- Show Times: Pseudosoul Show: Tuesday 20:00 - 22:00
When did you begin DJ'ing and what made you start?
I started DJing in 2001 with a battered old pair of belt drive turntables my brother no longer had use for. Apart from London radio, it was the only way I could find the exact music I wanted to listen to at the time. Plus I was a student so had a lot of spare time to practice my skills.
What would you say influenced you towards House music?
My musical tastes were shaped in the late 1990's through a combination of Michael Jackson, R&B/Swing, UK Garage and commercial House with the odd diversion via Happy Hardcore and Jungle along the way. However I really got into house while working at Budgens supermarket during my late teens, where I was introduced to the deep and soulful style of the time by DJ (and fellow shelf-stacker) 'Fat Daddy' Zak of Risk FM.
Of the many genres of House, which are your favourite?
I'm not really a fan of labelling or genres, especially as they mean different things to different people. I’ll always be interested in anything that derives from soul, funk, jazz or disco, but most of all I am a sucker for a soulful vocal or lengthy jazz flute breakdown.
Which artists, producers and tracks stand out for you, both now and from the past?
For me, the ultimate producers will always be the Masters at Work. They have too many tracks to mention, but I will always have a special place for 'To Be In Love' which was one of the first tracks which got me listening to soulful house. Aside from them, Blaze would also be at the top of my list - I find myself reaching for their tracks so often. My favourite of theirs is probably 'Found Love' Dimitri From Paris has always cleverly crafted his tunes and gets some great orchestrations together when he goes for the disco vibe. In terms of artists, I love the falsetto sounds of Kenny Bobien and Byron Stingly. I could also listen to India all day long if I had to.
Moving to the current day, I love some of the tracks and sounds coming from the various producers and artists in South Africa. You know a tune is properly soulful if you can't translate the words but still understand what the track is about!
Name some highlights or a profound moment in your time as a DJ
I've played at many places in my time, but my most memorable was the HouseFM stage at carnival one year. Having people abandoning their float's soundsystem to have a little boogie at your stage before the head back off on the carnival route was pretty cool.
Have you done any production? If not, is it something you aim to do?
I've dabbled with a little production at home but soon came to realise that I don't have the creativity I think is needed to make truly great tunes like the producers I most admire. It takes years and years to hone that craft even if you are super talented, so I think for the time being I'll just stick to choosing and playing the best records I can hunt out.
Going on from that, what are your musical plans for the future?
I don't really have any set plans, except to keep promoting the soulful tunes no matter how in or out of fashion the scene goes. On a personal level, if I could find some more spare time I'd love to sit down and convert some of my 1000s of vinyl to a digital format so I could carry my whole collection on the go. It'd be a great chance to find tunes that have probably been buried in there for years and years. The other day I found an original copy of BeBe Winans "Thank You" in my collection that I had no idea I had!