Bromley-born cult musician Billy Jenkins has released a series of podcasts detailing his 45 years in the music industry.

The Billy Jenkins Listening Club is a series of podcasts, presented by creative photographer Beowulf “Wulfie” Mayfield, looking at the musician’s musical history.

Billy, 60, says the series is an attempt to use a mixture of words, music and photographs to create an autobiography for the digital generation.

He said: “What’s lost in digital transition is the human aspect.”

His decades in the industry have given him hours of stories, from touring Europe throughout the ‘70s to getting caught in an onstage fight with Roy Harper’s group on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.

He and Wulfie have already uploaded six episodes of the podcast and have scripted a further 20 for future release.

Born in Bromley, Billy spent his first 22 years living at his family home on Widmore Road.

The house was a musical hotspot for residents in the area, frequented by the likes of Buddha of Suburbia author Hanif Kureishi and another Bromley musical export, Billy Idol.

Billy was friends with Idol, who was at the time better known as Billy Broad, and the two were known as “The Two Bills”.

Now residing in Lewisham, the musician has never lost sight of his roots.

He rejected American-influenced jazz in favour of creating music which reflected his surroundings, as seen in his albums “Sounds Like Bromley” and “Still…Sounds Like Bromley”.

Between 1983 and 1993, Billy lived and worked at Wood Wharf Rehearsal Studio in Greenwich which acted as a practice space for acts including Kate Bush and Jools Holland.

His 1998 album “True Love Collection” was voted the 36th greatest ever jazz album in a 2016 BBC and Jazz FM poll of critics and musician.

Throughout his career, Billy has worked to avoid his music being pigeon-holed and he continues to fight labels.

He said: “I’ve always disliked labelling my music because I think doing so can create divisions among people.

“I just say I’m a musician. Yes, I’ll play jazz or I’ll play blues but I’m not a jazz or blues musician.

“If asked, I just say I’m a self un ¬-employed musician.”

As well as his podcast series, Billy currently has a mixtape available on BBC Radio 3’s website, detailing 60 years of musical influences, that is free to listen to until Saturday 27th May.

Find out more about Billy Jenkins Listening Club at or visit Billy Jenkins' website