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Andy Tijou

Andy Tijou has been with Epsom Hospital Radio since June 2005.

Andy is the station's Cheif Engineer, he built the studios they moved and started broadcasting from in Rowan House.

Andy recently moved to Southend-on-Sea, and will start contributing programmes to Epsom Hospital Radio again as soon as he has finished renovating his house.

Questions and Answers: 

What's your favourite genre of music?

I'm a big fan of indie and rock, my favourite band is Muse, I also love the Stone Roses, the Arcade Fire, Radiohead and bands like that! There's a band called Black Kids who released an album a few years ago which blows my mind every time I listen to it, I keep meaning to check out their new stuff. By featuring an "Indie Anthem" in my show each week, I get the chance to sneak a song in from one of my favourite bands. I tend to like Rock of all ages, bands like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Queen, recently got into Roxy Music in a big way, I could go on listing bands here. I also like most music from the eighties!

When you're not at Epsom Hospital Radio, what are you doing?

During the day and sometimes the night  I'm an engineer for the BBC W1 campus (Broadcasting House and Wogan House). I am also a keen photographer, other than that you'll find me relaxing with friends and family.

If you had £1,000,000 to spend on yourself and no-one else what would you spend it on?

First thing would be to go to a camera shop and buy a Nikon D4S and a selection of lenses for it, travel the world in luxury, buy an Aston Martin, and with what's left, build a radio studio in my back garden, and get a good broadband link for Epsom Hospital Radio so I can do live shows remotely.

What is your ideal holiday destination?

The next few holidays I really want to go on are to Northern Norway in the winter to get loads of snow and the Northern Lights, as a keen photographer I'd love to snap them. I'd also like to tour India, seems like such an exciting vibrant country. I enjoy a good city break, recently went to Gibraltar which is an awesome place. I'd like to go to New York too some day, I love night time photography, so anywhere where there's lots of lights! I quite like the idea of driving around the US and Canada one day, perhaps when I'm entitled to long service leave at work!

What is your favourite film?

The Shawshank Redemption is my favourite film, The Borat movie is my favourite comedy film. I like the Bourne Trilogy, Naked Gun, Aeroplane and films like that! I'm also obliged to say that "Tomorrow Never Dies is the greatest movie ever made" it's not, it's good, but it's not, but it's become something of a catch phrase among me and a couple of my friends.

What is your favourite TV programme?

I like programmes like Top Gear, Ashes To Ashes/Life On Mars, Have I Got News For You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, stuff like that.

Who is your favourite comedian?

I think Frankie Boyle, Jimmy Carr and Milton Jones are really funny.

Who is your favourite sports team/star?

AFC Wimbledon.

What is your favourite drink?

You can't beat a good cup of tea, I quite enjoy wine, Merlot or Burgundy specifically, Reisling for white. Also partial to the odd pint of Guinness.

What is your favourite food?

I love Italian food, I think I do one of the best tagliatelle bologneses on the planet!

What inspires you?

The beauty of the planet and the people that we share it with, all pretty amazing really!

Middle name?


Star sign?


Weird & wonderful talents?

I can take a brilliant joke and ruin it!

Most treasured belongings?

My camera, photos and my music collection.

Favourite smell?

Breakfast being cooked (preferably for me!)

What was the Number 1 single on the day you were born?

It's My Party - Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin.

What record drives you mad when you hear it?

Does the 'Go Compare' advert count? No? Well, I know she did it for charidy mate, but Sophie Ellis Bextor's cover of Rebellion (Lies) originally by the Arcade Fire. The original is up there with my favourite songs ever, but Sophie ruined it, slaughtered it, absolutely destroyed it beyond all comprehension. The first time I heard it, I cringed and every time subsequently I want to throw up it's that bad! Is that a little harsh? Nope, the webmaster says that’s fine!

What is your favourite album?

Very tough question, either Muse - Origin Of Symmetry, the eponymous Stone Roses album or Abbey Road by The Beatles.

Have you met anyone famous and if so, under what circumstances?

Loads and loads and loads, a part of my last job was to look after some little contribution studios in the BBC's Wogan House (or Western House as it was known then!) in Central London, all the celebs come in there to promote various books, DVDs, CDs and so on. Naming names, my personal highlights are Kylie Minogue, Sir Roger Moore, Sir Stirling Moss, Billy Ocean, and very briefly Paul MacCartney, though his entourage got in the way of speaking to him, oh and Brian Johnson (AC/DC) who was chuffed that Chris Evans let him borrow a Ferrari he was thinking of buying a similar model of, hopefully one day Chris will let me drive his Ferraris too!.

Who is your favourite radio presenter?

Mark Radcliffe.

Apart from your current partner, who would be your ideal dinner date and why?

Really tough one, easier to answer who I wouldn’t like to invite around for dinner: Chef Nigel Slater. Every week on his show he seems to walk into a shop and end up going home with one of the staff to cook them dinner. Now, luckily for him, and them, they always seem to have some interesting ingredients in their kitchens, I think he’d be rather disappointed when he rifles through my cupboards to find no peppers, no asparagus, no quails eggs or anything else these peoples' houses he goes back to just so happen to have! Also, I quite like eating whilst sat down, which seems to have been outlawed by Slater, so he’s off my list.

I suppose I’d go for a meal with the future Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, it would probably be quite funny!

If you were marooned on a desert island, what would be the items you'd need most?

My Digital SLR Camera, A Digital Photoframe, and some magic solar powered power source to charge the batteries for the camera and run the photoframe. Might aswell have an MP3 player in there too!