Chris Read interviewed by Oliver Wang for Soul Sides

A week or so ago I was fortunate enough to have been interviewed by renowned hip hop / funk / soul journalist and author Oliver Wang for his excellent Soul Sides website. If the name Oliver Wang is not familiar to you, then get familiar: he counts amongst his achievements material written for almost every major stateside hip hop publication (amongst them The Source, XXL, Vibe, Scratch and so on), is author of the aptly titled ‘Classic Material’ hip hop album guide and oversees the Soul Sides compilation series (cover art above). Oliver currently writes for publications including the LA Times and Wax Poetics not to mention being a doctor of ethnic studies and assistant professor of sociology at California State University.

Recent guests also to appear on Oliver’s ‘Side Bar’ podcast series include heavyweights such as PUTS’ Thes One, Quantic and soul legend Mike James Kirkland so I feel very privileged to be in such great company.

Listen to the interview here.


About musicofsubstance

A collector of hip hop, funk, soul, boogie and related beats and jazz based music since the late eighties. Came to prominence as a club DJ through involvement in Substance (one of the UK's largest and longest running hip hop and funk nights) and a 2 year spell as mix DJ on BBC Radio 1Xtra. In recent years a steady output of high profile mix albums has allowed me to DJ worldwide. Currently compiling a series of mix albums for the BBE label and producing an album for BBC New Urban Music Bursary award winning 7 piece jazz / soul outfit 'Maylight'.
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