Author Archives: Tony Smith

About Tony Smith

I have been a DJ from the age of 14 and still spinning the tunes today, having seen late 70s glam, 80s soul and techno/house in the 90s right through to today’s digital age. I started in the mobile jock days of twin decks at wedddings and parties and flashing police lights to the present day with digital mp3/mp4 music, mixers and laser lighting. My how times have changed! Nowadays I can still be found DJing in the Brentwood and Essex pub and club circuit, festivals and even the odd TV show such as ITV2's The Only Way Is Essex. I joined the Phoenix FM team in February 2011 and you can hear me on Sunday Lunch every Sunday at 2pm where you can hear me play light chart pop and dance tunes with chart updates, the latest releases, regular guests and a look at the Sunday front pages along with the usual travel and news reports.

2018 Billericay Soapbox Derby

 

Bank Holiday Sunday saw the return of the popular charity event the Soapbox Derby.

Now in its third year, the derby which is run and organised by the Rotary Club of Billericay was bigger and better than ever, it was also the hottest may bank holiday on record.

A fun day full of fantastic Soapbox racing down thunder hill with School, colleges, local businesses and individuals that have all been working hard on their entries competing in several different categories.

The Rotary Club of Billericay Soap Box Derby raises money for charities, schools and organisations locally with 100% of proceeds from this event going to local charities.

The event takes place at Sun Corner, Billericay and was inspired by the Red Bull Soap Box races held across the world, The SoapBox tradition was started in the States because the early karts were made out of wooden crates which were originally used to ship soap and other household items.

Further details on this event or to enter next years 2019 soapbox event can be found at ;

https://billericayrotaryclub.yourticketbooking.com/p/2787

Event photos:

 


Eddie Webber on Sunday Lunch

This week I was joined on the show by TV and Film actor Eddie Webber.

Eddie who was born and bred in Bermondsey, South East London, popped into the Phoenix FM studio to talk about his acting career (that spans an expressive 2 plus decades)  and includes big name films like, Big Fat Gypsy Gangster, The Business, The Firm, Shifty, And more recently Rise of the Footsoldier 3 and London Heist both with Craig Fairbrass.

We also chatted about Eddies love of Chillies and his latest Business venture ‘ChilliEd’

To listen again to the full FM edit Interview with tracks (no adverts) click on the audio tab below;

To listen to the interview only version click on the audio tab below;

Further information about Eddie and ChilliEd can be found at;  Twitter @EdChilli

web; www.ChilliEd.co.uk   

FaceBook;  https://www.facebook.com/eddie.webber.96?ref=br_rs

Vickie Michelle and Eddie Webber in Studio 1

Geoff Bell, Danny Dyer and Eddie Webber

 


Jessie Dipper On Sunday Lunch

This week I was joined on the show by talented young singer songwriter Jessie Dipper.

Jessie who is currently residing in Hertfordshire is only 19 years of age but already has 3 EP’s under her belt, she took some time out to join me on the show to chat about her love of music and to treat us to a live lounge session. 🙂

To listen again to the full interview and live session click on the audio tab below;

To listen to the live tracks only select from the audio tabs below;

The World

Missing You

Finding My Place

Applause from Heaven

Further information on Jessie and her music can be found at;  https://www.facebook.com/jessie.dipper 

Jessie Dipper live in Phoenix FM Studio 1

The secret to a successful live session

Jessie Dipper on the Sunday Lunch Show


Brighton Band Sway On Sunday Lunch

Joining me on this weeks show was the Band Sway.

Sway made up of; Alex Berdugo, Matt Austin, Isaac Adams, and Dominic Rae drove up to the Phoenix FM studio from Brighton where they are all currently based.

The band who have a brand new track out at the moment called ; ‘your Smoke’ chatted about their music and also performed a live studio session.

Each member of the band had tasked themselves with saying a particular phrase in secret during the interview, to find out how that went and to listen again to the full FM interview and live session click on the audio tab below;

 

 

Further information about Sway and their music can be found at; https://www.facebook.com/OfficialSway/?ref=br_rs

Sway in Studio 2

In action live in studio 1


Stray Feathers on Sunday Lunch

This weeks live studio guests were 4 piece indie rock band ‘Stray Feathers’.

