Tony Rodriguez Solar Radio

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Tony hails from London & started DJing in 1987 covering genres of music including soulful house, 80s groove, boogie, jazz funk & 90s RnB. He has a radio show on Solar Radio every Tuesday night (10pm-12am) called Nu Soul Central.

He currently DJ’s at Soul Network, Soul in the Algarve, Move On Up, Streatham Soul Club, Soulboat London & Musicology.

 

All-time favourite artists?

Teena Marie, Frankie Beverley & Maze, Roy Ayers, Leroy Burgess, Masters at Work and our very own Omar. They are all mega talented singers, musicians, song writers, performers and producers. Their music will last for ever and beyond.

 

Current favourites

I focus on soulful house and new jazz on my radio show. There is such a great crop of new and established artists/ producers to check out. My play lists and club sets regularly feature Masters at Work, Louie Vega, Sean McCabe, Josh Milan, Reel People, Tony Momrelle, Zo, Eric Roberson, Dj Spen, Joey Negro and John Morales among others.

 

The early days

I was introduced to soul music, through my friends at primary school who had older brothers and uncles in sound systems. We regularly hung out after school and took turns to visit each other’s homes to play records. I was fascinated by the vast record collections these guys had. I initially only had a tape deck so this inspired me to save up my pocket money and upgrade to a record player. I spent many years buying singles and LPs usually sourcing titles form Echoes and Blues and Soul Magazine. Living in Balham south London, in 1982 I discovered a specialist record store called Record Corner. This was pretty much at the end of my road and it wasn’t until a few years later realised how lucky I was. DJs travelled far and wide to pick up their US imports form Record Corner, I had a specialist store right on my doorstep!

 

1990s

Through the 80s I built up a healthy record collection and was soon Dj-ing at house parties and college/ university events. In 1987 I had my first residency at Rumours Cocktail bar. I spent pretty much the entire 1990’s in the Covent Garden area, DJ-ing initially at the Boulevard Bar from 1992-1994. This turned out to be a precursor to the iconic Spot Covent Garden where I had a residency from 1994-2001. Playing at the Spot put me on a good platform and gave me the opportunity to play at some of London’s popular 90s RnB/ soul club nights. These include the Kat Klub alongside Ronnie Herrell, Steve Wren and JP, and Cookies and Cream with Steve Sutherland. Away from the decks I also spend some time during 1992-1994 working at 3 Halves Records with the enthusiastic and energetic Jasper the Vinyl Junkie, promoting our portfolio of home grown and Europe based jazz and funk artists. We also distributed releases from sister labels Yo Mama and Soulciety.

 

Radio

Although I’ve been a club DJ since the late 80s, I was a bit of a late bloomer on the airwaves. My initial experience came in 1994/95 on KUTE FM in Bristol. I occasionally travelled from London to do guest shows. A few hours were spent on the M4 but definitely worth the effort. More radio experience came in the summers of 1996 – 1999 while Djing in Faliraki Rhodes. The station was called Kool FM, broadcasting to the resort and across the island. An opportunity soon followed in 2000 to do regular guest shows on Solar Radio. After a couple of years, I was then given a weekly slot. I was keen to create a platform to showcase new soul music and promote new artists, and on that basis my Nu Soul Central show was formed. I have been broadcasting the show on Solar Radio since 2002 (with a brief stint on Colourful Radio in 2012). I’m very proud to have helped break through some of the new artists we are familiar with today.

 

Soul Network & Soul in the Algarve

The highlight of the last 20 years for me has been my involvement in Soul Network. I joined the team in 1997 after meeting Vivy B when we played together at a monthly event in central London. My early involvement was at Soul Network’s last Saturday of the month event at Club Cohiba in Camberwell. Over the next few years the event out grew the venue and eventually moved to the City in London where the parties continue to regularly sell out to crowds of over 400. Over the years I’ve been involved in several Soul Network spin off events including mansion parties, weekenders and boat parties. The most popular event has to be Soul in the Algarve which is running in to its 15th year. We also took the Soul Network holiday experience to Barbados on a couple of occasions with Soul in the Caribbean in 2010 and 2012. After more than 20 years, I continue to be part of the Soul Network crew. Thanks Vivy!

 

Move On Up!

Move On Up has been running for over 10 years on the first Saturday of each month. I’ve been a part of this event with my good friend Stevie Dundee where the first parties we held were in pubs and bars in our local patch Balham SW London. The music policy was simple, a mix of jazz funk, 80s groove and 90s RnB with a touch of reggae. Move On Up has always had its roots in south London. Following an initial period in Balham, we made Streatham our home and were based at the Greyhound Bar & Pub until 2015. We then moved down the road to The White Lion where we have since established more soul music events including the Streatham Soul Club (every Friday) and the very popular White Lion bank holiday all dayers. We have also hosted live events featuring artists such as Omar, Don-e and Hil St Soul.

