I was born in Walthamstow and grew up in Leyton and Leytonstone, Essex came much later. My parents always had music playing in the household or had the radio on constantly and I was of the generation when Top of the Pops on a Thursday night was a big event. Well, perhaps I didn’t get out much now I think about it….? Anyway, music was a big deal in our home.
When did it all begin?
well about 40 yrs ago I was bouncing about The Hammersmith Palais in my mums belly.. Thats when I started to dance to funky disco and I have never stopped.... Started Dj-ing when I was still at school. Got myself decks, amp and mixer and I was off.... parties and weddings. At 18 I managed to get regular nights in several pubs in South West London. Radio career began around this time starting with QMBS. I left London and moved to Essex a few years later and started broadcasting on local hospital radio.
Now for those of you who dont know MJ, heres a few words that may help explain some interesting, but wierd, things! MJ was born during the mid 70s to parents of a hippy nature. Now this was a tough one for MJ growing up amongst people who didnt really appreciate soul music!
The Soul Sanctuary - Every Tuesday from 9pm
Every Tuesday, Bully and I kick start your week off by offering you a mix of new and old, rare, exclusive & commercial soul tunes that will put you in the mood for the week ahead. We will have a laugh with you with various features on the show and just make you feel part of the Zero radio growing family!
Chris Clayton,The youngest and crazyest member of the ZeroRadio family, found his love for the sounds of soul and 80’s funk from an early age, having two older sisters who played these great sounds whilst getting ready to go clubing it’s no wonder that he’s ended up wanting to share the soul sound with the world.
Jon has been one of everyones fave DJs for over 20 years. He started his professional DJ career as a 17 year old playing cool funk, soul, jazz and disco music with most of the now household names e.g Norman Jay, Gilles Peterson, Pete Tong, Steve Walsh, Chris Hill and Simon Dunmore to name just a few.
Music has always been a huge part of Phil’s life, with music and dance career spanning four decades that does make him sound rather old! His first entry to the DJ’ing scene was back in 1979, when he decided to go out on the mobile circuit with nice new shiny equipment purchased by his mum and dad!
GT developed a love of everything soulful, jazzy and funky from an early age. His parents loved all things jazz including Mark Murphy, Tubby Hayes, Ella and Miles Davies. Ronnie Scotts was their club of choice and they used to take him to the Top Alex in Southend as a young kid where he used to sit on the steps with a weak shandy listening to Sunday jazz.
Born and bred in Dagenham but jumped ship in 2002 to become an ‘Essex Boy’
My introduction to the DJ world started a roadie for a friend’s dad at 14 years old. A fine man who is no longer with us, but a connoisseur in Jazz, Funk and Soul. I soon decided that I wanted to be a DJ and with my first roadshow purchased, I was off on my own. Starting with friends parties and then moving on to paying gigs and agency work. Offers of working pubs and eventually clubs came along and it was safe to say, being a DJ was becoming a way of life. Early venues included BENS - Romford, Stop-Outs - Ilford, Piccadilly’s - Basildon, Monroes – Basildon & The Syndrome in Finchly to name a few. I soon became a DJ full time, working 6 nights week for over 20 years, mainly working Scottish & Newcastle Brewery venues but plenty of others to stop me getting bored. The headphones are now only dusted off for my radio show and a few gigs throughout the year. So, what do I do to keep busy now I am not playing out most nights? Well apart from running my DJ agency, I am also, the mover of mountains, the world traveller, the castrator of spiders, the oppressor of champions, soldier of fortune, casual hero, international lover and all round good guy! Wars fought, Bears wrestled, Virgins enlightened, Revolutions quelled, Orgies organised, Puppies drowned, Women cheated, Officials corrupted, Speed limits ignored, Politicians bribed, Traffic wardens flattened, Parties gatecrashed, Diamonds smuggled, Bank jobs arranged,
Mikeys big, hes ugly, but Hes been on the radio in Essex for more than ten years, a good part of that spent in Southend. When hes not here hes usually either fishing or entertaining a crowd at one of the top Essex nightclubs (we dont think he ever sleeps). He was born in Islington in 1964 so that makes him 28 (thats what he tells us anyway) he started as a DJ at the age of 15 with the school disco, hes also worked in Germany, Austria, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Paris as well as all over the UK.
The secret love child of Uncle Merv & Ian Reading I spent the first five years of my life living in a spare Bass bin in the back of an old transit van. Puberty came & went pretty quick & with my love of all music developing faster than the growth of my golden locks & it wasn’t long before the nick name ‘Baldie’ had been born.
What more can I write thats not already been said, well maybe the more intimate stuff :) ....Born in the Whittington Hospital, Highgate London and lived in Highbury Hill North London before moving to Essex in the 60’s with his parents and only Brother.