TV show THE WORD. I was given free rein by the producers to book whoever I liked, so I basically booked all my favourite bands. There were many iconic moments that made music TV history. Nirvana, who had never played on TV, were booked immediately and Kurt declared live to the nation that Courtneay Love was the best F*** in the world. L7 came on and dropped their trousers for a spectacular camera close up. There was Rage Against The Machine, Manic Street Preachers, Public Enemy, Primal Scream... It was a dream job. I then found myself on

Radio 1 (another dream job) and given the Evening Session along with Steve Lamacq. We were very lucky as all these amazing bands suddenly appeared out of nowhere; The Chemical Brothers, FatBoy Slim, Underworld, The Prodigy exploded onto the dance scene, we had Blur,Oasis,Pulp, the Manics - BritPop was born, It was an incredible time for music even though we had no idea at the time! If you like these tunes, then

you won’t be disappointed by the set list. Throw in a bunch of big club classic like The Source/ Candi Station, N-Trance, Living Joy - you get the idea! Now coming onto your

radio work, you’re a pioneer of women in the industry—how does this feel? How has it been working in this industry as one of the most successful women in its history? I am very flattered you have said that. Everyone has a role model and I have never hidden my respect for the likes of Annie Nightingale who I feel led the way. I am very grateful

for everything that has happened in my career as a broadcaster. As I said before I always just wanted to discover new music and

play it to my friends, as far as I am concerned this is what I have done for my whole career. I never wanted to be funny (because I am not!), never chased being famous as frankly I am pretty shy, I do however absolutely love music, and also love interviewing musicians and artists about themselves. I am still a massive fan at heart. If I can encourage other women to follow my lead and get their voices heard on air or become key figures in the music scene then I’d feel my career has been worthwhile. There are still not enough of us working in music - don’t let anyone hold you back. Let your passion and voice be heard in whichever way best suits you. How have you seen the music industry and structure change in your years as a professional in it—what kind of rise the bands have, how important radio is within it, etc? I’ve been doing this a long time……Vinyl went to CD, CD to downloads, downloads to streaming, then in some cases back to vinyl again!!! Music goes in cycles, festivals have become massive cultural events in the UK (ironic as our weather is so hit and miss). I think in the UK we have a unique relationship with music, I am biased but I think UK radio is a key player it that. We are an island, and have massive national radio stations playing a broad range of music. Look around the world and you’ll see that other countries and nowhere near as lucky as we are in the UK, in how diverse our radio stations are. I think outside of a few stations in India, Radio 2 is the biggest if not one of the biggest radio stations in the world. In this country it has a huge influence. That’s why I believe so much great music has come out of this country. What is your method for keeping music from the

past alive? I am very lucky I chose

100% of the songs on my show. My audience loves to hear absolute classics and I am in the wonderful position in being able to play them. What is your favourite type of music to DJ live? BIG INDIE CLASSICS-Blue. Oasis, Pulp, James are my absolute favs. So tell us what is your go to song or track when you are? Sad? John Grant - GMF In need of inspiration? Stormzy - Blinded by your Grace Happy (or make you feel happier)? Lorde - Liabilty Need to relax? Bright Eyes - First Day of My Life Need to let anger/frustration out? Green Day - Basketcase You have interviewed so many acts, which jumps out as most memorable interview and why? David Bowie came into the studio while I was prepping for our interview, without me knowing - I looked up and he said ‘Mind if I sit down’? I said ‘Oh no but I haven’t got my make up on yet’, ‘and he replied, ‘Neither have I’ In terms of interviews Liam and Noel at the height of the Oasis success provided ‘lively’ banter and Bono is always great value-I have a soſt spot for his passion for everything in life.

Chris Martin is just a lovely guy and a genius. Ed Sheeran is both a livery kind man and the hardest

working person I have ever met, Jay Z came around my

house while I was doing a radio show and played basket ball with my kids (who later found out he owned his own team), chatted to my Mum and Dad and was an absolute gent.

Maybe the best moment

was when I was interviewing Ja Rule who had got off a long flight prior to coming and in and actually fell asleep mid-interview - I thought he was pondering the question, when actually he was in deep peaceful slumber. Does your huge knowledge of music come more from your experience in radio or live DJing? Radio, very much. That’s how I come across new artists. Live Djing is a new world for me. Any plans for the future, either with these shows or radio? The reaction to these shows has been amazing, we’d like to make this as big as possible, that way we can go bigger on the production. We are already using screens and lot of visuals with lights/ lasers. It’s a real show rather than me with a box of records. I want people to have a really great time so the bigger, the glitzier - the better. My radio show is on Radio 2 between 7pm-9pm Mon-Thursday - live music sessions from new bands and artists and great tunes, old and new, one aſter another.

Words Erin Bashford


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