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It's March 2016 and I'm trying to describe in as few words as possible my lifelong passion for soul music and the addiction of record collecting.
Both are now such an ingrained habit I've long stopped trying to break.
I could talk about the personal feeling generated by the sounds that appeal to me but I might give the impression of being a closet hippy on a high from a long lost era.
My late Father was my earliest influence as far as the way my ears work. He was a high end audiophile and a lover of many types of music but the sounds that I responded to as a kid was his jazz, soul and blues collection, my Fathers first love was classical music which I appreciated but it never touched me in the same way.
Couldn't tell you the first record I bought but King Oliver and Louis Armstrong where firm favourites while growing up in our house
His view on the world and our relationship to nature and the cosmos has been just as big of an influence on my life as the actual music he exposed me to.
The 1980's saw the emergence of unlicensed radio and stations such as LWR, JFM and Horizon which had a major impact on my musical direction and collecting habits which is still with me today.
I was given the opportunity to present on unlicensed radio during 2003 and embraced it as a breath of fresh air that enabled me to explore the more adventurous side of soul, jazz & dance and allowed me to step away from the more commercial club led arena and hold true to the original unlicensed radio pioneers.
The Futuresoul concept has been running since 2005 on various platforms. The aim of the show is to share the wonderful infinite world of black influenced or inspired music beyond the commercial confines.
Tony Dacosta 'Tone'