Ronnie Carnwath “The philosopher Albert Schweitzer concluded: ”There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." In my house there are two cats and a lot of music.” So says Ronnie Carnwath, presenter of Cobwebs And Strange, Tuesdays at 10pm UK time. He saw the title Cobwebs And Strange on an LP by The Who and vowed that one day he would use it as the title of a show. It sums up the thinking behind the show - half forgotten oldies and oddities from his own personal collection and beyond, rubbing shoulders with the latest independent releases. He believes radio should be entertaining, informative, and educational, and he makes all his own jingles and sources the little links you hear between songs from his favourite TV shows and movies. He likes to keep the show fresh by throwing in the odd curveball - where else would you expect to hear Shirley Bassey next to Throbbing Gristle? Ronnie has been collecting records for almost forty years, and every day he discovers some new gem he was hitherto unaware of, and that’s what keeps it exciting. “People send me music all the time,” he states. “The only criterion I employ is: “Do I like it?” If the answer is yes, it goes in the show.” He started collecting at the age of eleven, when he purchased “Kings Of The Wild Frontier” by Adam & The Ants whilst on a school trip to London. In his teens he discovered the joys of finding an obscure 45 in a dusty old forgotten box in the back of a second-hand store, and would regularly spend all his pocket money on records and music magazines, which he would devour from cover to cover. He would lie awake in bed at night, with a tiny transistor to his ear, listening to the John Peel show on the BBC. The sense of achievement when he manages to find something he’d heard on the veteran presenter’s programme never gets old. He firmly believes that every artist has one good song - a theory which he fully intends to explore. “I mean, it’s entirely possible that Nickelback have one good song - but I’ve yet to hear it…”, he says, half-jokingly. Ronnie sees himself not as a DJ, but as a presenter. “I present information and let the audience draw their own conclusions.” All his previous shows are archived at cobwebsandstrange.weebly.com, and these get updated every week, each show getting its own unique artwork. In addition to this, he has a Spotify playlist, which he updates weekly, and which now boasts in excess of 3,500 songs, with a playing time running to over 215 hours. Join in the fun here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5UUtfsv6ycxk9cHHEtx2Ck?si=GGtSvvqOSgGzLco7Dve6bA He has released four CDs to date - three with Lulubelle III and one with La Bella Luna. He hopes the muse will return someday, so he can complete his next project. In the meantime, you’ll just have to make d with the show. He and his long-suffering wife Martha live in Derry, Northern Ireland with their two cats Zorro and Dalí (pictured).
Bridget Gray presents her fortnightly radio show “My Favourite Sings’, an eclectic collection of songs and artists that she adores and no doubt you will also. Showcasing the best new independent music, obscure album tracks, B-sides and gems from the past, complete with Bridget’s legendary bonkers points system this is a show not to miss. Away from the radio persona, Bridget is a singer, songwriter and performer. Formerly a member of one of Scotland’s most prolific indie-synthpop acts, and often found collaborating with international recording artists, Bridget is now performing and writing with The Rude Awakening, a role that she finds educational and exciting. Bridget is also Artefaktor’s secret academic Ninja, with a black belt in Karate and a degree in History and philosophy, it’s almost impossible to win an argument with her, and if you do you better watch your back! Joking aside, Bridget is a listener’s favourite with her fabulous knowledge of remarkable music presented with charm, humour and style.
