Dancefloor classics has been on Solar
Radio since the former London based pirate radio station first began
broadcasting on satellite in 1998 when an opportunity arose for the station to lease airtime from the classic
rock satellite station EKR. It has remained a regular weekly show presented by Les Adams through the
various metamorphic developments of Solar radio to it’s current home on Sky
Les is joined each week by Brett Baker an avid soul music fan and collector who plays his "Baker's
Choice", a selection of four great soul dance records from his extensive collection.
The show covers the full spectrum of soulful dance music from disco to
jazz funk and soul classics, mainly from the 1980’s, considered by most to be the prime decade for the
genre. It also plays some of the great 70’s and early 90’s classics.
features include the weekly non-stop 15-20 minute mix of soul classics blended in Les "Mixdoctor" Adams style
and The Chiller.
Whilst the show has been available on the Internet for some years, the
recent addition of a broadcast quality podcast has extended the audience with thousands of subscribers
in more than 40 countries including the USA, Asia and Australia
weekly. The number of listeners and countries increases on a daily basis.
Apart from the great soul anthems you might expect to
hear, the show concentrates on the lesser played gems that will have you screaming TUNE as the memories of
when your Saturday night was THE night for dancing to the best in soul dance
Putting a show together -
Dancefloor Classics is pre-recorded,
usually on a Friday morning and production of the next edition starts almost as soon as the show has
been broadcast. Days are spent replying to listener emails and sorting through the requests. if a
listener asks for a song that is not in the library a search is made on download sites such as
Napster and itunes. If it is not available from there the search is expanded to the Internet, specialist
record shops and Ebay.
The music library is indexed on a
spreadsheet showing the BPM (tempo), title, artist, library index details and the date the track was last
played on the show. Dozens of songs are first highlighted to compile a "short list" from which the final
selection is made. Once the final list is completed artists are researched on the Internet to
find snippets of information about them to read on-air.
The weekly mix is pre-recorded for
playback on the show.
After pre-production, the show is
recorded in "real time" and ad-lib just as a live broadcast would be. Mistakes are left in
as this makes the show sound more spontaneous and natural.
Once the master has been recorded, the
technical side of getting it to you begins. The show has to be compressed in two different formats,
ogg.vorbis for the Sky broadcast and mp3 for the podcast. The masters are then uploaded via a high speed
broadband link to the Solar radio and itunes servers respectively.
See music policy page for a more detailed explanation of the show’s playlist
see the details of every record played on the show since January 2004