I got into rock music (or should say I fell in love with the scene) when I was seventeen years old, I used to be into the club underground scene when ‘Prodigy, the Jilted Generation album first came out. The first Metal Track that I ever listened to was Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters”… I played it over and over again, I couldn’t get enough of it, think it was being pumped in to my veins! After that I started listening to other Rock/Metal & Grunge Music
Most of my childhood was spent being forced to listen to my sister’s mix tapes of Kd Lang, The Cranberries, Morrissey, The Beautiful South and The Smiths. Trust me when I was a young lad that shit was not cool, especially with my sister’s unashamedly singing along out the car window. It was a blessing on a Saturday mornings when mother put on her Motown cassettes. I’ve gone through many changes over the years from pop to jungle
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My Influences always date back to my childhood,Mainly being Led Zeppelin,Trex and Black Sabbath.My life has always been revolved around music,gig's,watching my family play in bands and supporting the local music scene.I have done promoting in the past putting on gigs in Wolverhampton and Birmingham.I love gigs,festivals and nothing more than kicking back with a good vinyl and a drink with friends
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Lisa is an internationally published photographer forming one half of Billibee Creative. She has a tremendous passion for rock music and photography and loves to combine both as often as she can. When not at gigs, Lisa can be found working alongside PR companies, agencies, festival organisers as well as managing a local band. With her full time job,and working in the Billibee Creative Studio, this sure makes for a very busy Lisa ….. #lovemylife
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Growing up in a house where the likes of Deep Purple and Rainbow were played regularly, it would be unusual if I hadn’t become a huge fan of rock music! I enjoy everything from across the rock and metal spectrum, but my heart lies with the riffs and melodies produced by the likes of Iron Maiden, Alter Bridge and Trivium (to name but a few). I am always excited by new music and am here to give my penny’s worth on the latest the rock/metal scene has to offer.
Ever since I was 12 I’ve been in love with all things fast and heavy. The music of Evile changed my life in a way that lead to a burgeoning love of thrash metal. As time has passed I’ve developed my tastes further and now I’m immersing myself in the world of hardcore. If it makes me feel like I can headbutt down a brick wall chances are I’ll love it. Trap Them and Every Time I Die are recent favourites, but I’ll always carry a flame for Machine Head
I was 9 years old when I discovered rock music, sitting in my living room (probably playing My Little Pony) when I heard this amazing sound coming from the TV, it was 1987 and Def Leppard were performing their hit single 'Animal' on a weekly chart show called 'The Roxy'. I got up and stood right in front of the TV the whole time they were on. I couldn't believe my eyes and ears, the long hair, ripped jeans, twin guitars and even a one armed drummer!
The year was 1987, the album was Appetite for Destruction, and the rest they say is history! Copey buckled up for the ride of her life on the good ship Rock! With a love of GnR, Skid Row, Crue, Poison, she docked a little in the 90s at grunge harbour, but is firmly back on board. Still loving the classics and all New Wave. She can often be found at many a gig and festival. Ahoy there m’hearties! Remember, if the boat is a-rockin’, DO come a-knockin’!!!
My biggest teenage crush was rock and metal, and I never got over it. Age 13 I began my now vast vinyl, cassette and CD collection with bands like Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Guns n Roses, Skid Row, Thunder, Y&T, DIO, Queensryche and White Lion. I discovered new music from Tommy Vance on Radio 1’s Rock Show and from rock nights at my local boozer, and I bought EVERYTHING. Classic Rock and Heavy Metal are still my best loved, but I’m also into Alternative and even some Prog.
My love of metal started at around 10 years old when my dad first showed me Slipknots self titled album and instantly fell in love. As the years have gone my love of metal core and melodic metal has evolved with some of my favourite bands such as Ice Nine Kills, Gojira and Trivium. Music amazes me every day and I’m hoping I can influence my little boy to be a tattooed metal head like his parents!