The band who are from Guilford Surrey, popped into the Phoenix FM studio to chat about their music and perform a live on air studio session.

Since the release of their debut album, called the ‘The Beast’, the band have been working hard in the studio on the release of their next single ‘Leave Him Alone’, which is due to be released in the near future.

To listen again to the full FM interview click on the audio tab below;

Stray Feathers in studio 1

 

 


Emily Lynn on Sunday Lunch

This week I was joined on the show by professional singer & musician Emily Lynn

Emily who is from Brentwood, popped into the Phoenix FM studio to chat about her current tours and music projects with a number off different cover and tribute bands.

To listen again to the full FM interview click on the audio tab below;

 

Further information on Emily and her music can be found at;

https://www.facebook.com/emily.lynn.5686

Emily Lynn in Phoenix FM`s Studio 1


Sonic Cartel on Sunday Lunch

The First show guests of 2018 joined me in Phoenix fm’s Studio 1 this week in the form of the band Sonic Cartel

Phil Short (Vocals/Guitar), Steve Catt (Lead Guitar), popped onto the show to talk about the band debut EP “Eponymous” and to perform an exclusive  live set for you listeners. 

The band who are from South London, with occasional wanderings into Cambridgeshire describe their sound as firmly rooted in classic British rock, with a touch of grunge and a bit of Deep South swamp juice thown in for good measure – a pretty good mix, we hope you’ll agree!

But don’t just take my word on it……

To listen again to the full FM interview click on the audio tabs below;

to listen to the live tracks only click on the appropriate audio tabs below;

Consumed

Points of view

Hey You

 

Further information on Sonic Cartel and their music can be found at;

https://www.soniccartel.co.uk/

Sonic Cartel

Live in Studio 1

the no hat look


Matthew Taffurelli on Sunday Lunch

My Guest for Sunday 19th Show was musician and songwriter Matthew Tuffurelli.

Matthew popped into the Phoenix FM studio to chat about his new band ‘Enflux’  and their forthcoming album ‘Edge of Insanity’.

We also got to play out three of the new tracks from the album.

Matthew is of course no stranger to the show having having been on several times in the past  years with previous bands, you can find previous sessions on the Sunday Lunch show pages under ‘Yesterdays Sorrow, and ‘Avelyn.

To listen again to the interview and second part of today’s show click on the audio tab below;

Further information on matthew and the band Enflux can be found at; https://www.facebook.com/EnFluxBand/

Maththew Taffurelli in Studio 1

Maththew Taffurelli in Studio 1

The Sunday Lunch Show Selfie

The Sunday Lunch Show Selfie


Brentwood Fest 2017

Last weekend saw the return of the popular Brentwood Festival.

This years Acts included;  Status Quo, Heaven 17, Go West, The Real Thing,  Midge Ure,  Jocelyn Brown, Expose and many more.

I was also back as official festival DJ and host.

The retro festival which has grown and grown in the recent years and is now the biggest event in the town’s calendar and has seen previous artists include, Billy Ocean, UB40, Tony Hadley, and the BoomTown rats.

This year the family friendly festival included a fun fair,  mini market, and Nuclear Races obstacle course,  with new additions including Alan Ford car dealership stand and extended hours after party.

The official festival charity this year was the British Heart Foundation who had a pop up shop and were also demonstrating how to conduct CPR which proved very popular.

I chatted with Francis Rossi from Status Quo who told me he was looking forward to getting on stage to rock the Brentwood crowd having previously performed in the indoor center many years ago, he was a fun friendly chap with a extremely dry sense of humor.

I also chatted briefly to Midge Ure who told me he still gets the same buzz performing to festival crowds, and as always  expects the crowd will save the loudest cheer for Vienna..

Here are some of my favorite photos from the weekend;

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Natalie Good on Sunday Lunch

This week I was joined on the show by  young upcoming singer Natalie Good.

Natalie who is based in Hutton, popped into the Phoenix FM studio to chat about her new start into the world of music.

Natalie who is still only 15 years of age already has star quality and is gifted with beautiful vocals, and I’m sure we are going to be hearing her name pop up regularly in the next few years.

To listen again to the full FM interview click on the audio tab below;

Further information on Natalie and her music can be found at www.Nataliegood.co.uk

 

Natalie in Phoenix FM Studio 1

Natalie in Phoenix FM Studio 1

Natalie Good on Sunday Lunch

Natalie Good on Sunday Lunch


This week I was delighted to welcome on the Show the fantastic Soul Ladies.

