Born in 1962 at home in Ellesmere Port, the middle of three children, an older brother and younger sister, Mother still alive, Father passed away 11 years ago. Attended school in Ellesmere Port, getting 8 cses and 1 o level, leaving school at 15 years of age. Started work at 13 or 14 on a market stall selling bedding, towels, curtains etc, went to work for Lewis’ as a trolley boy and ended up in warehouse as a baler. Joined the merchant navy at 16.
Always loved music, the radio was always on in the kitchen at home, started collecting the awful Top Of The Pops albums from about 12 years, these albums generally contained bad cover versions of the current hits ! First single i bought was Get Dancin’ by Disco Tex & The Sexolettes aged 12, first gigs i attended Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Genesis post Peter Gabriel and Styx !
Always borrowing albums from friends and neighbours, I’d listen to anything at least once, punk started making noises in 1976 and this music was my epiphany managing to watch most of the most popular bands over the next few years, Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, Penetration, Ramones, The Jam, The Undertones, 999, The Stranglers, Magazine, The Rezillos, The Clash, missing out on The Sex Pistols, with this came my first contact with Reggae, Bob Marley initially.
Whilst at sea my musical tastes were further broadened, in a reggae style, friends introducing me to Prince Far-I, Big Youth, Culture, then two -tone kicked in with The Specials, The Beat, Madness, The Bodysnatchers etc which lead me to seek out original ska, bluebeat, rock steady and to becoming an avid listener of John Peel. I was also told recently, despite punk and reggae being my bag in them formative years, i was always a soul boy at heart, rude to disagree ! Soul music has always been part of my life in varying degrees. The Blues and Folk concur !
And the icing on the cake was having the pleasure, they were now supreme heroes of mine, of meeting Bob Marley, The Wailers and the I-Threes on the 29/11/79 at Tower Records in San Francisco at the tender age of 17. Boom !
Dismissed from the merchant navy at 18, worked as a barman, banqueting porter, waiter, kitchen porter, production operator, newspaper seller, festival operative, cleaner, security, handyman, project officer with The Keep Britain Tidy Group, Welfare Rights Adviser etc.
I started to deejay with an old school friend under the guise The Soul Vendors, playing wherever we could get a gig usually with a few local bands, building our own sound system, managing to get a few gigs in High Society,The Big Apple and Olivers in Chester, but never really making any money ! Although we were good ! That fizzled out after 6 or 7 years. Then through an acquaintance i’d met in Chester, started live work again as The Affinity Brothers covering Cheshire and Merseyside, ultimately Liverpool, the highlights having a residency in The Hardman Hotel for Club Corinto, part of The Nicaragua Must Survive Campaign, then after disagreements with the organiser we lost that gig.
We continued to play Liverpool sporadically, Macmillans, Baa Bar, The Wonder Bar, Liverpool University, LIPA , but our musical partnership came to an end, the last live deejay set we played was at The Magnet about 12 years ago !
Moved to Liverpool about 22 years ago to commence a student nursing course, living in Walton, moving to Anfield, Norris Green, Kenny, Bootle, Anfield, Toxteth but settled back in Anfield !
Settled with Barbara for 13 years with 3 dogs, 3 cats and a dozen chinchillas, i manage a 10 bed unit in Kirkdale for those presenting with challenging behaviour and acquired brain injury, worked there the past four years, we have two children, Hannah and Shaun, both growing up nicely.
Lucky to be broadcasting for about 3 years, inlatterly having the great pleasure in playing tunes I love to a wider audience and hoping they will also like them, a great feeling, sharing the love of timeless music with others, unbeatable and having them thank you tremendous.
I am Steve Wood aka The Soul Vendor, 51 years of age presenting a show on Mersey Radio on a Tuesday evening between 22.00 hrs – Midnight, it appears to be growing from strength to strength, I play an eclectic mix of tunes with soul at their core incorporating Funk, Soul, Blues, R’n’B, Reggae, 60’s to the present Beat, Rock’n’Roll, Garage and a touch of Jazz, presented live !!