Tell us about your ideology behind Hang The DJ – what made you want to start this project?
I wanted to start the radio show as I completed an internship at Boogaloo Radio over the summer, helping to produce radio shows and run the station’s social media. After doing this I saw a place for myself at the station where I could play the music I liked and had a passion for, without the restraints of forced playlists or tracks which would be the case at larger, more commercial stations.
I’d say the ideology behind the show is bringing the feel of an indie disco in the form of a radio show. The slot is 6-7pm on Fridays which is perfect pre-drinking, pre-party/getting ready for the weekend time, especially for young people. I also wanted to help shine a light on new bands people may not necessarily have heard before, or bands that may not get regular airtime on radio. I also like giving their social media details/tour details out, as I think social platforms are now key to the discovery of new music – it’s like the equivalent of finding a YouTube demo when we were 13-14.
As a medium, what made you pick radio – particularly your station, Boogaloo Radio?
I picked radio as it’s a classic, well-loved medium for myself and many others, it’s that one platform that has never really diminished in popularity and the best way to get music across to people. Boogaloo Radio is great, it has a family feel and everyone helps everyone out. It is the exact opposite of corporate or commercial – for starters, it’s run out of a pub in London, and you can’t get much more rock n roll than that. The Boogaloo has played host to bands like The Libertines and has a great history wrapped around it.
Why should listeners tune into Hang The DJ? What separates you from the thousands of other radio shows?
I think people should tune in as I try to share exciting new bands with them, as well as playing indie classics to really get them in the mood for the weekend or whatever antics they have planned – even if you’re studying – it’s good concentration music. Also, there are no ads so, unlike Radio X, you’re not forced to listen to a betting ad every 10 mins. There’s also a large potential for guests and live lounges for my show that I hope to incorporate as it organically grows. Maybe I give a younger perspective than most other shows?
Describe Hang The DJ in three words.
Loud, fresh, head-nod-able (3 words for the price of one there)
What plans do you have for the future of the show? In a broader sense, what do you think is next for radio as a medium?
As I said, I would love to do live lounges and interviews with bands, especially when the new live lounge is built next to the station. Also, get other guests in potentially guest DJs, co-hosts and individuals from the music industry i.e. journalists. I really seek audience feedback – what do you want on? Do they want themes? I am open to all as listener relationships are key – no one wants to hear a show only the presenter likes.
The future of radio for me is digital and internet-based, like Boogaloo Radio which is purely online, this lifts the boundaries of what can be said, what views are expressed and what music is played – the only issue I see is how people get to hear about these online stations – word of mouth is a good place to begin – you have to walk the walk.
When all is said and done, how would you like this project to be remembered?
Ideally, I’d like for it to be well known by people who have a love for indie music, eventually giving new bands a certain place to be heard live as Boogaloo Radio grows as an independent project in terms of listenership and popularity. Way down the line, I would love to have it translate into a club night or taken on the road with indie DJs at venues, but it is very early days and I’m still at university.
If you had to pick one artist in the industry right now to recommend to your listeners, who would you pick?
I would have to say Trudy and the Romance in terms of new bands – their sound is very unique with elements of jazz mixed with indie guitar music – I’d definitely give their Junkyard Jazz EP a go.
Shame are also ridiculously good
Also, there’s Public Access T.V. who’s incoming second LP is a straight throwback to the 80s and it’s just infectious as hell.
It’s too hard to pick!