The programme happened entirely by accident. My "day job" at the time involved working in the control centre of a train operating company, and shifts that had me working any time of any day. Therefore, it was impossible for me to do any live radio programmes on a regular basis, as my hours varied from week to week. In January 2006, Skyline Community Radio was taking to the air for the first time in Hampshire, and they did not have enough presenters to fill the schedule. As I had provided their IT systems and website, and knew the station manager from a previous station we had worked on, I agreed to provide him with a weekly pre-recorded programme of chillout music and that is how the Chill Factor was born. To be fair, the programme is very loosely based around another programme also called the Chill Factor that a friend of mine had done on a regional radio station based on the south coast of England, and he had suggested all along that I should continue the tradition he had started, so thanks for that Gary!
The Chill Factor is all about the songs that will help you get totally relaxed, from acoustic versions of songs you know through to some seriously chilled out instrumentals. Whether it's Van Halen, Kylie Minogue or David Gray, if there is a chilled out version of their songs, we will play it. Of course we also feature a number of tracks from artists best known for mellow material as well, such as Enya, Dido and Eva Cassidy.