A Design and music obsessive whose passion for the aforementioned often overwhelms other aspects of general life. I have got my priorities straight I feel. Along with great friends, lovely pets ,good food and cultural stimulation what more do you need? I feel privileged to be living with the most wonderful partner in a beautiful home on the best street in North Fremantle. I wouldn’t want to anywhere else than here right now.
How did you become involved?
Arriving from Northern England in 2008 I was somewhat aghast at my radio wave options until one day I chanced upon RTRFM and that was it. I was smitten: Head over heels, infatuation, butterflies, the lot. I volunteered at the station shortly afterwards, answered phones, organized cd’s and generally got stuck in. I completed the presenter training course a few months later. Since then I have presented on Rocking the roots, Woodstock Rock, El Ritmo and the overnight shows, reviewed restaurants on drive time and currently appear on Golden Apples of the Sun. When I’m allowed out of my cage that is.
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
The Smiths , ‘The Queen is Dead.’ No actually make it,’ Hatful of hollow.’
They changed my life.
John Peel ,’Fabric live.’
A compilation of random tracks chosen by my all- time hero. It reminds me again of just how much of an impact he had on my musical education.
The Pixies , ‘Surfer Rosa,’ the version with the bonus of,’ Come on Pilgrim,’ mini album obviously (On CD unfortunately, although would a record player work on Mars? Would a CD player for that matter? )
Stereolab ,’Serene Velocity.’
The definitive anthology, essential.
Burning Spear’, Marcus Garvey.’
For Skanking on a gassy planet.
This is a terrible question, five albums is just beyond the reason of humanity. The above list could change within seconds. I had better send this before I start thinking too hard about it.
What is the best thing about being involved with the station?
Most importantly it’s about being part of a community that cares about our city, the people and above all the music. It doesn’t matter where your interest lies you recognise in others the same obsession and the need to share your musical discoveries. It’s not about ego or self- promotion or monetary gain, it’s about wanting to contribute something to the cultural fibre of Perth.
Through the station I met my partner, some life- long friends and some of the most interesting people I have had the pleasure of spending time with.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you in the RTRFM studio?
There is nothing too bizarre that I can recall. I did however once have to wake up in a tent in the Perth hills at 1.00am, gather my records and then drive to the station to do one of the over- night shows. That was quite odd.
If you could present a show that is not your own, which show would it be? Why?
Out to Lunch I guess, just from the point of being able to constantly explore new worlds of music of all genres and then be able to share them with other Perthlings.
What do you do in real life?
I work for an Organic fruit and veg company and combine that with being a designer/maker of Contemporary furniture and products.