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- Found You ft Taliwa
- Lake By The Ocean
- Let Me Love You
- Turn Up ft Nathan Adams
- Colours of Love ft Portia Monique
- Shake Your Body Down
- I Want You
- Seein You - Richard Earnshaw Mix
Where Were YouJahmiel
Under The InfluenceChris Martin
You Make Me So HappyLittle Roy
SOUL FEEDER SHOW
DR BOB JONES
THE COSMIC JAM
GROWN N SEXY
BIG R&B SHOW
ITS A MONDAY THING
THE LOVE SHAQ
SIMPLY SALACIOUS DANCE PARTY
GHETTO HEAVEN SHOW
THE REGGAE ROCK
IN THE MIX
JUMPIN JACK FROST
DRUM & BASS SHOW
LIQUID SESSION MASTERMIX
CATCH A GROOVE
JUMPIN JACK FROST
OFFICIAL DRUM & BASS SHOW
ALL THINGS HOUSE
PURE BEATS & VIBES
CRAIG WILLIAMS in for Calvin Francis
DECADES OF SOUL
CATCH A GROOVE
TUTU @ 2
REGGAE CHART SHOW
PURE BEATS & VIBES
PAUL 'TROUBLE' ANDERSON
A-Z OF MI-SOUL MUSIC
NEIL PIERCE & ZIGGY FUNK
RHEMI MUSIC SHOW
Gordon Mac (known as the Godfather of Dance Music) is a highly innovative and successful entrepreneur. He carved out his career as the first person to succeed in taking a pirate radio station to legalisation in the UK, the youngest ever Managing Director of a radio station and renound for creating the Kiss FM brand.
Having begun his career as a DJ at the age of 12, Gordon cut his teeth working youth clubs, pubs, discos, Bar Mitzvah’s and even a wake! In the early 80’s Gordon presented the Drive time Show on pirate radio station JFM across London, until in 1985 when he set up pirate radio station Kiss FM, with George Power, Tosca and Pyers Easton.
Kiss FM was set up as a pirate station specifically to reflect the new dance culture among young people. Gordon and his team lobbied the Radio Authority and government to legalise the station and finally, in 1988, three licences became available. To obtain a licence, Gordon had to raise £3.5m, which he did by securing investors including EMAP plc, Virgin, Centurian Press, Cradley Print, Gordon himself and Kiss staff. Finally, in December 1989 he won an ILR (Independent Local Radio) licence to broadcast Kiss FM legitimately in London.
Kiss FM was successfully launched in September 1990 as Britain’s first dance music station, quickly establishing itself as an essential part of London’s music scene.
From November 1985 to November 1997 he was not only Managing Director of the station but also masterminded the establishment of the Kiss network, franchising Kiss 102 in Manchester and Kiss 105 in Yorkshire. Kiss FM London set itself a target of 1million listeners per week, which was achieved by year two and made Kiss the most successful new radio station.
Gordon also devised Kiss TV which broadcast for an hour nightly, for nearly three years on satellite and cable television. With an ever growing number of viewers, it soon hit 2nd place behind MTV, which expanded the Kiss brand to a national audience.
In November 1997, when Gordon left Kiss FM, EMAP, who by this time had taken complete control of all shares, valued the company at £40m.
In 1998 The Radio Academy awarded Gordon the ‘John Peel Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio’ where he joined a long line of successors such as John Peel, Kenny Everett, Richard Park and Chris Tarrant to name but a few.
Since leaving Kiss, Gordon hosted a weekly radio show on Choice Fm and still draws in huge crowds at venues across the UK as a guest DJ.
November 2002 saw Gordon realize another of his dream’s, by setting up Z Bar and Restaurant, which served the best Caribbean food, boasted a top urban DJ line up and became renound for its music, food and stylish decor.
In July of 2008 Gordon was approached by Colourful radio to join them as Station Manger, which he did, creating a superb specialist DJ line up and implementing the music policy.
Once Gordon had achieved as much as he could with Colourful radio, he felt it was time to create a radio station and lifestyle website that reflects the needs of music connoisseurs. Mi-Soul, his latest venture is the destination for everything Soulful, including Soul, House, Reggae, RnB, Hip hop, Jazz and even Jungle and Drum and Bass. An environment in which people sharing a love of soulful music can listen connect and interact with an A-List team of DJ’s who respect the past, present and future of our music. The key team behind it also helped launch Kiss100FM, one of the most successful and enduring media brands in the UK.
Ronnie Herel DJ Radio Broadcaster Producer
Ronnie Herel is a true ambassador of Urban Music so it was no surprise when Radio 1’s sister station BBC 1Xtra, snapped him up as one of their first DJ signings. Formerly presenting their specialist slot ‘The BBC Radio 1Xtra R&B Show’ Mondays 10pm -1am & ‘The BBC Radio 1Xtra Showcase on BBC Radio 1, Sundays 3am - 5am (Saturday nights)
Ronnie has decided it is now time to move on after 10 years at the BBC.
Ronnie truly loved playing his mix of urban music to a national and international audience and parted company with BBC radio 1xtra being the most listened to DJ via the 1Xtra website.
For his specialist show he interviewed some of the greats in the world of music from Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu, Mariah Carey, Dizzee Rascal, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Estelle, JLS, Alicia Keys to name but a few, along with supporting new talent, giving them the opportunity to receive a greater audience.
With a broadcast career spanning many years, George Kay has been synonymous with urban music, artists and music in general for most of that time.
George started his career at the BBC working at Radio London, Radio Bedfordshire and GLR, and honestly believes he received the best training available for radio.
He decided to leave college and pursue what he really wanted to do. He knocked on the door of BBC Radio London, asked for a job, and he found himself working on the Dave Pearce show and subsequently working on the Robbie Vincent talk show and the Tony Williams reggae show and then moving onto producing Gary Crowley and Gilles Peterson on Radio London’s Nite FM service. Within one year of doing this George was offered his own show on a Friday Night.
In the short period of time whilst at Radio London, George found himself working with various Hip Hop Legends including Public Enemy, LL Cool J, KRS 1, Big Daddy Kane, and many more. He would regularly record sessions and interviews with them, and also co- host sell out concerts featuring many breakout American acts on stage.
It was the above experience and achievements that led to the management of the newly formed Choice FM to contact him and offer him the Drivetime show. Without hesitation George accepted the offer and helped launch the brand new urban station for London.
Whilst at Choice FM, George also hosted the Saturday Morning Zoo show with co-presenter Daddy Ernie. Incidentally, the Morning Zoo show consistently achieved the highest listening figures on Choice FM to date.
George has regularly presented shows from the UK and around the world, including: Live from The 2007 Carling Cup final in Cardiff, The 2006 Champions League Final in Paris, The 2003 MTV EMA’s in Edinburgh, The 2006 World music awards in London, The 2003 Grammy awards in Los Angeles, The 2000 MOBO Awards launch in Las Vegas, The New Music seminar in New York, The 1994 Caribbean Music festival in the Bahamas, The 2004 ST Lucia Jazz Festival, The 2003 Barbados Jazz Festival, The 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and many more including shows from Portugal and the 2003 and 2004 National snowboarding championships in Andorra.
Over the years at Choice, It would be fair and factual to say that George was influential in breaking many acts in the UK and helping to stage live events and concerts for many of the RnB and Hip Hop acts around today, including Boys to Men, Jodeci, Usher, Aaliyah, Mary J Blige, R.Kelly, Guy, Blackstreet and more recently Mario, Ciara, Trey Songz, Neyo, Ray J, Chris Brown, Bow Wow, Omarion, Chingy......the list is endless.
In fact, the above is an achievement he never boasts about.
Whilst hosting Drivetime and more recently the weekday Morning show and the Sunday Morning show on the Choice FM network, George regularly interviewed some of the biggest names in music and entertainment, such as Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Halle Berry, Eva Mendez, Vin Diesel, Terrance Howard Usher, Neyo, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, again the list is endless.
As well as hosting his daily show on Choice, he also sat on the stations music panel as joint head of music, using his vast knowledge of music to help shape the station sound. George was also part of the team in the mid 90’s which launched Choice FM Birmingham, later to be sold and re-branded Galaxy Birmingham.
Again, it is fair and factual to say that George has not only helped to introduce and break many acts to the UK, but has also been responsible, together with others, in guiding Choice FM throughout the years. It was George who persuaded the Choice management to have a Hip Hop show, and found its presenter DJ 279, who continues to host the show today. He also persuaded the management to have a co-hosted weekday breakfast show, which in no time became very popular amongst the stations listeners.
It was George who introduced the ‘Continuous jams’ format to Choice in the 1990’s, using thirty minute music sweeps with presenter led personality in each hour throughout the day and night. This format soon gave the station its highest listening hour’s, which still haven’t been matched to this day.
In 2008 and 2009, George hosted a 2 hour weekly entertainment/gossip show on Friday’s 11am -1pm on Ram FM based in Ramallah, which at the time would broadcast to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and the coastal areas of Israel. Throughout the late 90’s, for eight years, George presented a weekly show on J-Wave 81.3 in Tokyo, where he built up a vast cult following of locals who loved listening to ‘UK radio’, and in 1996 to 1997, hosted a regular show on Kiss FM in the Algarve Portugal, helping the station to reach its potential with holiday makers and ex pats from the UK. George has also used his skills at New York’s 107.5 WBLS, where he worked with the legendary Frankie Crocker, and was an entertainment reporter for the Lilal radio network in Los Angeles. In 2001 through to 2002 George regularly presented weekend shows on Brighton’s Juice FM.
His popularity has led him to being a five time nominee at the UK MOBO awards in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, won Best Radio presenter at the Channel Five Urban music awards in 2000, given the Contribution to music award at the 2000 Garage Music awards, and was part of the Choice FM team to win a Sony Bronze Award for the stations Peace on the streets initiative.
In 2000, 2001 and 2002, he was voted MVP (most valuable presenter) at Choice FM, in an on-line listener poll.
After many years at Choice FM, George felt he had achieved all that he wanted. From launching the UK’s first urban radio station to broadcasting his shows from various locations around the world, and working with some of the biggest names in RnB and Hip Hop it was time for him to take on a new challenge.
In April 2011 George left Choice FM to pursue some TV opportunities with Evo arts and also join the UKRD group which is the UK’s fourth largest radio group to host the weekend Breakfast show on Mix 96 in Aylesbury. He has presented for Tindle Radio’s Kestrel FM across Hampshire and Surrey, as well as hosting the Saturday drive show across Celador radio’s Breeze network and has also hosted Drivetime on Celador radio’s Andover and Newbury sound.
George is now presenting and involved with new radio station Mi-Soul. The station will be launching on DAB digital radio very soon. He’ll be working with Gordon Mac the former founder of Kiss FM.
George has also presented for TV music channel MTV Base, hosting one of their shows DJ Takeover, he has presented a paranormal investigative show The Realm Memoires, was featured on the ITV 1 show Poor little rich girls coaching one of the girls on the show to be a DJ. As well as this, George has been a regular contributor for BBC 1, MTV 1, MTV Base, TWI, SKY 1 and SKY News, as well as BET and ESPN in the USA and JVC TV in Japan. Together with Evo arts, George is currently developing various TV programmes including two documentaries about music and radio.
George Kay has been actively involved in the promotion of many acts from the USA. He was the first person to fly Usher into the UK, he was responsible for Boys To Men’s first performance in the UK, and was also instrumental in breaking US super group Jodeci to a UK audience. Not to mention the input he has had with acts such as Mary J Blige, Aaliyah, Brownstone, Guy, Blackstreet, CE CE Peniston and R.Kelly. In 1994 George was the official tour mc for Jodeci, visiting Paris, Rotterdam, Berlin, Birmingham, Leeds and London. He has also been the official tour mc for R.Kelly, Sounds of Blackness, Boys to Men, Usher and many more.
Whilst at Choice FM, George was solely responsible for securing performances from US R&B and Hip Hop acts Ciara, Houston, Bow Wow, Chingy, Bobby Valentino, Frankie J, Neyo, Rupee, Joe, Cassidy, Mario, Chris Brown and Ray J.
In 1995 through to 2005, George ran and promoted Yum Yum, a weekly Tuesday night event in central London which was regularly broadcast live on Choice FM. Here he hosted celebrity parties for the likes of: P.Diddy, Usher, Dr Dre, R.Kelly, Biggie, Blackstreet, Horace Brown, Jodeci, Dru Hill, Zhane and many more. George has also hosted many celebrity and record company parties including, club nights in New York, Portugal and Dubai.
During his career George has also worked in the recording studio, re-mixing tracks for US acts R.Kelly, Stevie Wonder, Babyface, Heavy D and Lakiesha Berry, and also UK act Benz.
George has also presented and produced many special shows for radio at the request of artists, including one on one in depth interviews with Mariah Carey, Jill Scott, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, P.Diddy, R.Kelly in Washington DC, Jodeci in New York, and TLC in Atlanta. He has also recorded specials with Brandy in Jamaica, Ashanti, Babyface and Joe in St Lucia.
When not broadcasting, George can take on many production rolls including, station event management, the making of station promo’s and imaging, script writing and recording of commercials and is fluent in Adobe Audition (cool edit pro.)
George Kay’s abilities extend to finding and nurturing new talent. Whether it be new radio talent, or new recording talent, George can spot something worth having and working with. In the mid 90’s George opened and launched an in house radio station at Feltham young offenders’ institute, helping teenagers focus their attention on radio and media and away from crime, he was also part of the team instrumental in launching a North London RSL (restricted service license) which eventually became Choice 107.1FM, and is now part of the Choice Network.
As well as presenting various outside broadcasts, he has also engineered many. Setting up broadcast lines in the USA, Europe and the Caribbean, setting up broadcast equipment, including mixers, play out systems and audio codec’s, as well as producing and driving outside broadcasts at the stations studio’s in central London.
In 2004, George was a judge for a UK wide talent search competition ‘Live the dream’. George toured the UK with former dance artist and A&R man Danny D, former head of urban music at MCA/Universal Adrian Sykes, and one of the UK’s top producers Tim Blacksmith, whose production credits include: Joe, Neyo, Lionel Ritchie, Beyonce Knowles, Rihanna, Paula Deanda, Craig David and Mario.
DJ, radio presenter by trade Schooly has recently set up and managed his own production company using his Soulful Session Monika to a string of successful hits including “Hostile Takeover” and more recently “Thankful” which gained heavy rotation with us here on MiSoul.
As if that wasn’t enough, Schooly has just been voted no.20 in this year Traxsource 100 Soulful House producers of 2015.
Having built a media career over 25 years in the UK and Dubai; he’s now set to return home to use his wealth of knowledge pursue a career in teaching/mentoring the next media generation.
D-Malice is an exceptional talent and ambassador of the ever evoling music
scene. With many strings attached to his bow, the UK based DJ/Producer began DJ’ing at the tender age of 13, heavily influenced by the Old School Garage sound. Not restricted to one genre he tried his hand at Reggae, Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Motown and other genres of the world, before finding his real passion for House. At the age of 17 he begun producing, mainly Hip-Hop drawing influence from producers such as Pete Rock, J-Dilla, Madlib, MF Doom just to name a few. But the passion for House music took over and so the journey begun for this talented producer.
From listening to great producers like Masters At Work, Basement Boys, Dajae, Kerri Chandler, Louie Vega, Kenny Dope, Dennis Ferrer, DJ Gregory, DJ Spen, Karizma, Atjazz tearing up the dance floors world wide, Malice took this sound and formed it into his own and in mid 2007 one of the biggest tracks “Gabryelle Re-Edit” hit the UK House scene, which became a big success in clubs, radio stations across the globe.
In 2010 Malice had his first major single “Poison” released on Defected Records, which featured amazing vocals by Rebecca Knight. From then on D-Malice has had releases on other leading labels, such as Soul Candi (SA), Offering Recordings, Adaptation, Seasons, Hed Kandi to name a few.
Not forgetting he is also a DJ and owner of label DM.Recordings. You can catch him headlining at major events across the world, Malice provides high energy and inspirational sets and never fails to deliver an electric atmosphere.
All eyes are defiantly on this talented artist
Dave grew up in West London. He went to school in Ladbroke Grove. He started his career by accident as he had a knack of remembering information about artists and their records after listening to other DJs on their shows and in clubs. His understanding of which producers created which styles and sounds earned him a lot of respect and led him to start DJ’ing. This knowledge along with his record collection meant he was asked to play at friends’ parties which led onto clubs and then came radio. Dave became known as Dave VJ due to his huge collection of 40,000 records (Dave the Vinyl Junkie).
