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 Sydney band Toys Went Berserk, back in the 80s.
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 and is now hopelessly out of control!
How did you become involved?
Rock Rattle & Roll was looking for presenters and got in touch because of my involvement in the local rockin’ scene, DJing and playing in various bands. As a regular listener to the show for many years, it sounded like fun. I’ve been on the team since 2011 and I love it!
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
Most of the music I play on Rock Rattle & Roll wasn’t available on an album when it was first released, so I’ve selected 5 absolute belters that I’d be spinning at 78rpm on my wind-up gramophone – cos there ain’t no electricity on Mars!
• Just One More Time – Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm (Federal)
• Jumping’ Tonight – Big Joe Turner (Imperial)
• No Good Lover – Mickey & Sylvia (Groove)
• Big Bess – Louis Jordan (Mercury)
• 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 a phone call 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 the Caribbean and West Africa, to groovy mod/soul dancers, to garage and punk. I’m on the El Ritmo roster and occasionally guest on Soulsides, Jamdown and Burn The Airwaves – they are some of my favourite RTR shows.
What do you do in real life?
I’m very lucky that playing music IS my real life! I DJ regularly at the Hula Bula Bar & Defectors (Sunday Record Hop), play in several bands (inc. Catzilla and Bang Bang Betty & the H-Bombs) and teach music when no-one’s looking.