I’ve been obsessed with music for about as long as I can remember, starting in primary school when I would spend all my pocket money on cassette singles to play on my little tape deck (prize posession – my played-to-death copy of Mistadobolina by Del tha Funkee Homosapien). There are few things I love more than seeking out new music and sharing it with other people, and I’m excited to be able to do that as part of the RTRFM family.
How did you become involved in the station?
Honestly, I should have done this years ago! Radio was something I’d had in mind for quite a few years, but it wasn’t until 2016 that I finally got my act together. I got in touch with the station, did the training course and started doing shows right away. The overnights aren’t too bad, but they do make me wish I’d gotten into this gig when I was a bit younger and hardier!
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
Today I choose:
- Roxy Music – Stranded
- Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
- Jerry Lee Lewis – Live at the Star Club, Hamburg
- Serge Gainsbourg – Histoire de Melody Nelson
- Beck – Odelay
But tomorrow I might choose something else…
What is the best thing about being involved in the station?
The staff and presenters are terrific people, and their knowledge and love of music makes the station what it is. It’s also really nice that presenters are given a lot of freedom, which makes every show feel genuine (you really do get “the sound alternative”). Presenting your own shows is exciting – being right in the thick of it, sharing great tunes with the listeners.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you at RTRFM?
Nothing too strange just yet! Early days, I suppose.
If you could present a show other than your own, which would it be and why?
Soulsides! Soul might just be my favourite genre these days and the Soulsides crew always sound like they’re having loads of fun. I’m a child of the 90s so Siamese Dream would be awesome, too.
What do you do in real life?
When I’m not listening to music, I like to play basketball, watch films, do plenty of reading and spend lots of time with my family and friends. I used to write a lot of music reviews but don’t do that so often, these days.