My passion for music and a desire to be a broadcaster goes way back. In fact, I wanted to be a DJ as soon as I knew such a job existed.
By the time I was 16 I had teamed up with a school mate (Martin Ward) to do mobile discos (Dancemaster Discos), we did occasional gigs at community centres, as well as for friends and family who took pity on us.
However, lugging tonnes of disco gear around all hours of the night was no fun, so by the age of 20 I had landed residencies in clubs and pubs in my home town of Southend-On-Sea. All I needed to carry were two boxes of records and a microphone (that’s more like it).
A career spanning more than 10 years as a professional DJ followed. During the 1980s and 90s I was resident DJ at venues such as Dr Zhivago’s, Electric Blue, High Society, The Sam Lords, The Zero 6, and Radio Top Shop.