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. 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.
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.
Sharmaine aka Wicked Bandit has been a presenter at Eastside Radio for 4 years, predominantly on her own show The Cut which airs at 9.30pm on Tuesday nights blasting out the best hip-hop. She enjoys collecting and exploring new sounds and styles that she can weave into her own presentation, whether that be lounge, electronica, drum and base, disco, funk, jazz, soul, R&B, or even punk, she can pair it with hip-hop and set a vibe. Professionally Sharmaine also works for community radio; operations of the Community Radio Network, a national content distribution service for the community broadcasting sector, where she hosts her own program and helps produce many others. Is the host for Glebe bookshop Sappho’s Open Stage nights. Sharmaine’s The Cut Facebook page can be found HERE.
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.
Phat Kat has been producing and presenting radio since 2009 while she gathered sponsorship dollars for Eastside Radio. She’s a communications expert with a kick ass list of festivals and cultural events under her dress including ABC’s OzPod and Eastside’s Global Rhythms. A lover of life, dance & live music, Kat has a way of connecting people to create communities. She’s the tamer of two child cubs and the bringer of wild ideas to the At Home With Brie kids podcast.