1979 Dave had his first experience of working as a club DJ at The White Hart in Willesden.
1981 Dave got his first real job in the music industry. He worked for a company called Lightning records
as a dinker (hole puncher in 7” records)
1982 Dave joined the Mastermind Sound System where he discovered Hip Hop from the unlikely
source of Paul Oakenfold. They became Ghetto Celebrities and were renowned for their Notting Hill Carnival sets. They met Morgan Khan who owned Street Sounds and were asked to work on mixing some of the Street Sounds compilation albums.
1983 He had his first taste of radio when he joined Radio Invicta and Solar Radio with Mastermind. He left
Lightning Records and went to work for Arawak Records.
1984 Went back to Lightning as the 12” music buyer.
Left Mastermind and formed the Hardrock Soul Movement with Max LX
1985 Joined pirate Kiss FM (7th October) with Max LX
Had a residency DJ’ing in Belgium and Guernsey
Signed to Elite Records with Max LX and made “Do It Anyway You Wanna”
1986 Released “The Beat is Mine” and “Double Def Fresh” for Elite Records
Signed to Streetwave Records and made a single called “Funky Groove” featuring Arika Afrika Baambaata
1987 Made “Eloisa is a Skeezer” for Serious Records.
1988 Kiss turned off Dec 31st We reapplied and won our London wide licence in Dec
1989 Made “Just You Way You Like It” for Dancemode Records.
Kiss FM went off air in a bid to got a legal licence.
1990 Kiss FM started to legally broadcast from September the 1st .Dave did the rap show with Max LX for 7 years. This gave Dave the chance to play at concerts including Joe, Destiny’s Child, Rakim, Fugees, and Eminem etc.
1995 Started the early morning breakfast show on his own as well still presenting the rap show with Max.
1997 Also given the opportunity to present the Saturday morning Kiss Top 40 countdown show.
Dave earned an award for the best TV interview on Kiss TV interviewing Busta Rhymes and Flip Mode at Notting Hill Carnival.
1998 Dave left Kiss FM after a major reorganisation and he and Max LX parted company.
1999 Started work for Morgan Khan as head of A&R and signed D’Bora.
2000 Dave joined www.peoplesound.com" www.peoplesound.com as Head of A&R for hip hop and RnB, identifying new acts and putting them in touch with record companies which led to publishing deals. The first person he put in the studio was the UK’s very own Estelle. He also worked on the soundtrack for the film Dog Eat Dog.
2001 Joined Choice FM – did the lunchtime show on 96.9 for 4 years
2004 Dave had the opportunity to DJ at a gig in Kampala, Uganda. He taught local Students broadcasting
and DJ skills there facilitated by the British Council.
Worked for Point Blank Music School teaching DJ skills to young people in London.
2005 After a buy out at Choice by the Capital Radio Group Dave took over the lunchtime show from 1pm– 4pm on both networks as well as the Old Skool Show on Sunday afternoons from 3pm–6pm.
2008 Dave moved to the Choice Classics show on Sunday mornings from 12am-3am.
He began a stint on Colourful Radio on Saturday afternoons 3pm-6pm which lead to him earning the award of Listeners Favourite Presenter 2008.
Dave started the “Grown & Sexy” brand putting on nights playing old skool for a mature crowd.
2010 Dave began tutoring at Stanmore College passing on his knowledge as a broadcaster and DJ.
2011 Dave now has an ever growing work load on the radio and in the clubs
2012 The G & S Brand Successfully does 3 parties in Antigua along with Dave doing other UK rotational residencies in London (We Love Soul and Move on Up)
2013 The release of The Masters Of the Airwaves: The Rise and Rise of Underground Radio a book written by Dave and Lindsay Wesker which documents lots of well known music industry people along with enthusiast about their radio experiences from the early days of pirate radio to present day
Radio in UK
Mi- Soul 5-7pm Mondays
Radio in Antigua
Nice FM 104.3 Fridays 4-6pm
Dave successfully started the “Grown & Sexy” brand in 2008 and then toured with and 2011 they went international to Antigua where at the finale over 400 partied to Dave and his distinctive DJing style. Now they get ready to do it all over again in 2013 for the 3rd year
Melvo is the part of the new generaion of soul brothers at Mi Soul. Joining the family late 2012, his Monday night eclectic show has been cemented in many people’s diaries.
He has been a resident DJ for Norman Jay’s Good Times sound system for many years, mixing numerous styles and genres from house, hip hop, neo soul, funk, rare groove, jazz, you name it. He has been fortunate enough to play at some of the best venues the UK has to offer, including a regular slot on the Good Times Bus at Notting Hill Carnival.
Alongside cousin Russ Jay, they DJ & produce together under the name LoudMinorityDJs. They have had some solid releases on reputable house labels, including Killax Records. The boys hold residencies all across London, their distinct style of deep, melodic and soulful house music is very much in demand.
DJ Stretch Taylor is a club & radio DJ, journalist, remixer & promoter with over 20 years experience.
He currently presents the Ghetto Heaven Show on Mi-Soul Radio on Tuesdays 9pm-11pm. Stretch has previously been on the airwaves on other stations including Stomp Radio, Colourful Radio, Soul24-7, Flames FM & Essex FM.
Over the last 5 years he has interviewed over 100 artists on his show including the late Teena Marie, Roy Ayers, Leon Ware, Melba Moore, Teddy Riley & Blackstreet, Guy, Charlie Wilson, Eric Benet, Leroy Burgess, Jazzy Jeff, Guru & Beverley Knight.
Commercial highlights of his career include making the official mix CD for Missy Elliott’s multi-platinum selling album ‘Miss E So Addictive’ for Warner Bros and being the DJ at Pharrell Williams’ & Snoop Doggs’ photographic exhibition in London.
He’s been a DJ at high profile events at Pacha & Privilege in Ibiza, Ministry Of Sound, TwiceAsNice, MOBO Awards afterparty, Cookies&Cream, Cafe De Paris & Notting Hill Carnival, plus abroad in Ayia Napa, Dubai, Greece & Spain.
Stretch is a regular fixture at events at both the O2 Millennium Dome & Jazz Cafe, and has been booked to DJ at many concerts over the years including Blackstreet, Shalamar, En Vogue, Archie Bell & The Drells, Steve Arrington, Leroy Hutson, Joyce Sims, Rahsaan Patterson, Mica Paris, Lalah Hathaway & Kindred The Family Soul, and has also deejayed at album launch events for Usher, Kelis, Faith Evans, Beenie Man & Wu-Tang Clan.
Stretch is a mainstay on the soul music circuit, having played at the Southport Weekender, Bournemouth Soul Weekender, Soul Village Weekender, Salou Soul Weekender in Spain, Ibiza Soul Week, Caister Soul Weekender, Hayling Island Weekender, TMF Festival & Clacton Soul Weekender.
He has worked on many remixes & productions, including co-producing the R&B hit ‘Now That Were Together’ for Vicki Young on Dome Records and remixes for Kool G Rap and DJ Muggs from Cypress Hill. A decade ago he worked for East West/Atlantic/Warner Music, helping promote the international artists on their roster such as Sean Paul, Missy Elliott, Brandy, Fat Joe & Tweet. During his time there he mixed & produced the ‘Urban Flavas’ mix compilation album for Warner Music.
He’s been co-promoting the legendary ‘Boating Club’ soul cruises since 1995 and was a music journalist for soul music bible Blues&Soul Magazine for over 10 years compiling the Floorfillers Chart & a club column.
Stretch is also involved with charity events, promoting and DJ’ing at numerous gigs to raise money for good causes.
Music is in the blood and Stretch’s father was lead singer of a successful band called The Gentry who supported legendary supergroup The Who on tour in the swinging 60′s.
Lawrence “Kid” Batchelor’s work throughout the 1980s and 1990s as a professional DJ saw him present radio shows on several stations including work for the BBC. This culminated in his role as a Creative Director at the launch of superclub Fabric in 1999.
Kid immediately embraces any opportunity to combine his creative experience with his passion for the learning and professional development of young people. Kid has spent the last 10 years of his careerfocussed on the teaching and coaching of young people: both as a school Learning Mentor and a UEFA Hat-trick Officer. Kid’s career to date is impressive in its breadth and adaptability, and he has applied his experience and creativity within the radio industry in both the UK and overseas in Italy: the diversity of his career leaves him able to relate to all demographic groups in his presenting work.
KEITH LAWRENCE BIO.
Keith Lawrence is a musically versatile DJ with over 30 years DJ-ing experience playing Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop, Boogie,Disco and Reggae & anything else with SOUL. Whether it's Jay-Z's after party, DJing @ Musiq Soulchild, Average white band, Maceo Parker or Kurtis Blow/Furious 5 concerts. Or supplying riddims for Black Twang, Rodney-P, Tenor Fly & Daddy Freddy to spit over in the clubs Hip-Hop/Dancehall style. His career has seen him DJ alongside the likes of Norman Jay M.B.E to King Tubby’s Soundsystem. Keith delivers for whatever arena it may be & deliver he does!
His love of Black music was instilled in him at five years old when his father, a sound system operator himself (JIM DADDY soundsystem in the 60’s then V ROCKET in the 70’s),bought him a record player and gave him a bunch of Reggae 45's. From that moment, the Reggae music bug had bitten him.He was & still is hooked!
Keith started his DJ career in 1985 whilst still in school with a soul sound system called 'Magic Touch' from South London.He was brought in as the 'Reggae man' but playing the Soul, Boogie and Hip-Hop in the house parties of the time led to those genres having an everlasting effect on him just like Reggae.
He began his 'community radio presentation' in 1989 with FAZE 1 FM, the same station that spawned a young Fabio & Grooverider. The station folded not too long after he joined so Keith joined POWERJAM FM in 1990 and was there until 2000.From 2000 to 2007 he moved to BASSLINE FM.
At this point, Keith started to work in various Record Shops around London which led to over a period of FIFTEEN Years. Shops like Our Price, Red Records, Unity, Wyld Pytch, Major Flavas, & Dub Vendor.
During the EIGHTEEN years on community radio, Keith always played an ALTERNATIVE selection of Soul, Funk, R&B and Hip-Hop, especially UK Hip-Hop. Because of this, Keith garnered respect and made links with the artists from the UK Hip-Hop scene which thus gave him the drive to co- release THE BUSSIN’ TRUE EP in 2002, & subsequently set up his own record label in 2003 MUZIK-ED RECORDINGS.
It also gave him the chance to put his two main musical influences Reggae and Hip-Hop into his production work. Since Keith started in production, it has led him to work with a diverse array of artists like Maxi Jazz (Faithless), veteran reggae singer the late Jnr Delgado, Jerry Dammers (The Specials) Keith Leblanc (Drummer of Sugarhill gang),Rodney-P, TY, Daz-I-Kue (Bugz in the attic),Spacek, Andy Smith,,Helen Rogers and more.
His DJ skills has carried him around the world. Paris ,Barcelona, Oslo ,Austria, Dublin, Estonia,Montenegro, Berlin, and more…
Keith was nominated for ‘Best Underground Hip-Hop radio Presenter’ in the 2002
UK Hip-Hop awards.
Also nominated for ’Best Community Radio Presenter’ in The British Reggae
Industry Awards in 2012
Keith currently presents 2 shows on Mi-Soul.com
THE REGGAE ROCK Weds 9pm-11pm gmt (Upfront & Revival selection)
THE SOULFUL BOUNCE-3rd Saturday of the month
3pm-5pm gmt (Soul,Funk,Boogie,Disco,Hip-Hop, Reggae Old & New)
I suppose I always wanted to be a DJ . My brother recently told me that I was "Obsessed" with music as a child and that sounds about right,
I started DJing whilst still at school and was always intrigued by sound and melody. Brought up in the east end with older siblings. I followed
Froggy and his massive roadshow and was what I termed an "Essex Boy" I also went to the Goldmine a mad place on the estuary Island of Canvey
Island Saturday night's were Pete Tong warming up for Chris Hill and Jeff Young did Friday's
Whilst still at school I wound up warming up for legendary "Soul Jock" John Osborne at the "Room At The Top" in Ilford, I think it's still there and my DJ
career began. Tuesday nights there were soul nights I met Steve Walsh and ended up warming up for him at the Cat's Whiskers in Streatham on Sunday
A chance meeting with George Power was to change my life. I met George at an all-dayer at the Lyceum I was doing my A levels and still at school. It was
1983. I had missed Crackers but had been to the "Horseshoe" he was a DJ legend London's answer to Chris Hill. He asked me if I wanted to warm up for him
at the "Electric Ballroom" It was lift off and the start of what was a short lived by very eventful DJ career.
The Electric on a Friday night with George Power and Paul Anderson was the big venue in London. I was resident until it closed in 1986.
I held residenicies at Bentleys on a Saturday night. Kisses on a Sunday, Monday nights at the Epping Forest Country Club. Along with all dayers at places
up and down the country and I was living the dream.
In 1984 myself and Paul Anderson helped George lay cable and pipes in his back yard to start his new venture London Greek Radio. We started a little sideline
City Radio which broadcast on Monday nights for a while Gordon Mac joined us and we broadcast from George's front room in Hornsey.
I suppose Kiss was born out of a lot of things the drive for legal status was definately driven by Gordon and his vision. The station itself was thought off and
constructed by myself. If I hadn't been born there would be no Kiss FM. I was obsessed with starting a station and would badger George relentlessly to start
one he kept resisting. The person I really want to thank was a promoter mate of Paul Anderson's called Tony Palmer. He called a meeting of all the black
DJs in London and it was at Cleveland Anderson's house they were going to start a new station. It gave me the drive and impetus to get George to back the project.
It was me and Pyers the engineer, Gordon was the last to join us I remember him meeting us outside Camden in his big Granada. I had chosen the name which was
just a straight steal from the New York station.
Kiss started in October 1985 and by the soring of 1987 I Had been asked to leave….It was a mixture of my own arrogance and jealousy from others that saw me depart the station. To this
day one of my biggest regrets is that I never did a legal show. I quit DJing in 1988 and spent time working at miscellaneous record companies partying hard and living in New
I made a living in the commercial world and still do through artist representation and looking after anyone who has needed it from Seal to Mario Melchiot.
I've had some good times and I've been on the floor but I've always loved my tunes and have felt that I was kind of born to play music.
So some thirty years after I started I'm back doing the thing I love best. I thank Gordon for the opportunity and in the words of the Average White Band…..
