Like my fellow Rock Rattler David Redding, I grew up in the UK with early punk – but quickly found myself drawn to bands that had their own distinctive sound, like Siouxsie & the Banshees. I caught the bug too and started playing guitar in 80s Sydney band Toys Went Berserk.
I got turned onto the rockin’ sounds of the 50s when I stumbled upon a tiny record shop in London called “Sounds That Swing” – that started an addiction for records that spans many styles – is now hopelessly out of control!
How did you become involved?
Rock Rattle & Roll was looking for presenters last year and got in touch because of my involvement in the local rockin’ scene (DJing and in various bands). I’ve been a regular listener to the show for many years and a record collector since…. er, around 1940-something…
heheh – it seemed like a good fit, and I love it!
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
Most of the music I play on the show wasn’t available on an album when it was first released, so I’ve selected 5 killer rockin’ 78s that I’d be spinning on my wind-up gramophone – ain’t no electricity on Mars you know!
- Just One More Time – Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm (Federal)
- Lovin’ Machine – Wynonie Harris (King)
- Baby Please Don’t Go – Rose Mitchell (Imperial)
- Jumpin’ with the Rhumba – Sonny Thompson (King)
- Bumble Bee – Lavern Baker (Atlantic)
What is the best thing about being involved with the station?
It’s great to have the chance to share some of the records I love – and the freedom to put
together a show that includes tunes that haven’t been flogged to death elsewhere.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you in the RTRFM studio?
It took me by surprise on one of my first shows to get an email from an overseas listener,
saying how much he was diggin’ the show – and providing me with some info on one of the tunes I’d just played!
If you could present a show that is not your own, which show would it be? Why?
I’m a fan of a lot of different styles of music – from the 60s sounds of West Africa and the Caribbean to groovy 60s mod/beat to post-punk… so I guess El Ritmo, Soulsides, Jamdown and Burn The Airwaves would be the best fit – and they are some of my favourite shows on RTR.
What do you do in real life?
I’m very lucky that playing music IS my real life! I DJ a lot at places like Devilles Pad, Hula Bula & Defectors, play in several bands (inc. Rocket to Memphis & The Isolites) and teach music when no-one’s looking.