Crackers originated as a hugely influential disco in the 70’s, located in Wardour Street off Oxford St, it even brought to fashion “all-day clubbing”. The party would start at midday on Friday, with the attitude that not much work was done on a Friday so no one would notice if they weren’t there. Instead they were on the dance floor of Crackers cutting shapes to the pounding of American Soul music..
Get to know Our Presenters/DJ’s
DJ Papa Scooby – Real name Lelan Jones. Born to Caribbean parents growing up in Luton. Developed a love for music through attending youth club discos. First hearing Louie Martin (who went on to become resident DJ at the California Ballroom) at Oakdale Church Hall in the early 70s.
RetroRuss is from `Back in the Day”- discovering soul and funk at the age of 14, and started collecting records from then. He first DJ’d aged 15 years and then followed on DJing in London over the next few years and at the age of 18, in 1978 getting `known’ in the West club scene - at the time there was an explosion of disco music and RetroRuss got to know the leading DJ’s enjoying the energy of dance music of the time - always staying one step ahead of the pack.
Starting out as an MC during his school days, Pinty quickly got the hang of writing lyrics for Jungle and Garage music. He would always record shows from his favourite DJ/MC combos. His uncle being MC Evenson Allen of the mighty RatPack, you’d be forgiven for assuming that performing was in his blood.
Pedro has been in broadcasting & media for over 35 years, originally kicking off his career at Hospital Radio 5 in London and then moving onto voiceover work alongside DJ work at various venues including private events around the country. Later on in his career he started a record label having dance hits in Germany and Italy. In 1992 he started working at Spectrum Radio in London where he eventually ended up presenting breakfast which in turn led him onto co hosting on an ITV culture show. His love of music took him into the specialist world of ethnic PR where he looked after the careers of artists such as Babylon Zoo, Apache India and also the launch of British R&B star Jay Sean. Pedro dabbled in radio later on and presented on several other stations including a weekend breakfast show on Asian Star FM in Slough, he now runs his own PR company and is proud to of joined Crackers radio, a soul boy at heart and now with the perfect radio family!
Georgie B (AKA George Bromfield) has been singing, entertaining, writing and producing within the music industry for the past 35 years, starting with the hit 80’s jazz funk band Second Image and more recently as a solo artist with the Groove Association.
In 1975, Eon Irving attended Crackers nightclub, initially savoring the Friday lunch time sessions, then soon religiously making the Sunday night affair an essential part of his week. He states, “Unlike today, where music is available from countless outlets, back in the 70’s you had to search far and wide to hear hot new American soul and funk. For the soul boys and girls of that era, Crackers became our Mecca. The place fuelled my lifelong passion for music and records.”
“Rhythm Tempo Energy Noise” With a slogan that encapsulates and embodies the very fundamentals of what music is and eclectic production and remix catalogue that allow them move effortlessly through the genres, RTEN are fast becoming a musical force to be reckoned with. Spinning nothing but the best in rnb, hip hop, old Skool garage, house, party classics and anything with good a vibe, partnered with a love of embracing and promoting fresh new talent, RTEN mark an exciting new time in the world of music. Catch their show each and every Friday on crackers radio between the hours of 7pm and 10pm.
Illusion has been in music for over 20 years, producing, remixing and working alongside 80’s british sensation, Imagination’s lead vocalist, Leee John, who has had a big influence in Illusion’s music upbringing. Playing rare 70s and 80s groove, soul, funk and RNB, Illusion, best known for his floor filling sets, gives you exactly what you want. You are guaranteed to be side stepping back in time along with Illusion.
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Have you met our trusty Jukebox... It only likes to play 'Feel Good' Soulful tunes from Crackers Classics to current vibes.