 

Soulboat London

One of my favourite events in the soul music calendar is the Soul Boat London party cruise. I’ve been part of the DJ team for nine years and tend to play at four events across the year including the Easter and Christmas parties.

 

Musicology

I’m involved in Musicology with long-time friends and DJ colleagues Fitzroy (Soul Survivor) Facey and Dezzi-D. Our club nights have only been running for a few years. The theme was initially conceived as a platform for us to divert from our usual DJ set formats, and play more underplayed and left field jazz, boogie and soulful house (old and new). We only manage to put on a couple of Musicology nights a year but the emphasis is most definitely on quality and not quantity.

 

Soul Survivor Award

One recent highlight is my award for Runner Up – Best Club DJ 2013 as voted by the readers of Soul Survivor Magazine. Usually blowing a trumpet over runner up doesn’t warrant much merit but on this occasion the winner was the late and great Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson. To be pipped at the post by the absolute legend felt as good as winning.

 

Thanks for reading!

Over the past 30 plus years I’ve played at many club nights and events (too many to mention) as either a resident or guest DJ. I’ve also been involved in several weekender events through the years including the first Soul Village weekenders in 2002 and 2003. Over the years I’ve been lucky to have worked with many DJs, forming some great friendships along the way. I continue to enjoy every moment and look forward to many more. Thanks for reading!.

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Tony Rodriguez Solar Radio

dj tony rodriguez back to love weekender

Tony hails from London & started DJing in 1987 covering genres of music including soulful house, 80s groove, boogie, jazz funk & 90s RnB. He has a radio show on Solar Radio every Tuesday night (10pm-12am) called Nu Soul Central.

He currently DJ’s at Soul Network, Soul in the Algarve, Move On Up, Streatham Soul Club, Soulboat London & Musicology.

 

All-time favourite artists?

Teena Marie, Frankie Beverley & Maze, Roy Ayers, Leroy Burgess, Masters at Work and our very own Omar. They are all mega talented singers, musicians, song writers, performers and producers. Their music will last for ever and beyond.

 

Current favourites

I focus on soulful house and new jazz on my radio show. There is such a great crop of new and established artists/ producers to check out. My play lists and club sets regularly feature Masters at Work, Louie Vega, Sean McCabe, Josh Milan, Reel People, Tony Momrelle, Zo, Eric Roberson, Dj Spen, Joey Negro and John Morales among others.

 

The early days

I was introduced to soul music, through my friends at primary school who had older brothers and uncles in sound systems. We regularly hung out after school and took turns to visit each other’s homes to play records. I was fascinated by the vast record collections these guys had. I initially only had a tape deck so this inspired me to save up my pocket money and upgrade to a record player. I spent many years buying singles and LPs usually sourcing titles form Echoes and Blues and Soul Magazine. Living in Balham south London, in 1982 I discovered a specialist record store called Record Corner. This was pretty much at the end of my road and it wasn’t until a few years later realised how lucky I was. DJs travelled far and wide to pick up their US imports form Record Corner, I had a specialist store right on my doorstep!

 

1990s

Through the 80s I built up a healthy record collection and was soon Dj-ing at house parties and college/ university events. In 1987 I had my first residency at Rumours Cocktail bar. I spent pretty much the entire 1990’s in the Covent Garden area, DJ-ing initially at the Boulevard Bar from 1992-1994. This turned out to be a precursor to the iconic Spot Covent Garden where I had a residency from 1994-2001. Playing at the Spot put me on a good platform and gave me the opportunity to play at some of London’s popular 90s RnB/ soul club nights. These include the Kat Klub alongside Ronnie Herrell, Steve Wren and JP, and Cookies and Cream with Steve Sutherland. Away from the decks I also spend some time during 1992-1994 working at 3 Halves Records with the enthusiastic and energetic Jasper the Vinyl Junkie, promoting our portfolio of home grown and Europe based jazz and funk artists. We also distributed releases from sister labels Yo Mama and Soulciety.

 

Radio

Although I’ve been a club DJ since the late 80s, I was a bit of a late bloomer on the airwaves. My initial experience came in 1994/95 on KUTE FM in Bristol. I occasionally travelled from London to do guest shows. A few hours were spent on the M4 but definitely worth the effort. More radio experience came in the summers of 1996 – 1999 while Djing in Faliraki Rhodes. The station was called Kool FM, broadcasting to the resort and across the island. An opportunity soon followed in 2000 to do regular guest shows on Solar Radio. After a couple of years, I was then given a weekly slot. I was keen to create a platform to showcase new soul music and promote new artists, and on that basis my Nu Soul Central show was formed. I have been broadcasting the show on Solar Radio since 2002 (with a brief stint on Colourful Radio in 2012). I’m very proud to have helped break through some of the new artists we are familiar with today.