I grew up with classic British rock in the early Seventies, bands like Purple, Sabbath and Zeppelin. Deep Purple's 'In Rock' was the album that really got me into this type of music and my first real gig was seeing the Coverdale/Hughes version of the band in 1974. Many years later, after punk and hair metal had come and gone, I went to my first festival at Donington in 1991, seeing the likes of Metallica and AC/DC in a live environment. That convinced me to try my hand at radio
Born, Birmingham 1957. Quite late getting into music, as parents weren’t that bothered, most of my childhood was spent listening to Music For Pleasure albums (75p from Wollies boys ‘n girls !!) – “Geoff Love and his Orchestra Play Big War Movie Themes” ‘n all that shit….. Then, Secondary school I was introduced to “Pictures At An Exhibition” by ELP – blew my mind, have been a Prog Head ever since…
The Blues is not the easiest thing to define in my book as it is more about an attitude than just a style of playing and many many bands associated with many genres have included Blues songs in their repertoire. I love exploring The Blues from wherever it originates and can't wait to share my favourite tracks with others. I am also in a band myself and I get a real buzz out of playing live. Happiest when playing guitar. So happy that there is still so much music
I’m Smudge (yes it’s my real name) and I was born in the capital when the world was black and white. I remember the T.V only having 3 channels and going off air at midnight, having milk at school, national strikes, blackouts, 3 day weeks and being able to leave your front door open… but we were happy. During all this satanic dark oppression came the first movements of the electron for me…via the flat below it weaved its way through the sash windows
My first music love was Elvis from the age of 12, then at the age of 15 my friend played me New Jersey and Slippery when wet by Bon Jovi. I was hooked on the high energy guitar sound from then on. Then in late 1991….. Use your Illusion by Guns n Roses fell in to my hands – I wore the tape out. Over and over and over. I remember in 1992, sitting to watch the Freddy Mercury tribute concert on TV. We sat there waiting for GnR to come on. The first band on was Metallica playing Enter Sandman
Vinyl junkie.Music geek. Anything along those lines pretty much describes me. I’ve grown up with a massively diverse music taste and love the history as well as the tune behind sound waves! After studying music and performing for 7 years I took a different turn in my career perspective by getting involved in Media at Uni, and that led me to my current and future passion of Radio!! I’ve been collecting records since the age of 14 and have been supporting Record Store Day 3 years running!
In June 1978 I was 12, like every Thursday night I started to watch Top of the Pops. This episode was different, so different it changed my life. For on the fateful evening Noel Edmonds introduced the next act on to the show, it was AC/DC playing Rock n Roll Damnation. I still don’t know what it was that grabbed me, but whatever it was it never let go. I became so obsessed that my dad bought me the 7” single that weekend shortly followed by the songs mother album“Powerage”.
Pete K Mally is a stand up comedian and author who loves his classic rock and metal. Spending his youth defending his love of rock he gets the hump when high street stores are flaunting AC/DC , Iron Maiden and Ramones T-shirts as simple fashion accessories (we've earned these stripes). He is a regular compere at rock festivals and recently supported The Wayward Sons and The Last Great Dreamers. Now in his forties he openly listens to Poison and is unashamed in this (a little). You can catch him on his 'Not in this dinnertime ' tour across the UK and at a rock festival near you
Born and bred in Birmingham I grew up the sounds of Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy and Motorhead and my passion for music developed from there. I love all kinds of music, but I gravitate towards the classic era of rock and metal. I love the live music scene and get excited when discovering new bands for the first time. I also love meeting people along the way, the scene is such a great family and united under one banner.
Born in 1996, this kid became nothing but trouble for never fitting in. Growing up around N-Dubz listening, rap writing, football playing morons. I grew up as a rock music, watching wrestling, darts playing outcast. My love from music came from my father, he always had a varied selection of music to flick through, but two albums I would come to love, were Lest we forget, the very best of Marilyn Manson, and Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog flavoured water by Limp bizkit.
Deep in a cave, in the midst of Worcestershire 2011 ,The She Wolf sprang to life! Her passion being Unsigned Rock & Metal, and bringing these artists, to the internet airwaves, that seemed to be pushed out to the more popular bands. It was great to see the Unsigned artist wanting to make this move, but they needed help into pushing their music and,this is where, I stepped in. Unsigned music is my passion, the music started flooding in to be played
It was a dark time, called 1995, indie and Brit Pop ruled the radio as fellows in ill fitting parkas sang badly about champaign. Then a random meeting involving Our Price, some friends and a bargain bin filled with Megadeth, Metallica and Senser would lead me into another world. 23 years later I'm still there but with added beats from hip hop and electro!
