909originals is proud to announce that we will be hosting the Trailblazers podcast series each week on the site, featuring artists, DJs and visionaries who played a fundamental role in the development of the electronic music scene.
Presented by Eddy Temple-Morris and Nick Halkes [check out our interview with the latter by CLICKING HERE], the Deezer Originals series, which launched in 2018, is now on to its third series, and 909originals will be featuring the latest episode as it it published each week.
Over the next few weeks, the series will feature interviews with Xavier de Rosnay of Justice, Trevor Horn and James Lavelle, among others.
Here’s what you can expect from the third season of Deezer’s Trailblazers:
Episode 1: Norman Jay MBE
Episode 2: Justice’s Xavier de Rosnay
Episode 3: Arthur Baker
Episode 4: MJ Cole
Episode 5: James Lavelle
Episode 6: DJ Fresh
Episode 7: Trevor Horn
Episode 8: Nick Halkes (f.t DJ Andy Smith)
Trailblazers’ presenters, Nick Halkes and Eddy Temple-Morris are champions of electronic music in the UK. Eddy has played a consistently important role as a broadcaster and DJ. Nick signed The Prodigy and countless artists as the scene grew in popularity over the years, and continues to manage an impressive roster of electronic talent.
After the last two series of Trailblazers topped the podcast charts, they wanted to unearth even more inspiring electronic music stories.
“Dance music has become such an important part of our culture and our documenting its leading lights through the years for future generations to learn, appreciate and understand is something we consider an honour and a privilege,” says Temple-Morris.
“We’ve managed to tick some great names off the wish-list for this series: The very definition of Trailblazer is embodied by people like James Lavelle, who started what must be the coolest label in the world and spearheaded the ‘Trip hop’ genre and MJ Cole, who is unquestionably the key man in the invention of UK garage…they blaze the trails, mere mortals follow!”
We kick things off this week with a discussion with Norman Jay MBE on the Notting Hill Carnival music scene, the challenges of racism and oppression across his career, the birth of the ‘Shake and Fingerpop’ legacy, and how he earnt his title ‘Mr Rare Groove’.
As the episode unwinds, Norman hand-picks tracks that relate the most to his story. Nick and Eddy play snippets of songs from the Iikes of Junior Murvin and Marvin Gaye, to bring Norman’s memories to life.
To listen to the podcast, either click the player or alternatively CLICK HERE to open the interview in Deezer.
The last two series of Trailblazers can be found here, with previous guests including Goldie, Fatboy Slim, Mary Anne Hobbs and Gary Numan.