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Who is Mark Kaye?

Mark Kaye, Xfm’s drive time DJ, will be providing us with a fortnightly column in which he will give you the insider’s guide to what’s going on in Manchester and the surrounding areas with the best club nights, gigs and new openings. We pick his brain..

Published on October 19th 2006.

Who is Mark Kaye?

Mark Kaye knows a lot about music. Well, he is one of Xfm Manchester’s top DJs, so if anybody’s going to know a lot about music it should be him really. Thankfully, we’ve managed to capture Mark Kaye and we are making him share his wondrous knowledge with you through a fortnightly music guide, which will give you the insider’s guide to what’s going on in Manchester and the surrounding areas with the best club nights, gigs and new openings.

Mark’s been scribbling away, and will start his fortnightly column next week – but in the meantime we have a quick fire round of questions so that you can get a little insight into what makes Mark tick:

Where are you from?

What do you love most about Manchester?
It’s such a great city and we have some cool bars, some great shops, an awesome football team and it’s the best city to see live music in the U.K.

What is your favourite area of Manchester?
I love the northern quarter.

What would be your perfect evening?
Eating great food, drinking great wine and watching a gig or a game.

What is your favourite Manchester restaurant?
I’m really into Thai the moment, Koh Samui on Princess Street, is one of my favourites and I can also be spotted quite regularly in the restaurants of China Town.

What it your favourite Manchester bar?
I love Night and Day. There’s no where better for a drink and live music.

What is your favourite Manchester club?
I am quite partial to an evening at South when my fellow Xfm DJ Mr Clint Boon is on the decs .

Who is your favourite band of all time?
I would have to say U2 but that’s a hard question. Some of the best nights of my life have involved U2 whether it was leaving college and getting drunk listening to the Joshua Tree album with mates or going to Barcelona to see them live last year. I have grown with them.

What is your favourite album of the last 12 months?
I love Liam Frost’s, debut album ‘Show Me How The Spectres Dance’ and like everyone else I’m listening to the Killers new album.

What is your greatest achievement?
Being a good uncle to my nephew Ben who is 4 years old and loves going shopping with me because he knows I’m soft and will buy him toys. He is probably my youngest listener. Maybe I should put him on my show.

What is the highlight of your career so far?
Hard to say but meeting Sting is one and working with Clint Boon of course!.

What can people tuning into your show expect to hear?
Me! And some great music. The drive time show on Xfm Manchester is about great music and fun chat about stuff going on in the press and around the city. Oh! And we do great gig ticket give aways.

Your favourite gig?
That’s a tough one as I’ve been to some great ones lately - perk of the job. My friend James Morrison played at Academy 2 recently and that was great and I had an amazing night at Xfm presents ‘The Warehouse project’ the other weekend.

And last but not least the age old Manchester question, are you a red or a blue?
Definitely a red. I love Man Utd. My claim to fame is sitting on the players bench, at an FA Cup game, directly behind David Beckham and Van Nistelrooy. That’s what you call having friends in high places!

You can hear Mark on Xfm Manchester from 4 till 7pm, Monday to Thursday and 4pm till 6pm on Fridays.

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