The Girls took time out of their busy schedules to pop into the phoenix FM studio to chat about their music, Gigging, and err sing with me and eat cake..

To listen again to the full FM un edited interview click on the audio tab below;

Soul Ladies in Studio 1

Soul Ladies in Studio 1

Further information on the Soul ladies can be found at; https://www.facebook.com/soul.ladies/

Booking agent
Claire @ Cherry on Top Agency www.cherryontopagency.co.uk
The Soul Ladies plus one for the day...

The Soul Ladies plus one for the day…

 

Grace Kim on Sunday Lunch

This week I was joined on the show by Grace Kim.

Grace is a soul singer-songwriter from South Korea and now based in Liverpool . She and her trio-band are currently performing in Northwest and London areas, and experimenting with musical fusion at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts(LIPA).

Grace took some time out from her schedule of London gigs to pop into the phoenix fm studios and chat about her music and perform a live lounge session.

Grace released the debut single ‘No One’ in 2016 with the three remixes from different emerging producers around Liverpool. The single and extended remix album are available at any UK music platform.

Her new track ‘I Don’t Wanna Leave’ can be found on SoundCloud. It awarded her The Best R&B/Soul Song from The Akademia Music Awards in 2017.

To listen again to the full FM interview click on the audio tab below;

You can also listen and watch the session here;

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Selfie time

grace kim

Grace Kim

Grace in Studio 1

Grace in Studio 1

Further information on Grace and her music can be found at; https://www.gracekim.uk/


Alba on the Sunday Lunch Show

After moving to London from Madrid Spain, the now London-based singer, guitar player and composer ALBA is now on the road presenting her new EP “The London Sessions”, Alba took time out of her busy schedule to join me on the show this week and give her first UK interview and Live session to the Sunday Lunch Show on Phoenix FM.

At the age of sixteen, after playing guitar in several bands and having written a bunch of original songs, she founded her own band as lead singer and guitarist which she named Sons of Rock, and with whom she recorded their first and self-titled EP.

With Sons Of Rock, ALBA won over 20 national and international band contests, performing at large venues and music festivals such as Rock in Rio 2008 – where they shared the bill with Amy Winehouse, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Lenny Kravitz, They also opened for artists such as The Waterboys, Raimundo Amador, Revolver, Loquillo, Orishas, La Fuga and Celtas Cortos among others.

ALBA moved to London in 2016, and with the support of an outstanding line-up formed by drummer Dan Day, bassist Tonderai Mbiba and keyboard player Kayode Olajide, she has brought together a new sound, materialized in her newly released EP “The London Sessions”, available on iTunes, Amazon and all major music platforms.

To listen again to the full interview and live session click on the audio tab below or click the video links to watch the whole radio session;

Further information on Alba and her music can be found at: https://www.albasmusic.com/

Alba on Phoenix 98 fm

Alba on Phoenix 98 fm

Alba in Studio 1

Alba in Studio 1

 

Alba live on Sunday Lunch

Alba live on Sunday Lunch


Factor Essex 7 winner Jess Folley on Sunday Lunch

This week I was joined on the show by the fantastic Jess Folley.

Jess who is still only 13 years of age was recently crowned champion of Factor Essex popped in to the phoenix fm studio to chat about her experience  in the local talent competition  and treat us to some live studio tracks.

Jess is the 7th winner in this popular yearly event, the winner and runners up also have released a charity single called ‘The Worlds Greatest’ and the track is ready for pre-order on iTunes now.

To listen again to the full FM interview click on the audio tab below;

 

You can also view the studio cam footage of the live tracks on the video tabs below;

Jess Folley on the Sunday Lunch Show

Jess Folley on the Sunday Lunch Show

Jess Folley

Jess Folley

Jess Folley in Studio One

Jess Folley in Studio One

Further details on Jess and her music can be found at; https://www.facebook.com/JessFolleySings


John Galea made a welcomed return to the show this week, John who last joined me in the studio last July, took some time out of his busy schedule to pop onto the show to chat about his latest EP  ‘Missing Pages’.

