SIMON FOSTER

The Only Way Is Essex

Oct 06 2011

The Only Way Is Essex

Check out my new mix on designers.mx, it’s a cel­e­bra­tion of music from my moth­er­land, Essex — Eng­land.

Even though I haven’t lived there for about 15 years, I do feel a lit­tle embar­rassed by how it’s rep has sunk so low in recent times. This hasn’t been helped by all the cheesy night­clubs, fake tans, whitened teeth, pink polo-shirts and naff real­ity TV shows. It wasn’t always this way how­ever, once upon a time there was actu­ally loads of good music com­ing out of the county and I’ve included my favourites in this mix.

Inci­den­tally, I went to the same art col­lege as Depeche Mode (albeit a few years later), The Prodigy used to live round the cor­ner from my Dad and DR Feel­good used to play down the road from my house when I lived on Can­vey Island as a baby. Happy Days.