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”