Award winning Norfolk born singer/songwriter John Galea has been working with the top producers and writers from around the world for the last few years including L.A based ‘Beluga Heights’ (Britney Spears, Jason Derulo, Rihanna ) & Grammy nominated production team ‘The Monarch’.( Rita Ora, Chris Brown).

‘Missing Pages’ is John’s 4th studio EP and is out now on Itunes and other music sites. the lead single ‘When you truly Love Someone’ is also available to purchase online.

The lead single is also accompanied by a music video staring the fabulous actress Gemma Oaten (Rachael from Emmerdale) you can view the video below.

John also performed the track live in the studio and chatted about his year to date.

To listen again to the fm interview click on the links below;

Watch the video to the single here;

Click on the link below for some bonus chit chat audio from the interview;

John Galea in Studio 1

John Galea in Studio 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further information on John and his music can be found at; https://www.johngaleamusic.com/

Into the Autumn on Sunday Lunch

My second guest on the show this week was Damian from the band ‘Into the Autumn’

Into The Autumn are an indie pop duo from the suburbs of London comprising of singer/songwriter Danielle Moubarak (aka Tiger Lilly) and songwriter/guitarist Damian Carruthers.

The pair joined forces in May 2015 and released their debut singe – ‘Not Alone’. later that year  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/not-alone-single/id1072600498

Since the release of their debut single, the duo have playedmany festivals and music events as well as being requested for private VIP events in London impressing audiences with their quirky lyrics and feel good rhythms.

‘Letter to Myself’ is the 2nd of their singles which drops on iTunes on November 17th 2016.

To listen again to the full FM interview click on the link below;

Damian from 'Into the Autumn'

Damian from ‘Into the Autumn’

Damian in Studio 1

Damian in Studio 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further information on Into the Autumn can be found at;

Twitter; @intotheautumn

Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/intotheautumn


Mila Falls on Sunday Lunch

This week we welcomed back to the Show the fantastic singer songwriter Mila Falls.

Mila popped into the phoenix FM studios to chat live about her brand new single ‘Guilty Pleasure’ and the forth coming video for the track.

‘Guilty Pleasure’ encapsulates the intoxicating throws of lust, love and feeling truly alive. Similarly the track uses an upbeat soul as a vehicle to deliver sonic-cheeriness, but this time with an RnB edge. Transporting you somewhere glorious and giving ‘escapism’ an entirely new meaning, this track delivers smooth tones, sung in a modulated fashion mixed with understated coo.

Mila has had a busy year with tour slots alongside Chase & Status, Jason Derulo, Years & Years, Dizzee Rascall and Jess Glynne. Plus extensive radio play on Radio 1, Kiss FM and of course Phoenix FM in her arsenal, 2016 is shaping up to be the year Mila Falls takes center stage with her most personal and revealing works to date.

To listen again to the full interview and tracks click on the link below;

To find out more about Mila Falls and her music check out these links;

www.milafalls.com

twitter   @milafalls

https://www.facebook.com/milafalls

Mila Falls in Studio 1

Mila Falls in Studio 1

Mila on the Sunday Lunch Show

Mila on the Sunday Lunch Show

 

 

 


Clarene Romea on Sunday Lunch

This week I was joined in the studio by the talented singer songwriter Clarene Romea.

Clarene who is from Southampton, took time out of her busy university schedule to pop onto the show to chat about her music and perform a live studio session.

Clarene who is relevantly new to the music industry has been busy making her mark on the music scene having already performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

To listen again to the full interview and live session click on the audio tab below:

Clarene in studio 1

Clarene in studio 1

Further information on Clarene and her music can be found at;  https://www.facebook.com/clareneromea/

Clarene on the Sunday Lunch Show

Clarene on the Sunday Lunch Show

 


Markus Michelucci on Sunday Lunch

This week I was joined on the show by talented singer Songwriter Markus Michelucci.

Markus who is from Guelph, Ontario took some time out of his busy schedule to pop on to the show to chat about his new single ” There’s This Girl”

Markus who also performs in his band called Sound Refuge describes his sound as

“something like James Taylor, Cat Stevens or The Great Lake Swimmers”. 

To listen again to the full FM interview and session on the link below;

Or watch the interview and live set here;

Further information about Markus and Sound Refuge can be found at; https://www.soundrefugemusic.com/

Markus in Studio 1

Markus in Studio 1