James Anthony

James is an integral part of the Summer Soulstice, not only as a DJ and a loyal crew member but also as one of our main stage front men since 2009…

He brings with him a wealth of knowledge, having began his DJ career in the early 1970’s at Bumbles (in Wood Green) followed by a brief spell at Crackers on Friday afternoons with the late George Power.

James’ first encounter with radio was on Horizon Radio in the 1980’s and then went on to be a major part of the original Solar Radio team. In 1990 he co-owned Street Level Records in Tottenham and in that same year joined the north London ILR Radio station W.N.K (Wicked, Neutral & Kicking) which also saw him work alongside Greg Edwards and Dixie Peach (Bernie Michaels). In October 1992 he joined Choice FM where he stayed for 12 years.

James with Paul McLean from Hi-Tension at Summer Soulstice 2014. Photo by Jamie Topham © Summer Soulstice Ltd.

He has presented his much listened to and long running Saturday radio show called Turn the Music Up which you can now hear on Mi-Soul. You can also find him also co-promoting and DJ’ing at The Soul Shack on the third Saturday of the month alongside fellow Summer Soulstice DJ and cohort Ash Selector which has now been running since 1998!

James does many guest appearances as a DJ and hosted the Ultimate Boogie Night Soul Concerts in the IndigO2 at London’s O2 a few years back. Artists included musical greats such as Alexander O’Neal, Cameo, Atlantic Starr, Heatwave, The SOS Band, Blackstreet, Jean Carn, Gwen McCrae, Shirley Jones, Freddie Jackson, Junior Giscombe, Fatback Band, Kool & The Gang, Incognito, Shalamar and many more.

But we like to think that James’ proudest times come when he’s working the thousands in the crowd in front of our main stage each year…

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