to soul music with awareness to appreciate its harmony, integrity and instrumentation.
Froggy – for his commitment to the music industry and his exceptional DJ mixing ability. After which he became one of the first DJ’s to commercially introduce dance music beat mixing, whilst playing and mixing records live on the U.K soul and dance music scene. Along with his ‘Froggy sound system & roadshow he played a varied musical taste of Jazz funk and soul.
Froggy also inspired me to start DJ’ing after hearing him beat mix records on Peter Powell’s Radio 1 summer soul show, and also Robbie Vincent’s BBC Radio London show during the early eighties. After hearing the track ‘MFSB – Mysteries of the World’, my brother picked up
a couple of BSR and Garrad Turntables, made a ‘what then, DJ console’ and then later gave it to me as a gift.
Q10. How would you like to be remembered by a listener?
I would like to be remembered as a person that is dedicated in creating interest, enthusiasm and a pleasing musical experience after anyone has listened to my show. Sharing the passion of music is rewarding. As time passes by, the music, the moments, the artists and the sounds live on in memory. ‘Music is the gift’ and the soul music community is always expanding to those who are touched and felt by it…. New music and old is being discovered all the time, when we seek, we find more and more. My conjecture is that if a song hasn’t ever been heard by the individual listener, ‘then it’s brand new, no matter what the date it was released!’ I’m always pleased to introduce and manifest my own musical awareness, knowledge, experiences and choices into the music. Playing quality and quantity from an extensive range of talented musical artists as well. Being particular and selective about the music programming within my show is something that is very important to me. Furthermore….’ if I can create good feelings for the day throughout my radio show, then all well being as a result …… I’ll go home feeling satisfied, being pleased that I have made many listeners contented’.
Q11. What do you do to relax?
I’m a trained swimmer and also when younger enjoyed practising martial arts. I enjoy health clubs, steam rooms, and relaxation therapies, also like playing musical instruments. I sometimes ‘blow my own trumpet’, but I’m also a soother for beaches, rum and cocktails, so I always relish holidays and time away