The Touch & The Touch Re-wind with the legendary Deli G
Deli G, the creator of the well known radio show ‘The Touch’ which is one of the most cutting edge and longest running mix shows in the UK to date and well respected world wide.
Deli G’s love of music began at a very early age but it wasn’t until he returned back to the UK after a number of years in Jamaica that his career really began to take off. In 1985 he involved himself in the Bristol music scene playing various parties with ‘The Wild Bunch Crew’ (now known as the world famous ‘Massive Attack’) he also played at the Moon club (now another super club called ‘Lakota’) and the long running and ever popular ‘Thekla’ boat nightclub.
In 1987 he got involved with one of Bristol’s hottest pirate radio stations (B.A.D. Radio)
playing a wide range of American dance music.
Deli G took his radio show to bigger and better things and started his own club night at the Players Night club in Bath along with his close friend D.J Lynx (from another famous collaboration known as Smith & Mighty Productions) and this is where
Deli G really started to make a name for himself.
In 1990 a group of regular clubbers who happened to work for BBC Bristol approached
Deli G about a new legal radio station (F.T.P.radio) to see if he would be interested in running a show with them and so his radio career began alongside his club nights.
In 1991 Deli started his own dance music mix show “The Touch” which also gave him 100% music control on the new ‘Galaxy 97.2fm’ show based in Bristol, which was predominantly a urban and dance music radio group.
After 1 year on ‘Galaxy Radio’ Deli took his talents to the ‘New Music Seminar’ in New York to meet some of the people who’s music he had been playing on his shows. This was to become the start of some very good friendships with many people in the music industry who helped put the ‘Galaxy’ specialist brand name on the music map.
By the end of 1993 all the major players in the dance scene like Frankie Knuckles, Masters at Work, Marshall Jefferson and Roger Sanchez were all playing guest spots on Deli G’s show.
Deli G whilst still playing a mayor role in the UK club scene did a land mark tour of South Africa with the ‘Lakota night club’ where Deli G did various live show broadcasts with South Africa’s ‘Radio 5fm’ along with Danny Rampling (BBC Radio 1).
Throughout the 1990’s Deli G developed his style of music and taste towards the lovers of American dance music by introducing more US features on his radio shows.
1995 he did his first of two music compilations, one for ‘Distance Music’ called “House Proud Volume 2” and second in 2001 for ‘Slip’n’Slide’ called “Hallelujah”.
In the year 2000 Deli G won an award for BEST OVERSEAS RADIO SHOW, presented by The Dirty Dozen awards at the ‘Miami Winter Music Conference’. He was given joint first with Danny Rampling (BBC Radio1)
toward the end of the year 2000 Deli G added some of the true legends of dance music to his show including the creator of the 12”inch record ‘Tom Moulton’. He also had guests from one of the world famous nightclubs ‘Paradise Garage’ on his show and the owner of ‘Westend Records’ ‘Mel Cheren’ to do monthly features and bring some history to the show.
In 2002 he brought into his shows reports from New York, Chicago and the UK on the music scene relative to each Country. Deli G also introduced monthly guest mixes from big players in the US House / Garage music including Bobby & Steve, Paul Simpson, DJ Disciple and Boyd Jarvis.
2003 Deli G scooped up his second award for ‘BEST OVERSEAS RADIO’ in New York which was presented by ‘Undaground Archive.com’ a part of the ‘Billboard Summit’.
In 2005 he was called by ‘SuSu Records’ to mix their Club SuSu series “Get Lifted” also pick another award for “BEST RADIO SHOW” on undaground archive.com
In August 2006 after almost 16 years of broadcasting to the South West & South Wales one of longest running radio mix shows in the U.K. The Touch did its final broadcast on Vibe Fm
October 2006 - 2009 one of the main players of the digital download stores (Traxsource) approach Deli about hosting and producing their radio show “The Future of House” was syndicated across the world which he grabbed with both hands.
Deli G’s passion and drive has enabled him to be one of the main players in the US House / Garage music in the UK.
After taking some much needed time out, Deli returned back in 2012, with his award winning radio show on BCfm. Using the well known analogy, 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it', ' The Touch' carried on with his well known formula. Playing the best in upfront Soulful House, while dedicating the last hour to showcasing selected cuts , digging deep from 'The Touch Rewind' archives dating back to 1991.
With the advancement in technology and the wide spread availability of the internet, 'The Touch' show is now connected to world wide music family and continues to welcome listeners from the heart of Bristol and all over the globe.
In recent years Deli has continued to spread the gospel of real House music; by linking up with former Roasted partner in crime DJ Ben Daley and notorious God Son of Soulful House, DJ and Producer Sean McCabe to form the basis of the Good Vibrations parties in Bristol. With DJ royalty such as: Joey Negro, CJ Mackintosh, Paul Trouble Anderson and Kenny Dope topping the bill, Good Vibrations parties saw the return of a by gone era of true House music for real music lovers.
This year Deli G and Ben Daley will celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the much loved Roasted nights,. 'Roasted', were renowned for throwing down the heaviest parties on a Sunday night. Boasting a Hall of Fame style line up of legendary artists such as: Kerri Chandler, Robert Owens, Danny Rampling to name but a few. This years anniversary party is heavily anticipated and sure to be an event to remember.
A well known and respected DJ internationally Deli G is a legend in the making and lets his music speak for itself. Deli G continues to shine a light on the dance floor and airwaves ensuring that the legacy of House music continues long after the last person has left the dance floor.
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