"Let's go round again"Booker T's career as a DJ began in the early 80's playing Reggae, Rare Groove, Hip Hop and R & B sounds. His involvement with this music scene continued into the late 80's when he joined a pirate station known as Faze One Radio playing alongside Groove Rider, Fabio, Colin Dale all styles of music, including early house classics “You Used to Hold Me”. As the scene evolved House music became a defined genre of Dance with an ever increasing following. A trip to the U.S. introduced him to the sounds of Masters At Work, Todd Terry, and Tony Humphries.“my time in New York was spent hanging out with Jerome Sydenham, at that time he was working for Atlantic Records, where he introduced me to the nightclub called The Shelter, checking out the sounds of Merlin Bob and Timmy Regisford and meeting Freddie Sannon of Shelter Records”Booker T was inspired by the vitality & atmosphere of New York's night life returned to London with a new musical focus.His debut House Set was played at Bobby & Steve's now legendary Garage City at the Podium.Booker performed his our first PA there under the name of Underground Mass, he continued to play at various venues across London such as the Raw Club in Tottenham Court Road for Bobby and Steve.At this time Booker got into the production of House music, signed to the label Azuli Records Booker released 4 tracks as Underground Mass. These included 'Guilty Didn't I', which was played in New York by Tony Humphries on Kiss FM and got signed to Big Beat Atlantic Records, 'Music Takes Control', 'Give Me The Love' and 'Hard Times'. After the success of these releases on Azuli Records Booker began producing tracks for labels such as Heartbeat via Media Records and Suntune Records in Italy. He met with BB Stone, Producer Keyboardist and started remixing for labels Jive, Virgin, EMI and Universal. Booker was the first British producer to produce a track on the seminal label Strictly Rhythm these tracks were Inner Soul's 'Tearing me apart' and Club Zone's 'Dangerous EP'. As Booker's production career progressed he produced tracks for Junior Boys Own, Interstate Records, Phuture Trax, Xtra Large and A & M Records under the moniker Rhythm Source, signed by Simon Dunmore. Then went on to work with Roger Sanchez, Eddy Perez from Smack Productions, DJ Disciple, Lenny Fontana, DJ Romain and DJ Camacho. Booker returned to New Jersey to work with DJ Camacho and Eddy Perez on Production, then onto Strictly Rhythm in New York and hooked up with Gladys, Head of A & R, where Gladys and Armand Van Helden took me to Sound Factory Bar to listen to Louie Vega and Tony Humphries; at this time Booker T was managed by Big Life Management, where he worked on various Remix projects including Truce and Robert Owens. He has has played sets at many internation Venues including a residency at ES Paradis, Club Summum, Ibiza, playing with Jazz 'n' Groove, Chrissy T, Paul Trouble Anderson, Femi B, Bobby & Steve. Booker has also played at events in all over England (clubs like Hard Times, Back 2 Basics, Ministry of Sound, The End, Garage City, For the Love of House, To the Mannor Borne, Soul Heaven, Faces, Yacht Club, The Astoria, Rouge, Sin), Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Singapore, Malaysia, Miami, Seattle, Houston, Texas, Washington DC and New York, LA (Viper Rooms) and San Francisco. Whilst on tour in California Booker met Pete Avquella, David Harness, Julias Papps and Jay J at Molton Street Studios and some of the guys from Naked Music. He played at parties with Kerri Chandler and the Basement Boys; and DJ'd at a few Garage City partie during the Winter Music Conference in Miami where he was interviewed by June Sarpong and Eric Morillo for MTV.To date his remix credits include Lemar, Dwele, Faith Evans, Soul to Soul, Brand New Heavies, Quincy Jones, Sounds Of Blackness, Moloko, Byron Stingly, Jodi atley, Robert Owens, D-Influence, Robin S, Mood II Swing, Elephant Man, Jocylene Brown, Craig David, Marvin Gaye, Kirk Franklin, Mica Paris, Usher, CeCe Peniston, Nate James, Michael Watford, Roy Ayres and All Saints - triple platinum artists. He won 'Remix Of The Year' at the Underground Garage Awards, and was Runner-Up to Fat Boy Slim at the DJ Mag Music Awards. Booker T was involved in the UK Garage scene, playing with the likes of Karl Tuff Enuff Brown, Matt Jam Lamont, EZ and Grant Nelson, than moved back to the House scene.Booker T's notority for his talent as both a Producer and DJ means there is a continuous demand for his House and production sets.
Having served as a Senior A&R (Artiste And Repertoire) Director at WEA he proved not only being a talented A&R but also garnered experience at the highest level. His label career began at EMI and then onto WEA in 1994, where he remained until 2001. His long tenure at WEA was distinguished by having signed, developed and guided the careers of many successful artists, including:
• Mark Morrison;
• Shola Ama;
• Glamma Kid.
Mickey’s chart success includes:
• Number 1 UK single: Mark Morrison, ‘Return of the Mack’ , 1996;
• Number 2 US single: Mark Morrison, ‘Return of the Mack’, 1997
• Top 10 UK singles:
o Mark Morrison, ‘Crazy’, 1996
o Mark Morrison, ‘Trippin’, 1996
o Mark Morrison, ‘Horny’, 1996
o Mark Morrison, ‘Moan & Groan’, 1997
o Shola Ama, ‘You Might Need Somebody’, 1997
o Shola Ama, ‘You’re the One I Love’, 1997
o Cleopatra, ‘Cleopatra’s Theme’, 1998
o Cleopatra, ‘Life Ain’t Easy’, 1998
o Cleopatra, ‘I Want You Back’, 1998
o Glamma Kid, ‘Taboo’, 1999
o Glamma Kid, ‘Why’, 1999
• Top 10 UK albums:
o Mark Morrison, ‘Return of the Mack’, 1996
o Shola Ama, ‘Much Love’, 1997
o Cleopatra, ‘Comin’ Atcha’, 1998
o five million+ singles
o three million+ albums
Mickey’s ability to establish and maintain excellent rapport as well as successful working relationships with artists and management stems from his very wide-ranging musical knowledge, being a taste maker, having commercial ears and a likeable nature. He is well known as such throughout his branch of the business by artists, managers, producers, songwriters and engineers, which continue to be evidenced by on-going support.
Mickey’s extensive experience and success in the industry that includes Blackmarket Records (1988-1991) now covers more than 2 Decades.
A&R, Artist development, Remixing, Producer, Radio, Club Dj, Management, Digital Content.
Mickey is currently A&R consulting for Danny D & Tim Blacksmith (Star Rock) and also DJ’s in Switzerland every month for Soulplay in Berne (The Lick Party’s). Mickey also presents a music radio show here on mi-soul.com every Friday night.
Mistri was born in St Giles Hospital and raised in Camberwell & Deptford, South London. At the tender age of 11 his love for music and DJs began. His first public experience as a disc-jockey started with Saxon Sound System at the age of 17, in the days when DJ's played music for love, not money! He then got together with a few friends and started his own sound system and called it The Ladies Choice, specializing in soul (rare groove) and lovers rock reggae.
In 1983 he changed his DJ name to Mistri and started a one-man music show sound. His popularity grew rapidly and in 5 years he became a pioneer for the 'rare groove moment'. Mistri studied drama & dance at Goldsmiths University, and ballet, jazz and contemporary dance at Laban. Mistri toured Jamaica with Saxon Sound System and regularly takes his talents abroad to countries such as Tenerife, Portugal, Spain, Ibiza, Italy, Greece, Holland and Germany to name but a few. The name Mistri cannot go unnoticed (not least because of his highly coveted car stickers with their many and varied cryptic messages) to the discerning 'raver' seeking a selection of soul, reggae, calypso ragga and RnB (and more recently garage & salsa).
From 1985-1988 Mistri was a DJ on the pirate radio station Rock-2-Rock. From 1990-1994 he was a presenter and Assistant Programme Controller at WNK Radio Station North London. When WNK lost its Broadcasting Licence Mistri went back to collage to study a one-year Producers Sound Engineering Course at South- East London Technical Collage (SELTEC). In February 1999 he was offered the opportunity to present a music programme on FLR Radio, where he played a selection of music for many different age groups and races, Monday- Friday 2pm-6pm.
One of the reasons for Mistri's popularity is his vibrant personality - he is able to make even the quietest of crowds get up and dance as he tells jokes and entertains on the microphone whilst playing music. In recognition of his talents the Black Entertainers Enterprise voted himBest Club DJ, 1988-89. The Voice Entertainment's Enterprise, Best Radio Personality 1988-89, West End Promotions and Best Club DJ 1990. In 1998 he was a nominee for Best Club DJ at the prestigious MOBO Awards & recently (2001) received The Black Music Peoples Award for Outstanding Contributions to the British music scene.
Mistri's television portfolio includes co-producing the show Upstart for IDTV (Cable TV). He has also had cameo roles in LWT's London's Burning and BBC1's Birds of a Feather and Chef programmes. In addition to his many other talents, Mistri is an agent and advisor to various club DJs, having recently formed his own group of DJs, the MISTRI CREW. Befitting his popularity and ability to entertain any crowd Mistri is hired by many celebrities including Lennox Lewis, Omar, Nigel Benn, D-Influence, R Kelly and Crystal Rose, to host and entertain at their private functions.
He also DJs for promoters such as Loud and Proud, RJS (annual Mediterranean holiday), Pride Magazine, The Voice Newspaper, Choice FM, Stone Love Sound System in Jamaica, Blue Mountain Theatre Company (also starring in their Christmas pantomime The Magic Dutch Pot in 1999), and Gee-Stor Promotion Company. His contribution to charitable function includes work for the Sickle Cell Society and Leukaemia Research Fund. He has also played music in Holloway Woman's Prison, (as part of his charity work) and most recently the BT EMMA Awards after party (at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane).
As one of London's most popular DJs for well over a decade, Mistri is ideally placed to see what people enjoy and what works in the world of entertainment. He has promoted many sell-out events both on his own (including his infamous birthday party held yearly in London) and with other business partners, most notably The Cartel (which filled the luxurious Excelsior Hotel at Heathrow with over 1000 people for 48 hours of entertainment in 1993, 1994 and 1995).
Any event that Mistri is involved with is fun, value for money, well organised and extensively marketed and promoted. Mistri's contacts with the major recording companies ensure that he receives new and pre-released records, in order to maintain his second-to-none record collection. Mistri illustrates that music has a profound influence on our lives and that those who select and play the music at clubs and parties and on the radio, can sometimes become as relevant as the music itself.
THE LEGENDARY PAUL TROUBLE ANDERSON
DJ – PRODUCER – ARTIST
Born in East London, Paul grew up in children’s homes all over England.
A keen sportsman with a passion for football, he played for Charlton youth, Tottenham youth, Middlesex County and ran for Haringey. A natural-born athlete.
He used to dance in the pre-mixing days and still does in the box, he would hurdle over the decks, boogie-down and jump back just in time to cue the next record!
Paul started-off playing at the time of the Sound System days…
As well as a DJ he was a soundman. He followed Chicken, Scrap Iron and Fat Man around in those days. Paul had a sound from his uncle, a reggae sound that was converted into a soul sound. They called it ‘Troublefunk’ and this is where he acquired his stage-name ‘Trouble’.
Around this time he met George Power, one of the founders of Kiss FM, who asked him to be a warm-up DJ at several venues. He was best respected for his jazz-funk at Crackers.
Paul had a fresh, funky sound and was playing at many clubs, including The Maize Club at Ronnie Scott’s, Bumbles and Red Box, to name a few.
Trouble was instrumental in the development of the London music scene, and helped to establish clubs like Crackers, Spats, The Embassy, Global Village and Electric Ballroom Legendary.
In the mid 80’s he championed his ‘Trouble Funk Sound‘ and brought his sublime blend of dance music to the Warehouse scene.
In 1985 he was asked to join Kiss and found the prospect of promoting dance music on-air an exciting one. That is when he really began to develop and expand his creativity and skill. To all his fans, Paul has an amazing ability to make you want to move, the way he makes the music come alive and his brilliant mixing skills.
Paul also found time for the studio and lent his remixing skills to Nomad’s UK No.1 ‘Devotion’, Junior Reid’s Jamaica No.1 ‘One Blood’ and remixed for Blaze, Pet Shop Boys, Soul 11 Soul, Thelma Houston, Byron Stingily and many more.
At his own night ‘Trouble’s House’ at Legends, a major star in London’s club land, he had many big-name guests like Ten City, Todd Terry, DJ Pierre and David Morales.
In 1990 Kiss went legal and Paul took over the Saturday night prime-time spot from 9-11pm, which continued as ‘Trouble’s original mix show’ for 8 years. Then followed changes in the station’s music policies, so Paul reluctantly decided to leave.
He still delivered his unique sound to the fans through his night ‘The Loft’ at HQ that ran for ten years, with weekly guests like Loleatta Holloway, Jean Carne, Jocelyn Brown, Masters at Work, Tony Humphries, Rosie Gaines, Michael Watford, Darryl Pandy and Barbara Tucker.
‘The Loft’ was voted No.1 midweek club for 3 years running, by magazines like Time Out, The Face and the Evening Standard newspaper. Paul had a dedicated following, who made Wednesdays at ‘The Loft’ a priority. Later HQ sadly closed down.
In 2000 Paul released a live mix album ‘Trouble’s House’ on R2 Records, which features an inspired collection of soulful uplifting favourites mixed with Trouble’s flavour. Paul also continued ‘The Loft’ vibe with ‘The Loft 2’ at Madam JoJo’s in Soho.
Paul has since been playing a big role in the Italian club scene, as well as having a close link with the fashion world. To name a few, The Julian Macdonald show at London fashion week and Chanel at the Milan Fashion Week. He worked for Italian fashion TV for 2 years. He has also been photographed for Italian Vogue with Giorgio Armani.
Recently he performed on a Ministry of Sound tour in Italy with Howard Donald from Take That, and has done a few guest radio shows for Radio 1, Virgin FM, Jazz FM and The Ministry of Sound. He was also interviewed by Channel 4 for a documentary about the influential club Crackers.
Now in his 37th year of DJing, he is still going strong, still refusing to be labelled and maintains that, a House is where you live and a Garage is where you park your car!
Paul’s projects at the moment include setting up his own Record label ‘Troubled Soul Records’, mixing his own album with his own songs, writing an auto-biography and ‘Pauletry’.
He also run his own nights, ‘Trouble’s Loft’ and ‘Back To My Roots!’ All successful in their own right, they have a reputation for fantastic music, a great atmosphere and a friendly, happy crowd. He brings in live PA’s and guest DJ’s from all over.
Paul is currently working on some new projects, including his own music. So that is something we are all very excited about!!
One of the main attractions of Paul is his way of mixing classic gems with freshly-cut acetates. His passion for the music stands out bright and clear. As an artist Paul has a restless soul, coupled with the dedication to carry on championing Dance music at present and far into the future!
Not Old-School, All-School, Still Present! Troubsolutely! Natroubley! Bless!
Born in 1959 in London, Lindsay Wesker’s career has spanned many industries and occupations.
Before joining the music industry in 1981, Lindsay wrote stage plays, TV scripts and a radio play. He wrote two episodes of the BBC TV series ‘Angels’ in 1980 (aged just 21), then wrote a radio play for Capital Radio (starring Anthony Scher). He then wrote three plays for the Black Theatre Co-Operative, all performed at The Royal Court Theatre Upstairs.
Lindsay has also been a professional club DJ since 1979 and a radio broadcaster since 1982, starting out on ‘pirate’ stations.
Since joining the music industry in 1981, he has worked as a music journalist at Black Echoes, co-written a black music encyclopaedia, worked at five different record labels (WEA, A&M, Avex, Mushroom and ZTT), created free! Magazine (later re-named Touch), and helped London radio station Kiss FM earn a legal licence.
Whilst working at Kiss between 1986-94, Lindsay not only presented shows but was also Head Of Music between 1990-94.
Since 1999, Lindsay has worked at MTV, where he created MTV Base, MTV Hits and MTV Dance. He still works there programming music videos for the MTV portfolio of channels.
Lindsay has also written (and self-published) his first novel ‘Thin Pale Foursome’ (www.lulu.com/lindsaywesker) and is currently working on a second novel.
In October, Lindsay and co-author and noted DJ, Dave VJ, will publish ‘Masters Of The Airwaves’, a history of British black music radio.
Pete Andrew is an astounding Radio Presenter who is yet to reach the pinnacle of his career. He is no stranger to this business having blessed the airwaves for 15 years! His passion for entertaining his listeners has never once fallen short of his reach and continues to keep his listeners wanting more!
Music to Pete Andrew is not music but an art that should be nurtured continuously, with only the finest soulful sounds. He is most definitely a man of the all time rare groove classics and soul but has a vast knowledge of all music genres. His first love was Funk which slowly matured into Soul. His record collection is not to be delved into by amateurs and is still growing to this day! Pete Andrew does not have a favourite artist as such, but is very big on lyrics. ‘I like artists who compile a good choice of words to make a song, the lyrics have to be saying something if you know what I mean.’ The likes of Teena Marie, Roy Ayers, Luther Vandross, Joanna Gardener and Anita Baker to name but a few artists you will always catch Pete Andrew listening to. His greatest influence is himself as he states, ‘What I do comes from the heart, I am influenced by how I present my shows and also how the show is being received.’
Pete Andrew’s personality roars through the airwaves as he delivers an honest, no nonsense, heartfelt show that will be sure to leave you intrigued for more. His professional, but warm down to earth style of presenting as well as his vast knowledge of music over the years, has gained him endless popularity which has grown phenomenally. His fan base varies widely, ranging from the young to the more mature listener.
Away from music, growing up in the 70s Pete Andrew was born and bred in South East London and comes from a very large family. He is no doubt a family man, being a father of three; and for Pete Andrew family is everything and more. He generally takes time out to have big family days to bring the family together to keep that special bond going.
With music aside Pete Andrew’s interests include reading (personal development books are his number one), spending time with the family, going to the theatre and taking some time out to just chill.
The good Dr's DJ career started in May 1967 and his reputation for presenting Quality Black Music has taken him to club nights across the globe for over 45 years.As a radio presenter he's taken his award winning Surgery to numerous radio stations including 8 years for Kiss 100fm, and 6 years for BBC Radio London.Bob has produced and remixed over 30 artists including The Temptations, Terry Callier and Al Green. He was A&R for Chilli Funk Records and had his own Black on Black and Quick Release Record labels.
