As part of our Amazing Radio Christmas Day special I interviewed Enter Shikari at the end of their world tour homecoming show at The Forum in Hatfield.
Unfortunately the snow had crippled the UK and so lots of people couldn't make the gig, but they did it again for all the people that missed it, on the Wednesday before Christmas.
The post-hardcore band from St Albans set out by playing shows whenever they could, building up a loyal following. An early landmark of success came when they sold out the Astoria whilst unsigned, something only The Darkness had done before them. Since then they've had two albums out, smashed it when it comes to touring, festivals and support slots - this year they went on tour with The Prodigy in Europe - and are gearing up to record album number three.
Their journey is inspirational to many of the artists we play on Amazing Radio so I felt it was only right to find out how they did it all.
Here I am in conversation with singer Rou and bassist Chris before the show.
Every week the bulletins are getting more and more pimped out. Here is the latest from NXG with myself and Steven Milne.
I recently interviewed on of my favourite ever bands The National backstage at Brixton Academy and here is my interview packaged up as part of 6 Music's Album of the Year countdown. Their fifth album High Violet came in at number three, with Beach House's Teen Dream in at number two and The Suburbs by Arcade Fire securing the top spot. A very worthy top three I think. It's fair to say the staff at 6 Music are on the money ;-)
Post X Factor final, find out what's in store for Matt Cardle and Cher. We also have Skins and Twilight news.
The most awesome thing happened this week. My wee Breakfast Show on Amazing Radio was only featured in the ruddy Guardian! And with the words 'excellent' too.
Thanks to Elizabeth Mahoney, a) for writing such lovely things and b) for using a nice picture! (And no, I haven't secretly been sending her cakes, bubbly and all manner of bribes on the down low.)
To think that there are influential people listening is slightly scary but also validation that what we are doing is quite frankly fabulous.
In case you don't know, Amazing Radio is a national DAB station which only plays emerging musical talent. The whole world can listen online too.
All the music is sourced from Amazing Tunes, which has been around for much longer. We're giving the new bands airplay which they wouldn't get on other networks. Giving them something to be excited about early on.
On Amazing Breakfast, which is the show I present we've had some big names in comedy and music do bits and pieces for us. Legendary band The National have recorded the listeners a Christmas message, The Drums have given some advice on being unsigned and we've had comedians Tim Vine, Trevor Lock, Jeff Leach and Scott Capurro on too.
Listen between 7-10am weekday mornings on Amazing Radio.
You can check out our archive of interviews here.
This band from Montreal, Arcade Fire, had me at Funeral. I owe it all to my house mate Lizzie for buying that debut album for me for my birthday in 2004. Six years later I am seeing them at the O2, my ticket being a birthday present from my awesome brother Chris. I didn't think it could be better than seeing them at the Hackney Empire before summer, as one of only a thousand people in the audience, but when you have the whole of the 02 behind you singing along, it's pretty epic. Standing is the way forward at venues like that and somehow Arcade Fire made the arena feel intimate on this december night. Here you have my footage of Rebellion. I tried to stay more still on this one!
Forgive the very bad shakey camera, was over excited and having a euphoric moment!