..and this will be the final curtain.
Yes, sadly the stories are true, after 5 amazing years, it’s time to clear the Global Dancefloor. Next weekend (1st September) will see the final edition of the Global Dancefloor. What started out as “Jules Dance Show” on Ashby Radio in 2008 with 16 online listeners has blossomed into a show that has graced the airwaves of over 120 stations in that time, mostly on FM, some online, and even DAB. An estimated audience of over 7,000,000 listeners every week. WOW!
So why? I have been asked this many times in the past few days.
Well, when I started this, I used my own records that I DJ’d with every weekend. Then as the show evolved from being a general dance show into a genre specific show for funky & disco house, the change of name, the visual & audio branding, the endless promotional packages to listen to, then recording the show, getting it as near perfect as possible every week, it simply has become too big for just me.
In this 5 year period I have also had 2 more children, as much as I love & appreciate my listeners, my family needs me more, as I do them. So, the time was right.
However, this is not the end. I am taking a month off, then in October I shall be returning with a monthly podcast / show for a well known record label, watch this space!
I shall also release Global Dancefloor mixes monthly as I still have the passion for my favourite music. What else? Well, I am working on a totally different type of radio show for syndication, this though, will be a limited run. It’s Not So Obvious…. (trust me, that will make sense eventually….)
GLOBAL DANCEFLOOR TOO. Well, that is changing name. Stu will bring you an amazing 1 hour weekly show that will be called THE PIDCAST, as his nickname here at GD is PID. (When I say Stu, you say Pid (STU….PID), please stay with him, it’s an awesome show.
There are a few people that I want to mention in this. People that have inspired me along the way…
Paul Moore, the guy that got me into proper radio (I started out on hospital radio, he gave me my first dance show)
Jon Fitz, 2004, this guy changed my life musically, he went onto Herd & Fitz, still produces epic tunes, and now runs Castle Club Radio in somewhere hot & broke!
David Dunne, David used to present the Hed Kandi show on Galaxy network, I wanted to emulate DD, I loved his style of presenting, so laid back. A true gentleman, very approachable, and my dance radio icon. He now chats a bit with Andy Daniels on t’wireless, his partner in crime for the Triple Dee Radio Show.
Andreas Mixgeselle, When I started with my dance shows, I heard the Mixgeselle (Mix g-what?) show and though “Bloody hell, that’s brilliant, I need to up my game”. He has kept me on my toes, still going strong, have a listen, great music!
Martin Gunn, Danny Bond, & Eddy Elton, these guys have stood in for me when I have been on holiday or unable to produce a show. Martin now presents the highly successful “House Sessions Worldwide” with Roger Da Silva, have a listen. Danny was the voice of the incredibly talented Bassmonkeys, then became a Gadgetman…… Eddy, well what a talent. Eddy won best dance show at the student radio awards, firted with BBC Radio 1 (In New DJs We trust), then got a PHd and walked away from radio, such an amazingly talented guy.
Roland Bartha, the man who constantly delivers amazing Mjuzieek to keep us dancing! My favourite label!
Malcolm Gatenby, the “Dubai branch” of Global Dancefloor, my arbiter of taste, and the worlds best proof listener “Jules, you need to edit that, there’s swearing in that track!”
Stu Ritchie. The other half of GD. Stu & I have always worked the same venues, just years apart from each other, were trained by the same DJ, he’s following me, I’m sure.
When Stu got involved in GD, he pushed me to make it bigger, organised the website, all the clever technology gubbins that still amazes & baffles me, that’s him! He organised the website, the social media, the in site player, the audio imaging, the visual imaging, he stood in for me when needed if I was committed to other things, then made a blummin brilliant add on show GD Too. Thank you PID!
Finally, to my wife & my amazing children. they have put up with me sitting doing this radio show for 2 evenings every week for 5 long years & never complained (well, maybe a little). My older 2 children had their voices on some early jingles, my wife Jirinka was the original audio image for the show, great voice, I just want to record her saying “I’ve been expecting you Mr Bond” in her East European accent!
Then there’s you. Thank you for listening.
Keep it on the Global Dancefloor!