Dr Bob still DJs,and talks on Black Music across the planet and currently presents a Inspirational Music show ‘The Surgery’ for internet Radio Soul Station Mi-Soul.com
Every Sun 'The Surgery' 3-5pm UK time on www.mi-soul.com
He is also currently writing a book on his 45 plus years in the music business and completing a Black Music Educational project titled ‘THE SOUND OF THE DRUM’ ©. Which apart from being a visual tool will also take in a club tour of the UK & Europe as well as lecturing on the subject across the globe.
DJ BIGGER THE STORY SO FAR ….
Over the last 20 + years Bigger has become one of the UK’s and Europe’s biggest Soul & R&B DJs, Radio Presenters & Journalists. He reaches in excess of 7 million
per month in the UK alone, through a number of media portals and club tours.
The Club DJ
Bigger has played as a DJ for the likes of Mariah Carey, Usher, Destiny's Child, Ne-yo and more at their very own music industry parties. He has been DJ suport to the likes of Ne-yo, Lemar, Simon Webbe, Beverley Knight, Soul II Soul, Kenny Thomas, Charlie Wilson, Blackstreet, Craig David, Next , Puff Daddy, Notorious Big, Jill Scott, Sounds Of Blackness, Donell Jones, Angie Stone, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverley and many more at their live performances around the UK.
He plays at the biggest Soul and R&B nights and events such as, The Southport Weekender, The Lacy Lady, The KGH Blackburn Soul Nite, The Luxury Soul Weekender, Prestatyn Weekender, Groove Odyssey, Bump N Hustle, We Love Soul, Smoove Grooves and many more.
Bigger has the longest running and most successful UK SOUL & R&B DJ tour (entering its 20th year this year) the tour takes in the UK and Europe. In the UK alone he plays on average 100 dates a year and the only DJ tour to have ever been sponsored by music industry giants Sony Music.
Radio Presesenter, Journalist, Interviews etc
Through his radio shows and as a journalist Bigger has been truly blessed to have interviewed the biggest names in R&B, Soul and Hip Hop over the past 20+ years, artists such as Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Usher, Jay Z, Mary J Blige, Beyonce, Ne-yo, Kanye West, JLS, Eminem, Rihanna, R Kelly, Leona Lewis, Alicia Keys, Lemar, Beverly Knight, Craig David, Notorious Big, Tupac, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross and many, many more. He has broke so many artists and is constantly given exclusive tracks for his radio show from Artists, producers and record labels throughout the world, yet British artists such as Beverley Knight have commented on how he supports British artists as much as or evenmore than anyone else they know. As a journalist Bigger writes for the uk’s biggest specialist music magazine Blues & Soul. He has also writes for just about the biggest online music magazine in Europe and up there with some of the biggest on line magazines in the world Contact Music www.contactmusic.com
To add to all of this Bigger has picked up such awards as Best Soul and Best R&B DJ on numours ocassions in various reknowned publications and a stack of platinum discs given to him from the artists and record labels he has supported over the years.
Femi Williams (aka Femi Fem) kicked off his career in 1990 as a member of the groundbreaking three-piece The Young Disciples with Carleen Anderson and Marco Nelson, a band which set the tone for the acid jazz movement in London, incorporating funk, soul, hip hop and breakbeats into their soundscape. After the chart success of the single Apparently Nothin’ which came from their Mercury Award-nominated Road To Freedom album on Talkin’ Loud Records, Femi became more involved in the behind-the-scenes aspect of the music industry which has found him in demand as a writer, producer, remixer, DJ and promoter, doing extensive production and remixing work with artists such as Ultra Naté, Estelle and Booty Luv, as well as working on tracks for artists as diverse as Justin Timberlake, Darkman, Mary J. Blige, Des’ree, D'Influence, The Pasadenas and Beyoncé.
He has performed extensive DJ work in the UK at clubs such as Cream in Liverpool, Ministry of Sound in London, London’s Café de Paris and Elbert Wurlings in Hertford, Jelly Jazz in Plymouth, Old Skool in Sheffield, The Beetroot in Nottingham, Subtone in Cheltenham, and at London’s Jazz Café and Fresh & Funky. He is also known internationally, having played at varied events for Prince, Janet Jackson, Stella McCartney, Jade Jagger, Gucci the fashion house and the Russian Embassy. Femi has also produced catwalk music for fashion designers Ozwald Boateng, Katherine Hamnett and Julien MacDonald.
He has also run a number of clubs including the MOBO Award-winning Rotation on Friday nights at Subterranea in London, and he has also promoted the popular and respected Camouflage on Saturdays at The Complex, N1. All of his clubs have successfully attracted a multi-genre music-loving audience and his DJing talents have taken him around the world to countries as far flung as Australia, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong (where he supported the late, great Gil Scott Heron), Austria, France, Spain, Ibiza, Ireland, the Czech Republic, New York, and Detroit.
He currently serves as musical director for Supperclub in London’s Notting Hill (www.supperclub.com/html/london), in addition to hosting his own music show on Mi-Soul.com.
Patrick Forge has been a familiar name on the London DJ scene for the last 25 years, his radio show The Cosmic Jam ran for twenty one years on Kiss FM, making it the longest running programme in the station’s history! Known for his eclectic tastes rooted in jazz and soul, Patrick delves deep into musical history and searches far and wide for new music that reaches his stringent standards on The Cosmic Jam.
Patrick’s passion for music has taken him on a rich journey through the last few decades. Working with Jonathan More (Coldcut/ Ninja Tune) at Reckless Records in the late eighties provided him with the musical education and contacts that led to his show on Kiss. However following the launch of The Cosmic Jam, Patrick connected with Gilles Peterson and became co-resident at the now legendary “Talkin’ Loud And Sayin’ Something” sessions on Sunday afternoons at Dingwalls. (Now reborn as an annual sell out event, “Sunday Afternoon At Dingwalls”). The next development in Patrick’s career saw him hooking up with Trevor Wyatt at Island Records to compile the Rebirth Of Cool series that charted the development of the jazz influence in dance music through the nineties. From hip-hop to house, techno and drum and bass Rebirth Of Cool had a huge impact worldwide in forwarding the musical philosophy that had been “forged” with Peterson in those heady days of Dingwalls and beyond.
In the early nineties having spent many hours in the studio with Coldcut witnessing the evolution of sample based dance music first hand, Patrick was keen to get back to his primary passion, making music with musicians. As a (talentless!) guitarist and bassist himself Patrick had spent many years playing in bands before he was bitten by the DJ bug, which at least equipped him well enough to work with proper players! A demo tape of a band called Batu from Brighton found it’s way to him which led to a meeting with Christian Franck and the birth of a musical endeavour that survives to this day, it’s called Da Lata. However before Da Lata there was Batu, and Patrick’s first ever production, a twelve inch “Seasons Of My Mind” a song he co-wrote with the band and was released in 1993 on Big Cheese. Da Lata made three albums for Palm Pictures between 2000 and 2003 before returning with the release of their version of The Jam’s “Going Underground” in December 2012. Patrick is also part of a more jazz based project The Elliptics with Mike Patto and Leon Stenning.
As a club DJ Patrick has played many styles in many places but always reflecting his fundamental jazz attitude.From his residencies with Peterson in the late eighties and early nineties, Patrick has woven an idiosyncratic path through clubland sometimes cropping up in unexpected places playing different styles. The late nineties found him resident at one of Hoxton’s first big Saturday night sessions, Off Centre playing disco and house with some stellar guests with the likes of Harvey, Fabio, Osunlade sharing his DJ box. And for thirteen years from 1999 he co-hosted a Friday night eclectic boogie based session with restless soul man Phil Asher at Notting Hill Arts Club. However Patrick is always likely to throw in some classic jazz-dance whatever style he’s playing, and he’s travelled around the world spreading his message. However Japan is Patrick’s second home, where he’s always enjoyed a great reputation and high profile, and he briefly moved to the sub-tropical island of Okinawa in 2008, and became a regular guest at the place Patrick describes as “the best little club in the world”, The Room in Shibuya, Tokyo. In 2009/10 Patrick rounded off his sojourn in Japan by producing his first acoustic jazz album for Masa Sextet.
Moving back to London in 2010 Patrick has been mainly focussed on his production projects but when Gordon Mac invited him to join Mi-Soul Patrick relished the opportunity to return to the mainstay of his musical universe, The Cosmic Jam.
Bit by the music bug at a tender age, South Londoner Jumping Jack Frost hit the DJ circuit at 18, mixing funk, hip hop and original breakbeats and diving into the acid house circuit via the Carwash nights in the late 80s s.djs were Grooverider, Bryan gee, Fabio, Frost,and Pete stewart. When the rave scene exploded Frost was at its forefront, enjoying the freedom of going with the flow and mixing drastically different styles of music to suit the mood of the moment. Starting at the (FRIDGE) in brixton. Frost went on to headline many legendary events of the era including Sunrise and Energy. At the fridge frost was resident with ellis dee, paul trouble anderson and evil eddie richards
…..Joining Dynamix dj agency run by (Eddie richards) was a major turning point in frosts life ,now things got serious …It was time to start seeing the world ,Germany,japan,and more followed . Being in northern ireland in the dark days when nobody else wanted to go!!!! Bcm and ibiza with carl cox and gigs with the prodigy
…..There was so many experiences like the first time in italy with Frankie valentine and being caught in the middle of a neo nazi march in germany with fabio ..Also being in germany when the wall came down
…:) His friendship with Bryan Gee was formed when Frost heard Bryan’s diverse set in a small south London bar. Bryan left his promotions job at Outer Rhythm with some demos by then unknown Bristol artists Roni Size and Krust, the two teamed up and started their own label, V Recordings, to release them. To watch roni, krust, die, Dynamite and suv develop into full blown artists the satisfaction and pride watching reprazent win the mercury music prize is something that cannot be described …In 1993, Frost produced one of jungles most seminal anthems: THE BURIAL.(mobo nominated)… recorded as
(LEVITICUS) with a young engineer called (DILLINJA) at the controls and (OPTICAL) on the vocal mix that featured frosts sister yolanda .The sound was too hardcore for the experimental and cutting-edge V and Philly Blunt was formed. The exemplary rise of both labels is illustrated by the success of the V classic album released in 1997 which confirmed Frost and Bryan as leading forces on the scene on both sides of the Atlantic. Frost spent 5 years at (KISS 100) winning the best radio dj award . (PLANET V)- frost and bryan headed 2 america where two years as (monthly)residents at the world famous (TWILO) New york put them on the map in america planet v had arrived . Frost was also resident once a month at the (VIPER ROOM) in los angeles And (INDUSTRY) in toronto.. Planet v at bagleys and the end nightclub were
legendary too say the least .Frost has remixed Jamiroquai ,Cath coffey and Drizabone 2 name a few
….BRASIL: After meeting dj marky and patife and going 2 brazil frost and bryan decided to release a ep featuring the best talent from brazil (the brasil ep) . The rest is history …..
A DJ since the age of fourteen Mike’s love of all things Jazz, Funk and Soul began in early 80’s when he moved to Magaluf to work at Tokio Joes. The lure of playing records in the sunshine and all the trappings that went with it was too tempting an opportunity for the 18 year old to turn down so he left his native North Wales and his emersion into music began in earnest.
Mike Vitti’s radio career began in 1987 and since then he has presented programmes non-stop playing a Funky blend of Jazz, Funk, Soul and Boogie. Mike’s been with Mi-Soul since December 2012 and ‘loves absolutely every second of it.'
Mike has been lucky enough to meet and interview some of the biggest names in music including: Nile Rodgers, Lionel Richie, Bobby Womack, George Duke, Anita Baker, Isaac Hayes, Mary J Blige, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Warren G, Roy Ayers, Frankie Beverly and the sadly departed Teena Marie and countless others too many to mention. The one that got away was Luther Vandross.
Mike DJs and promotes events across the UK, and can be seen most weekends at Funky Nation in Ronnie’s Bar, Ronnie Scott’s in London.
Mike says: ‘Let’s funk up your Friday’
Edward Adoo is a DJ, Broadcaster, Voiceover Artist, Writer and Music Consultant based in London. He is an expert on dance, electronic and black music and fronted a prime time Saturday night specialist show on NME Radio championing rising stars and new talent alongside established big name artists from Mylo, Danny Rampling to Simian Mobile Disco.
Ed has appeared and continues to regularly contribute on BBC Breakfast, Sky News, as a music critic on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 1 Review Show, BBC Radio Wales, guest DJ on BBC Radio 6 Music’s 6 Mix and talking about London issues on LBC 97.3. Ed was also part of Channel 4′s More 4 continuity launch team, promo/character voice on MTV Base, voiced trails and idents for XFM, Kerrang and Kiss FM London. Ed regularly guests on BBC Radio 4, BBC London and presents a weekly Tuesday afternoon daytime show ‘Without Further Adoo’ on Mi-Soul Radio. Ed also appears as a guest panelist on Not The One Show on London’s new TV channel, London Live.
Ed also DJs at some of London most prestigious haunts, The Hospital Club, Sketch, Sanderson, MOMO, Barrio East, Barrio Central, The Big Chill Bar, Home House, along with an exclusive end of month residency at The Welly (The Wellington).
Sy Sez is a London DJ who’s journey began playing on many of London’s pirate radio stations. Along with his radio shows he began playing at local house & warehouse parties. On his journey since then, he has graced many of the London’s best club venues including Ministry of Sound, Turnmills, Pacha, Bagleys, Neighbourhood, Herbal, The Key, KOKO, Matter, SE1, Plan-B, Egg and more.....aswell as other clubs in UK cities such as Cardiff, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham, Exeter, Bournemouth, Southampton and Newquay. Since then he has also travelled to Ibiza, Italy, Southern Spain and Ireland to showcase his talent.
Sy Sez has now also rubbed shoulders on lineups and played alongside some of the true greats of his music such as - Louie Vega & Kenny Dope (Masters at Work), India, Frankie Knuckles, Tony Humphries, Roger Sanchez, Kerri Chandler, DJ Spen, Lil Louis, Phil Asher, Osunlade, Aaron Ross & Neil Pierce (Fanatix), Frankie Feleciano, Terry Hunter, Karizma, Ralf Gum, Black Coffee, Bugz in the Attic, Paul "Trouble" Anderson, Jimpster, Yass, DJ Deep, Arnold Jarvis, Bobby + Steve, Copyright + many more....
In 2005 Sy Sez caught the eye of infamous house-music duo ‘The Fanatix’ (Aaron Ross & Neil Pierce) and earned him a place on their monthly residencies at top London venue – Neighbourhood. This notorious residency was a very popular night and created a dedicated following and had been moved to London hotspot - Herbal, where he continued to be their resident. Due to his continued hard work, dedication and talent - Sy was then proudly welcomed into the Fanatix as their official third member and to begin joining them in the studio on their productions.
Soon after his baptism in production with the Fanatix Sy teamed up with fellow London DJ - Gavin Peters and formed the production outfit AphroDisiax - who are now beginning to create interest with their productions and remixes on labels such as Soul Heaven, Tribe, Seamless, Soul Shine + more!
In 2007 his DJ skills earned him a place on the Soul-Heaven lineup on its return to the Ministry of Sound featuring Terry Hunter & Terissa Griffin and also a repeat booking at Soul Heaven for Tony Humphries 50th Birthday.....2 great parties later and Sy was asked to join the heavy-weight in-house lineup as a full Soul Heaven resident, where he now travels the world flying the flag for Soul Heaven, playing alongside the superstars of the music!
In 2008 Sy Sez was asked to join new London radio station Colourful Radio, which is the brain-child of the founder of Kiss FM - Gordon Mac - who personally invited Sy onboard to provide his unique sound to the masses. His show has been running solidly every Thursday night 9pm -12pm. Watch out for regular guest interviews from some of the biggest names in the game, aswell as the finest soulful house.
Also along the way, bookings from soulful house legends Bobby & Steve playing at their famous club night GARAGE CITY (a true soulful house institution) and new residencies for Stereo Sushi + Kinky Malinki confirm Sy Sez as one of the UKs brightest young stars.
Remember this cats name, with his unique style of Deep, Soulful, Gospel Afro-Beat and Latin house - he has a serious love for the music he plays, and his passion shines through in any of the sets you will hear him play.
Calvin Francis was born in Hackney; his career has flourished in the Media Industry, through a comprehensive love and knowledge of soul music. His Radio career has spanned through a decade and he is now a well known ‘household’ name. Calvin is able to demonstrate commitment and flare for anything that hr puts his hand too. His credentials are flawless and he is a renowned professional voice over artist and presenter.
