TUESDAY 3 – 6PM
THE GREAT YARMOUTH SOUL WEEKENDER
John enjoys featuring new music on his show every Tuesday afternoon from 3 – 6pm, giving new and established independent artist the chance to expose their creations to Solar Radio’s musically educated listeners. You’ll also hear a sprinkle of retro tunes included on the Forgotten Four, where John revisit’s songs you may not of heard for a while. The 2 from 1 at 5 includes two songs from one artist. John ends his show with two huge floor fillers that he calls ‘The Weekenders’. You’ll hear a mix of Soul, Funk, R&B, House and Jazz.
In 1981 John became the resident DJ at the famous nightclub, Room At The Top, also at this time he worked for Soul On Sound and Soundwave magazines where he wrote reviews and did many interviewed with soul and pop artist including Madonna , Boy George, Kajagoogoo , Nick Heywood, Billy Preston and Jeffery Osborne to name just a few. In the 1884 until it’s closure in September 1985 he presented on London pirate station Horizon radio where he interviewed artists such as Mary Wilson of The Supremes . John became resident DJ at the famous soul venue Stage 3 working with DJ’s such as Greg Edwards, Robbie Vincent, Chris Hill, Pete Tong, Froggy and more. At this time he also appeared at The National Soul Festival along with Steve Walsh and Tim Westwood. John’s never stopped working and in the late 80’s and into the 90’s continued to DJ at club’s like the Hippodrome, Camden Palace, Limelight, Buzz Bar, Cinderellas Rockerfellas, 5th Avenue and Ritzy and at various soul weekenders. In 1992, he won the BEDA UK Club DJ of the year award and was nominated for The Disco International award. John became the presenter of the DMC Mixing Championships from 1992–94. In 1995 he started working in legal local radio. He joined Invicta FM , the independent local radio station for Kent owned by Capital Radio . His interviews included The Spice Girls , Boyzone , Craig David , Jim Kerr and Robin Gibb . He presented various radio shows including The Wind Down Zone, Just 80’s, Boogie Years, The Online Request Show and the afternoon weekday slot and the Friday and Saturday night Club Dance Show. During this 7 year period he appeared at just about every main nightclub in Kent Virgin/Absolute Radio. In 2002 John started his career on national radio joining Virgin Radio . He presented many different shows but mainly Virgin Party Classics and the daily Early Breakfast show, also covering daytime shows including Breakfast, Drive-time and Rock’n’Roll Football. He presented live broadcast from music festivals inc V and the Isle of Wight. He continued to guest DJ at clubs such as Strawberry Moons, Club Boulevard and The Electric Ballroom where he broadcast the New Year’s Eve show on Virgin Radio. When Virgin became Absolute Radio he stayed on for a 18months in 2009 was offered the chance to join Global Gold John worked on Gold for two years, on the late night weekend slot from 10pm, including covering other shows. He appeared at Gold’s Music Weekenders.
John is the brainchild behing the Great Yarmouth Soul Weekender also plays regularly a many soul events around the UK.