I love the sheer joy on Lindsay Wesker’s face!
Until I edited ‘Masters of the Airwaves’, I’m ashamed to say I hadn’t heard of Greg Edwards. Blame a Sussex upbringing and my mother’s preference for Status Quo.
But as I read through our contributors’ stories, I realised how many lives Greg Edwards’s musical passion had touched, how many careers he had inspired. An awestruck Lindsay told Greg, ‘You took us to a world we dreamt about… Introduced us to new records… You saved us.’
As I browse through the book, I see Lindsay is right. Dave VJ listened to Greg Edwards on Capital Radio as Dave prepared for a hard night clubbing. DJ and record label owner, Aadil Rasheed, describes ‘Soul Spectrum’ as the ‘perfect ‘get ready for the big night out’ show’. Fitzroy Da Buzzboy agrees - ‘(it was) an essential bedroom practice session before you hit the real dance floor… Greg was relentless in playing bad boy music regardless of its age.’
The name checks come thick and fast - Femi Fem, Gordon Mac and Jazz FM man Peter Young are among the many who all claim Greg Edwards as an influence.
And then there was the legendary ‘bathroom call’… How did that come about? More about that next time.