The Radio 13 DJs get together every fifth Saturday of the month for a ‘special’ show. Listen to Reuben Raj (Bad Monkey Music), Simon William Todd (What Simon Says), David ‘Boylee’ Boyle (Friends to the Enz), Roger Bowie (Roger’s Eclectic Journey) and Clare Martin (Classical Chromatics) wax lyrical and wind each other up over music and the finer things in life.
Reuben Raj, also known by his moniker SomeBizarreMonkey, is the founder of the independent music site RADIO 13. Music fuels his creativity and his love for photography has taken him around the world with assignments in the press, the world of fashion and movie sets. With wide-ranging musical interests, Reuben joins up with various artists to offer an unbiased, reliable and independent voice within music.
After loitering on the periphery of the London indie scene in the 1990s, Simon hot-footed it to Aotearoa where he loves his family, English language teaching and writing swan songs. He is a keen follower of Tāmaki’s maunga, enjoying rough and smooth basalt alike. A gig and album reviewer for Radio 13, Simon champions the seedier side of electronic pop and indie rock.
Roger began collecting music in 1964. A big Americana fan, he makes a regular pilgrimage to Nashville’s AmericanaFest and his rock ‘n’ roll claim to fame is a round of golf with Alice Cooper. Starting with 45’s and eventually adding LP’s and CD’s to the mix, he’s built up a solid collection of eclectic and occasionally obscure musical treasures. And for those wondering; yes, that is his real name.
He can’t sing a note in tune, remember a complete song lyric, nor play an instrument of any sort, but Dave, better known as Boylee, has an eye-opening knowledge of modern and Kiwiana music and is never shy to share it with his friends and peers. Working in the world of investments by day, Boylee is also a reviewer for Radio 13 and can often be found at music concerts.
Clare trained in classical music and sang in opera in the UK for fifteen years. She now balances performing, teaching, coaching choirs and leading ensembles, as well as reviewing for Radio 13. Her performances include singing in jazz and with a Leonard Cohen tribute band. Passionate about creating connections to classical music, in a previous life she ran the backstage tours programme at the Royal Opera House in London.