London house music DJ, Phil Marriott has taken up residency on Gaydio, Sunday – Thursday nights from 6pm.

2013 has seen Gaydio’s audience soar to 850,000 listeners a month following the acquisition of DAB Digital Radio licences formerly operated by GaydarRadio. The station is available on DAB Digital Radio in London and the Sussex Coast, on 88.4fm in Manchester, on mobile apps and online.

Phil has been working as a DJ and radio presenter for over sixteen years, and continues to play at numerous clubs across London and the South, as well as internationally. For the last six years, Phil was previously the evening show presenter and Head of Music at GaydarRadio. Phil’s DJ work has seen him play for XXL (London), SupermartXe (London), The Dragon (Dublin), Onyx (London), Poptronik (Sitges) & RVT (London).

Phil says ‘I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to getting on air at Gaydio. I’m really excited about bringing my love of London and experience of playing dance floors across the UK to the station.’

Toby Whitehouse, Station Director, added ‘Phil is a great addition to the lineup at Gaydio. He’s already a familiar voice to our listeners in the South, and his passion for the very best dance music is a totally infectious listen.’

Phil claims to have been well and truly bitten by the radio bug, and it’s largely down to having a lifelong lust for music and interviewing some of the biggest and most interesting celebrities.

‘Without wanting to namedrop, I can honestly say that in all the time I’ve worked in radio, I’ve probably met hundreds of famous people and most of them have been lovely,” says Phil. “Beth Ditto, Boy George, Annie Lennox, all absolutely charming.’

‘And it’s always comforting when someone (in this case, George Michael) says that your photographs don’t do you justice. I think I’d be lying to admit that it isn’t quite a nice feeling to temporarily disbelieve the ‘face for radio’ rule.’

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Phil was christened ‘Double R Double T’ by house diva Katherine Ellis after his grievance at peo-ple constantly spelling his surname wrong tickled her fancy. She even once made him a jingle which resembled the Bodyform advert.

Phil has played quite a few dancefloors in his time. His highlights include supporting Tiesto at Victoria Park in London (2010), Freemasons (at their Shakedown 2 album launch), and playing at the ‘Our Friends Acoustic’ Mencap fundraiser with Erasure’s Andy Bell.

His new show starts in-the-mix at 6pm during the week, and his Sunday show will feature the Gaydio Upfront Chart.

Listen to gaydio at http://www.gaydio.co.uk