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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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Angela Goncalves

Head Of News


I must’ve been about 16 when I came across Nightwish’s ‘Wishmaster’ and it blew me away… I found a music genre that spoke to me so the search for more and more unconventional bands began and what a journey it’s been so far. At 18 years old I saw my first metal gig in London, Stratovarious and that was it, my passion for live music started. There is no feeling like the one you get when you are in the front row, I always say. One of my dreams was to be able to put on gigs and work with the bands I like

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Shakeel Cox-Henry

Head Of Reviews


I am a music nerd into all types of genres, but metal was where it began. Always on the look-out for new metal music with eclectic blends of styles to remind me that metal music is far from out of ideas. I’m interested mostly in metal that sounds like it was made by people who do not listen only to metal. As well as leading my team of reviewers here at Midlands Metalheads, I take great interest in literature, film and television, both creatively and critically.



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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Yasmine Summan

Press Officer


I’m Yasmine, a passionate journalist student with a deep love for heavy metal and rock music. Music has been the driving force of change in my life and inspires me to live life to the fullest. I thrive from the music scene, there's a strong unity within the metal community of coming together, despite whatever chaos may be going on in the world, to enjoy good music! I also love journalism and keep myself busy by flipping between making youtube videos

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Natalie Lewis

Press Officer


Im Natalie/Tilly I grew up listening to pop punk and rock in the 90s/2000s era. I developed my love of music to guitar and bass at a young age, and featured in multiple girl bands in school. My other passion is media and I graduated from university in media & communications this past autumn. My press role within Midlands Metalheads Radio is an opportunity for me to combine my love of music with my media talents.

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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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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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Jodie Mills

Press Officer


'Sup, My name's Jodie. I'm a 23 year old music fanatic. I'd love to be as non-cliche as possible and not say that music has impacted my life but it has. Rock music in particular had an important part in me getting into music but nowadays I listen to everything ranging from anti-folk to vaporwave and jazz to Jpop. My favourite bands as of late are Fight Like Apes, Partner, Sleigh Bells, Orestea, Blue October, Marianas Trench and Fleetwood Mac.

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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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Jake Darch

DJ


When I was about 8 years old I discovered my love for music. I will never forget the day I first heard Master Of Puppets by Metallica. It just hit me straight away and I knew that I would have a love for Rock and Metal. This grew to an uncontrollable desire to listen to as many bands I could get my ears around and which is still the same way to this day! I remember the first time I went to a Metal concert. I was 14 years old at the time and It was one the most amazing experiences I have had.

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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


Reviews Department

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SHAKEEL COX-HENRY

Head Of Reviews


I am a music nerd into all types of genres, but metal was where it began. Always on the look-out for new metal music with eclectic blends of styles to remind me that metal music is far from out of ideas. I’m interested mostly in metal that sounds like it was made by people who do not listen only to metal. As well as leading my team of reviewers here at Midlands Metalheads, I take great interest in literature, film and television, both creatively and critically.

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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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Deb Gardner

Reviewer


A lover of Rock music, and supporter of local bands and venues. Deb loves being down the front at gigs. She currently runs her own blog page which is proving to be very popular and feels it has given her the opportunity to develop an understanding of the music industry. Specialist Areas: Review Writer

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Harrison Deacon

Reviewer


Heavy metal music didn’t appeal to me in my early teen years. Even now, I still can’t bear the sound of what I thought the face of metal was when I was younger. Hair metal bands with sickeningly catchy choruses and music videos of slow motion guitar solos. Thankfully, a little later in my teens, Slipknot and a few others opened the gateway to a side music that scared the shit out of me in the best way possible.

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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


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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Darren Griffiths

Photographer


South Wales rock fan from an early age - first concert was Quiet Riot in 84,became hooked from that moment on.I have only been doing photography since 2014, so I am always learning something new.Started off in the small clubs building up relationships with local bands which are still strong now.enjoy 3 day festivals where I get to build friendships and have some fun with fellow Photographers. Favourite genre is AOR/Melodic , I can usually be found in the pit at an FM show, singing along....badly.

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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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ANGELA GONCALVES

Head Of Media


I must’ve been about 16 when I came across Nightwish’s ‘Wishmaster’ and it blew me away… I found a music genre that spoke to me so the search for more and more unconventional bands began and what a journey it’s been so far. At 18 years old I saw my first metal gig in London, Stratovarious and that was it, my passion for live music started. There is no feeling like the one you get when you are in the front row, I always say. My dream is to be able to put on gigs and work with the bands

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Jemma Kinzett

News & Social Media


Hey guys, my name is Jemma Kinzett. I have a huge passion for the media and music industry and I hope to one day leave my mark in both industries and share my creations to the world of film makers, lovers of rock music and anyone who have creative minds. I am also a vocalist at Birmingham Music School Yamaha and I get the opportunity to share my music passions and abilities to crowds of people. I’d like to say my introduction to the world of rock music was like everyone else

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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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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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Alex Woodhouse

News & Social Media


I’m Alex and I have a great interest in the realms of music and writing. The Rock and Metal scene has impacted me greatly, having grown up with a love for the music from a young age and listening to it ever since. I started like many my age listening to metal through the avenues of such bands as Slipknot and Korn around age of 11 because it sounded harsh and abrasive, which as an 11 year old, is pretty much the best possible thing and so my path was forged.

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Georgia May Sigston

News & Social Media


Hey! I’m Georgia, and I was introduced to the world of rock only a few years ago when I was 16. The first concert I went to was Panic! At The Disco…. Not the heaviest, but it sparked my love for alternative music. I am currently doing a degree in Creative Media at university and I love spending my free time listening to music, creating gameplay videos on Youtube and streaming on Twitch!

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