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Managers

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Adam Till

Managing Director


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

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Colin Kendrick

Designer


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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Tina Culbertson

Head Press Officer


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!

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Lisa Billingham

Head Of Photography


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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David Steed

Head Of Reviews


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.

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Matthew Brooks

Head Of Reviews


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




Press Department

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Tina Culbertson

Head Press Officer


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!

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Libby Hitchman

Press Officer


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

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Caz Parker

Press Officer


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.

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Stephanie Ingram

Reviewer / Press Officer


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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Amber Neal

Press Officer


I’m Amber, a Media and Communications graduate, who would love to work in the music industry. My music taste has always been predominantly pop punk after hearing Fall Out Boy when I was 13 and falling in love with that genre of music, but over the last few years and after attending Download Festival, I have fallen in love with rock music, some of my favourite bands include Bring me the Horizon, Five Finger Death Punch and Neck Deep.

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Philippa White

Press Officer / Radio Admin


Born in 1998 this girl has always been a mad one she would jump around and dance to all sorts of music. She later found passion in other forms of media such as art and photography growing up which was heightened by her love for music. Now studying in media production her passions have now become part of her education.




Radio Shows

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Tony Heare

DJ


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

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Steve Gould

DJ


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…

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Keith Baldwin

DJ


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

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Smudge

DJ


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


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Glyn Shepherd

DJ


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

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Lexi Frances

DJ


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!

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Skid

DJ


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”.

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Greg Samuel

DJ


A musician from a young age, growing up my musical life revolved around the trumpet. Classical, brass band and later jazz and Motown took priority. It wasn’t until high school I discovered the joys of hard rock and metal, picked up a guitar and drum sticks and haven’t looked back since! Of course I love classic rock and metal (as well as classical, jazz and Motown) but I spend more time listening to modern hard rock and metal (2000 onwards) and my guilty pleasure is rock/metal covers of pop songs.


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Adam Onslaught

DJ


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.

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Ash Lynch

DJ


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.

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Linda Parker

DJ


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

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Ben Redman

DJ


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!


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Jack Hodgson

DJ


I remember the defining moment when I knew music took over my life, in the spring of ’99 i bought the soundtrack to The Matrix and there it span a web of music that shook me. It started with Nu Metal, developed into Metal, Alternative, Prog and Punk Rock. I knew that life would never be the same again. From there on in, I developed my own taste over the years, ranging from bands like Cannibal Corpse to New Found Glory. I take a step back from modern music and delve deeper into my roots.





Reviews Department

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Matthew Brooks

Reviewer


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

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Jon E Smoke

Reviewer


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.

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David Steed

Reviewer


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.

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Kevin McDonald

Reviewer


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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Rachel Sandford

Admin


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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Ellie Roberts

Reviewer


My love for music has been existent from the very moment that I was conceived at Glastonbury Festival in 1992. I repeatedly sang Sally MacLennane by The Pogues as my favourite song at nursery despite the shocked faces looking back at me; I spent most of secondary school googling Counting Crows lyrics; and I can’t remember a hardship that I’ve been through that blink-182 couldn’t remedy. The rest of my heart belongs to writing

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Stephanie Ingram

Reviewer / Admin


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



Photography Department

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Lisa Billingham

Head Of Photography


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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Damian John

Photographer


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.

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Morag Farley

Photographer


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.

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Manny Manson

Photographer


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….


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Rob Billingham

Photographer


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.

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Craig Hutton

Photographer


As a teenager, I was watching Top of the Pops and Suzie Q came on and from then on I loved heavy music (and Girls) but only as a follower, then 6 years ago I enrolled on a Fine Art Photography course and became a photographer. After watching the film The Expendables and hearing the closing tune, Diamond Eyes from Shinedown I became a fan, got tickets to see them in Manchester, where I met a young couple in the queue, who were photographers and introduced me to the Music Media.




Media Department

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Jack Kirsop

News & Social Media


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.

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Sharon Abbey

News & Social Media


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.





 

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