First off, I'm playing music from before I was born — from my parents' generation. Why? Because it's good. Because it moves me in a way that modern music doesn't. Sure, it means that I lament modern music, that I wonder why music took the direction it has over the decades since, that sometimes I feel a bit left out, and people think my taste in music is a bit strange. But, despite all that, if I'm honest with myself, the music of the '60s and the '70s is what I enjoy listening to, so why listen to anything else?
I discovered the '60s in my teens, when I first heard Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. I liked it. I thought the imagery in the song was incredible, and I was keen to hear more. So, I listened to some more of The Beatles, and I decided I liked them. Then, I listened to some Rolling Stones, and I liked them too.
But, it was Jimi Hendrix — in particular Voodoo Child (Slight Return) — that really affected me. I had that song in my head one day, and then it suddenly occurred to me: this song is amazing! And it occurred to me that — for some reason — people just don't make music like this any more.
From that moment on, I exclusively listened to music from the '60s and '70s, and I've never looked back. What is the point of listening to modern music? It seems to pale in comparison to the likes of Hendrix and his contemporaries. At first, I was mainly just into Jimi Hendrix — and over the next few years I bought about a dozen Hendrix CDs (which I still have, and which is why Hendrix features so heavily on the station) — but I soon started exploring all the other great bands of the era.
Several years ago I discovered Internet radio, and then I discovered Live365. Live365 gave me the idea of starting my own station, and, a few years later, I took the plunge. I soon noticed a few people listening to my station each day, and that motivated me to put more time and effort into it, and I'm very glad I have, as the whole project has given me an enormous amount of pleasure.
The station is entirely funded from my own pocket. While I do earn some money from the station, this is far outweighed by the costs, which include regular payments to Live365 and the continuous purchase of new CDs.
So, why do I do it? For fun! It gives me a reason to buy CDs. I enjoy deciding which CDs to buy next, and which tracks to upload next. Having a radio station also requires me to scout out more artists and albums for it, to which, without a particular objective, I might never have gotten around to hearing. Of course, it's good to have a station that plays all my favorite songs, and when I want to listen to some good music, it's usually my own station that I listen to.
I enjoy seeing my station's listeners grow, and I love reading feedback from listeners, as it's good to be able to speak to people who have similar musical interests. And I enjoy working on the little behind-the-scenes things, which listeners probably don't notice, but which all contribute to making the station as good as possible.
But, I'm also on something of a mission, as it seems to me that old music is unjustly forgotten. However good music may be, it gets written off because of its age. The late '60s and the early '70s is the era of music I'm most passionate about. Over the years, I've accumulated quite a few CDs from the '60s and '70s, and gained quite a bit of knowledge about the music of the era too. So, what I'm trying to do is to play the best music of that era. This includes the classic hits that most listeners are familiar with and would expect to hear, but, I also want listeners to hear plenty of great songs that they may have never heard before. And, if I can turn someone onto the music of the late '60s and the early '70s — the way listening to this music turned me onto it — that would make me very happy.