John Austin-Brooks

studio - week 3

Music has been my passion from an early age, and as a teen my ‘group’ was Level 42 and their bass lines and keyboard mastery set me up for the soul and funk tunes of the late 80’s early 90’s. I then spent a couple of years in Italy and their passion for jazz funk and acid jazz shone through and I was hooked. This was when I really discovered Incognito and have been a fan of Bluey’s music ever since.

I absolutely love listening to and sharing music that makes your head bob and feet tap to the beat, and your body sway and move with the rhythm – essentially it has to be funky.

An opportunity to be a guest on the Neu Potatoes show on Channel Radio in 2014 (and the feedback I received) soon manifested into me creating and launching Thirst4funk – having never presented or DJayed before it was a bold step to take, and it’s a move I’m so glad I took.
And here I am on the fabulous SFR; a station I’ve listened to yet never dreamed I would be fronting my own show here – what a beautiful world.

I take great joy from playing great artists – emerging and established – discovering and rediscovering tunes that make me happy and I know bring joy to others.


thirst4funk is all about the world of funk – through my broad interpretation and this diverges to jazz funk, acid jazz, soul, R&B and disco.

Expect to hear tracks from the likes of Incognito, Jamiroquai, Gregory Porter, Stevie Wonder, Joss Stone, Angela Johnson, Steeley Dan, Earth Wind and Fire, Drizabone, Swing out Sister, Level 42 and many others.

If you’re tapping your feet, then get interactive and tap on your device!
Contact me on air via twitter @thirst4funk
Alternatively message me and visit the show Facebook page

I look forward to your company and to quench your thirst4funk with me, John Austin-Brooks – Wednesdays 22.00 – 00.00 (UK time)