Merchants of Sound launched in October 2009 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 new regular presenters: Tess Morgan, Samira and Georgie Groovescooter. Each 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.
Samira’s start on radio started began back in 2014 with activist community radio station 3CR in Melbourne, since then she has been a morning host on FBi Radio in Sydney and cannot shake the radio bug. She is also an art producer and big museum enthusiast having co-founded an African arts collective still nomads. She regularly travels around the country to find the latest in subversive African art and music.
Tess 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.
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.
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