Colin Spencer: While it was Adam & The Antz’s period on Do It Records that got Colin first buying records, his collection really began growing at a significant pace when he heard the excellence of Depeche Mode’s then new release ‘Get The Balance Right! (Combination Mix)’ (Mute Records) on the long-gone Rainbow Records shop’s customer deck […]
Rusty Egan (born 19 September 1957  in London) is the former drummer for the British new wave band Rich Kids. They were founded by former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock (bass guitarist and backing vocals, occasional lead vocals), with Steve New (guitarist and backing vocals, occasional lead vocals) and fronted by Midge Ure (guitarist, lead vocals and occasional backing vocals and keyboards player), from their inception in March 1977 to their disbanding in December 1978. He continued working with Ure, and later collaborated with The Misfits, Skids, Shock, and Visage. However, Egan did not return to Visage when they reformed with a new line-up in 2004. He was the DJ at Blitz, the influential New Romantic nightclub in London where he worked with Steve Strange from 1979 until 1981. Whilst there, he introduced German (Kraftwerk), Japanese (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and British (Eno, Ultravox, Landscape) electronic/synthpop to the British club scene, almost single-handedly putting together the soundtrack for the New Romantic movement. Egan also owned The Cage, a New Romantic-era record store on London's King's Road. As the club grew in popularity, Egan began to be recognised as a central figure in London's nightlife. In 1982, he and Strange opened up the Camden Palace nightclub in London, where he continued to spread and influence the development of electronica in the UK. For a time, he switched to producing records for many of the bands he used to DJ, including Spear of Destiny, Shock, Visage and The Senate. Egan was later brought back into his career as a disc jockey by the allure of the internet as a medium for sharing music. Presently, he works as a DJ playing and promoting 1980s style synthpop and electronic music. On 13 June 2008, Egan appeared DJing at the 'Big Top' as part of the Isle of Wight Festival. Egan appeared alongside former Visage bandmate Steve Strange on makeover show Pop Goes the Band in early 2009 on Living TV. He had his teeth drastically reconstructed as part of his makeover. Egan won the category for lifetime achievement at the 2009 London Club and Bar Awards. Previous winners have included Richard Branson, Mark Fuller and Nick House. In January 2011, Egan and Steve Strange reopened the Blitz Club for one night, with performances from Roman Kemp's band Paradise Point and electro punk artist Quilla Constance plus DJ sets from Egan himself. 2016 egan made his Bowie Mix and makes a weekly radio show on https://artefaktorradio.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuYQ-NL1oew&feature=youtu.be
Electronic Music Influences The Electronic Spark for him was hearing Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre and Kraftwerk in the late 70s. Add to that the Moroder produced Sparks - No.1 Song in Heaven and you have the foundation for what was to be a lifelong obsession with Sequencer driven and often Dancefloor friendly Electronica He still feels so privileged to have had his musical upbringing in the 80s. So much innovation - too much to detail here - but the 80s is Mat’s Musical Happy place [caption id="attachment_4015" align="alignright" width="300"] Cabaret Voltaire,[/caption] Mat Mckenzie 80s; Synthpop, Soul Funk, Electro (Street Sounds - Crucial Electro Album in particular), Chicago House, Detroit Techno, Instrumental Synth Music; Early Ambient pioneers like Steve Roach and inspired by John Peel, Industrial and Minimal bands like hard CORPS, Cabaret Voltaire, Chris & Cosey and Severed Heads. Seeing Tangerine Dream live for the first time in 1986 was a game changer for him. Early 90s He was heavily into the German Techno Scene, spearheaded by TALLA2XLC's Music Research GmbH labels & BOY Records releases. Similalry the Belgian Techno scene, in the shape of the Reactivate Album Series Both were very different to the UK Synth scene and the "Electronic Music Makers Association" (EMMA) which Mat joined around the same time. 90s House and Club Culture was great; Seeing Kraftwerk at Tribal Gathering and shaking hands with Ralf was a particular high point! 90s Ambient; Global Communication, Aphex Twin, The ORB, KLF and many others Electronic Music Collector His collection is a life's work! Initially Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Kraftwerk, Yello, Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis - which comprise his rarest items, but expanded over the almost 40 years to cover many thousands of Electronic Music items in a host of genres on Tapes, Vinyl, CD's and even Autobahn on 8 Track! Electronic Music Maker Mat’s Studio has come a long way from the early days with a handful of basic Synths, Keyboards, Cheap guitar Pedals and a Tascam 4-Track Portastudio. He wouldn't say he owns anything exotic or expensive even now, but Mat has a decent collection of Analogue and Digital Hardware Synths and Drum Machines, and a collection of Software Synths He’s pretty happy with; all running on Cubase Mat Mckenzie is very proud to have played a small part on Rusty Egan's new Album "Welcome to the Dancefloor", as he contributed some of the Synth lines on the track "Love is Coming my way" feat. Erik Stein from Cult With No Name. Another dream that came true was his Pleasure Lane (Mat Mckenzie Mix) winning 3rd place in Wolfgang Flür (Ex-Kraftwerk)'s Remix competition. Kraftwerk has been in Mat’s life for decades and to get praise from Wolfgang and to thank him in person was about as good as it gets. Selected Remixes: Jonteknik - Akihabara (feat. Mooly) (Hypnotica's Düsseldorf to Berlin Mix) Jean-Michel Jarre Little Boots - If (Mat Mckenzie Mix) Gus Gus - Airwaves (Hypnotica's Glacier lagoon Mix) Robert Parker - 85 AGAIN (Hypnotica Remix) Wolfgang Flür - Mosquito (Hypnotica Remix) Olafur Arnalds - Only the winds - (Mat Mckenzie Rework) And now every 2 Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m., Mat presents his show on Artefaktor Radio: HYPNOTICA ELECTRONICA. https://soundcloud.com/hypnotica