Monday afternoon marked the start of my new show the Monday Meltdown on Mutha FM from 4-6 (make a note of that time boys and girls). For the most part I was extremely excited and of course a little nervous. But a wise guy once told me ‘a little nerves is not a bad thing.’ So on I went and arrived at the studio early enough to load my tracks and still have at least an hour to chill before going on air. Seriously, I could not have been more prepared for that show than if I started putting that playlist together last year.
They say you learn something new everyday and if there is one thing I learnt on Monday 12 November, it’s that preparation is key. Despite my nerves I was sure everything would run smoothly, I mean what more could I need? I had Owen Ingarfield coming in to join me for the All SA Hour at 5, my playlist was rocking and I had a fellow DJ scheduled to be at my side to help with the controls. Well I can tell you what more I needed…for the actual DJ sidekick to be there. Unfortunately he was held up somewhere as his wife was giving birth to twins. Nah, I’m kidding, I don’t know where he was but at that moment in time with just a few minutes to spare that was the only logical explanation. There I was, all alone with my opening track the Rolling Stones latest Release One More Shot rocking through the studio. I was fine, all I had to do was breathe right? Wrong! Panic set in as I looked down at the two computers in front of me and next to that something like one hundred buttons and controls. All I know is that I had just under 2 minutes left of that track to figure it out and take a shot of my own. I can do this. Well, needless to say, for those of you who listened in, you will know that all went well. Without any major hiccups the debut ‘Monday Meltdown’ was in full swing on Mutha FM. The first half of the show went into the charts which are listed below.
|9||Biffy clyro||Stingin’ Belle|
|8||Green Day||Stray Heart|
|6||Imagine Dragons||It’s Time|
|5||Kongos||I Want to Know|
|4||Linkin Park||Castle of Glass|
|3||Mumford & Sons||Babel|
|2||The Gaslight Anthem||Here Comes My Man|
Some epic tracks if I must say so myself. Now if you haven’t already followed the 20 Summing Facebook Page then I suggest you do so right now and get voting for your favorite tracks. I’m also open to suggestions of tracks you think deserve a spot in the Top 10.
Just before the ‘International Hour’ was finished I squeezed in a track Morning Dove from US indie band Echo & Drake. It’s a pretty cool track off their debut album Sundrenched Elsewhere. The album was dubbed the #1 Connecticut Album of 2011 and the band was named ‘Best Overall Band’ at the 1st Annual Connecticut Music Awards. They also have four tracks for free download over HERE. Check them out. They’re cool.
Finally, my favorite part of the show – The All SA Hour! Sixty minutes dedicated to promoting and educating listeners about local artists. As mentioned, Owen (drummer) from Woodstock Mafia had joined me in studio where we chatted about their debut music video for Electric Light and the second single off their upcoming album Rebel Dreams. First off, if you haven’t watched the video, go HERE right now! You owe it to yourself to see what local talent is actually capable of. In my opinion that video is absolutely world class. Secondly with all the hype surrounding Rebel Dreams I’m assuming you’re either permanently drunk, deaf or not a Twitter user if you’ve not listened to it yet. Just in case, and I hope you are neither of the afore mentioned, here’s the LINK to the track.
All in all the show went down pretty well. The All SA Hour was a hit and I was happy with the response it received thus far. I hope you all tune in for next weeks show. I promise to only play the kind of tracks that can make you feel good on a Monday and feel free to send me any special requests on Twitter over HERE.
PS: Owen, some listeners from London were checking you out on the webcam – they send kisses your way.