Former Radio 1, 5 Live and Kiss presenter DJ Spoony is joining Bauer’s classical station Scala Radio to present a four-part series.
Spoony’s Classical Garage will start on 9th June in the Sunday 1-3pm slot on the station and will be repeated on Tuesday evenings.
Bauer says the show will ‘explore the trailblazing DJ’s passions for classical music in Sport, Film and TV as he plays an eclectic range of artists including Beethoven, Wookie, Vivaldi and Twister’. He’ll also play exclusive previews of his upcoming studio album, Garage Classical, which is due for release in the autumn. The show also ties in with the Garage Classical event being staged by Spoony at the Royal Albert Hall in October following sell-out live shows at London’s Barbican and Eventim Apollo. The gigs have combined garage music with a 36-piece orchestra, along with artists including Ms Dynamite, Mike Skinner and So Solid Crew.
DJ Spoony says: “The success of last year’s live performances highlights how classical music is now on the radar of the mainstream. Live orchestral renditions of Garage, Rock, Pop and even Metal music are getting the genre in front of a younger, more diverse crowd who are inspired to stop, listen and think about classical music in a new way. After so many years behind the deck playing Garage classics I’m excited to bring Classical Garage to a whole new audience on Scala Radio.”
Scala’s Music and Content Director, Ric Blaxill told RadioToday: “The way DJ Spoony has successfully blended two genres of music together shows just how much of a pioneering musician, DJ and broadcaster he is. His orchestra is young and diverse, just like the crowds that pack out his live concerts and Scala Radio gives him the platform to inspire a new audience of music fans to experiment with genres and create something engaging and relevant to modern life.”
Spoony was first heard on 90s pirate station London Underground before forming the ‘Dreem Team’ with Mikee B and Timmi Magic on Kiss 100 and Galaxy before joining Radio 1 in early 2000. On his own he hosted Radio 1’s Weekend Breakfast show 2003-2006 as well as presenting the 606 football phone-in on 5 live. More recently he’s been on Ministry of Sound Radio as well as his work as a club DJ and producer – and as a presenter on Premier League TV. He has also been covering shows for Radio 2 this year, including the Saturday night funk and soul programme and Trevor Nelson’s evening show.