Calvin is an ex serviceman (Army), who is disciplined and dedicated to his work. As an Ex Armed Forces Sergeant of Falklands Islands, Royal Ordinance Corp, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) Northern Ireland (Londonderry) R.A.O.C (9 years)- Logistics Corps and his Active Service – stems over 8 years and 9 months 1977-1986, he knows the importance of commitment, organisation, leadership and discipline and these are fully transferable skills that he has often been able to apply in his places of employment and personal life.
His personal achievements are varied and diverse and he was recognised with two very prestigious Awards namely, The Rhodesia Medal and The Zimbabwe Independence Medal. Calvin is also fluent in German and his main selling point, is his natural baritone that projects reassurance, authority, trust and a warm friendly tone that, has instant recognition as it’s now his own personal hallmark. It is an approach that has built his reputation as a Soul authority, in a competitive and often harsh market. ‘Calvin Francis’ is still a recognised stand alone and reputable brand.
Calvin spent 18 years with London’s Choice FM 96.9/107.1 and presented, The Quite Storm Radio Programme, The show was a specialist laid back show, which featured the best in Neo Soul. Rare Grooves, Classic 80’s, 90’s Soul, Slow Jams. Saturday and Sunday Breakfast shows 6-12midday, featuring current playlists, travel bulletins, news interviews and has the opportunity of speaking with the like of , Teddy Riley, Angie Stone, Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, Alton Ellis, Anita Baker, Luther Vandross, Aaliyah, Mary J Blidge, K-Ci JoJo, Faith Evans, O’Jays and Rahsaan Patterson to name but a few... His time with the station has left him fully experienced in all aspects of Commercial Radio, Presentation, Hosting and Commercial Production.
“ON THE ROAD”, Calvin has compared and hosted some of the biggest shows, featuring acts such as: Blackstreet, Snoog Doff, Jon B, Donnel Jones, Horace Brown, Tevin Campbell, and Angie Stone to name a few.
Calvin has a renowned history of playing in a whole host of venues and these have regularly included: Jazz Cafe Camden, Dingwells Camden, Corks Winebar Binney St W1, Club Matter Indigo O2, Cafe De Paris Leicester Square WC1, Storm Niteclub Leicester Square WC2, Club Cucci Wood Green N22, If Bar Ilford Essex, Reading Football Club, and many more.
A well respected professional with a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of urban music from, ‘RnB’, hip hop, garage, soulful house, bashment and of course classics soul and reggae.
Calvin currently presents Decades of Soul 4-7pm Friday's here on Mi-Soul Playing ‘RnB’, Neo Soul, Rare Grooves, Reggae and Classic 80’s Soul.
Calvin’s easygoing nature and professionalism, have won him a wide number of projects and Media opportunities. His work across radio has been backed up with a long list of achievements. His flexibility is his greatest asset, with the ability to lend his hand to promotional work, voiceover, narration and presenting. He has also donated a lot of his personal time to charitable causes, particularly in the mentoring of young people.
Well known across the Capital, Calvin is respected for his musical knowledge, backed up by his own private collection of over forty thousand records. His distinct voice is mirrored by his life experience that took in a successful army career and ultimately has contributed a great amount to the Commercial and Entertainment Industry.
The Rampage crew are a legendary sound system from London England, with a rich and varied career in music and broadcasting that is extensive and impressive.
In the Urban world they have literally “Done Everything” Tour DJs for Kanye in London, Nas in Cardiff, Wyclef in Miami, Jay-Z in Scotland, Usher in London, etc.
Legendary urban club nights such as SW1 in Victoria, commonly known as one of the best black music club nights to ever take place in the West end of London.
A catalogue of productions, remixes, releases, and compilation albums spanning 20 years of UK music.
The largest static sound system at the Notting Hill Carnival, with over 10 thousand people at any one time has featured performances from Sean Paul, Swizz Beats, Tinie Tempah, Mark Ronson, Buju Banton, Ryan Leslie,Ms Dynamite, Lloyd, Wiley, etc
15 years as broadcasters with the BBC with event coverage, documentaries, live broadcasts, match reporting, music punditry and daytime radio.
Known as the first DJs to “Multi genre” mix and also the first to perfect muti deck mixing in particular on “Live radio”
Rampage have done gigs as far a field as Kenya, Hungary, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Miami, Atlanta, Cyprus, Ibiza, and all over the U.K. They have the longest running RnB club night in Ayia Napa Cyprus at 13 Years,
Rampage continue to do what they do……..
Follow the link below for Rampage online and all their social networking.
Rusty Egan has been one of the most renowned DJ's in London's boutique nightclub circuit for over 25 years, as well as being in much demand as a music and fashion commentator for TV, radio, style magazines and newspapers.
Rusty was Resident DJ at Roger Michael's 'IAMRock star' night at Boujis, www.iamrockstar.com ‘Best Night' Award at The 2005 London Club and Bar Awards where he also received ‘Best DJ'
He continues to play on a weekly basis at many of London's top clubs and parties including Tuatara Mahiki, Kitts , Chloe ,Maggies.
He has played in St. Tropez, Monaco, Geneva and Verbier and every year he rocks the masses for four nights at The Isle of Wight Festival. In 2010 he joins wall of sound supremo Mark Jones at BESTIVAL for Back to the Phuture.
A passionate musician, he first made a name for himself in the late 1970s as a drummer for the British New Wave band ‘The Rich Kids' (founded by former Sex Pistols Glen Matlock) with Midge Ure on lead guitar and vocals .
Forming Visage with Midge Ure and fronted by Steve Strange he introduced Midge to Ultravox both bands - enjoying considerable success and fortune. During the recording and writing for Visage's 1980 debut album ‘Visage' including the worldwide No 1 hit ‘Fade to Grey', Rusty joined Scotland's finest ‘The Skids' as drummer, recording and touring the second top ten album ‘Days in Europa' with Richard Jobson and Stuart Adamson [Big Country]
He began his prominent DJ career at the Blitz Club (1979-1981), one of the most influential nightclubs in London in the 1980s, where he introduced German electronica to the British club scene.
As the club grew in popularity, Rusty was quickly recognized as an innovator within London's nightlife and was approached by club owners of the time with offers . He traveled to Paris, Berlin, Dusseldorf and New York for musical influences- meeting with Kraftwerk , Conny Plank, and found and produced french singer " Ronny " one year later with Steve Strange he opened the 1800 capacity Camden Palace, (now KoKo) with performances from, amongst others, The Eurythmics, Wham, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Madonna.
Paul Oakenfold, Mark Moore, and Jeremy Healey all cite Rusty as the pioneer of Electronic Dance Music in the UK. He has produced pioneering dance records for artists such as " Shock " Nona Hendrix, Didier Rominelli, Burundi Black, Visage, and Rock Bands Spear of Destiny, and The Senate.
In 2009 he re mixed " Messages" for Filthy Dukes - " Mistake" for Moby " Fade to Grey " for Visage and " Dress to Digress " for Boy Crisis. and will release electronic master piece R.E.R.B 2010 on www.theblitzclub.com
Tutu has had an undying love for music since the early 80’s and was always destined to nurture that love into a career
After doing the right thing of taking a short radio course at Liberty Radio at the start of her career & approaching Kiss Radio in London who promptly took her in and trained her for a further six months, Tutu moved forward in taking up respective offers of professional job opportunities, Settling at the Capital radio group’s Choice FM.
She rookied through and on account of a confident radio stride brought on by her musical knowledge coupled with a warm personality, she was quickly propelled to day time shows.
Tutu soaked up as much technical knowledge as possible devoting key time to self-teach in DJing, editing for radio including; jingles, sweepers, cleaning tracks editing pre-records etc... It all payed off and when she felt ready, she managed to get her first DJ gig at the legendary Fridge Bar in Brixton, London. The rest is hist..! Tutu has dj’d in more Clubs than she can remember including other DJ experiences in locations such as the ‘grand’ Trafalgar Square and London Fashion week. She also had her own first ever clubnight featured in the Metro newspaper.
Head hunted by Channel 4 radio, Tutu was asked to produce and present a hip hop & RnB radio show under the production company Wise Buddah, teaming up with the legend that is Shaheem Reid, MTV USA’s go to Hip Hop guy. She has also been hired as a freelance music Journalist for Time out London and amongst the many ‘off the wall’ interviews that Tutu has conducted in her time, she was also the last UK journalist to interview Amy Winehouse for a glossy magazine. Subsequently, Tutu was asked to contribute to her obituary.
These days you can catch Tutu donning the Mi soul radio cans as her love for music keeps going…
Music is at the heart of what Ross Allen does… His life is based around it but unlike most he has/is still exploring so many different facets/roles within it. He is currently hosting radio shows, running a record label, A&R-ing for Island Records (he is now at legendary electrionic label R&S), managing producers and artists, DJing at his residency in London and playing all over the planet. People around the world know Ross for one or many of his different roles.
You might know Ross’s brilliant Sunday night (9-11pm) radio show on Mi-soul.com with Sade’s Andrew Hale (or his recently finished Ministry of Sound show, The Meltdown). It's a two-hour guide to the latest and greatest in music from the hottest mp3s to obscure album tracks. Ross won a Sony award for his long standing BBC London radio show – Destination In which ran for nine years until it was turned into a talk radio station. This acclaimed show lead to him doing many shows on BBC Radio One and 6Music. Which on an irregular basis he is still doing.
It’s an oft-repeated cliché that Ross is a DJ’s DJ, but that is only half the story. He plays great music and has made a career out of knowing what is good and what people will like. He has DJed all over the world from Venezuela to Dundee and has been a resident at London’s best clubs over the years, from Fabric (Fabric Live, in its early years), Bar Rhumba (the seminal That’s How It Is), Cargo (Destination Out which ran for nine years), Ministry (Switch on Fridays), The Social Meltdown and now his weekly Meltdown at The Birdcage on Columbia Rd.
All the while working for (R&S/Island/Domino Records/Ninja) and running numerous labels (Filter /Casual /Island Blue) he’s never lost the love for fresh and interesting music whilst working on projects as varied as the amazing Country Got Soul series to Peshay via Spacek and Yo Majesty via Pay-As-U-Cartel and Lady Sovereign, Coldcut, Talvin Singh (which won the Mercury Music Prize) and The Sugababes (where he scored his first number 1 with Freak Like Me).
Ross has just started as head of A&R for R&S Records, the legendary electronic label from Belgium. He was previously at Island Records where he was A&R for 16 years, lastly working with the legendary DJ Shadow. He added a level of coolness to all their signings by sorting out many remixes for the label (including the twice Grammy nominated Moto Blanco remixes of Mary J Blige). He has recently set up a new label/publishing company Meltdown Recordings, which will develop new and emerging talent, something which is at the core of what he does.
He has moved into management over the past few years and is currently working with Big Life Management looking after several acts: South London MC (featured MC on MIA’s Paper Planes) Afrikan Boy and hot new Ministry Of Sound signing London Grammar. He also manages highly acclaimed Decca signed country/soul singer Jeb Loy Nichols currently causing a stir with his latest album ‘The Jeb Loy Nichols Special’ whilst looking after highly regarded, UK producers Silkie, Distance, Oliver Wright, Darq E Freaker and Fracture.
To find out more about Ross and his activities visit his (under construction) website www.rossallensmeltdown.com or check him out on the radio www.mi-soul.com
Neil Pierce may be known as a DJ, Producer,Remixerand Label Manager but all these titles can be summed up with one thing in common – he is a name you can rely on for good quality soulful house music you can dance to. Playing exclusives to classics, gospel to dubs, Neil’s DJ sets are full of energy that never fail to take you on a musical journey that will have you smiling and letting loose on the dance floor.
It was whilst Neil was the Manager of Release the Groove record shop in London’s Soho that he began to make his way in the industry and became friends with many of the people that he would eventually play alongside. It wasn’t long before Neil was DJing at legendary nights such as Garage City and Paul Trouble Anderson’s Loft parties in Camden.
In 2001, a new night was launched at the infamous Ministry of Sound super-club in London. That night was Soul Heavenand it soon became a club night synonymous with playing quality house music with soul. It is of no surprise then that not long after its launch, Neil was asked to be a Soul Heaven resident.Nearly a decade later and Neil continues to be part of the Soul Heaven nights representing the brand in the UK and Worldwide.
In 2003, Neil partnered up with fellow Soul Heaven resident Aaron Ross as producers under the name Fanatix. Since their collaboration, they have made a name for themselves by working with some amazing artists such as Blaze, Kimara Lovelace, KOT, Kenny Bobien, Roy Ayers and Stephanie Cooke, as well as homegrown talents, Terri Walker, Kele le Roc, Jamiroquai, Alex Mills, Don-E and Sunburst Band. Recognition for their music came with releases on respected major ‘house’ labels including Sony, Defected, BBE, Ricanstruction, ZR, Def Jam, Soulgroove and of course Soul Heaven Records.
In March 2008, Fanatix released their debut album, There It Is on London based label BBE to great critical acclaim and the No. 1 spot on Traxsource. Singles from the album included Lesson Learned featuring Kele Le Roc and the massive Love Connection with newcomer Alex Mills working alongside quality musicians such as KaidiTatham (Bugz in the Attic), Mike Patto (Reel People) and Marc De Clive Lowe. The Fanatix success story has gone from strength to strength and in 2009 they had productions such as Fly with Alison Crockett & Nathan Haines which went straight to No. 1 in the Traxsource chart, and a remix of Byron Stingly’sKeep The Love Going, for Nervous Records. The boys also remixed a track for Nathan Haines’s new album.
During this time, Neil also found time to work on some solo projects. In 2005 he set up his own label Hustle Musicwhich most famously is responsible for originally signing The Way You Love Me by Ron Hall & The Muthafunkas featuring Marc Evanswhich is now a house classic.
Neil’s reputation for recognizing and pioneering good music continued to grow and in 2009 he was the obvious choice to replace Aaron Ross as Label Manager at Soul Heaven Records. As well as finding new up and coming artists and music, this gave Neil the opportunity to put out his own music and in 2010, his debut solo record Relish Your Soul performed by KadijaKamarawas released on Soul Heaven Records. Written by Neil, Kadija and Mike Patto(Reel People) this cutting edge soulful house track received huge support from DJs worldwide.
His follow-up track Get Out of my Headwith the wonderful vocals of Dawn Tallman was released in January 2011 on MN2S, reaching No.2 in the Traxsource chart and featured mixes by DJ Spen (Muthafunkas) And then Followed up with he’s smash “time is Now “ .
2013 saw Neil team up with the super talented Ziggyfunk to form the production duo RHEMI .In a short period that have already caused a stir with Remixes for DjSpen on Quantize ,LiquidDeep,Room Control with many more to come.
In May 2013 Neil and Ziggy Launched RhemiMusic .Their first release (a remix of a the classic “call on me “ by Fanatix reached number number 2 on the singles chart on traxsource so the boys are off to a flying start.Look out for forthcoming releases with Lynn Lockamy, Nicole Mitchell and Cassius Henry .
Not content with just producing, remixing and finding new music, Neil’s skills on the decks and seem-less mixing has seen him become a headline DJ taking him all over the UK and Worldwide to Miami, Italy, Ibiza, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Sweden, Dubai, Australia, Russia, Norway ,Ukraine ,Spain and New York as one of only a handful of Brits to grace the decks at the legendary Shelter club. His past DJ credentials include playing at long standing and respected promotions such as Garage City, Southport Weekender, Winter Music Conference, Need2Soul, Soulogic, To The Manor Born and Soul City.
2013 is set to be a massive year for Neil, with non-stop studio commitments as well as his Beat Players party @ East village packed to capacity every month and a string of releases on countless labels , he is definitely one to watch !
Stuart has been at the forefront of London's cutting edge club scene for the last fifteen years. Through DJing, promoting club nights, programming the highly successful Shoreditch club East Village, fanzines, mix compilations or his record label, his profile has continually risen since the 90s. He is regarded as one of the key figures in the London house music scene and revered by his peers.