 

Soul Network & Soul in the Algarve

The highlight of the last 20 years for me has been my involvement in Soul Network. I joined the team in 1997 after meeting Vivy B when we played together at a monthly event in central London. My early involvement was at Soul Network’s last Saturday of the month event at Club Cohiba in Camberwell. Over the next few years the event out grew the venue and eventually moved to the City in London where the parties continue to regularly sell out to crowds of over 400. Over the years I’ve been involved in several Soul Network spin off events including mansion parties, weekenders and boat parties. The most popular event has to be Soul in the Algarve which is running in to its 15th year. We also took the Soul Network holiday experience to Barbados on a couple of occasions with Soul in the Caribbean in 2010 and 2012. After more than 20 years, I continue to be part of the Soul Network crew. Thanks Vivy!

 

Move On Up!

Move On Up has been running for over 10 years on the first Saturday of each month. I’ve been a part of this event with my good friend Stevie Dundee where the first parties we held were in pubs and bars in our local patch Balham SW London. The music policy was simple, a mix of jazz funk, 80s groove and 90s RnB with a touch of reggae. Move On Up has always had its roots in south London. Following an initial period in Balham, we made Streatham our home and were based at the Greyhound Bar & Pub until 2015. We then moved down the road to The White Lion where we have since established more soul music events including the Streatham Soul Club (every Friday) and the very popular White Lion bank holiday all dayers. We have also hosted live events featuring artists such as Omar, Don-e and Hil St Soul.

 

Soulboat London

One of my favourite events in the soul music calendar is the Soul Boat London party cruise. I’ve been part of the DJ team for nine years and tend to play at four events across the year including the Easter and Christmas parties.

 

Musicology

I’m involved in Musicology with long-time friends and DJ colleagues Fitzroy (Soul Survivor) Facey and Dezzi-D. Our club nights have only been running for a few years. The theme was initially conceived as a platform for us to divert from our usual DJ set formats, and play more underplayed and left field jazz, boogie and soulful house (old and new). We only manage to put on a couple of Musicology nights a year but the emphasis is most definitely on quality and not quantity.

 

Soul Survivor Award

One recent highlight is my award for Runner Up – Best Club DJ 2013 as voted by the readers of Soul Survivor Magazine. Usually blowing a trumpet over runner up doesn’t warrant much merit but on this occasion the winner was the late and great Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson. To be pipped at the post by the absolute legend felt as good as winning.

 

Thanks for reading!

Over the past 30 plus years I’ve played at many club nights and events (too many to mention) as either a resident or guest DJ. I’ve also been involved in several weekender events through the years including the first Soul Village weekenders in 2002 and 2003. Over the years I’ve been lucky to have worked with many DJs, forming some great friendships along the way. I continue to enjoy every moment and look forward to many more. Thanks for reading!.

Share Me

Tony Rodriguez Solar Radio

dj tony rodriguez back to love weekender

Tony hails from London & started DJing in 1987 covering genres of music including soulful house, 80s groove, boogie, jazz funk & 90s RnB. He has a radio show on Solar Radio every Tuesday night (10pm-12am) called Nu Soul Central.

He currently DJ’s at Soul Network, Soul in the Algarve, Move On Up, Streatham Soul Club, Soulboat London & Musicology.

 

All-time favourite artists?

Teena Marie, Frankie Beverley & Maze, Roy Ayers, Leroy Burgess, Masters at Work and our very own Omar. They are all mega talented singers, musicians, song writers, performers and producers. Their music will last for ever and beyond.

 

Current favourites

I focus on soulful house and new jazz on my radio show. There is such a great crop of new and established artists/ producers to check out. My play lists and club sets regularly feature Masters at Work, Louie Vega, Sean McCabe, Josh Milan, Reel People, Tony Momrelle, Zo, Eric Roberson, Dj Spen, Joey Negro and John Morales among others.

 

The early days

I was introduced to soul music, through my friends at primary school who had older brothers and uncles in sound systems. We regularly hung out after school and took turns to visit each other’s homes to play records. I was fascinated by the vast record collections these guys had. I initially only had a tape deck so this inspired me to save up my pocket money and upgrade to a record player. I spent many years buying singles and LPs usually sourcing titles form Echoes and Blues and Soul Magazine. Living in Balham south London, in 1982 I discovered a specialist record store called Record Corner. This was pretty much at the end of my road and it wasn’t until a few years later realised how lucky I was. DJs travelled far and wide to pick up their US imports form Record Corner, I had a specialist store right on my doorstep!

