INTERVIEW: Nick Brickell
Nick Brickell has now been tearing up the Mi-Soul airwaves for over a month and it’s safe to say he’s been smashing it on every show. We thought it would be good if you got to know a little bit more about the man behind the voice so we arranged a little interview with Nick to find out how he’s finding presenting on Mi-Soul, how he got into the radio game and much more.
Catch Nick every Monday to Thursday at 10am-1pm on www.mi-soul.com
Hi Nick! How are you finding Mi-Soul so far? Settled in yet?
It’s great! It’s easy to settle in fast when you’re playing music you’re really into and are working with like minded people.
The listeners seem to be loving your show, tell us what makes it stand out from the rest of the shows on Mi-Soul.
I guess you could say it’s a microcosm of Mi-Soul in 3 hours. I want to reflect everything you hear on the station, so I don’t just stick to one specific genre of music. You can hear anything from r&b to hip hop to house, and of course classics!
What’s your favourite thing about presenting a show on Mi-Soul so far?
Being able to play a real eclectic mix of genuinely fantastic music.
So how did it all begin? What was your first job in radio?
My first proper job was working for VMR (Virgin Megastores Radio). The studio was a massive fish-bowl overlooking the Oxford St store, so you could actually see shoppers bopping along to the tunes – quite cool!
And how has your career progressed since then?
I’ve worked for various stations up and down the country since then, from commercial stations to one that was set up specifically to launch a new bar (free drinks and presenting do not mix well)!
Do you DJ when you’re not on the radio, or are you more of a presenter by trade?
I would say I do an even mix of both. You can really engage one on one with the listener via radio whereas with DJing, you’re playing to an entire room enjoying the moments together, so they’re actually quite different.
What are your views on internet radio? Do you see any benefits to it compared to more mainstream stations?
I think it’s the way forward! Both have their place, but we can be far more flexible with our output. Most importantly, internet radio gives a much wider choice to the listener.
You’ve been getting a lot of love from the listeners on social media. Do you feel it’s a benefit being able to see what people think of the show as you’re doing it?
Absolutely. Not so long ago you’d have to wait for someone to pick up the phone to call or text a show, now it’s literally instant. I love that I can get a tweet from somebody moments after playing something on air, and reply straight away. It’s a great platform to connect further with the listeners, and work out what they like and what they want more of.
What would be your sales pitch to anyone who hasn’t heard your show yet?
It’s 3 hours of eclectic soulful music with some light entertainment & music news, plus a bit of me thrown in between :o)
And finally, what are your top three songs you’ve been playing since you joined Mi-Soul, and why have you picked them.