Married, mid thirties, currently in a job that pays well locally but isnt really what I had my heart set on doing til I retire!
Have been involved in hospital radio since 1993, be it presenting, producing or even behind the scenes. I still get a buzz out of doing it, not only cos it cheers people up, but because its the one job I can actually do and do well (even if I dont get paid for it).
Hospital radio also got me into working in commercial radio, albeit for a short while. And whilst for those who can afford to do really the job they like without a financial care, for those who have responsibilities, you cannot ever dream of job security
It sounds cliched but it really depends on my mood as to what I listen to.
It would be easier to say what I dislike which is formulaic cheesy pop. For me, this started with Abba and hence why I would happily see them burn in hell.
If you pushed me tho, I'd have to say I'm a rock fan, be it heavy metal, prog, AOR. My Pc playlist often consists of just Led Zeppelin or Metallica tracks
Having said that, I have to now argue the point that this site has got me listening to early 90's dance music again!
First ever record/cd you remember listening to...
I got brought up a lot on Radio 2 in the mid 70's - my folks were and still arent really into listening to music that took place post 1969.
In that era Radio 2 played a lot of your Matt Munro, Frank Sinatra style on a daily basis. But I remember me tuning in to hear my idol Sir Terrance of Woganshire play "Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell - for a kid of about 4 or 5, hearing that bit at the end where she goes into baritone and then gigles, it just sticks out in my mind
First ever record/cd you remember buying...
I got bought Now 13 back in ninety eighty-something as a pressie.
The first album I ever bought was "Doctor Adamski's Musical Pharmacy" - that was off the back of "Killer" being Number 1 - so that was - 1990?
I think I remember buying a couple of seven-inch singles around the same time - Jimmy Somerville's "Read my lips" and Andy Stewart's "Donald, where's ya troosers"!!!!
My, how times have changed!!!
Best live performance you’ve seen...
This is so difficult...I just love live music but I have never done the camping festival thing, so its generally either the odd day event or just one band and support playing!
Donington '95 was pretty special. Metallica headlined, allegedly chose all the bands playing and I even got me pic in Kerrang, I got squished to three rows from the front watching Machine Head and still have that old edition somewhere!
For a one off gig tho it has to be Anthrax at the Astoria. I took some friends along with me to this gig, people who I never thought would be interested in Anthrax in the proverbial month of Sundays. By the end of the night, I think I had three convertees!!
I also had the chance to see Arcade Fire in '07 at Alexandra Palace. The aural experience still makes me shudder so I cannot wait for them to come back again
Favourite radio stations...
Currently in the process of starting with a new station WWW.LOVEGRAVITY.COM Internet radio has been a hobby of mine for over a year now and previous to this I presented for about 4 hours a week on another station
A few people I class as friends work for a company called KM-fm in its various franchises across Kent, UK. However,they dont play anything that I would specifically tune in to. Ok, the mix is good, but its not my thing.I know I'm on the minority but this is my blog so nerrrrrrrrrrr (blows raspberry)
Favourite music magazines and papers...
At school, we got an edition of the NME delivered every week, I always took time to look at that. So I can solely blame that for my allegiance to early 90's indie bands like Carter USM, Neds Atomic Dustbin and the magnificent Wedding Present.
Worst song ever...
Anything by the scumsucking mofo's known as Abba