Meet The Faces

The Face Radio founder Kurtis Powers


Kurtis Powers

Kurtis Powers, the founder of The Face Radio, loves his music, and loves to talk about it. Add a glass of wine to his gift of gab and it’s only fitting that Kurtis Powers’ Soul Rendezvous becomes a conversation surrounded by top quality soulful sounds.

Fred Brenton contributor on The Face Radio


Fred Brenton

Fred Brenton is a musician, producer and DJ from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with a passion for soul, funk, and early reggae on vinyl at 45 rpm. He brings this passion to monthly DJ nights with Petroleum Soul Club, and as one of the owners and principal producer for Kimberlite Records.

Gary Bond contributor at The Face Radio


Gary Bond

“I like to dabble!” Gracing us from the sunny South Coast of England, Gary has been immersed in music all his life. A true modernist at heart and inspired by and interested in the cutting edge and breaking fresh, he has found himself immersed in Mod, Rare Groove, Funk, Acid Jazz, Northern Soul, Latin, Brazilian music, Ska and early House. A real sucker for a big tune no-matter the genre, he’s a compulsive crate digger who spends a lot of of time in dusty record stores hunting for that elusive rare groove.

The Face Contributor Isla Downey


Isla Downey

“Blues are the roots, the rest are the fruits” quips Isla, our soul girl at heart hailing from Scotland. This long time supporter of The Face brings her passion for soul music old and new — from the obscure to the well known floorfillers, as a contributor to the Song of the Day. Though Northern Soul has always been her true favourite, Jazz, Funk, and Disco also make the cut.

The Face Contributor Jessica Lipsky


Jessica Lipsky

Jessica Lipsky is a journalist and DJ with a deep love of soul, funk, boogaloo and rocksteady. Her work has appeared in LA Weekly, Consequence of Sound, Remezcla and the San Francisco Chronicle. Raised in the Bay Area and currently living in Brooklyn, she enjoys tearing up dancefloors from coast to coast.

The Face Contributor Kev Cook


Kevin Cook

Kevin Cook worked in music retail for almost 30 years and until recently ran a music news and reviews blog. Passionate about music, he is an avid listener of radio and continues to enjoy exploring all genres of music as well as attending gigs across the UK. Kevin does a lot behind the scenes for The Face.

Liam Kennedy contributor The Face Radio


Liam Kennedy

A self-described Soulboy for life, Liam claims Northern Soul as his true passion and his first choice. But don’t let that fool you, his musical tastes are quite eclectic and he will dance to anything with a beat. After his first trip to Wigan Casino in 1977 at the age of 15, he became an avid record collector. Most recently an extra in the upcoming BBC Drama, Age Before Beauty, you can also spot Liam in the films SoulBoy and Northern Soul.

The Face contributor Ryan Thomas


Ryan ‘Lord’ Thomas

Lord Thomas, a long time DJ in the Norfolk & Richmond Virginia scenes, can often be found at The Face. He has a love for all things 60s, and quite a collection of records. When Ryan’s not one of the faces, The Lord is managing his own podcast or spinning at one of his nights. He brings the more 60s Garage, PowerPop sound to the show in defiance of Kurtis’ love for Crossover, 2-step, and Disco. He’s one hell of a co-pilot.

The Face contributor Scott Birksted


Scott ‘Bjorn Late’ Birksted

The Bjorn keeps showing listeners of The Face that being ‘Bjorn Late’ is no excuse. Scott Birksted is a Canadian expat who spent a decade tearing up Ottawa with his Rocksteady and Soul DJ gigs before hitting the Brooklyn scene. While here, he was soaking up the New York groove, expanding his Mod leanings further into the ’70s and ’80s Crossover sounds of the Big Apple’s Disco dance floors. Very sadly for those of us at The Face, he has departed again, heading back to his motherland.