Youtube Channel

Its been a while since I’ve given attention to my you tube channel.

However it sits there and I periodically add to it and update it. There are a bunch of Soul Freedom Live videos, some playlists of Independent Soul Artists and some other stuff I like.

I have recently added a spoken word playlist, and I am building an Indie Soul Mixer 2014 playlist.

So if you can recommend an indie soul video (or spoken word) let me know and I’ll add it to the rotation, or you have any footage of any indie soul mixer, or Soul Freedom Live event please let me know so this can be added.

NB – it must be a video (NOT a picture with a backing track!)

Thanks for looking


Soul Freedom Radio Portfolio

Soul Freedom Radio Portfolio

A brief summary of my output predominantly supported New Independent Soul Music but also drawing from Soul Music history and related genres of Black Music.

Currently 356 hours per year, 30 hours a month, 7 hours a week – all different. None of this is syndicated – it is all specific to the outlets described below.

There will also be an addition to the portfolio shortly for an Atlanta based station.

I hope that you are able to enjoy some of the product and thanks for your support and for listening. Thanks also to the artists as without them this would be impossible.

Passion Radio Bristol –

Soul Freedom Live – every Weds from 7pm til 9pm UK with Rozaya Hopkins and Beki Wills

This show is live from the Passion studios in Bristol led by Rozaya and Beki with me chipping in from time to time, though I supply a lot, but not all of the music – especially the new independent. The final selections are usually made by the girls. There is a leaning towards independent artists and also to local artists especially those that have graced the Soul Freedom Live stage, and often they guest in the studio. From time to time we do depart and play tunes from our expansive collections from the 60’s onwards

Rhythm and Soul Radio New York –

Soul Freedom – 3rd and 4th Sundays of month 9pm EST 4pm UK

Probably the most expansive show we do

Longstanding twice monthly show recorded by me at home so it doesn’t go out live. Predominantly new independent soul, and really brand new at the point of recording the show, though sometimes it may go out 2 or 3 weeks later so when aired they often are not ‘crisp biscuit’ but pretty new. Sometimes I depart from this and play other stuff and as said above this show is a little more expansive and eclectic, including not necessarily the straight ahead music that goes down in the UK best. More where my heads at stuff than the others perhaps.

Previously I used to paste this show together record the wordy bits and cut this in. Could put a show together is way less than real time… However now I record the show in real time, the talking bits added as we go, no second takes or anything. Broadly just sit by my laptop and piece together the show as we go, sometimes I will do from vinyl or cd as the show dictates. Doing it ‘live’ in this way gives it a much better ‘feel’ I think and better flow and I am much happier with the result.


Pulse Radio –

Soul Freedom – Soul Freedom every Monday from 7 til 10pm UK

From Commercial Soul through to new Independent Soul. This is a new Community Radio Station based in Cheddar Somerset and airs locolly on 104.4FM

This show is live from the Cheddar Studios every Monday – features a lot of recent years independent soul accompanied by Soul Classics, am not afraid to play old Soul so long as its good. What surprises me often, as the show is done pretty much on the fly on the spot, is how well the new and the old mix together dispelling any argument that todays music is inferior – it stands up
Soul Freedom Podcasts –

Soul Freedom –

These are personal licensed podcasts prepared by me as continuous mixes and available for download as such via podomatic or itunes. These are done randomly as time allows and are normally an hour in length or thereabouts. Usually features new Independent Soul Music.

Podcast for Soul Freedom, Life and Soul Promotions and Indie Soul Mixer. PRS License No LE-0006279


Mike Ashley
Life and Soul Promotions – Indie Soul Mixer – Soul Freedom – Soul Freedom Live

Notice – Indie Soul Mixer – Atlanta 2013

Release from Mike Ashley and Dexter Myers, Indie Soul Mixer

It is with regret that we have to announce that the proposed Indie Soul Mixer for October 2013 in Atlanta will not be taking place this year.

This is due to our existing commitments to Independent Soul Artists including:-

a) the servicing of three radio shows and various other projects assisting Indie Soul artists,

b) the growth and expansion of Soul Freedom Live, our sister organisation in the UK. We have been required to concentrate on building up a roster of artists and events in the UK this year which have included a monthly residency, performance at major carnivals and festivals, with guests from around the UK and also Kenny Wesley from Washington DC. By building this organisation as a priority we will be facilitating US/UK collaborations through Indie Soul Mixer. Already various projects of such collaborations are under way.

Having laid the groundwork this year 2014 we will be expanding on this growth, and our flagship event in New York will take place on March 29th. At least one UK artist is already committed to appear.

We firmly want to bring Atlanta back onto our agenda and we will be working with our partners to ensure this happens in 2014.

Mike Ashley and Dexter Myers
Indie Soul Mixer