Since discovering soul music at the tender age of 13 Roni has achieved most if not all of her soul bucket list.
She by chance discovered a Radio Station, the signal was weak...and if she hadn't lived on a hill, would never have found it. Radio Horizon and then JFM....quickly became the reason her homework wasn't being done!
At 15 she went to her first concert Maze at the Hammersmith Odeon, which she attended with her English teacher Miss Burton with her wedge haircut and mark III Cortina the teacher bought Roni’s first alcoholic drink at the bar!
Roni copied the write up in ‘Blues and soul’ about the concert and her teacher wrote “straight out of Blues and Soul” in red letters on the bottom!
At college she quickly took over the role of organising events by hiring clubs like Flicks and the Goldmine and she knew the importance of having the right DJs for the night. Tom Holland, Chris Hill and Robbie Vincent became the icons of her Tribe ‘The Jazzers Incognito’. They travelled the country looking for the best sounds around. Being from Essex meant they never had to go too far!
She discovered the Caister Soul Weekender, the Lacy Lady and then the Special Branch in Tooley Street.
After leaving college she became involved with the fashion industry and it became more and more of a part of her role to organise fashion shows, presentations and provide music for Italian and French Designers, Salvatore Ferragamo, Charles Jourdan and Christian Dior.
Through this she got the opportunity to present a Radio Show on Solar Radio.
The first time she played at Soul Heaven, she was given the Tom Holland treatment!
We have since been told this is a soul Mafia initiation ceremony. She survived and played her first main room set at the Caister 2005 New Years Eve!
Since this she has survived her ‘date with destiny’ Brian Rix’s very own initiation ceremony…….. Roni said “It was a surprise to find myself sharing a bed with a chicken leg however I will remain a vegetarian”. Luckily only Chicken leg and not a Horses head! Which I have heard is a Rixy speciality!
Roni’s Top Tunes
The life of Brian
The green mile
Whatever happened to Baby Jane
Planes, Trains and Automobiles