Royal Talk with… Moxie
HOW DID YOU BECOME A RADIO DJ?
I actually started on Kiss FM about 4/5 years ago covering for Sinden on his show. I did a mix for the station and whilst doing the links for the intro the producer asked if I had ever thought about doing radio. She used to work on the Mary Anne Hobbs show on Radio 1 before Kiss so really understood the music I was playing. That pretty much kick started everything for me and gave me the confidence to get into it and after doing some demos I started to fill in for Sinden. I was also doing a bunch of guest mixes on Rinse FM and then around the same time NTS was starting up so it was a no brainer!
TELL US ABOUT HOW YOUR RELATIONSHIP STARTED WITH NTS AND WHEN YOU JOINED THE STATION?
I joined right at the beginning before it had even started up & will never forget the initial meeting I had with Femi who is the station’s founder. It was originally a blog called Nuts To Soup and to see what it’s developed into over the years is just amazing, i’m so proud to have been apart of its journey.
INTERNET RADIO’S POPULARITY WITH ITS PRODUCERS AND AUDIENCE IS THERE FOR ALL TO SEE AT THE MOMENT. CAN THIS ENTHUSIASM CONQUER, OR EVEN JUST HOLD OUT AGAINST, THE SIZW AND ACCESSIBILITY OF FM RADIO, OR MIGHT WE JUST BE WITNESSING A WELL SUPPORTED TREND?
I definitely don’t think internet radio is a trend – I think it’s happening out of necessity and that people want more options on radio. Pretty much anyone in the world can access the internet and once that’s not an obstacle you’re good to go. I think the reason NTS has worked so well is that it’s not just music but documentaries, discussions and it encourages a whole variety of characters on the station. They’re not afraid to take risks and the weirder the better.
RINSE FM, NOW A LEGIT STATION BASED ON BRICK LANE, STARTED IN A BLOCK IN TOWER HAMLETS. MANY SEE INTERNET RADIO AS THE DIRECT DESCENDENT OF PIRATE RADIO. DO YOU AGREE?
Absolutely! When Rinse first started up the internet was nowhere as savvy as it is today and lets face it the general broadband speed was nowhere to be found. I think naturally once internet radio became accessible it only made sense for people to take that route rather than risk their lives climbing up tower blocks to fix an aerial and potentially get arrested. Rinse is an incredible station, and as a Londoner it’s been intrinsic in my teen years, and educating me on music as I’ve grown up.
WORKING ON BOTH INTERNET AND FM, WHICH DO YOU PREFER?
I love working for both as I approach them in different ways. NTS, for example, is much more laid back and I work things out whilst I’m there. I love the atmosphere in the summer when all the kids practise their Carnival routines in Gillett Square and we’re just blasting out our tunes, and then there are the olders playing ping pong just outside. But on the flip hosting a show on the BBC to however many millions of people is just crazy and something I never thought I’d be doing. Once you’re in that building you really have to step your game up, and having a team around you to help the show run smoothly is a massive help.
I think it’s really important to put yourself out of your comfort zone and push yourself, and that’s what I love about radio in general as you never quite know what’s going to happen.
THERE AREN’T MANY RADIO FORMATS WHERE YOU GET AS MUCH ‘BEHIND THE MUSIC’ TALK WITH DJS AND PRODUCERS AS YOURS. WAS THAT SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO EXPAND WITH ‘MOXIE PRESENTS’?
I’m generally really interested in people and love watching interviews and documenarties. Having the opportunity to find out some more about the artists I love whether they’re new or old I find a great challenge, because you just completely immerse yourself in that one person.
WHO WOULD BE YOUR ULTIMATE GUEST ON YOUR SHOW?
There are so many but someone I’d love to have on is James Murphy. I’ve seen interviews with him before and he’s an amazing character, although self depreciating but in a charming and endearing way. You can see he’s been through a lot and has so much to speak about. He’s also one of my all time favourite DJs so I’d love to have him on for a guest mix as well!
YOU SAID IN A RECENT INTERVIEW THAT FABRIC IS YOUR FAVOURITE LONDON CLUB TO PLAY, BUT GOING A LITTLE FURTHER NORTH, WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE VENUE IN DALSTON?
I suppose I find myself in Dance Tunnel quite a lot, they always have top line ups and then for a sweaty rave The Nest is always a good spot.
WHO ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING AT LAND OF KINGS?
I’m a big fan of Mo Kolours so I’d love to check his set, we actually played together a few years back for a Sounds Of the Universe street party in Soho so would be great to see what he’s up to now. Plus my girls Juce and The 2 Bears are always good fun!