 

1990s

Through the 80s I built up a healthy record collection and was soon Dj-ing at house parties and college/ university events. In 1987 I had my first residency at Rumours Cocktail bar. I spent pretty much the entire 1990’s in the Covent Garden area, DJ-ing initially at the Boulevard Bar from 1992-1994. This turned out to be a precursor to the iconic Spot Covent Garden where I had a residency from 1994-2001. Playing at the Spot put me on a good platform and gave me the opportunity to play at some of London’s popular 90s RnB/ soul club nights. These include the Kat Klub alongside Ronnie Herrell, Steve Wren and JP, and Cookies and Cream with Steve Sutherland. Away from the decks I also spend some time during 1992-1994 working at 3 Halves Records with the enthusiastic and energetic Jasper the Vinyl Junkie, promoting our portfolio of home grown and Europe based jazz and funk artists. We also distributed releases from sister labels Yo Mama and Soulciety.

 

Radio

Although I’ve been a club DJ since the late 80s, I was a bit of a late bloomer on the airwaves. My initial experience came in 1994/95 on KUTE FM in Bristol. I occasionally travelled from London to do guest shows. A few hours were spent on the M4 but definitely worth the effort. More radio experience came in the summers of 1996 – 1999 while Djing in Faliraki Rhodes. The station was called Kool FM, broadcasting to the resort and across the island. An opportunity soon followed in 2000 to do regular guest shows on Solar Radio. After a couple of years, I was then given a weekly slot. I was keen to create a platform to showcase new soul music and promote new artists, and on that basis my Nu Soul Central show was formed. I have been broadcasting the show on Solar Radio since 2002 (with a brief stint on Colourful Radio in 2012). I’m very proud to have helped break through some of the new artists we are familiar with today.

 

Soul Network & Soul in the Algarve

The highlight of the last 20 years for me has been my involvement in Soul Network. I joined the team in 1997 after meeting Vivy B when we played together at a monthly event in central London. My early involvement was at Soul Network’s last Saturday of the month event at Club Cohiba in Camberwell. Over the next few years the event out grew the venue and eventually moved to the City in London where the parties continue to regularly sell out to crowds of over 400. Over the years I’ve been involved in several Soul Network spin off events including mansion parties, weekenders and boat parties. The most popular event has to be Soul in the Algarve which is running in to its 15th year. We also took the Soul Network holiday experience to Barbados on a couple of occasions with Soul in the Caribbean in 2010 and 2012. After more than 20 years, I continue to be part of the Soul Network crew. Thanks Vivy!

 

Move On Up!

Move On Up has been running for over 10 years on the first Saturday of each month. I’ve been a part of this event with my good friend Stevie Dundee where the first parties we held were in pubs and bars in our local patch Balham SW London. The music policy was simple, a mix of jazz funk, 80s groove and 90s RnB with a touch of reggae. Move On Up has always had its roots in south London. Following an initial period in Balham, we made Streatham our home and were based at the Greyhound Bar & Pub until 2015. We then moved down the road to The White Lion where we have since established more soul music events including the Streatham Soul Club (every Friday) and the very popular White Lion bank holiday all dayers. We have also hosted live events featuring artists such as Omar, Don-e and Hil St Soul.

 

Soulboat London

One of my favourite events in the soul music calendar is the Soul Boat London party cruise. I’ve been part of the DJ team for nine years and tend to play at four events across the year including the Easter and Christmas parties.

 

Musicology

I’m involved in Musicology with long-time friends and DJ colleagues Fitzroy (Soul Survivor) Facey and Dezzi-D. Our club nights have only been running for a few years. The theme was initially conceived as a platform for us to divert from our usual DJ set formats, and play more underplayed and left field jazz, boogie and soulful house (old and new). We only manage to put on a couple of Musicology nights a year but the emphasis is most definitely on quality and not quantity.

 

Soul Survivor Award

One recent highlight is my award for Runner Up – Best Club DJ 2013 as voted by the readers of Soul Survivor Magazine. Usually blowing a trumpet over runner up doesn’t warrant much merit but on this occasion the winner was the late and great Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson. To be pipped at the post by the absolute legend felt as good as winning.

 

Thanks for reading!

Over the past 30 plus years I’ve played at many club nights and events (too many to mention) as either a resident or guest DJ. I’ve also been involved in several weekender events through the years including the first Soul Village weekenders in 2002 and 2003. Over the years I’ve been lucky to have worked with many DJs, forming some great friendships along the way. I continue to enjoy every moment and look forward to many more. Thanks for reading!.

Share Me

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