Saturday, 1 April 2017

Skerat's Pilot on Radio Warwickshire

Hello world and welcome to blog 27, of my monthly blog. It's now over two months since I ended my monthly show Skerat's Eclectic Podcasts. Of course in my last blog I mentioned the mixed emotions of giving up the show, I had to balance out the volume of work and the free time I had over the falling show listening numbers and ultimately I made the hard decision to hang up the mic. Now just when I really thought I was potentially totally finished doing shows ever again, I suddenly had a surprise and very welcome message from my good friend and a very good friend to many of us Johnny Normal. Johnny suggested that I might like to think about giving a show a go on Radio Warwickshire, perhaps a show about the local scene in Oz. Now not only was I thrilled to be asked by Johnny, as he certainly is an icon of the scene, but what he suggested was also a great idea. Now as many of you would now know I did a pilot of that show last weekend and it was called Skerat's Synthtronica of Australia The Pilot certainly went well. I have flagged to Johnny today that I'm keen to have a go and at monthly show, so keep an eye out for any news on my various pages. May I also say thank you to Clay Lowe who runs radio Warwickshire for also giving me the opportunity to broadcast on his excellent station.


So what was on that first playlist, that I did for Radio Warwickshire, well check it out below :)


Okay now from what's happening with me, lets move onto what's coming up for the scene in the next month.

First up the 80's cover band the The Humanoidz are doing a gig on the 16 April at 21:00 to 23:00 @
The Southbank Bar - Trent Bridge, 1 Bridgford House, Trent Bridge, West Brigford, NG2 5GJ Nottingham in the UK


Next up on the 22nd in the UK, is the Electric Dreams gig:-

DJS Valeriun,Stix,The Baron and guests
will be playing the mix of Alternative 80’s/New Wave/New Romantic/Goth/Industrial and Punk we have been playing for over 20 years now.
We will be playing music like...

Adam And The Ants, A Flock Of Seagulls, A-ha, Alphaville, Apoptygma Beserk, Associates ,B movie, B52s, Bauhaus, Bolshoi, Blancmange, Blondie, Buzzcocks, Cabaret Voltaire, Camouflage , Chameleons, Clash, Covenant, Cure, DAF, David Bowie, Dead or Alive, Department S , Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Echo And The Bunnymen, Erasure, Eurythmics, Fad Gadget, Fields of the Nephilim, Frankie goes to Hollywood, Front 242, Gary Numan, Goldfrapp, Heaven 17, Howard Jones, Human League, Iggy Pop, Japan, John Foxx, Joy Division, Killing Joke, Kissing the Pink, Kraftwerk, Ladytron, Magazine, Mesh, Mission, Morrisey, New Order, Nick Cave, Nine Inch Nails, Nitzer Ebb, OMD, Pet Shop Boys, Pil, Roxy music, Section 25, Sex Pistols, Simple Minds, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sisters Of Mercy, Smiths, Soft Cell, Spandau Ballet, Spear of Destiny, Specials, Stranglers, Talk Talk, Talking Heads, Teardrop Explodes, Tears For Fears, Theatre of Hate, Toyah, Transvision Vamp, Tubeway Army, Ultravox, Visage, Virgin Prunes, Wire, X-Ray Spex, Yazoo, Yello,
and many others. come and join us!

109 Cannon Street, London, EC4N 5AD
£5 ENTRY/£4 for students with I.D
10 PM - 3 AM



Ballerina - Tribute to Shanghai [Release Date, NOT a Party ;-)]

  • 8 April at 8:0023:59 UTC+02 Tickets can be brought here

For a short time during 1985 and 1986 Shanghai was in every Swedish pop magazine and in every teen girl's heart. But apart from that they also released a bunch of great pop songs. With "Ballerina - The Tribute to Shanghai" we will make those song live again.
All in all there'll be 20 new cover versions, and the full tracklist will be updated here in this event.
Announced so far:
Machinista - Bang Bang [Swedish Version]
Eurotix - Bang Bang (Heart On Fire)
Saft - Ballerina
RetroTeque feat James Knights - Sayonara [English Version]
Brita Kristina - Nattens armar
Disco Digitale - Angelina Angel Eyes
Evan - Vild natt
Obsession of Time - Radio Girl
Octolab - Fallen ängel
Electric City Cowboys - Flight 69
Sister Electra - Rosalina
+ Candide, Datapop, Electronic Zoo feat Pagque, International, Leaderboard, Modiga Agenter, Peter Sjöholm (official), Technomancer feat Angst Pop, Train To Spain

CD release 2017-04-28. Preorder:


and remember if you want to plug any upcoming gigs, album and single releases let me know via


As always I finish up the month, with the latest list of my Skerat's tracks of the day for the past month, which covers the period of the 25th of February to the 31st of March:-

02/03/17 KLF - 3 AM Eternal 
14/03/17 Cybotron - Clear 
20/03/17 Dario G - Sunchyme 
24/03/17 Gorillaz -19-2000  
27/03/17 Missed - Slack Skerat!!! 

You can find all of these brilliant tracks and many more on my ever growing Skerat's Ultimate and Totally Eclectic Playlist, a perfect blend of great classic tracks, in combination with totally new tracks from my shows. It's at over 50 hours of tunes, so that makes for a great shuffle playlist.

Now lets move onto my random link of the month. It will not necessarily be music related, but you just might like to check them out each month. This month it's the a simple but very addictive online game called Chain Reaction

and remember the pilot show of Skerat's Synthtronica of Australia and please make sure you check it out. Also while you're there, maybe even check out some of my older shows. Well that's it for this month, thank you all for your continued and excellent support and until the first Sunday of next month this is Skerat over and out.


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  1. Congratulations on the new show!!, I really liked it and I'm glad that you have this new opportunity to do what you like and something that benefits independent musicians so much!. A big hug and long life to Synthtronica of Australia! :)

    1. Thank you Lucia, I'm very happy that you enjoyed the show and I'm thrilled to be back giving independent Aussie a chance to be heard. Big hugs back from Oz :)