Neli’s love of music goes back a long way from warehouse raves and raucous club nights back in his native England to Bush Doofs and chilled beachside sundowners in Australia. He didn’t so much buy his first set of decks, rather evolved them from old hi-fi parts and egg cartons until he had something that was good enough to showcase his DJ skills. Now, fully ensconced in WA, his real decks allow him to continue to feed his vinyl addiction which ranges from house, techno and broken beat on the one side to hip-hop, rare groove and funk on the other covering all bases in-between. His latest venture sees him curating the ‘In the Beginning There Was Jack’ old school house night which has been ripping up a storm in Perth over the past three years.
Currently part of the Black and Blue collective, Neli dons his cap marked ‘Funk’ to bring forth his take on the finest souled out, jazztastic beats and rhythms.
How did you become involved in the station? A long-time friend who is a member of the ‘Golden Apples of the Sun’ collective persuaded me that it was time to get my dulcet tones on the airwaves.
What is the best thing about being involved in the station? The same attitude to how radio should be made, the mutual love of alternative music and the empowerment to share this music with the world.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you at RTRFM?
Getting a phone call from Derrick May (Detroit Techno Godfather) at work regarding an RTR interview, the frantic search for a meeting room (while he fixed up his breakfast) and the subsequent 60 minute phone call taking in his amazing career and plans for the future ((in between breakfast and general chit chat) was pretty surreal.
If you could present a show other than your own, which would it be and why?
It has to be Full Frequency, cutting edge electronic music in a primetime afternoon slot is unheard of anywhere else in radio.
What do you do in real life?
Tap a few keys on a keyboard dreaming wistfully of a life unfulfilled!