Category Archives: Interviews

Paul Humphreys from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

OMD’s current album, The Punishment of Luxury, was released on September 1st and its title is a reminder of our materialistic lives and how we are slaves to the “ad men” regarding possessions and wealth.


Now, 3 singles in and the latest track, What Have We Done, is out and I was delighted to speak with Paul Humphreys from the group.

We spoke about them having almost made it to 40 years, the decline of vinyl, Paul’s thoughts on digital downloads (the album is also available on cassette!), classic computers and the sadness that the music world has endured these past couple of years with the loss of so many artists.

Track by Track: Paul also very kindly took us track by track through the album…

Michelle Ward spoke with Andy McCluskey ahead of its launch.

OMD are playing at the Cliffs Pavilion on Wednesday 1st October.

Phoenix FM 10th birthday: Jordan Gray

Jordan Gray came down to the Holiday Inn to chat to presenters Bob Simpson and Keith Rogers and play a few songs live, including new single Platinum.

There was also some news about a rather significant change of direction in her career … but to find out, you’ll have to watch it all again.

Jordan’s been a great supporter of the station over the last few years and it was great to get her down once again. You can find out more of her latest news on her official website.

Spotlight on … Brentwood Fairtrade

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Sara Macham sits down in the Phoenix FM studios with Caryl Kwei, secretary of the Brentwood Fairtrade campaign group. Find out how Caryl and her team of volunteers got Brentwood certified as a fairtrade town, what makes a fairtrade school and why we should all care about where our food, clothes and even footballs come from.


If you would like to know more, visit If you would like to help Caryl, you can find more details and how you can get involved at

New Essex band “THE GOLD” interview

The Gold are a brand new Essex based band who met through school and have jammed together for years. They took over a year to write their first album and came into the Phoenix FM studio to tell Xanthe Bearman all about it.

The Gold are:
Joe (vocal)
Tom (synth)
Josh (bass)
Louie (drums)
Dan T (guitar,synth)
Danny (guitar)

Their debut single ‘Scream’ is being streamed on VEVO with it’s official release at the end of September.

More info from : The Gold on Facebook

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Spotlight on … Ingatestone Musical and Operetta Group

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Phoenix FM’s Sara Macham catches up with Amy Welton, publicity officer at the Ingatestone Musical & Operetta Group (IMOG), at its weekly rehearsal as members prepare for the next production – Carousel – to be performed in October.

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This ‘little theatre group with a big heart’ has about 30 members of different backgrounds and musical ability. Dating back to 1970, IMOG is still going strong, and this year will another string to its bow when it puts on its first ever pantomime.

Amy talks about the history of the group and its repertoire, and about the everlasting appeal of Carousel and its famous songs.

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You can find out more about the production and book tickets here:

Spotlight on … Brentwood Arts Cinema Club

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Phoenix FM’s Sara Macham went along to the monthly film screening hosted by the Brentwood Arts Cinema Club and had a chat with the group’s committee members Joanna Moncrieff and Phil Mynott.

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BACC shows films at the United Reformed Church Hall in Brentwood once a month (except August) on a Sunday evening. They are all chosen by the group’s committee and either haven’t been on general release or are films that you might not otherwise come across.

The post-film talk and glass of wine are optional, but Joanna and Phil chat about the benefits of watching a film together and discussing it afterwards.

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You can find out more about the films and membership here:

Spotlight on … Zinc Arts

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Sara Macham meets the team at Zinc Arts in Chipping Ongar – director Sonia Cakebread, marketing officer Ryan Lightfoot and head chef Adam Wooltorton – to hear about the centre’s activities and plans for the summer holidays.

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Zinc Arts is a not-for-profit arts and education centre, providing a variety of arts-based activities for people of all ages and abilities. And a new cafe with a varied and fresh home-cooked menu makes it a brilliant lunch venue, too!

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For more information about Zinc Arts, or to make a donation, you can visit their website:

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Xanthe chats to Paul Cattermole

Xanthe Bearman went to meet her old musical theatre chum Paul Cattermole at The Cliffs Pavilion in Southend this week. He’d just come off stage as Eddie in the Rocky Horror Show and they had a chat over a glass of wine!

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The Rocky Horror show will be at The Cliffs Pavilion until Saturday 20th August. For more information about the tour visit

LIAM CROMBY live for CRISIS #LivingInTheWorldToday

Liam Cromby is the frontman of successful band We Are The Ocean. The band are back from touring and taking a well earned break, but Liam is using his time off to to raise money for a charity close to his heart – CRISIS.

Liam told me why he is so passionate about raising money for the homeless – he is also doing a skydive in July – and then sang his solo single live.

Hear the interview and live session here:

Over 2,500 people slept rough in London between January and March this year. To help Liam raise money, buy his single here: and for more information about the charity go to

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