Biography and media


I have been collecting and writing about music for over thirty years from weird tango records to uplifting New York house. I was the founder and author of the world’s first series of guides to independent record shops ‘The Secret List’ covering Los Angeles, Paris and London. In the mid- nineties I worked for ‘Blues and Soul’ magazine and ten years later for the innovative ‘Shook’ magazine. I’ve appeared on BBC 6 music with interviews with Cerys Matthews and Gilles Peterson and have DJed in Bogota, New York, Hanoi, Paris, Leeds, Manchester and my birth place, London.


Writer/DJ/radio broadcaster/amateur artist

1991-1995 – Self-Published a fanzine ‘Left on the Jazz Side’. Interviewed Jason Rebello for the second issue, at the time the UK’s biggest selling jazz artist.

1995- Trace magazine, my first commercially published piece, a live review of George Clinton. Commissioned by Will Ashon, who later set-up the Big Dada label.

1996-2001. I worked for Blues and Soul magazine including writing the monthly jazz column between 1999-2001. I interviewed the great and the good including: Carl Craig, LTJ Bukem, Ashley Beadle, Courtney Pine and Kenny Garrett.

2003-2004 – BBC Music online.

2008- 2011 –  Shook magazine including one of the first published articles on record shops.

2013 – The Secret List – Los Angeles. The first published guide to independent record shops.

2014 – The Secret List – Paris.

2016 – The Secret List – London.

2023- played in Bogota as part of a British Council sponsored event to promote a modern, diverse UK and to highlight Colombian music.

DJ gigs: London – Brilliant Corners, Spiritland, Jumbi, The Standard Hotel; Manchester – The Refuge; Leeds – Outlaws Yacht Club; Paris – Superfly Records; New York City – The Ace Hotel; Hanoi – CAMA ATK; Bogota – El Coq.

Radio: interviews – UK nationwide, 6 Music (Gilles Peterson and Cerys Matthews); Worldwide FM, 2 hour interview with Gilles Peterson; Brighton, 1BTN (Version – Jim Lister); Melbourne, Triple R (Stolen Moments – John Bailey); presenting – Voices Radio, Run Dem Radio.


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