Steve Sutherland (DJ)

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Steve Sutherland (also known as Steve 'Smooth' Sutherland) is a DJ in the United Kingdom. He produces music in various genres, including R&B Hip Hop, 2 step vocals, 4x4, and grime.

DJ career and radio shows[edit]

Sutherland is a club DJ, radio presenter, voiceover artist, and television presenter. He is done much work in clubs and radio shows within the Urban genre. He has released 12 'live' studio albums, 7 of which have reached the Top 40 compilation charts in the UK. In addition, Steve has won four MOBO Awards.

In 2000 Steve Sutherland was voted winner of the "Best Club DJ" at the MOBO AWARDS Music Of Black Origin in London. In 2002 Steve Sutherland was voted winner of the "Best Club & Radio DJ" at the MOBO Awards in London. In 2004 Steve Sutherland was voted winner of the "Best Club DJ" at the MOBO Awards in London. In 2006 Steve Sutherland was voted winner of the "Best Club & Radio DJ" at the MOBO Awards in London

Nominations include ‘Best DJ 2001’, Best Club DJ 2003’, ‘Best Radio DJ 2003’, ‘Best DJ 2005’, ‘Best Club DJ 2007’, Best Radio DJ 2007’, ‘Best DJ 2008’, ‘Best Club DJ 2009’, Best Radio DJ 2009. Steve Sutherland has also received multiple nominations within the music industry genre.

Steve Sutherland is one of Britain's most successful Urban DJ's. His career has spanned over ten years after being made resident of the Twice As Nice club brand.

Sutherland got his first break in radio via an introduction from the then-BBC Radio 1 producer Ivor Etienne, (who dubbed him ‘Steve 'Smooth' Sutherland’), to the then-controller of Radio 1, Matthew Banister, to host a four-hour radio show encompassing Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, UK Garage, Dancehall and House. He enlisted the help of DJ / producer Seamus Haji, and after that brief foray, he did various radio mixes for Kiss 100, before London’s Choice FM approached him in 2000. He then brought co-host Asha on board, where they had one of the most successful shows on Choices’ new sister station Choice 107.1, with two shows during the week. Sutherland quickly picked up on the craft of running a successful radio program and went on to guest-host other shows on Choice FM 96.9

After only five months at Choice FM, he won his 1st best DJ award at the MOBO Awards ceremony, where he was approached by various radio stations. He left Choice FM to host a networked Sunday show on Galaxy FM and was offered the 9pm-1am time slot, following the stations headlining talent Hed Kandi. The popularity of his radio show quickly began to overtake competitive shows on other stations in the Rajarratings), where he quickly gained a large fan base. The Steve Sutherland Show quickly became one of the most popular urban shows in the United Kingdom. His show broadcast on the entire Galaxy Network (Galaxy Birmingham, Galaxy Manchester, Galaxy North East, Galaxy Scotland, Galaxy South Coast, Galaxy Yorkshire and Galaxy Digital).

On 1 December 2008, Global Radio, owners of Galaxy Radio, suspended Steve Sutherland along with his producer, after a number of listeners complained about offensive lyrics on a song played on his Saturday night show at 9:58pm on 29 November 2008. The song was Arab Money by Busta Rhymes.[1] Following a one-week suspension and a full investigation, Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, deemed that Sutherland and Galaxy Radio was not in breach of industry codes or regulations. The report concluded that "the programme was not in breach of Rule 2.3" [2] and "noted that the practice of sampling content from a diverse range of sources is common in this genre of music." Ofcom report.

Steve is no longer presenting on the Galaxy Network as the stations were renamed Capital FM and was not added to the schedule.


During the course of his program, he has had such high-profile guests as Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Usher, Omarion, Ciara, Chris Rock, Drake, Ja Rule, Alicia Keys, Lemar, Mark Ronson, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Sean Paul, Lil Jon, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Janet Jackson, Wyclef, Kano, Akon, Stephen and Damian Marley plus many more. He has also flown to the USA to interview the likes of R. Kelly, Brandy, OutKast amongst others.

The success of the Sunday show has allowed station executives of the Chrysalis Group to start a Saturday radio show. It is the most listened to Urban radio show within the Galaxy transmission reach.

Steve also hosts his twice weekly shows on the most listened to commercial radio station by 15-34s in the UK–‘Galaxy FM’, two of the biggest Urban radio shows in the United Kingdom every Saturday & Sunday night. The public attribute this to his high-octane style, taste-making music and his inter stellar live guest list in the studio that Steve has assembled - a roster of the hottest and most versatile artists in the planet.


A founding DJ of urban club brand Twice As Nice, he has also held residencies at Pacha Ibiza, Ministry Of Sound, Gatecrasher and Cookies and Cream London

He constantly performs in various locations as such as Dubai, Switzerland, Africa, Athens, Austria, Ibiza, Barcelona, Cairo, Sharm El Shek, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Amsterdam plus many more around the globe.


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