My first musical interest was the grunge movement, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Nirvana etc. 1991, I had cassette with Nirvana’s Nevermind on one side, but what a friend put on the other side is what really grabbed me, Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine. Nails were my gateway to discovering the goth and industrial scene, visiting clubs like Underworld, Manchester and Slimelight, London. A few years later I started DJ’ing my own goth /industrial night in my home town Stoke, and later Nottingham. Tune In. Turn On. Burn Out.
I've been a Rock lover as far back as the 80's. From discovering Queen as a nipper to trading tapes with secondary school mates - it turned me into an addict. My roots are firmly steeped in Hard Rock and Hair Metal. In 2006 it pushed me to try DJ'ing at various venues and events (including Eddies). 25 years on, I may have shed the hair but I can still wear eyeliner better than your Mom
I’ve been a DJ since 1979, back then I did a Christmas Party with a Hitachi hifi and I played singles on the turntable and then switched to tape that I had got from grabbing the UK Top 40. Worked for a number of Hospital Radio Stations and did a number of Mobile DJ gigs. Always loved music in all forms. I’m late coming into the Rock Scene but I know what I like anything from Zeppelin to Disturbed and everything in between. However I don’t get Death Metal
My love for Pop Punk first began when I was about 7 and Green Day released American Idiot. In 2009 though, with the release of 21st Century Breakdown and the discovery of my mam's straightener, I dove deep into Pop Punk and Emo music, and to this day is still the soundtrack of my life.
I discovered rock music (and music in general) at around 9 or 10 years old when I started rifling through my Dad's albums. I pretty much exclusively listened to classic rock until I was about 15. Ever since then I've spent a large portion of my time trying to find as much different/obscure/confusing music as humanly possible, although I seem to spend most of my time listening to Tool and questioning my life decisions.
From listening to my dads Hendrix & Roxy Music LP’s, to my discovery of Keith Moon, The Who & Judas Priest before I was 10, Rock Music has been an integral part of my life. I drum and am still in the band I started 25 years ago, 67 Kung-Fu Eskimos. I took on the vocal duties 5 years ago and now Radio Presenting!! I appreciate many genres of Music, but Rock Music defines me. I have a passion for hard fuelled, groove soaked, heavy grungy Rock’n’Roll
I grew up in the Bay Area, I’m Black Sabbath years old exactly, and I popped out the chute a music enthusiast. I couldn't escape it if I wanted to; Dad was one part of The Band That Stopped the War, mom was an artist eccentric who settled into the melting corners of the Jabberwocky after a decade in the musky art scene of 1950s NYC, and my older brothers dragged me to punk shows as early as 1980. Psychedelic relics and old school punk cultivated my taste and broadened my spectrum. If it's doomy, radically-minded, feminist, loud, abrasive, and a little bit evil for the fun of it, I'm in.
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John E Smoke should have been born in Wolverhampton but was instead born in Stone which, if you think about it, is a kind of rock. He is proud of his family’s black country roots in the home of heavy metal. Like a lot of people, his first taste of the heavy stuff came from watching top of the pops as a child. The band in question was Iron Maiden and John’s eyes and ears were opened to the world of heavy. His first proper gig was The Almighty in Wolverhampton, quickly followed by Sepultura.
Midlands born, Merseyside based. Music is a big part of my life. Discovering new bands, working through discographies, revisiting old gems, going to gigs… all very exciting. I grew up in the glory days of nu metal and pop punk, and from there my tastes broadened as the years went by. Heavy/traditional/power is my preference, although I think there’s probably something of value in every sub-genre (that goes for non metal as well). Liverpool FC fan. I enjoy writing, even if no one is reading.
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I'm Rachel. Rock and metal music was something I got into as soon as I heard it at about 11 years old. This led to my entire teen years being spent at shows (bless my mother for coming with me when I was too young to go), and at pigeon park and teenculture (my fellow brummies will hopefully understand me here). I've seen everything from Lamb Of God, to Nightwish, to All Time Low, to Nickelback, and I love it all
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Charlie has loved rock since her teens when she used to come home from school and secretly listen to AC/DC, Skid Row and Guns and Roses rather than Bros or A-Ha! Now she still listens to those guys but her horizons have broadened slightly to include southern rock and even some bands that are still together!!
