Stuart Cook is the new head of The Beat, the drive time show on LSR. I caught an interview with him to ask how his new job is panning out.
So you’re the new head of The Beat, what made you want to put yourself forward for it?
I’m just an egotistical maniac! No, The Beat is a really fun project to be involved with. It’s a really great way for those who haven’t previously gotten involved with the radio to do so, and I wanted to make that possible. It hadn’t happened so much the first half of the semester and I wanted to make sure that there was more of a chance for people to get involved in the second half.
So you had a bit of a vision for it then?
Not necessarily a big vision, I just wanted to make sure that the core daytime elements were all good. The Beat has a lot of potential and want it to be the best it can be.
What previous experience had you had at LSR?
Yes, I’ve done a lot of stuff. Last semester I produced, co-wrote and co-directed a soap opera called BleakhouseWoodhouse. On top of that I was part of the Thursday Beat show with my friends Sam and Ella which won a nice little award. I’m also the current RPM Rock and Punk producer.
What are your favourite songs and bands?
My favourite section of the Beat’s playlist the ‘Hotlist’, which consists of songs that listeners may not have heard before. We put music on it which we think is going to be big. We had Bombay Bicycle Club on the playlist a few years ago before they became really famous! Personally, I’m into anything between punk and electronic.
Are you considering a career in radio?
I would love a career in radio. I really want to write and I’m currently writing a play with a friend of mine. I’d love to get onto the dramatic side of radio.
Now for some music-related questions. What was the first album you ever bought?
No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls by Simple Plan. The first album I was ever given was the soundtrack to a dinosaur TV show I used to watch when I lived in the US as a kid!
Favourite musical era?
Definitely 2000 to the present. When people started playing guitar the way they’d play string instruments. It’s also the era when bands like Radiohead brought the computer into rock music, which I think is really awesome. I like seeing transition, so I also like artists like Prince and others who push boundaries.
Bowie or Jagger?
Bowie. Definitely Bowie.
Lennon or McCartney?
Lennon, but after Lennon died I’d say McCartney. I do prefer George Harrison as far as solo careers go.
Words: Eleanor Healing