The Black Captain RIP (1972 -2015)
How did you become involved?
I got asked to tag along on shows like “Hardcore”, “Beyond Hardcore”, “Earache My Eye”, and the odd “Gods of Thunder” starting in 1990. In 1993, the style of music and interviews that were a feature of the shows I was doing led to a weekly Wednesday night slot and the birth of Behind the Mirror. 14 years after I last did the show in 1999, Renfield asked me to join this great team of presenters that have made Behind the Mirror as emotive, eccentric, and engaging as ever.
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
- Rush – Moving Pictures
- Wendy Carlos – A Clockwork Orange OST (it must be a version that includes “Timesteps” and “Country Lane”)
- Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengeance
- Unholy – The Second Ring of Power
- Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works, Volume II
What is the best thing about being involved with the station?
Being able to shine a light on even the most absurd connections of atmospheres and emotions in music, and to illuminate those intriguing artists that would otherwise remain concealed. We do this, every night, shining that light through your window, as we stand outside, shining that light.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you in the RTRFM studio?
Given the phone calls, the interviews, and the personalities involved with doing a radio show that plays such bizarre music and interviews at such a late hour, the truth is probably best left unprinted.
If you could present a show that is not your own, which show would it be? Why?
Before, I might have said anything overnight, as you get a lot of freedom there. More recently, I would be more inclined to say “Critical Mass”, as there is so much fantastic metal around these days, and not to forget that there is a lot of excellent metal from the 70s and 80s that I feel will always merit a place on radio.
What do you do in real life?
Molecular microbiologist. Yeah… science!