There are few more enthusiastic supporters of contemporary r ‘n’ b music than Simon ‘Schoolboy’ Phillips. A mainstay in the Funkbase, this is a DJ who’s always one step ahead of the game – whether on the turntables in the world’s best clubs or behind the mike on one of his radio shows on London’s Capital FM.


His has seen a meteoric rise to fame (and with several TV appearances under his belt, including The Wright Stuff, I think fame’s a word we can use); from his early radio slot on BRMB in Birmingham to sessions spinning with Trevor Nelson on his MTV Licks Tour.


His down-to-earth persona and skilful DJing continue to earn him fans – not least at his London club night, Rare.


He genuinely loves playing Southport. And as far as the Funkbase regulars are concerned, the feeling’s mutual.