To highlight all of Stuart's achievements over the years would be impossible, however his most recent success story is the creation and programming of one of the UKs best clubs, East Village. His knowledge has seen a club of under 500 capacity attract the worlds favourite DJs and parties. Now 5 years old, the club has seen incredible artists pass through including Carl Craig, Derrick Carter, Chase+Status, Eryka Badhu, Skream, Kerri Chandler, Maseo (De La Soul), Juan Atkins, Goldie, Maya Jane Coles, Gilles Peterson, Dan Ghenacia, Channel One, Benga,Timmy Regisford, DJ Sneak, Norman Jay, Spen +Karizma, Jazzie B, Paul Woolford, Joe Claussel, Greg Wilson, Danny Krivit, Fabio, David Rodigan and Quentin Harris. www.eastvillageclub.co.uk
As a promoter, it all began in the 90's with a real breakthrough in 98 with his Soulsonic party. With a clear focus on 'real house music’ in the age of the superclub, this is an ethos that has stayed with him throughout his career. This is highlighted in his involvement in Faith, both their parties and fanzine and over the last 12 years. www.faithfanzine.com . More recently The Date at the stunning Loft studios bringing only DJs of legendary status to the fore. This last year has seen Tony Humphies, Spen and Karizma, Kerri Chandler, Timmy Regisford plus for 2013, the return of Tony Humphries for their 1st birthday and both Danny Krivit and Greg Wilson on the same night in the spring.
As a DJ, Stuart has played on every continent, including in only the last few months trips to Amsterdam, Croatia and Valencia plus a tour of Brazil in feb 2013. Closer to home, he has been behind the decks at most underground house clubs such as Basics, Stealth, Bugged Out, Chibuku and virtually any town in England which has a decent club. It has always been his residencies at the events and clubs he is involved with that have really caught the imagination, be that Soulsonic at the beginning or Faith, The Date and East Village currently. He has been rewarded with opportunities to release a number of compilation and mix CDs all of which have received critical acclaim. These are Soulsonic - The Mix CD, the first Social Classics Compilation entitled 'Stuart Patterson Presents Deviant', the first of the 'DJs Take Control' series and 'Sleazy Beats and Dirty Vibes' released June 04' as part of the 'My Salsoul' series which saw legendary New York Disco label Salsoul's back catalogue, re-packaged, re-edited and rejuvenated. The other DJs who have compiled My Salsoul are Grandmaster Flash, Danny Krivit and Joe Claussell so needless to say Stuart was blown away to be invited to add his own interpretation alongside these legends.
With his tireless work and love for music, Stuart has done things the 'right way' and there is no doubt that he will continue to be at the forefront of London's cutting edge club scene for a long time to come while continuing to travel the world with sets upcoming in Dubai, Turkey, Croatia and Ibiza in the next few months.
Martin originally started playing Soul/Funk/Hip Hop back in 85, then in 1988 he heard house
for the first time and I was hooked from
that moment, he has always loved the more soulful
end of the music spectrum, nothing too hard and banging. And he has been a life long Stevie
Wonder fan “I get that from my Dad because I remember being young and him playing Stevie
albums indoors, I have since ‘borrowed’ those albums from him”
He has also produced and co produced many tracks as Candy Apple Productions with one of
his oldest friends, they have had tracks signed to various labels and compilations and done
remixes for some outstanding artists over the years including Rosie Gaines, Shaun Escoffery,
Garage City, SuSu, Stereo Sushi, Morehouse Records and many more.
Martin has hosted shows on various stations over the past 20 years including Moonlight FM,
Touch FM, House FM, CN Soho Live, Passion FM and Push FM playing a broad spectrum of
music from soul through to the more techier side of deep house.
Genreʼs: Soul, Funk, Disco, Old School Hip Hop, Soulful House, Deep House
Previous clubs and parties: Ministry Of Sound, GDFN London, The Southport Weekender,SunceBeat (Croatia), IPM Rome 2013, Room 26 (Italy), 360 Club (Dubai), Soul City, Makinʼ
Moves, Soultogether, Deep Into Soul, Soulogic, Turnmills, Fabric, The Cross, The Key Club,
Escape (Brighton and Swansea) Mint Club (Leeds) Garage City, Bobby & Steve and Friends,
Beat Players, Tribe, Together, Inspiration Information, Notting Hill Arts Club, Notting Hill
Carnival, Alta, Residents Association, East Village, Bar Music Hall, Herbal, The Scala,
Residencies: SunceBeat (Tisno, Croatia) The Southport Weekender, GDFN London, Joeʼs
As an entertaining entity Dr. Psycho has a tremendous impact worldwide. Dr. Psycho has DJ’d and Hosted nights in Europe, Asia and The Americas alike – but it doesn’t stop there. In a career backed with more than 2 decades of experience Dr. Psycho’s unique style of DJing and hosting has lead to a higher demand for his prolific skills in any given event. Dr Psycho has the unique ability to host anevent as well as DJ….. at the same time!!
Dr. Psycho is a natural performer. Having studied Performing Arts then spending eight years with one of the UKs most successful sound systems (Rampage 1991 - 1999) he first began performing back in 1989 with sound system legends Rapattack. To date Dr. Psycho has gained enough experience to feature a vast variety of music in his act. Dr Psycho has DJ’d, hosted and performed, in support and alongside artists such as Busta Rhymes, Jodeci, Chipmunk, Snoop Doggy Dogg, J Cole, Tony Matterhorn, Jay Sean, Boyz II Men, The Bad Boy Family, Taio Cruz – the list goes on… Whether it is RnB, Hip Hop, Arabic, Garage, DnB, Soca, Bashment, Bhangra, Reggae or any kind of chart topper, you can be sure that where-ever Dr. Psycho or The Surgery may appear, the public are assured a memorable event.
The Surgery is the brainchild of Dr Psycho. This Hospital inspired, Fancy Dressed event features Dr Psycho together with other such entertainers and producers such as Sticky (acclaimed producer), Simon Sez and Bad Boy Brown to name but a few. A Surgery party is an event like no other, bringing together the best in urban entertainment with emergency service based fun and games. The Surgery also brought about the release of two singles on the Social Circles record label. This has inevitably, lead to Dr Psycho finding himself as an artist.
As an artist Dr Psycho has worked with array of producers crossing many genres, from Sticky to Ignorants to DJ Luck to RBD. As well as a handful of features and releases “DR PSYCHO – DJ SUPERHERO is a album available for download as is the second helping, DR PSYCHO – EVERYONES FAVORITE DJ).
Dr Psycho has also worked with the So-Urban Hit Squad - a collection of DJs affiliated to Sony BMG Records and their Street team. The objective of this outfit was to put together club parties to support the releases of various artists across the urban side of Sony BMG. The So-Urban Hit Squad toured around the UK and Ireland putting together parties to support artists such as Usher, T-Pain, Beyonce, Omarion, Bow Wow and Justin Timberlake to name but a few.
Dr Psycho is a resident DJ and Host to the TwiceAsNice brand. This has lead to him mixing their live mix cd, which is distributed across the globe at any given TwiceAsNice event. (click links to see more) - Nicetalent - Dr Psycho has also mixed the live Twice as nice mix CD for 2011. This CD has been circulated across Europe at all Twice as nice events
Dr Psycho is no stranger to radio. In a career spanning over 11 years Dr Psycho has appeared and made his mark on community (Unique FM), specialist (Club Asia + Asian FX), and mainstream radio (BBC GLR + First Love Radio).
In 2011 Dr Psycho hosted the Thompsom Airways in-flight radio show, which was broadcast across their whole network of aircraft for the summer season.
2010-2013 saw Dr Psycho open The Early Morning Surgery on BANG 103.6FM, THE OLD SCHOOL SURGERY -THE DANCEHALL SURGERY & The Bang Sports Show
Catch Dr Psycho, LIVE, in a club or event near you – across Europe (in the summer months) or across the UK.
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DJ Marcia Carr
Marcia Carr aka Marcia DaVinylMC is a woman of many talents - a statement which aptly describes one of the hottest talents in London's capital. Girl about town party player Marcia, is a long standing club DJ and co-radio presenter of shows on Ministry Of Sound and Colourful radio, and also a member of the London based DJ collective Ladyz™ (aka LadyBugz).
As a former street/jazz dancer she is perfectly placed in understanding how to work up crowds (from festivals sizes to intimate clubs/bars) by taking them on a musical journey that nearly always veers off in to sheer eclectism - an experience of the unexpected.
Her club DJ sets of deeper, soulful, jazzy style encompassing tech house, Afro, gospel house, jazz-funk, disco, broken beat, nu jazz, dubstep, Soul and beyond have also featured on air of a variety of UK radio stations: Colourful, RinseFM, Solar, PushFM, and as far flung as Singapore and Sri Lanka to a host of European neighbours - Estonia, Finland, Norway, Luxembourg, Greece, Ireland, Switzerland, Scotland plus venues like the Ministry Of Sound radio alongside the likes of Bob Sinclair, David Morales and MAW.
Invitations to spin at clubs and parties around the world have continued to find favour and appreciation for Marcia gaining new fans everywhere she goes.
Having spun with some honorary names over the years that include Kerri Chandler, Norman Jay MBE, Larry Heard, Dego (2000Black), Phil Asher, Paul 'Trouble' Anderson, Frankie Valentine, Krust, Gilles Peterson, Jeremy Newall, Seamus Haji, Teddy Douglas (The Basement Boys), Marc Mac (4Hero), Ricky Morrison, Bert Bevans, DJ Paulette, Kev Beadle, Johnny Reckless, Jazzie B, Cosmo, Patrick Forge, Booker T, Nikki Lucas, Chris Phillips, Rachel Aubern and many others, she is known as the DJ's DJ.
On a night off Marcia still has a yearning to take to the dance floor - she's definitely a girl about town [always supporting the diversified underground electronic dance scenes].
Fitting in journalist contributions also to the Soul Survivors and other dance magazines, Marcia Carr also runs music PR / Artist agency company Talking Music Productions, and hosts of many different events (both club and charity events).
She is involved with studio production and remix work, has also provided independent music consultancy to many organisations, all of which illustrate exactly why she is a tour de force, and still very much in demand around the world.
Karizma grew up in Baltimore, United States, and he began to DJ for fashion shows and college parties at age of 13. In early 1980, Karizma landed a radio show with a non-profit National Public Radio station, WEAA, and his early style was a mix of house music andhip hop. Around the same time, Karizma met DJ Spen, and together with him, worked on a radio show at V103,the same station that he held a very popular weekend mix show with unruly records co-founders,Scottie B and Shawn Caesar.. Karizma and DJ Spen worked on a music production project with a record label, Jasper Street Company, and joined the House Music Production Group, the Basement Boys, and worked on remixes for musicians such as Mary J. Blige, Bob Sinclar, Lenny Kravitz to name a few.
In 2006, Karizma distributed his unreleased track, "Twyst this" to a few contacts including Gilles Peterson. Gilles Peterson introduced "Twysted" on his radio program, Worldwide on BBC Radio 1, and this track got chart in on top 14 in spite of it being on a white label product.
In 2007, Karizma released a solo album, "A Mind of Its Own" on R2 Records, and made his official debut. Karizma was voted as Best DJ's of 2007 in the XLR8R magazine. In 2010, Karizma was nominated as the "Best Hometown Hero" on his home town, Baltimore city newspaper for his solo career progression traveling around the globe. In 2012, Karizma released a triple pack LP, "Karizma Collection 1999-2012", 500 copy limited editions including his classic songs, "Twysted" and "Power", individually hand sprayed each of the album sleeves. In 2013, Karizma's third solo album, a double pack LP/ CD (digital), "Karizma Wall of Sound" will be released from R2 Records on 2 September 2013 worldwide, featuring collaborations with Osunlade (Yoruba Records), Rokaz (Neil Pierce & Ziggy Funk), and a UK star, Sean McCabe.
In May 1972 Keith M Jackson was born that same year Bruce Lee Died…clearly not enough room on this planet for 2 badasses...!
Anyway, Keefy saw fun in hearing himself choking to near death with a packet of cheese and onion golden wonders crisp, while recording his voice...when he was 7.
Having fun playing music at family parties led to doing a church club, as the DJ of course along with Lambeth summer youth projects, in between doing house parties. At 15 Keefy began on hospital radio and also his first ever, live pirate radio show, on DLR, Direct Line Radio1987, which was based in Dulwich.
Franklin's interest in soul music began around 1972. All of his friends at that time preferred pop music but it had never lit his fire! Then one day he heard a song by The Detroit Emeralds and the love and obsession for this wonderful music genre began.
Franklin began collecting records, and by 1975 he had the beginnings of a decent collection. Circumstances conspired to present to him his first live gig at the age of 17. From those humble beginnings he started to get booked for parties and whilst, mostly, having to play the Hits of the Day he would always slip in a "proper" soul tune.
Delivering week in and week out with her trademark locks and her effervescent self DJ D’NYCE has been blessing the UK music scene for some fifteen years in varying capacities. Transcending and over coming all challenges put in her way. The world renowned Rampage sound’s (www.rampagesound.com) first lady has forged a huge name that resounds with the impact of a thundering Dre beat through some twenty four inch subs-ya hear (of course you do its twenty four inch subs)!?
Starting out with a chance break on Street FM she then went onto Juice UK, Westside Radio, BBC London 94.9 working alongside Mike Anthony and Treble T from Rampage before branching out to Bang Radio where she had a hugely successful show: The Thursday SoulDOutShow 7pm-9pm specialising in signed and unsigned R&B/ Soul artists from around the world and more importantly the UK.
Fast forward to present day and her resume reads like a wish list of some young kid starting out with work for names that resound through the 90’s to present day like Mariah Carey hitting a highhhhhhhh note think-SWV, Dru Hill, Marsha Ambrosius, and Elisha L'averne.
From her yearly stints with Rampage at The Notting Hill Carnival where over 10,000 people reach (boom!) to take in artists like Sean Paul, Mark Ronson, Wiley, Swizz Beats, Ryan Leslie, Lloyd and Jazmine Sullivan (to name but a few) to her residencies in Ayia Napa, Ibiza, and Greece-it seems that she has enough on her plate but our diminutive selektaaaaa-has a huge appetite for music!
So in the ever changing world of DJ D’NYCE who seeks to nice up the place she now embarks on a new chapter in her musical career.
Mi-Soul | www.mi-soul.com now have the pleasure of DJ D’NYCE bringing the successful Soul-D-Out brand to their airwaves and they can look forward to huge interviews with names like the late great Teena Marie, Anthony Hamilton, Musiq, Syleena Johnson, Chrisette Michele. Soul-D-Out in fact broke free from its FM shackles a few years ago when DJ D’NYCE took the radio show to the live arena. Now at Proud Camden its defo smashing it on a quarterly basis with classy up and coming performers and of course some established names like, Donaeo, Yolanda Brown, Soul:ID and Matti Roots its always sold out!
So what’s next for our DJ well who knows what do you have for her?!
SouthportWeekender resident DJ Lil' Stevie delivers an inspired upbeat vocals galore set of alluring Soulful House
London based DJ Natty B is the award-winning presenter of ‘The Official Reggae Chart Show’ on celebrated radio station –Mi-Soul.com, where he counts down the UK’s only official reggae chart. This chart is published in the weekly newspaper ‘The Gleaner’;prior to this he also graced many other radio stations including Choice FM, FLR, WNK Radio and Kiss FM.
A highly respected DJ, he is a member of the people’s favourite ‘Studio-One’ sound and has also played on some of the biggest sound systems, both in the UK and abroad, alongside other lauded selectors.
From running his own talent agency in the 90s (promoting British Reggae artists such as the late Deborah Glasgow, Janet Lee Davis, Winsome, Mike Anthony, Peter Hunningale and TippaIrie) to penning regular columns for ‘The Voice’ newspaper – Natty B has literally ‘been there, done that’, sitting comfortably at the fore-front of ‘the reggae game’.
Passionate about the party-culture which is underpinned by music, Natty B hosts a hugely popular fortnightly‘Throwback Fridayz’ dance in south-east London, where people “come and party to the sounds of yester-year”.
Jazzie B Biography
Although Jazzie B and Soul II Soul will always be connected, both spiritually and substantially, that has never been all Jazzie has been about. For years now, he has built a parallel career away from the collective, one that allows Jazzie to advance his own ideas and character. Among his more eclectic achievements as Jazzie B, he has been a regular on London radio since Kiss FM was a pirate – he is currently on Solar Radio, Sundays 2-4 pm and also does a variety of voice-overs for radio and television. He has had a spell running Motown in the UK, designed a sneaker for the Lacoste Legends range and presented James Brown with the Diesel U Music Lifetime Achievement award – an honour the late Mr Brown would accept in person on the one condition that it was Jazzie who presented it to him. But on a more day-to-day level, welcome to Jazzie’s world…
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Mark "Deadly" Smedley started his love of dance, soul, jazz/funk and reggae in the early 80's and was educated at the school of Robbie Vincent, Greg Edwards & David Rodigan with extra tuition from Radio Invicta 92.4.