Pop punk... deathcore... emo... metalcore... Thrash metal... World War 1 themed blackened Death Doom... I'd like to think that over the last few years i've taken an interest in a good variety of music in the metal scene. I may not have been listening to metal as long as some others, but i've thrown myself into the deep end of this epic scene and moshed to almost everything.
My passion for Metal and Rock was ignited when I discovered Motörhead in 2011, a band that will rigidly remain as my favourite for eternity. Since then, Metal has formed an indelible part of my identity, as I love to listen and research bands of all genres and sizes. Although I do have a tendency to lean towards heavy metal and thrash! To me, there is no other feeling that quite matches the sensation of losing yourself in an album or witnessing the sheer power of a bands live performance.
From an early age it was Rock that spun on my turntable mainly Sabbath , Zeppelin and Purple . As my Album collection grew , so did the urge to see my favourite Bands in concert , before long I was attending gigs far and wide ( I still do !) This led me to writing reviews as Dee Dee for Fanzines in the 1990s , including Ruff Diamond , Splitting Headache and Smokin Dragon and contributing to Brum Beat occasionally . After a long hiatus , just like vinyl , I’m returning to something I love doing !
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I’ve been listening to alternative music my entire life, with my first influences coming from my parents. I’d listen to Aerosmith and Guns N Roses, then years later sitting in my cousin’s car while they played me Evanescence and Good Charlotte. From there I forked out into metal core when I was in year 10. Since I was young I knew music would always be close to me and play a very big role in my life, and so working along side it is more than a dream come true. I now spend most of my time listening to Motionless In White, Rammstein and Architects.
I’ve always been heavily involved within the world of music, whether its playing instruments, singing in a choir, or just listening, I’ve always wanted to be a part of the action. My love of metal came about from playing guitar hero, listening and playing along to bands like Dragonforce, Maiden, Killswitch and Slipknot and since then I’ve been a full on devoted metalhead. Although I’ll happily listen to any kind of metal, nowadays I’m mostly into metalcore bands like Crystal Lake and Killswitch as well as some Nu metal and Death metal to balance it all out.
I discovered MMH through the other half, who is a DJ for the station. I love music, and enjoy admin, so applied for the role, and here we are……….. It was no surprise really, that I ended up loving Rock Music, having grown up hearing the likes of Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy and Queen. My love of Rock Music and gigs/festivals, grew massively back in August 1990, at The Monsters of Rock Festival, Donnington. I never looked back from that point. My personal favourites include Guns n Roses, Whitesnake, Metallica, and more recently Inglorious.
Wish I could say I was named after the Kiss song but my parents aren’t as edgy as that. I’ve been a Paramore fan since day one, started listening to Linkin Park when I was eleven and learnt Enter Sandman in my first guitar lesson. After that, I pierced my nose and haven’t stopped blasting Of Mice & Men, Alter Bridge and My Chemical Romance, and there will forever be a place in my heart for pop punk too- bands like Sleeping With Sirens and Tonight Alive will always be on my playlist.
From blasting out American idiot on an old CD player when I was 7, to having 5,000 songs saved in my music library, my music taste has come a long way since. I first started listening to metal when I was 12, discovering killswitch engage, trivium, avenged sevenfold, which lead me onto many other bands. Other than listening to music, I spend a lot of time drumming and writing songs. From Sinatra to Slipknot, Elvis to Eminem, George Michael to Gojira and everything in between, I just love music.
Metal and I? It's just like night and darkness... Talking of which, brings us to my favourite, most extreme, grimm and controversial subgenre - Black Metal. However, my passion for metal wasn't that utmost in the beginning. As a kid I was looking for something that would match my rebelious soul and then I discovered my dad's cassette collection. I can recall this very moment when for the first time I heard ''Black Magic'' by Slayer. I was thunderstruck and absolutely excited to discover more and more. As I was growing up, I came across different types of rock and metal, to finaly find my beloved one \m/
I first heard Black Sabbath, a band I share a birthplace with, when I was 13. They scared the life out of me, but I was hooked. My favourite bands these days are Mastodon, Baroness, Conjurer, Sleep, Trivium, Boss Keloid and Alice in Chains, but I always have time for the Iommian riffs that captivated me as a young boy. When I'm not at gigs or promoting bands for the Diaries of Doom YouTube channel, all my free time goes towards writing and performing my own bands' music.
