We continue lets have it !!! 20 Years of...Me!
I think the interview with Zane Lowe last night for "The Last Radio Show On Earth" was probably one of the best i have done, it was emotional! The session with Chris Moyles this morning, what can I say? CM has been such a great supporter since he joined the station and he's not a bad dj himself!! All stuff I will remember for a very long time.
Writing this in the studio as we get ready to go live at 7pm for the start of a very unique 12 hour dance marathon I think back to my early days here at Radio 1, the nerves and excitement and anticipation of stepping onto the national stage when I did my first show back in 1991. After 3 years of the acid house and rave movement it felt like the whole country was behind me when I dropped those first few "anthems" on a national & international station as mighty as Radio 1.
There have been so many unique memories; taking the radio station to Ibiza for the first time in 1995, broadcasting from the docks in Liverpool for the millennium which conveniently happened to fall on a Friday night - 31st December 1999! Being part of the Berlin Love Parade, being the first UK dj ever to play the Monument at the end and capturing it for the station, being at the heart of the UK Love parade in Leeds (8th July 2000) to an audience of 250,000, introducing so many amazing bands from live events around the uk, The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, daft punk, Groove Armada, Basement Jaxx, Orbital,...we were there...so many special memories.
Putting tonight together, curating the entire sweep has been fantastic and a great honour. From rummaging around in my vinyl record store with Rob da Bank, constructing some unique moments for the Essential Mix in my studio, the live extravaganza @ Maida Vale, the mighty hour from the Chemical Brothers, and reliving the international shows I'm very proud of what we have done and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have putting it all together.
It doesn't feel like 20 years.... although don't ask me what's on TV tonight!
We continue lets have it !!!