Further education followed listening to Kiss, Horizon, JFM, LWR and he soon realised a career in radio was to be his desired path in life.
After DJing at parties, wine bars and small clubs landed a job at Kiss 100 in 1990 and became Head Of Production and also on air presenter filling in for David Rodigan's reggae show and daytime shows whenever the Guvnor said "Smedley get in the studio, you're needed".
He held DJ residencies at Stringfellows, Limelight, Caspers Ride Of Your Life, hundreds of one off gigs at almost every London club, and yearly on the main Kiss 100 stage at Notting Hill Carnival.
In 1999 he left Kiss 100 and set up Deadly Productions producing radio commercials primarily for large record companies and has done so ever since. Still having the passion for broadcasting you can now hear him back on the airwaves after a long hibernation presenting "The Deadliest Selection Of Dance" which covers the past, the present and the future of Dance Music under the Soul heading.
"Deadly" is a Spurs season ticket holder, father of many "Deadly" children and always has a positive outlook on what life throws at him.
Hailing from London, England, Ziggy Funk has for many years been involved with music. He never had the stereotypical upbringing of a musical family; it was merely his curiosity which bought him to where he is today. Picking up and learning the guitar at a young age was his first taste of his journey, to which led him to play in numerous bands. This also allowed him to incorporate different styles from Funk, hip-hop, jazz, blues and world music in his repertoire. Eventually all roads looked towards house music, always loving the sound of house it was only till later in life Ziggy begun to really settle and refine his skills as a producer and DJ. Playing at many great venues such the ‘Roundhouse’ in Camden, ‘Big chill’ festival, the Legendary Soul Heaven night and the well-known East Village club in London and as well as residency for Deep Into Soul which is one of the premiere House nights in London.
Ziggy's stand out release of 'Everyday' with long term musical partner, Taliwa under the mighty Foliage label received a great reception from the house community. The duo then went on and wrote anther smash ‘What You Afraid’ which was released under the legendary DJ Spen’s label, Quantize recordings which also had support from one of the pioneers of house such as Louie Vega. Ziggy has also released works under Defected, Soul Heaven,Tony records, Limestone recordings, Room Control records and more. Ziggy's new ventures with successful producer and DJ, Neil Pierce of Fanatix/Soul heaven Include a label launch which is also named after their collaborative guise 'Rhemi'. The two have numerous original/remix work under the moniker, most notably 'Friends' featuring the talented Kele La Rock and also 'Warning' with Lynn Lockamy. They both have been working on a string of songs to be released through the Label Rhemi Music and other imprints as well.
The straight-talking, no-nonsense, unflappable music journalist, DJ, producer and presenter with a finger firmly on the pulse of what works, and what isn’t worth the vinyl, plastic or digital sphere it’s printed on: it’s Tony Tomlin.
The road to the turntable has spun in swings and roundabouts for this man of dulcet tones. He spent Five years on Choice FM spinning inspirational music tracks on 107.1 on Sunday nights, and as Co Presenter with Dave P for 5 years on Sunday mornings. His dulcet tones were also heard on BBC 1xtra's Inspirational Sunday morning programme alongside DJ Fitz delivering the entertainment report.
Tony has also wooed music lovers with his inspirational soulful sounds on CFM Radio and Vogue FM Community Stations. None too shy to share his sentiments on the up and coming as well as those who weren’t, Tony spent seven years as a music columnist penning his popular weekly G-Flava Music column for Britain's Biggest Black newspaper, The New Nation. There he built up a bit of a reputation for his straight-talking stance, knowledge of and passion for all flavours of inspirational music – from RnB and Reggae to Hip Hop, Soul and House. The man had quite a bit of a following too…
Tony is also well known for his trademark inspirational concert promotions and events – people know that they won’t be short changed and that he will never fail to deliver to his listeners – whether presenting, DJ-ing or mixing. Unafraid to try his hand at most things, Tony even lists a foray into the world of acting amongst his achievements, having appeared in the BBC Programme, Hidden History: The Life of Harold Moody. It was his first acting role and it came as a bit of surprise when he landed the lead role of the man himself.
When he is not doing any of the above you’ll find Tony enjoying an Arsenal game, watching MMA Boxing or tying to improve his handicap in a game of golf.
“There aint nothin’ like Hip Hop music”
It’s true, and Big Ted is the living proof. On his 13th birthday he was given a gift that opened up his world and sparked what is without question one of the most enduring careers in Hip Hop music.
Since that day he first plugged in his boom box, ghetto blaster, stereo or whatever you want to call it... Ted's world was changed forever!
Raised on an audio diet of 80’s pirate radio greats like LWR, JFM, Solar, Horizon and Kiss he soaked up the sounds blasting from the speakers in the shape of Grandmaster Flash and Sugar Hill Gang. Afrika Bambaata and RunDMC. Dougie Fresh and LLCoolJ. Whatever it was, whoever it was Big Ted was listening and learning. Learning so much that he began penning his own lyrics to his favourite beats and teaching himself to mix and scratch on his fathers record player!
Those early years of listening and learning have lead Big Ted to an enviable career as one of Hip Hop’s most popular names and faces.
A friend introduced Big Ted to the then pirate radio dj 279 in the early 90's. The subsequent relationship led to Ted co-presenting The Friday Nite Flava on Choice FM throughout the famed 'Golden Era' of hip hop, regularly meeting and interviewing legendary artists including KOOL HERC, GRAND WIZARD THEODORE, BIG L, LORDS OF THE UNDERGROUND, DAS EFX, REDMAN, SNOOP DOGGY DOGG and more...
A move up the dial to host the now legendary weekly KISS FM radio show for 10 years, saw him boast a list of guests that reads like the who’s who of A-list hip hop celebrities. Think JA RULE or LUDACRIS. DE LA SOUL or RunDMC. JAZZY JEFF or QUEEN LATIFAH, in addition to LLCOOLJ, NAS, ICE CUBE, KRS1, WU TANG CLAN, DAME DASH, PETE ROCK, JERU, KANYE WEST, ESTELLE, DIZZEE RASCAL, KANO, BLAK TWANG and many many more. They have all blessed his show with their greatness and been witness to the charm of the funniest rap dude on the airwaves.
Who else could have an on air rap impressions battle with controversial star THE GAME?
Who else could get BUSTA RHYMES to reveal what he and Nicole Ritchie once got up to?
Who else has had traded jokes about driving with MTV’s Pimp My Ride host XZIBIT before he was pimping!
Yup, Big Ted did it all and more.
Now with his weekly 'Teddy's Jam' show on new station Mi Soul, Ted continues his mission to make everybody a fan of hip hop!
As a mainstay on the club scene in the UK for many years, cities up and down this island have witnessed his party rocking dj style and he’s taken his skills to locations across the world. North, South, East and West Africa. Dubai, Germany, France and Switzerland, Austria & the USA are just some the locales that have played host to Ted in the mix.
He’s shared decks with dj greats CASH MONEY, DJ PREMIER and JAZZY JEFF, and stages with EMINEM, NAS, JA RULE, GANGSTARR, DE LA SOUL, MASTA ACE, DESTINYS CHILD, MOS DEF, ROOTS MANUVA,DIZZEE RASCAL and TY.
But don’t think he’s only comfortable on the turntables or behind the microphone. Ted is also a host with the most.As the face and voice of TROUBLE TV for its launch and early years, he regularly sat down with the stars for interviews. Ask BEYONCE and KELLY ROWLAND about Teds ability to flip accents or TYRESE about his fashion advice. 5 years of classic television. Ted was a front man for the Princes Trust Urban Music Festival, introducing some of the worlds biggest stars to a packed audience at Earls Court.
Nowadays you’ll find him popping up frequently as a dj in demand wherever the party is hot, voicing the commercial for your favourite album or on tv somewhere doing his thing in front of the camera like no one else can.
More recently, Ted has been busy touring Europe and beyond with respected artists Ty and Blak Twang, manning the decks as they rip stages with their classics.
As a host he's been the man out front keeping audiences entertained for concerts by hip hop giants EPMD, Pete Rock &CL Smooth, KRSONE, Raekwon, Biz Markie and Big Daddy Kane.
The 2012 European premiere of critically acclaimed hip hop documentary "Something From Nothing - The Art Of Rap" also saw Ted bringing his personality to the stage and introducing the film and icons Melle Mel, Chuck D and Ice T to a star studded audience. But then..who else could!!!!
Hip Hop hasn't been the same since Big Ted grabbed a hold of it!
Shaq D has recently joined the Mi-Soul family and his Wednesday night Slow Jams show, ‘The Love Shaq’, is being spoken about in all quarters of the globe from, London England to Sydney Australia.
As the well known saying goes “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree”, you might as well say that Shaq D’s love of music was formed from conception as his Dad is a DJ and music is a staple part of his life. As far back as he can remember he has always been around music. At home he grew up mainly on Soul and Reggae music which form the backbone of his musical tastes.
A discerning vinyl collector from the age of 12 and a presence to be reckoned with in the DJ booth & Dance for the past 26 years, Shaq D’s lifelong love affair with music has taken him all over the UK, Europe and to Europe’s Largest Street Party, The Notting Hill Carnival. One of his USP’s is that he can DJ and host simultaneously. Shaq D’s first big break into club nights came with his sound Black Avenue in the 90’s at London’s premier club night Silk City. To date one of his biggest achievements was being part of an event which lasted over 5 years which called Foolin’ Around which was hosted at many clubs throughout London. From that Shaq D now hosts his own night called W.H.A.T!!! This simply stands for We Have Amazing Times!!! Where ever you see these letters you know that it will be a stellar occasion.
He would classify himself as a gifted generalist covering contemporary RnB, 80s Soul, Reggae, Funky House, Revival, Rare Groove, Hip-Hop, Garage, Jungle, and Ragga/Old Time Bashment amongst others when he plays out.
Shaq D personifies Mi-Soul Radio’s community spirited ethos. He routinely plays at fundraisers for several organisations including the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust and Meningitis Trust. Hyping the night and taking the crowd with him are the reasons he loves deejaying as much as he does.
Born December 1969 in South East London and raised in North London from West Indian and English parents Matt’s journey through the UK music industry has been both influential and exciting
Matt grew up around a mixture of music from Soul, Calypso, Reggae, Jazz and Funk that his parents played, but it was through his brother that Matt got hooked and at 10 years of age already started to collect music.
"The first record I bought was probably Chic or Earth, Wind & Fire. I used to save my money and buy records from a really early age and it was kind of by accident that I got into the DJ side of my work."
Matt's brother used to lock him in a room to play records to him, and from an early age he quickly became fascinated by music itself and started to begin his out of control record collection. Matt's brother was involved with a group of guys, one of which was a DJ and at a birthday party for his brother he first saw how a DJ played records to his audience. After saving his pocket money and getting a weekend job Matt saved up enough money to buy his first set of turntables and it didn't take long before Matt was practicing day and night on his decks (much to his parents despair!). By this time Matt already had a pretty impressive record collection.
"I started making tapes for my friends and enjoyed it more as time went by. At this stage it wasn't like I was scratching, but I had got a pretty good ear for the mixing side of things. Then one day I was walking down Camden High Street and saw that this guy was selling tapes with my music on it, I knew it was mine because I knew the order of the records off by heart and at what point each record would stop and start, one of my friends was selling my tapes to him and making money from it. First I got annoyed, but then I realized this meant that people enjoyed what I was doing, and I got inspired to continue."
Shortly after Matt went to the US, and this completely opened his eyes. "I remember seeing DJs like Grandmaster Flash, Whiz Kid and Grand Wizard Theodore who featured in the legendary Hip Hop film Wildstyle scratching and mixing like I had never seen before and I decided I needed to master this. I always loved music but now I was obsessed by the art of the DJ. I only left my bedroom for food breaks and the rest of the time I had my headphones on and just practiced non-stop. In my spare time I was hunting for records and by doing so had got to know a lot of people in London's record stores who kept me up to date with the happening tunes."
Then came Matt's first gig: "Ah, yes, my first gig was in my school youth centre, they asked me to play but I don't think everyone was prepared for my mixing and scratching. Still I had loads of fun! The school I went to had a real musical history Eddie Grant (Electric Avenue) and Ms Dynamite went there, so I guess it was in my destiny to be in music!"
Matt continued to play at friend’s house parties and local events but it wasn't long until he was introduced to Rap Attack who at the time was one of the biggest sound systems on the UK R&B scene. Matt played with them for a while before approaching Aitch B and Jazzie B to join Soul 2 Soul. Matt quickly became part of the team and played alongside Jazzie B, Aitch B and Jazzie Q at the Africa Centre amongst other places. Matt ended up working with the Soul 2 Soul crew for about 2 years including some remix production work on their legendary song "Fairplay" but then he was on the move again.
He started working with Derek B during times when Derek was on stage at Live Aid and doing tours across Europe and through working with Derek managed to end up in the studio working with the Cookie Crew as well. "I loved Derek, because as a DJ he was a legend, and in the studio he allowed me to have an opinion and input."
After Matt got tired off the studio nightlife he started working at Catch a Groove Records in the west end's Dean's Street. "At the time Catch A Groove was only known for selling US house and other 4 to the floor dance records but when I started there we quickly established a reputation for good quality R&B and Rap music, whilst at the same time we were also able to cater for the old school soul and funk people who still wanted those rare grooves and modern records that fitted into to there musical tastes. After six months of steady sales and good feedback from the customers Catch A Groove decided to give Matt more responsibility and open up the shop downstairs and dedicate it to R&B, Rap and Reggae, they put Matt in charge and the Catch A Groove 'Bassment' was born! Matt quickly proved himself with outstanding knowledge of the urban music trends and the Bassment became massively successful. "I ended up providing all the top DJs in London with the newest tracks, Gilles Peterson, Trevor Nelson, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong and Norman Jay all came by to get their music.
During this time Matt was approached by Steve Jervier and asked to join him at Kiss FM. Matt, now 23 years old embarked on a new path as a radio DJ alongside Steve. Later that year when Steve decided to leave Kiss, Matt was asked to take over his slot. "At first I wasn’t interested and never really understood the power of radio until I was booked for a gig that Kiss promoted, they advertised this night so much and they billed me as ‘The Milk Tray Man and a Supermodel’. When I got on the decks this girl ran up to me took one look at me and said, "You ain't no supermodel!" I couldn’t stop laughing, but I quickly realized the power off radio”.
Matt's "Smoove Grooves" and "Ghetto Style On Ya Dial" shows ran on Kiss for 10 years and during this time Matt also played regularly at Yo Yo's, Shuffles, Fresh & Funky, Rotation, Bar Rumba, Ministry of Sound and other venues across London and the UK. "It seems a bit crazy to me that I've held down a radio show for 10 years, two residencies one for nearly 14 years and worked at a record label for close to 20 years. Time flies when your having fun!"
The two club he mentioned are Bubbling Over at Bar Rumba which kick started the Sunday R&B club scene after years of having nothing, and he was the first R&B DJ to get a residency at The Ministry Of Sound with a concept he created from scratch called 'Smoove' . Matt was always in demand from high profile artists he met through the industry and his radio shows and it was not before long Matt was playing private parties for Boys II Men, Mary J. Blige, Toni, Tony, Tone!, Zhane, Mariah Carey and later Eminem to name a few.
Matt has also spun across the world. He has played locations as diverse as Dubai, Germany, Hong Kong, Greece, Malaysia, Taiwan and Croatia. "At the time I was the first UK R&B DJ to play Dubai and it is so refreshing to go to places like that. It was really interesting from a music perspective because people out there react differently to certain tracks. Some tracks that are huge in the UK just don't work elsewhere."
All this work did not gone unnoticed by Matt's peers. Matt was nominated consistently for 5 years for The Best Club and The Best Radio DJ at The MOBO Awards, and in 2001 he picked up a Silver Award at The New York Festivals Radio Programming and Advertising awards for his Smooth Grooves show 'Matt White Vs Dr. Dre and Eminem' in the Best Specialist Event category. "I still don't know how I got nominated, but I was very happy and over the moon to get the award. I've won an award as a DJ in American and they pioneered most of my music".
Taking over the club scene as a DJ and appearing regularly on radio wasn't enough for the young and extremely ambitious Matt White. It wasn't long before he started a career inside one of the world's top music companies Polydor.
