When not fawning over my two cats, or anyone else’s, I collect soul records. Obsessively, I might add. This occupies pretty much all of my time and thoughts. Fortunately I have the pleasure of having an outlet to share this fabulous music with all the good folks out there in radio land. I’m into bespoke footwear, the Geelong Football Club, art nouveau/deco architecture, Ken Burns documentaries, photography and Italian food which is no surprise being half Venetian.
How did you become involved?
I started doing the music for the Indymedia show on Monday nights back in June, 2009. This led to my joining the Spoonful of Blues collective for a time which began when the presenter failed to show so I ran home, grabbed a pile of records and hosted the show myself. A campaign of relentless pestering saw me join the Soulsides collective which was a real feather in the cap as that’s one of the greatest shows around not just in Perth but on the airwaves in general.
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
- Frank Zappa’s Roxy & Elsewhere
- Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti
- Miles Davis’ In A Silent Way
- Funkadelic’s Free Your Mind…And Your Ass Will Follow
- any Doors record as they’re all fabulous.
All of the above subject to change without prior notice.
What is the best thing about being involved with the station?
Presenting Soulsides. No question about it. Nothing better on a Friday night, especially when the weather gets a little warmer and you know the listeners are letting the sound waft out from their open windows and no doubt sipping a few ales. Zappa and Stravinsky aside, soul music is one of the greatest forms of music ever created. Plus we get to play it in a soundproof room which means we can turn it up L-O-U-D! Try doing a show, play Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “Can You Give Me Love With A Guarantee”, turn it up so your ears bleed and you’ll understand.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you in the RTRFM studio?
Not much happens that I’d call strange. Annoying is a better word like when equipment either goes missing or doesn’t work. Doing the later shows like El Ritmo you do get calls from folks who you can tell just want someone to talk to which is hardly strange, in fact it’s pretty normal. Better done if you’ve got some long tracks as it doesn’t go too well on shows like Rock, Rattle and Roll.
If you could present a show that is not your own, which show would it be? Why?
WOODSTOCK ROCK! I WANT TO DO AN ALL FRANK ZAPPA EDITION! I’m printing this in caps in the hope that the Woodstock Rock crew might just take notice and put me down for further reference. Soul aside, FZ is my bread and butter
What do you do in real life?
I host Soulsides and El Ritmo on RTR-FM. I get the odd DJ spot here and there at places like Deville’s and on a rare occasion get to spin wax with some of my soul brethren in Melbourne which is an unbelievable buzz. I collect records constantly. For money I process applications for the Immigration Department.