Cassy M has been in the music game for over 20 years. Growing up in south London where there is a great diversity and where music is the food of life. His music collection has grown over the years from vinyl’s to C.D’s to current formats. You would have been able to spot him as a regular at the legendary Crackers club… back in the days strutting his stuff! He’s had an on-going love for soul music and appreciates all genres of music. Cassy M’s experiences with various internet radio stations has brought him to Crackers Radio where his show ‘Soul De-Luxe is fun, filled with laughter but most of all, great music from past to current Soul/R&B for your entertainment.
At a very young age his Brother & Sister had a selection of JazzFunk, Soul & Reggae records and he would listen to various different radio stations. Another big influence would be close family friend Jerome (Jazzcotech) who was like an older brother to him and 30 years later, still is! At school in 1987 he met Justin West who was a young radio DJ. Justin's musical influence lead him to search and buy Jazz Funk n Boogie records and help DJ at gigs in South London and mess around with some pirate radio. The late 80's & early 90's were spent listening to Norman Jay/Bobby & Steve. They had a huge influence but he went on to discover records that he'd never heard on radio before. Weekends vinyl hunting in Daddy Kool, Mr Bongo, Soul Jazz Records, stalls in Camden Town, and amongst other basement stores and a visit to San Francisco's infamous Groove Merchant (Ubiquity Records) store in 1991. Going to clubs listening to Russ Dewbury, Keb Darge, Ian Wright, Adrian Gibson, Perry Louis, Paul Phillips, Soul Sam & Arthur Fenn amongst others lead him him to DJ at venues like The Jazz Café (Camden), Ministry of Sound, East Village, Seone, Café de Paris, Point 101, and a show on Jazz Syndicate Radio. He also worked with Paul 'Trouble' Anderson & Russ on a regular monthly Boogie Session featuring special guests. The last few years he's been promoting his own events for Charity (The Boogie Alldayer & Deep Fried) with the help of some top Soul n Funk DJ's like Greg Edwards, George Power, Jim Jackson, Snowboy and many mentioned above. He's also an Ultra Runner/Cyclist & Arsenal Fan, so I'm sure there will be a bit of friendly banter during the show.
Tony, whose history and knowledge of music stretches back some 30+ years. Originally starting in the industry as a DJ playing all the major clubs and exclusive venues in London’s West End and the Home Counties. Tony then decided to open his very own record store (SOUL POWER RECORDS) in London and did exclusive stints on radio. Quoting “ WE HAD GOOD TIMES AT SOUL POWER RECORDS!!” Tony was one of the promotional pioneers working closely with Major US Labels, making arrangements for notable US artists coming to the UK and perform live at various venues, featuring a range of artists such us Tony Terry, Joyce Sims & Sha-Rene. “ONWARDS AND UPWARDS" "BE PART OF THE EVER GROWING CRACKERS RADIO FAMILY"
About: Bringing you 'SOUL FEVER' on a Sunday afternoon from 1-4pm LIVE on Crackers Radio
About: London based DJ George Vegas began his music journey at the same time The first British mobile phone call was made. From the mid 80’s George’s under the alias name of DJ Soulsonic was working in a variety of clubs, bars and radio across the UK and Europe. He also began producing Hip hop and Garage and was part of a production duo called “Da Beatbutchaz”. During the 90’s George was regularly spinning in West End Club circuit and each summer break in Cyprus spinning a variety of genres all soulful of course. Today he still holds a solid Club Residency in Leicester Square, London and presents a Show on Crackers Radio.
JAHDUSHA V SHINES
About: Quiet Storm on a Sunday
CHRIS 'FATBOY' HARVEY
About: The Original boy from the Crackers Days!
About: Tash, getting you ready for breakfast
About: Valerie J knows all about music from her parents and older siblings from her mixed heritage as a child she grew up listening to soul, Funk, Latin, rock, reggae competing in dance competitions as well as singing in a Funk band 'Stingray' which gigged at London's Jazz Cafe, Dingwalls, Underworld she was also part of the "girl group"era signed to polydor! This led to tours around Europe and later working in Radio for Heart 106.2FM With her passion for music and business now helps her partner run J Vox Vocal Academy as well as other business ventures it's good to have her back on air bringing Crackers listeners the Funk Soul disco Flavours!!