In 1995 Matt was employed as promotions assistant and after 2 years Matt was promoted to promotions manager working with acts such as Zhane, Boys II Men, and Horace Brown. He was then promoted again and this time found himself as A&R/Promotions Manager. Matt was privileged to work on the Motown roster as well as artists such as Kele Le Roc. During a reshuffle of the company Polydor, lost Motown but gained Interscope!
When Matt saw the plans for the label he realized that he would no longer have time to do UK A&R and instead decided to make the most of his new roster as Head Of Urban Music. This is when Matt got a tip off about this new kid called Eminem and was quick to tell his bosses to get on it. This project proved to be huge success along with a list of other acts including Dr. Dre, 2Pac, Truth Hurts, Mya, Bubba Sparxxx, City High, G-Unit, 50 Cent and The Black Eyed Peas who to date have sold a staggering 1.8 million records in the UK alone.
As head or Urban, Matt was involved with all aspects of marketing and promotions for the artists he works on.
"Eminem was definitely a high point since it did so well, but also working with a group like Black Eyed Peas who I have supported since the release of their first album years ago and seeing them have tremendous success was such a great feeling. It is funny because people always said to me that it wouldn't happen for them and now 1.8 million sales later I think I can safely say that they where wrong! It is great working with people and helping them achieving their ultimate dream, that is what keeps this job interesting for me, it gave me a real buzz."
Matt has recently set up his own promotions and marketing company whose clients have included Nicole Scherzinger, Rihanna and Beats By Dre. ‘I wanted to be able to offer a service that uses my skills in A&R, Marketing and promotions and take advantage of my incredible contacts list’.
Outside of work "I have a four year old daughter so I don't have that much spare time, but I always find time for my football addiction. I am a huge Arsenal supporter and rarely miss a game. I play a little bit of golf, and love cooking, believe it or not I find it relaxing and have plans to open a restaurant one day, but for now I want to leave the dance floor cooking!”
THE GLOBAL GLITCH
Madera Verde aka Chris Greenwood brings his unique take on global dance music to MI SOUL for a live musical meander across several continents and various assorted islands. A veteran of the London club scene (having programmed or co owned VILLA STEFANO, BAR CUBA, BAR RUMBA, MARKET PLACE, CARGO, THE BIG CHILL), Madera currently promotes parties in Croatia (www.stopmakingsense.eu), manages bands & promotes his venue BEDROOM BAR in London… On the show, tons of exclusives and pre releases, live mixes & recordings, infrequent guests in the studio and the odd cantankerous rant.”
The Mastermind Roadshow story is a unique and an important chapter in the history of underground Black music in the UK.
Originating and still based in London NW10, Mastermind Roadshow was formed in the late Seventies, as one of the first Soundsystems to specialise in Soul/R&B/Hip Hop within the UK and we are proud to be often recognised and referred to as the ‘’foundation’’ by a number of the UK’s talented/popular DJ’s of today.
Whilst never neglecting the Soul/Funk/R&B ethos Mastermind are considered pioneers of the Hip Hop movement in the UK, working alongside such greats as Grand Master Flash, DJ Whizzkid, Afrika Bambaata but to name a few.
Mastermind became widely renowned for performing on the two days at the August Bank Holiday Notting Hill Carnival. The start began late Seventies very early Eighties next to Ladbroke Grove Station alongside TWJ before moving the infamous ''caged '' area under the Westway, which became THE place to be at Carnival, the beginning of the Nineties saw us relocate to our current location in Canal Way next to Sainsburys at the top of Ladbroke Grove where we pride ourselves on being able to showcase and support the signed and unsigned UK talent sprinkled with an International flavour over the two days of Carnival with some of the finest both past and present regularly gracing our stage.
Still very active today both nationally and internationally performing our unique brand of entertainment and style giving the maximum pleasure/enjoyment in true Mastermind fashion.
We are happy to be joining the Mi-Soul family and thankful for being able to bring this unique experience to a UK and worldwide listening audience.
Bristol-based producer Sean McCabe has had plenty of time to develop his own sound. Famously, he released his first tracks in 2003 at the tender age of 17 and has spent the last decade fine-tuning a trademark sound that is effortlessly soulful.
McCabe made his name in soulful house, developing a long-running relationship with legendary US garage label King Street Sounds and remixing the likes of Dennis Ferrer, Evelyn Champagne King, Roy Ayers, Blaze, and Todd Terry. Since then, he’s amassed an impressive discography, delivering inspired reworks for labels like Z Records, Local Talk, Strictly Rhythm, Vega Records, Tribe, and Quantize.
A quick listen to any of his productions or one of his superb DJ sets will confirm this attractive, emotion-rich aesthetic. While rooted in house, his sound regularly takes on flavours of disco, boogie, Afro, deeper grooves, proto-house, ‘90s garage-house dubs and much more besides.
As a DJ, he has forged a reputation at the legendary Southport Weekender, where he has performed regularly. Anyone who can impress the notoriously knowledgeable Southport Weekender crowd must be doing something right.
Sean has travelled the world as a DJ, playing as far afield as Asia and the United States, as well as regular appearances in Europe and the UK. Refreshingly, he seems to have no particular aspirations to play in gargantuan clubs, and admits to preferring gigs in small, intimate venues, where he can make a connection with the crowd.
As a producer, McCabe is constantly learning and evolving, taking his sound in different directions. He admits to a love of vintage synthesizers – picked up from listening to classic New York boogie and ‘80s soul. With an album on the horizon and notable collaborations with the likes of Karizma, Nathan Adams, and Groove Assassin, his reputation continues to rise.Good Vibrations
Nick first got into DJing at the age of 15 when he got his first pair of belt-driven turntables. They were cheap, unreliable and as a result, mixing was a challenge. Through listening to a range of electronic music shows on the radio, he became more and more interested in the electronic music scene, and by the age of 17 decided it was time to invest in some decent equipment. Through hard bedroom practise, not only did his love of dance music grow, but also his passion for radio. Since then he's played for some of London's finest clubs, and broadcast to thousonds across various radio stations, even presenting from a station based in a London bar (Free drinks and work are never a good mix)! Musically his main love is Soulful House, but can often be found playing deeper sets in some of London's most credible spots. He's recently launched his own club night 'Afterparty', which is dedicated to bringing soulful music, like minded people and a lot of dancing together.
Check out mixes at mixcloud.com/brickn01
Cj started Djing at the tender age of 16 /1977 after being asked to take over the dj duties because the dj hadn’t turned up that night at Samanthas nightclub. After which the management felt he could do a good job and asked if he would like to do it part time. Well within a year he was their number one resident dj at which point he left to become a resident at the sister club HOMBRES in well street for which he stayed off and on for 8 years, In that time the biggest breakthrough for Cj was linking up with the Pirate radio station HORIZON RADIO 1981 . Horizon radio was first heard in 0ct 1981 Cj became the most popular Horizon Dj in its short history because of his club djing talents. In that time he worked with some of the most well known figures in radio and club National Soul Festival ALL dayers /STEVE WALSH/FROGGY/GEORGE POWER/ROBBIE VINCENT/ . 1984 Cj left HORIZON and joined SOLAR Radio where he popularity increased having residencies in North London /Silver Lady/ East London Oasis/ central London HOMBRES / South London Lime lights . 1985 Cj was voted in the top ten club and radio Djs for blues and soul magezine the significant thing about this was Cj was the only Pirate dj in the top ten. 1990 Cj joined the community radio station WNK which he enjoyed until left to pursue other business interests. Today Cj lives in Miami and does a monthly radio show LIVE from there for MI-SOUL .
FAV MUSIC: DISCO /SOUL-FUNK/ R/B
FAV FOOD / ITALIAN
FAV FOOTBALL TEAM /CHELSEA
FAV COLOUR BLUE
FAV DJ / GREG EDWARDS
FAV WEATHER / SUNSHINE LOOL
One of the true pioneers of UK radio and soul music, Greg Edwards has had an illustrious career helping to bring a new sound and approach to broadcasting. Famous for being instrumental in bringing soul music to the UK on a large scale, Greg also fostered many acts who would go on to make musical history.
Before his time in radio, Greg was an executive at CBS Records where he was responsible for marketing and promotion of soul music on their custom labels. In this role he worked with artists including Johnny Nash, Labelle, The Headhunters (Herbie Hancock), Miles Davis, Robert Knight, The O’Jays, Three Degrees, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and Billy Paul. He also established the Philadelphia International Records presence here in the UK.
While still working at CBS, Greg was approached by BBC Radio One to stand in for DJ Emperor Rosko who was forced to return to Los Angeles on personal leave. After three weeks, Greg was permanently installed for the Saturday 12pm-3pm slot and was soon on his way to becoming a legend of radio.
When Capital Radio gained their license to broadcast they invited Greg to join the fold, but due to contract issues with the BBC he was unable to join them until six months after they went on air. When he did join Greg decided to implement a show he had been thinking of producing for years where all, or most, strands of black origin music would be presented in an entertaining and positive way. From this notion ‘Soul Spectrum’ was born and would continue until Greg left Capital fourteen years later.
Greg has worked at several stations since leaving Capital but it was there he had the biggest impact on the radio industry, forever changing perceptions about music of black origin. His pursuits opened the door for other acts and stations to capitalise on a growing popularity of soul flavoured music.
Now on Mi-Soul, Greg brings his wealth of musical knowledge and broadcast experience to strengthen the station’s already strong broadcasting capabilities. Expect a high energy show with music from across the spectrum of soul.
Linden was born in East London and grew up listening to the myriad of musical cultures that make the East End so unique.
With a dj/promoter career spanning nearly 30 years early influences include
Dj Froggy, Sugar Hill Gang, TSOP, Keith Le Blanc, Shep Pettibone and Larry Levan.
More recently Louie Vega, Carl Craig and Derrick Carter who featured in his parties through the 90‘s
Linden has recently returned to the UK from a decade long stint in California, within this period he developed his hybrid Roots SF and has become a firm favorite on the underground scene and festivals such as Burning Man
Look out for a Deep Beat and soulful soundtrack.
Bio: Waking The Dead, Holby City, Waterloo Road, Clocking Off, BabyFather, Cracker, Hidden Treasure, Anna Lee and most recently DOM ANDREWS in Emmerdale and Moving On for the BBC
Motion Picture: Fedz, Adulthood, Anuvahood, Deadmeat, Dead End, Babymother, PIMP, In a better World (Golden Globe and Oscar Winner 2011)
DJ Credits: Resident slots on www.confettidigital.com and www.ukswagger.co.uk
DJ’d alongside DJ EZ, Justin Wilkes Kiss FM, Colin StarRocker and Chris Interface Kool FM, DJ luck & MC Neat, The Artful Dodger and Danny Rampling.
DJ Style: Mixed Genre (includes scratching effects and tricks)
DJ Genre: House, Garage, R&B, Funk, Disco, Hip Hop, Reggae, Dancehall, Bashment, Soulful House and Dance
Equipment Used: Serato Scratch Live SL2, SL3, SL4 Pioneer 1000 CDj’s, Pioneer Nexus 2000 CDj’s, USB Sticks, Pioneer DDJ-SR Midi Controller and CD’s.
Venues played: Kensington Roof Garden, 55 Club, Bond Club, Cotton’s Bar & Restaurant, No 5 Cavendish Square, Bibas Nightclub in Bromley, The Bridgebar in Beckenham, Soul Village in Spain, The Notting Hill Carnival (Mastermind Roadshow stage), The Britannia Theatre Chatham Kent, Porters Bar Kent, Olivers in Rochester…
Peter Borg was raised on a diet of soul, motown and disco.
Aged 5 he was given his first radio and this was where his musical love affair began….
He listened to radio shows such as Radio Caroline and
Radio Luxembourg and then the pirate sound of London hit the airwaves and he became inspired by a new sound.
This sound was to define his musical style.
The sound was dance music. It made you want to dance!
Aged 8 he stepped into his first nightclub, (yes it was owned
by his Father and yes it was closed at the time) the resident
DJ was trying out some new records and Peter wanted to know more…The DJ seed was planted!
He began to record radio shows and cut them up on his tape deck editing out the presenters voices to make his own mix tapes to listen to on his walkman on the way to school.
Fast forward a few years and while his peers were doing their school work experience in retail Peter chose Choice FM – This introduced him to radio presenting and to a whole new world of music.
Still not old enough to be allowed into clubs he continued making his mix tapes and distributing them to his friends gaining a reputation for his sound in music…
This also gained him his first residency at a pub in South London every Saturday for the next 2 years! Here he honed his skills and his love of long sets was born!
His reputation grew and he became resident for the infamous Surrey Mansion parties, spinning 8 hour sets to over a thousand people every other month. This also led to him playing regular slots in some of London’s top clubs: Mayfair club, Rouge, The Saint and Café de Paris to name a few.
It was after throwing himself a birthday party and recognising his talent for party organising that he launched his Simply Salacious brand in 2004. To date they have held some of the most talked about parties in London and continue to rock clubs 9 years later. Visit www.simplysalacious.co.uk for info.
His podcasts are downloaded by over 2000 people across the globe each month this inspired him to launch his his series of An audience with Peter Borg nights where he spins the music that has inspired him throughout his career so far.
Constantly on the go 2014 will see Peter in the studio laying down his ideas for his own productions his residency at Market House Brixton as well as numerous bookings, it looks set to be another busy year.
Join Peter every Tuesday 7pm-9pm GMT on www.mi-soul.com for The Simply Salacious Dance Party
Mr. Brian Power, formerly Mr. B from the Nobody's, started late in life as a DJ and has been involved in the House music scene from the late eighties early nineties as a promoter, most notably the Limelight Shaftesbury Avenue.
Brian’s main night became a regular thing on the London nightclub scene; Buzz House on a Thursday was one of the places to be at for a host of Londoner’s.
JM has had a passion for Soul music since the late seventies and in over 35 years has amassed a huge record, CD and Digital collection including all forms of Soulful music from the 60s to the present day including Soul, Rare Soul, Disco, Boogie, House, Jazz, Funk, R&B, Hip Hop etc. JM started his DJ career in the mid-eighties whilst still at school. His first radio experience was on the UK’s first student radio station CRH in Herefordshire in 1985. By 1988 he was a part of the Solar Radio team broadcasting on 93FM then as a Pirate station, his show was called the JM Connection. He had two weekly shows as well as a variety of guest slots. During the same period JM also did guest shows on another Pirate radio station, Kiss FM. By 1989 JM was a full time member of the Kiss team, it was at this time when he first started using the term ‘Connoisseurs Soul’ in his monthly column in Kiss owned Free! Magazine. Although still collecting all forms of Soul music his focus became the mid-tempo sound often inappropriately described as 2 Step, Steppers or the London Sound. Initially, much of the focus was on the rare undiscovered beats. However, wanting to break away from those pigeon holes this is why he developed the concept of ‘Connoisseurs Soul’ to cover a broader range of music. In 1990 he was one of the founders of Touch Magazine where he continued to write the Connoisseurs Page championing the contemporary releases as well as undiscovered Rare Soul, whilst much of the scene was stuck exclusively focusing on the retro sounds before eventually they embraced the contemporary sounds too.
From 1989 JM remained a key part of the Kiss management team until finally leaving in 2007. During this time he built a club empire working across all ‘dance music’ genres and although he had numerous DJ residences playing a variety of Soul genres, he is best known for the ‘Connoisseurs Soul’ sound. He continued to find time to do guest shows on Kiss 100 FM throughout the nineties. However when Solar Radio re-launched and Kiss changed direction musically he was quick to return to doing a weekly Soul Connoisseurs Show for Solar which finally came to an end on 27th Dec 2013 in order to join Mi-Soul.
JM has had the great honour of working with a huge variety of artists from global stars to those just starting out; similarly with a wide variety of DJs who have played at the literally 1000s of club nights he has run over the years. It is quicker to list those he has not worked with than those he has.
JM has been part of original Kiss family in its new reincarnation as Mi-Soul since it’s inception, helping behind the scenes and even came up with the name so it seems like a natural addition for him join the DJ roster too.
Today JM has created the infamous MusicConnex Live Showcases which champions new Independent Soul Artists and can be found under his JMSoul brand on social media. He is as much at home Dj-ing to the Rare Soul crowd as to the Contemporary Independent Soul crowd not to mention the broader club market but radio has always been his primary passion.
Tune in to hear the hottest future Soul sounds, special tributes, Old School rare soul specials and a sprinkling of classics too…..the ultimate Connoisseurs Soul.
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