Merchants of Sound launched in July 2010 with Phat Kat and Bully Dux at the helm. With a geographic location change and art projects taking them onto another realm they handed over the reins in July 2018 to 3 regular presenters: Tess Morgan, Samira and Georgie Groovescooter. In 2020, Sharmaine aka Wicked Bandit joined the team and in July Phat Kat returned.
Now we have Molly Pop and Hildy Fine on board – This all-female crew is on rotation, serving it up a musical treat to the East and beyond! Immerse yourself into a musical journey spanning soul, funk, boogie, free jazz, reggae and global beats – dusty rarities and classic treats.
Georgie Groovescooter First turned on to music as a suburban bedroom teen after stumbling on to a community radio (2xx) station’s frequency where anything from disco and the emerging sounds of electro through to post-punk feminists jostled for air-time, Georgie Zuzak went on to front her own 8-piece band as a vocalist in the ‘80s, winning a triple j’s competition that brought her to Sydney. Arriving in the big smoke just as the ‘90s did, recording, writing and singing for a number of local funk-based groups gave way to her establishing the Groovescooter record label, alongside DJing and radio gigs with FBi, SBS and an ongoing association with Eastside 89.7. In between Georgie has been the Australian rep for L.A.’s Stones Throw label and also managed rare-groove labels Basement Digs and Sonic Arcana which were housed at ground-breaking Australian distributor Creative Vibes. She has conceived and produced numerous events, including the music-meets-art series of exhibitions called ArtGroupie and also currently curates music documentaries for festivals and special events.
Tess Morgan has been sighted on many a dance floor over the years! An avid, passionate and consistent supporter of live music, festivals, films, visual art and of course community radio, which she has been a part of Eastside Radio for the last 5 years. Tess has then taken these passions further by studying in the arts – acting, music, photography and media. Where has this all taken her? Currently she Is MC/vocalist for the Inner West Reggae Disco Machine crew, host of Queen Bee an all female DJ night that happens monthly at the Hive Bar, an eternal student and dance class enthusiast, she is continuously adding to the list! All the while striving to be kinder and more honest with herself and those around.
Molly Pop is not just part of the Queen Bee DJ’s collective here in Sydney, she also brings 4 years of radio experience – broadcasting on Brighton’s premier alternative radio station 1btn.fm every weekday morning. As well as DJing weekends in the UK & also in Sydney town too! She has an awesome and diverse record collection crossing from funk, soul, blues, reggae, old skool hiphop, and Afro-beats.
Hildy Fine Community radio has played an integral role in Hildy’s life; she’s an avid listener and supporter of multiple stations. At 13, she heard Sonic Youth for the first time on Lismore’s 2NCR; a life-changing event. Moving to Brisbane at 15, 4ZZZ brought her Megaherzzz, a feminist show she listened to incessantly before getting behind the mic. Meanwhile, her record collection, which began with a Eurythmics picture disc, continues to grow. Moving to Melbourne at the end of 1999, she began frequenting the all-female-DJ run SLAP Records in the early 2000s, which ultimately inspired her own 20+ years DJing career. Hildy is excited to share her passion for music written/played/produced by female and gender diverse folk. She can be found gigging around Sydney as DJ alter-egos Lazy Suzan (vinyl) or Jane Fondu, and pressuring people to support musicians buying their music. You can listen to some of her mixes here
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