About: Having been bitten by the "love of music" bug at a very young age; I think I was about 9 or 10, listing to the likes of Steve Barnard on a Sunday afternoon on what was known as Radio London, courtesy of my dad, a lover of Jazz, Reggae and Calypso music. One of the first records I bought was Mecca's theme to Star Wars back in 1976, from then on the record collection grew. From the late 70's it was any thing that sounded good got picked up, from Junior Mervin's Police and Thieves to David Bowie's Golden Years to Karen Young's Hot Shot. Having listened to Radio London, Capital Radio and Radio One though out the 70's and early 80’s, I found that radio began to get “a bit boring”. They just weren't playing the music I wanted to hear. I wanted Soul, Dance, RNB, Disco and Jazz. The only way to hear any thing other than Pop music was to scale up and down the Long Wave and Medium wave bands of the radio listening to the likes of Radio Luxembourg and one or two dodgy French stations just to hear some thing different. Music and radio became a part of my life, if I wasn't playing it, records that is, I was listening to it. As the record collection grew the need to share my pleasure was the next stage. I became a DJ towards the end of my school years, 1980-81, playing music anywhere. From night clubs and pubs up and down the country to a well-known roller-skating rink in North London for a number of years. As the public's passion for music grew in the mid 80's I found myself playing music in muddy fields, dirty warehouses and also what was known as "the not quite legal" parties. The love of radio was still a part of my life and the need to get involved grew. The problem I found was that the world of Radio was a strange and forbidden place. You were only let in if you were in the "know" or you had friends on the "inside". Demos were sent to various radio stations around London and the South East, but were never responded to. I continued to spin the discs in clubs until one day while walking past a new local radio station in North London, towards the end of 1997, I decided to pop in for a gander and discovered they ran a training school on the art of radio presentation. I enrolled and that was my entrance into real radio. I was introduced to the program controller who was also the course tutor. He laid out a very easy to follow but intense one on one presenters course. I found the course very rewarding and it introduced me to the not so easy world of radio. After completing the presenters training I became part of the radio presenters team. I presented a wide variety of shows, from early breakfast to midday weekends, and from Jazz to Club and Dance. Since being thrown into the world of radio I’ve continued to dabble; working with a number of London FM stations and over the past few years dipping into the exciting world of internet broadcasting for which has seen my Facebook account quadrupole with new friends from as far as Russia, Asia and beyond. I continue to “trip the light fantastic” on the club scene and have added a small remix/re-edit/broadcast studio where I tend to escape and be creative. Radio is and will be one of the only places where you can lose yourself in a moment, reminisce on the good times, dance, sing, laugh and cry....let’s have some.. SOULED OUT IS BROADCAST ON THE 2ND, 3RD AND 4TH MONDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM 9-MIDNIGHT
About: Soul sensation Natasha Watts joins us on Crackers Radio for her first ever solo radio show..... Natasha Watts burst on to the UK soul scene in 2011 working alongside the now very present Cool Million, Natasha has been doing Soulful house since 2008 which saw her first release with Danny J Lewis come to light, This was off the back of losing her mum with which she credits her very existence! Natasha has since gone onto to have 2 number UK Soul Chart Albums and a host of number one's collaborations with Omar Don E and Richard Earnshaw to name but a few, Natasha name is continually heard across most UK Radio station daily with her blend of Soul and Soulful sound her talents are very hard to miss!!! Natasha is an accomplished singer/songwriter and credits her writing to the journey she has taken, Natasha comes to us wanting to share that journey in a musical form, She will be hosting a 3 hour show sharing with you all the songs from her life that have made her smile and also sharing some of her upcoming tracks, the odd interview and above all sharing stories to make you smile! So check out Natasha Watts radio show (PLEASANT SURPRISE) The first Monday of every month.
About: NOEL MCKOY: Singer, Songwriter, Producer - BIOG TO FOLLOW
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