I was born in 70s Brentwood and inherited my love of music from my parents. Over 500 gigs, 13 Glastonburys, and countless music purchases later, the passion remains.
I became involved with promoting live music, and also briefly running a small label, WET Records with 2 friends.
An interview with Phoenix about the label piqued my interest and I joined the team as the Sunday Morning Breakfast Show presenter in January 2017, where you can hear 3 hours of just about anything good.
Gareth met with Lincolnshire band Vigilantes in front of the Latitude lake to talk about the festival, new single Don’t Speak and how some of the band found he had an uncanny resemnelabce (vocally) to Mr Gilbert from the Inbetweeners
ou can find more about the band here –
Trudy and the Romance describe themselves as Mutant 50s Pop, and who are we to argue. We chatted with Oliver, Lewis and Brad about their plans for the future, including their debut album, which isn’t due for release until 2019, but sounds like it could be a huge pop treasure. Their live set in the sun made people smile, and we look forward to hearing what comes next.
We met with Cornwall born, Berlin based Matt Woods ahead of his BBC Introducing headline set. Discussing how he believes he’s finally found a sound that reflects him, his soulful electronic songs, including recent EP lead Ain’t No Use mark him out as one to watch.
We first spoke Bessie Turner at Latitude 2017, where she played a great set on the Lake stage. 12 months later she returned to headline the opening night in front of a packed BBC Introducing stage, was interviewed by Zoe Ball and sang live on her BBC 2 show from the festival, and most importantly, spoke to us again!
Having released her debut EP 22:22 to fantastic reviews, it will be interesting to see which stage she headlines next at Latitude in the future
Ahead of this year’s STANDON CALLING festival we chatted to Adam from THE SCRUFF.
The Scruff headed into 2018 as ‘ones to watch’, following on from what felt like a breakout few months for the Bedford natives. A somewhat turbulent start to last year saw a member emigrate, a rebuilding process and a new outlook on their sound as the band regrouped with new guitarist Jack, to release Her, an anthemic single inspired by the passing of drummer Omar’s mother. The single was swiftly picked up by Radio One, who made it BBC Radio One Introducing Track Of The Week, as well as receiving support from Steve Lamacq at BBC 6Music and picking up This Feeling Radio X Track Of The Week too. Following a relentless tour, which saw the band play 40 shows in 3 months, the band headed into the studio to produce their next single White Flag, The Scruff’s strongest work to date.
You can hear our interview here:
The Scruff are all over social media and you can find them here:
Ahead of this year’s STANDON CALLING festival we chatted to Tiff ffrom BLUSHES.
Blushes are a 4 piece indie-RnB band based in Aylesbury, UK. Blending RnB and Dream Pop, the songs of Blushes journey through melancholy and romance. Recently discovered by NME to feature in their Under The Radar programme, the band were then personally approached by BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart to play their track To The Bone. They have also received features and support from HMV, BPI and UK Music, as well as being featured on London Live and BBC Introducing, and were also included in NME’s 100 Artists for 2018 list.
We chatted to Essex singer/songwriter Bessie Turner before her performance on the Lake Stage on Friday.
Her style is an eclectic pastiche of her musical heroes; she is influenced as much by MIA as she is Dionne Warwick. Yet it is her own uniqueness – in both her personality as well as her music – that sets her apart as an artist and performer. Her voice rings with a soulfulness that floats like a cloud; wistful, effortless and above all charming.
Bessie released her debut single Big Sleep in April 2017 to critical acclaim. You can find out more about Bessie on her official Facebook page.
We’ve been tracking Manningtree’s finest, Superglu, for some time now and we’re hoping they go onto greater things – judging by their storming performance on the Lake Stage on Friday, anything is possible.
Before coming to Latitude, SuperGlu release their brand new single Simmer Down’ via Antigen Records in April as a highly anticipated taster for their forthcoming EP Fig’, released later this summer.
Earlier this year, SuperGlu performed multiple official showcases at SXSW 2017 in Texas, including Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq’s showcase at the British Music Embassy.
We chatted to drummer Ben about the band and what they’re currently up to.
One of the many endearing things about Bruno Major is that he doesn’t seem to have any idea what a powerful and emotionally searing singer he is.
Ask Bruno about his guitar playing though and, sheepish grin out of the way, he’ll wax lyrical about an instrument he first picked up at the age of seven, and which has seen him through good times and bad, triumphs and false starts, ever since.
It comes as no surprise whatsoever to learn that Bruno studied and mastered jazz guitar – studies that saw him earning a living as a session guitarist from the young age of 16.
Gareth chatted with him just before his performance at the Lake Stage on Saturday.
A first for Phoenix FM as birthday boy Gareth interviews birthday boy Marcus!
We caught Marcus just before his perforamnce at the Sunrise Arena on Sunday.
Seramic is Marcus’s new project. Combining his visual and musical sensibilities, it’s an exciting space for him to blend his many musical influences into one place. Drawn to immediate, joyful rhythms and chest-swelling choruses, he combines his love of legendary singer-songwriters with fresh, piercing electronic sounds and experiments with the hip-hop approach of sampling. A sound that The Sunday Times has dubbed “Prince meets D’Angelo meets Tom Waits meets Joe Cocker. Foster intends “the music to be forward-thinking, to be present. The way I see it, I’m never going to make a better soul record than Sly and the Family Stone, or make a funk record that’s better than Funkadelic’. The most important thing for any artist is embracing change.
Every Sunday, join me, Gareth Williams from 7am through till 10am for an early morning look at the news, entertainment and sport. They’ll be songs from the first hour to sooth tired bodies and minds, but by 10am I want you dancing around your kitchens!
*Public health warning - show may be sluggish until I've finished my second coffee
if I've been out on the Saturday night (I didn't know 7am on a Sunday existed until
the start of 2017)
Every week we play out a “Sunday Song” – a song featuring the word Sunday anywhere in it (lyrics or title) or performed by a band such as the Sunday’s. To suggest a song for the list, tweet me at https://twitter.com/GWPhoenix
This week’s Sunday song was Sunday Morning Call by Oasis