Sat 12 Mar 2022, 6:00pm
Queens Hotel, 167 Enmore Road, Enmore NSW 2042, Australia

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Stephen Ferris is a celebrated Sydney radio show host and announcer, programmer, dj, performer, interviewer and well connected personality.

Having been in the radio business for 20 years, he has been able to transcend being pigeonholed in his professional career. He is a man of many talents and skills and brings to radio a diverse and large following across many demographics and cultures.

He has held down his successful morning spot on Radio FBI since it’s inception for over 6 years and been involved in radio on air for over 20 years including stints on Triple J, Rhythm FM and Bondi FM.

On air he is an accomplished interviewer always making the talent feel at ease while getting what the listeners need to hear as well as being an experienced panel operator on numerous formats. Stephen, unlike many talking heads is also is very creative and brings to his shows both the music programmers skills, as well as the producer skills. He also conceives, creates and produces his feature segments currently on his FBI show. (See below)

Stephen has developed a very broad list of contacts across the music industry, radio business, corporate world, celebrities and private clients who seek out his talents for their events.

As a live DJ and performer, Stephen, the first DJ and eldest of Sydney’s famous Ferris brothers (dubbed “our Cosa Nostra” by UK soul DJ Norman Jay) started his career in San Francisco. It was this sojourn to the US that introduced him to what was to become his lifelong passion – soul – be it fashioned in disco, funk, hip-hop, latin, house, jazz or pop.

He arrived back in Sydney in the early 80’s and rejected the prevalent European trends of new wave, romanticism and gothic instead promoting a funk night at “The Watermelon Club” with his long term collaborator Andy Glitre. Opening in Kings Cross in 1982 on a Monday night, the pair soon outgrew the venue, and moved to The Berlin Clubat Jamison Street playing to a Tuesday night crowd of 1,500 weekly,including co Djing with George Michael and entertaining David Bowie.

From 1984 – 1988 Stephen fronted pop/funk band Flotsam Jetsam. The band enjoyed considerable success releasing five singles and an EP on WEA records, touring extensively throughout the country, and supporting major overseas acts A-Ha, Queen and Simply Red and New Order.

Towards the late 80’s Stephen was back as an influential DJ in both the club scene and the emerging dance party scene appearing at the R.A.T., Fun and Sweatbox parties at the Hordern Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries culminating with the ‘end of the decade’ R.A.T. party with Grace Jones and 20,000 strong crowd.

It was at this point, in the late 80’s that saw Stephen move into radio with his national dance show “The Rhythm Method” (originally “The Black Music Show”) broadcast on Triple J for 5 years on Saturday nights successfully until 1993 specialising in Soul/Funk rhythms.

In the early 90’s he started promoting the hugely successful “All Souled Out” club on Wednesday at Rogues attracting performances by Sisters Sledge, Thelma Houston, Diana King and KC (without his Sunshine Band!). It was the club of choice for private parties for visitors such as Prince, Prince Albert of Monaco, Jose Carreras, Tom Jones, Eartha Kitt and Gerard Depardieu and ran for a decade. During this time he also wrote a monthly column for Juice magazine, Rhythm Method also focussing on ‘Nu Soul”

Stephen collaborated with his brother John in 1999 produced the soundtrack for the City of Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Throughout the 90’s and naughties, whilst continuing his club DJ work he emerged as the DJ of choice for any important Sydney social occasion including  events such Bryan Brown & Sam Neill’s 50th  and 60th Birthday party,  Bill Gates Private Bash in Sydney, James Packer’s wedding and many more.

He has been responsible for the success of functions for corporate clients such as Armani, Givenchy, Sony, Austereo, Channel 7, Universal, Columbia Tristar, Village Roadshow, Murdoch Magazines, Clemenger, Macquarie Bank, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Fashion Week, Boston Consulting amongst others for jobs from film premieres and wrap parties to fashion collections and launches.

Clubs that have showcased Stephen’s unique DJ-ing talent over the years include Kinselas, Soho, Spagos, Hip Hop Club, Kommotion, Ozone, Freezer, Q Bar, Embassy, Goodbar, Home and Yu.

He has worked alongside international DJ’s Frankie Knuckles, Paul Oakenfeld, Graham Park, Mike Pickering, Norman Jay, Gilles Peterson and Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), all of whom speak highly and respectfully of his skill.

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