I grew up surrounded by the arts: bellydancing at festivals, doing a bit of theatre, always writing, singing, painting. Surrounded by old British punk and the psychedelic rock/grunge of the 90s as a kid, music has been the most important part of my life – I can’t go a day without it! I’ve worked setting up/taking down concerts like the Foo Fighters and having random discussions with the roadies has broadened my appreciation for the music scene – the local scene particularly because it’s genuine and everyone’s so supportive. RTRFM is the place to be.
How did you become involved in the station?
I was probably about five or six when I first started listening to RTRfm, it was just always on in the background. I grew up with Soulsides, Drastic on Plastic and Jamdown Vershun blasting through the speakers. I did Radiothon one year and one thing led to another. I’ve been hooked since.
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
- Bjork – Vulnicura
- Fever Ray – Fever Ray
- David Bowie – Aladdin Sane or Hunky Dory, it’s impossible to choose
- Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
- Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – High Visceral (Part 1)
What is the best thing about being involved in the station?
The greatest thing is the feeling of immediate belonging, it’s a second family and the whole crew’s amazing. RTRFM gives a voice to the local scene, it’s the pulse of it all. There’s never a shortage of interesting people to meet.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you at RTRFM?
Sitting at the desk and getting to play the music I love, that’s so surreal for someone who’s listened to the station for the most part of their life.
If you could present a show other than your own, which would it be and why?
I’d love to do Siamese Dream or Drastic on Plastic, so much love and respect for those shows.
What do you do in real life?
Aside from ponder what “real” life is, I paint, write (freelance), make music and sing in a band. I’m mostly found on the dancefloor. RTRFM is about as real as it gets.