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Stephen Paul Lamacq (born 16 October 1964), sometimes known by his nickname Lammo (given to him by John Peel), is an English disc jockey, currently working with the BBC radio station BBC Radio 6 Music.
Lamacq at Camden Crawl in 2011
Stephen Paul Lamacq
16 October 1964
|Show||Steve Lamacq & Steve Lamacq's Roundtable (Thursday)|
|Station(s)||BBC Radio 6 Music|
|Time slot||16:00 – 19:00 Weekdays|
|Previous show(s)||In New Music We Trust, BBC Radio 1|
Steve Lamacq's Rock College, BBC Radio 2
|Website||Steve Lamacq on 6music|
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's 1979 single "Electricity" made Lamacq want to become a disc jockey. Prior to launching this career, he studied Journalism at Harlow College, Essex, and worked as a junior reporter at the West Essex Gazette. In similar fashion to other music journalists who started fanzines during their teenage years, Lamacq started one called A Pack of Lies.
During his time at NME he began DJing on the pirate radio station Q102, which would become XFM. He formed a record label in 1992 with Alan James and Tony Smith, called Deceptive Records. The majority of the label's releases shared a punk-pop sensibility, with Elastica being their most successful signing, before the label eventually folded in 2001.
In 1991, Lamacq was involved in an infamous event in British rock music during a post-gig interview at the Norwich Arts Centre with Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers for the NME. After repeated attempts by the band's co-lyricist Richey Edwards to convince Lamacq that they were "for real", Edwards gave up and carved "4 Real" into his forearm with a razor blade. The editorial meeting in which the story was discussed was recorded for a BBC Radio 5 documentary, "Sleeping with the NME", which later appeared as the B-side to the Manics' 1992 charity record "Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)".
Lamacq is a fan of Colchester United. He visited their training ground for his 50th birthday where he trained as a goalkeeper, has written an autobiography, entitled Going Deaf for a Living and has also acted as a compere on the main stage at the Reading Festival on several occasions.
- Radio 1
Between 1993 and 1997 Lamacq presented The Evening Session with Jo Whiley, and then on his own until December 2002, when the programme was cancelled. Colin Murray served as a temporary replacement for six months until Zane Lowe's contract with the London station XFM ended in June 2003, where he took up a permanent position. On 28 September 2007, both he and Whiley reunited to recreate The Evening Session on the latter's show as part of Radio 1's 40th Anniversary celebrations.
He also presented the indie radio show Lamacq Live every Monday evening, beginning in July 1998 and ending on 18 September 2006. The show ended as part of a makeover in Radio 1's schedule in order to present a "younger image" to Radio One listeners, with Colin Murray taking over his slot.
Lamacq has also presented documentaries for the station, as well as hosting their John Peel Night special. He presented the In New Music We Trust programme every Monday night from 9 to 10 pm until August 2009, when it was announced he would be leaving Radio 1 as part of a shakeup in the scheduling.
- 6 Music
Lamacq's homepage on the 6 Music website described Lamacq Live as "the UK's most influential indie radio show". He also has a programme on the BBC's digital station, BBC Radio 6 Music, which was on Sunday afternoons, but from April 2005 he has presented the daily teatime show on BBC Radio 6 Music, taking over from Andrew Collins, where he still remains.
In 2016, Lamacq broadcast from the studios at BBC Radio Humberside, as part of Radio 6 Music's Independent Venue Week tour. One night of the nationwide tour was hosted at The New Adelphi Club in Hull, East Yorkshire, on 26 January 2016, with Mark Morriss as the headline act.
- Radio 2
In addition to his regular 6 Music slot, he also presented a weekly show on BBC Radio 2 where he played his own choice of music and introduces his listeners to both new and emerging artists.
Beginning in April 2007, the show was originally broadcast on Wednesdays between 11:30 pm and 12:30 am and, from April 2008, between 11 pm and 12 am. At Easter 2010, as part of wider changes to the Radio 2 evening schedule, Trevor Nelson took over the Wednesday 11 pm slot (having previously been on in the hour before Lamacq), with Lamacq moving to 11 pm on Saturday nights. In April 2012, the show was renamed Steve Lamacq's Rock College and moved to a Thursday 11 pm slot.
In 2007, he deputised for Bob Harris on Saturdays from 11 pm to 2 am, who had to receive treatment for cancer. As a result of Lamacq's move to Saturdays, Harris' show now airs from midnight to 3 am.
Lamacq left regular presenting duties on Radio 2 in September 2013 as part of a reshuffle of evening presenters, but will return in the future as a presenter of one-off shows and as a stand-in for other presenters.
|Remix album by |
Weekenders is a DJ mix album mixed by Steve Lamacq in 1996. It has a dance and indie-alternative rock feel rolled into one with Britpop tracks such as Pulp's "Common People" and Blur's "Girls & Boys" alongside tracks by electronica artists such as The Chemical Brothers, Prodigy and Orbital.
- Lamacq, Steve (1 March 2014). "Soundtrack of My Life". NME. p. 25.
- Ben Rackstraw (31 May 2007). "A good face for radio". Nouse.co.uk.
- "Steve Lamacq Bows Out of Radio 1". BBC News Online. 25 August 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
- Harmsworth, Andrei (15 March 2010). "Jo Whiley and Steve Lamacq go head to head on Good Friday". Metro. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
- "NEWS: Ex-Bluetones front man Mark Morriss replaces The Eagulls at Adelphi for Independent Venue Week –". Browsemagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 16 February 2016.[permanent dead link]