Selector's Shakespeare Special

November, 2016 /

The Selector is all about showcasing great British music and in this year when "Shakespeare Lives" - 400 years since the great wordsmith died - we are focusing on the importance of lyrical content, whilst discussing who we'll be studying and celebrating in 400 years time. Who will be the new Shakespeare? In this unique show, we hear from the likes of Dizzee Rascal, The Libertines, Lily Allen, Pet Shop Boys and Girls Aloud amongst others.

Of course, this is all about opinion and seeing as we won't be here in 2416, there are no wrong answers. It's a show designed to make you sit back and think about the lyrics whilst listening to some music or poetry you may not have otherwise discovered. 

Our resident DJ and host Goldierocks chairs the discussion and we have assembled a wonderful panel of experts to put forward their future Shakespeares ... 

Peter Robinson is a British music journalist who writes for the Guardian and NME. He is the creator of the pop music-based blog Popjustice. Robinson first came to the attention of music fans with his self-published biography/fanzine of The KLF, Justified and Ancient History. He is also the author of three other books: The Official Story and On Tour for UK pop band Busted, and also the author of the tie-in book to UK reality TV show Popstars: The Rivals.

Debris Stevenson is a grime artist, poet, teacher and dancer. Debris found poetry at 16 in the gut of the Roundhouse, where words enabled her to navigate her dyslexia. After being followed by Channel4 for 2 years, she was published by organisations such as, Louis Vuitton, Oxford University, Holland Park Press and BBC Radio’s The Verb. A social carrier pigeon, Debris has performed her poetry from the National Theatre Zagreb to a street corner in San Francisco. She is particularly interested in the alternative narrative and vocabulary that poetry provides for those navigating identity; race, education, sexuality, disability and mental health. Her debut pamphlet Pigeon Party was published by Flipped Eye.

James Endeacott is the founder and managing director of 1965 Records. He formally worked for Rough Trade Records where he signed The Libertines and worked with The Strokes, amongst many others. In 2007, 1965 Records scored a UK number one album the release of 'Hats Off To The Buskers' by Scottish band, The View. James is a regular contributor to Steve Lamacq's Round Table on BBC6 Music and has his own show on Soho Radio. He can often be found spinning records under his alias, The Fat White Duke. 

Mr Gee is a key member of London’s spoken word scene as both poet and presenter. From hosting renowned nights such as Brix-Tongue and Chill Pill to presenting, SONY award nominated, BBC Radio 4 series Bespoken Word and, more recently, Poetic Justice. Gee’s has performed his poetry at the O2, Edinburgh Fringe and Latitude Festivals, won critical acclaim for his album Poetry in the Key of Gee’ and supported Russell Brand on his UK stand up tours. Gee also curates laid-back poetry nights where up-and-coming poets share the stage with some of the finest spoken word acts in the UK. 

If music be the food of love, play on ...