Born and raised in the birthplace of heavy metal I’ve always had a passion for the genre; a fanaticism which has taken me on countless adventures performing in several bands with my friends. Along the way I picked up a camera and instead focused my energy on capturing the many talented musicians surrounding me before joining Midlands Metalheads in April 2017. As a photographer I really enjoy giving smaller bands the spotlight they deserve.
I developed a love of rock since Alice Cooper first told us that ‘Schools Out’ and I have had a passion for photography since I first picked up a camera in the mid 70s. I’ve been combining the two for a couple of years in and and around South Wales. I’m keen to help new and upcoming rock bands on their way and I’m often seen around Cardiff supporting the local scene. Rock is a wide genre, and although I love it all, my heart leans towards classic rock.
They call me Manny I’m a 60’s baby so grew up listening to the 70’s and 80’s. At school in the 70’s I found Rock music and click I’ve loved it ever since. I have vivid memories of going to ‘concerts’ with ‘Vic’, my old mate Bruce, whilst we were still at Boarding School…Of walking back from the Manchester Apollo to Buxton, and managing to hitch a lift over the foggy moors as we’d missed the last train back due to watching Alice Cooper….
Hi, I’m Rob, a now retired BT chappie who belongs to Lisa! Since departing the telecoms scene my main interest has become photography, which to date has been mainly centred around live music. Although I am more at home working in the studio that Lisa and I have, I really do enjoy the challenge of festival work (oh, those long hours!), where the MMH family excels and is much respected. I also work with Lisa offering support to local bands as they launch into the music business.
As you can probably tell my name is Jack, and well I've been into rock/metal a long time. From what I remember it was hearing the iconic intro from Run To The Hills by Iron Maiden on a SSX game loading screen on the PS2 when I was a child that got me into the whole alternative scene. I graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2017 where I studied Media Production. I love creating and working on different film projects whether that be filming them, editing them or colouring them.
I'm rubbish at writing bios, that's why I'm a photographer and not a reviewer thank your lucky stars. Photography was something that I fell into, after taking a few pictures on a rubbish compact camera at a Placebo gig. I love all types of music, Classic Rock and Goth Metal hold my heart, but don't be surprised if you see me at a pop concert because some of that stuffs good.
I discovered metal when I was 5 years old when my brother had Judas Priest Ram It Down on Vinyl I was curious about the album art work of the huge fist smashing onto planet earth.. I had to listen!, I started concert when I photographed my friend’s band in my relative short time in music photography I have photographed Skindred, The Damned, Symphony X, Static X, Dope, Soil, Wednesday 13, but some of my favourite gigs have been the up and coming bands from around the UK.
My childhood was spent listening to Led Zeppelin and The Doors reverberating around the house. At 14 i was attending gigs around Cardiff including Senser, The Wildhearts and Reef. I am rarely seen without a pair of headphones and i dont feel right if music is not playing. I love photographing at any gig or festival and most of my income is spent on music related activities!
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An introduction to myself, my name is Sharon. Throughout various moments in my life I have often been defined by others as “different”. This was mostly due to my alternative, old-fashioned, diverse and “odd” taste in Music, Television and Films. What others saw as an “odd and peculiar taste”, I branded as my love and interest – after all we all have our own interests in life. Most of my interests in certain genres of Music, Television and Film; came from the influence of my family.
Hi guys! My name is Catherine and i’m a rock, punk and metal lover from Rugeley in Staffordshire. Some of my favourite bands are Green Day, Sum 41, Nirvana, The Cure and Pixies. I was a member of the Rock Society at Nottingham Trent University. I play guitar and bass and I try to go to as many gigs as I can! Glad to be a member of the MMH team!
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Hi, I’m Libby and I’m twenty-one years old. I decided to get involved with Midlands Metalheads Radio because I’ve always wanted to be involved in radio and I think it’s great to have a station dedicated to rock and metal music. I was in the rock society at uni and I like a little bit of everything. But, I have a soft spot for pop punk. My fave bands are like the offspring, New found glory, oasis, arctic monkeys, badflower and SWMRS