What do AC/DC and The Beach Boys have in common.

ANSWER : SUNSTONE.

Yes I’m surprised too. My Spotify Artist account has listed what other artists you guys are into. Among Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye (kinda expected) were AC/DC and The Beach Boys (totally not expected).

I tip my hat to you guys. Turns out people listen to all sorts of music. As much as the industry would like to pigeon hole us they can’t because your tastes are as unique as your fingerprint.

I salute you:)

Bill Withers -A True Genius Has Passed

Bill gave us the funky Use Me, Lean on Me, A Lovely Day and Just theTwo of Us to name but a few. What I didn’t realise up till now is what and incredibly wise and sharp witted individual he was. God Bless you Bill R.I.P.

Your music resonated and was uplifting to me. Thank you.

Hoxton & The Brand New Heavies

It was the mid-90s I guess when Bill’s Restaurant (below) was The Blue Note in Hoxton. It was famously known as the place Goldie of Metalheadz fame would play his Drum n Bass set on Sunday. However, on Thursday they introduced jam night. After my band finished rehearsal at OTR in Hackney we headed on up for the opening night. I borrowed a guitar and went up to jam with the Emperors New Clothes. I finished up and went to hand my guitar to Simon Bartholomew of The Brand New Heavies and he said “Nah man your good, stay up”

Well I camehox2 off after and he gave me a pat on the back , I felt embarassed as everyone was clapping. 

It gave me a boost and a few years later we found ourselves opening for Jarimoquai at Battersea Power Station. So thanks Simon! I feel sad that the scene has died and Hoxton has become gentrified but I got a feeling the demand is still there for Ol’ School, the scene is in hiding but will make a return I am certain of it.

Åland Islands ?

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The Åland Islands, or Åland, is an autonomous region of Finland. Comprising around 6,700 islands, this Swedish-speaking archipelago is in the Baltic Sea.

It is also the last country listed on my stats of listners.

Having come from the Vinyl era I find it staggering that we have been able to reach 107 of the 195 countries in the world.

Sony may have the money but now we all got the reach.

I mean Aland Island got to count for something right?

What’s Your Favourite Colour?

I was interviewed for a Music Blog recently and told the editor I had a blog too but was struggling for content. He suggest I write about non-music stuff by way of a list. So…..here it is..

Favourite TV Program           –    The Walking Dead
Favourite Movie                      –     Literally Anything by Tarantino
Fav Recent Star Wars Film   –    Solo (..and Yes I have seen them all)
Last Book Read                        –     Espedair Street by Ian Banks. -The ultimate Rock n Roll story.
Last Film I watched                –    Darkest Hour (Oldman deserved that Oscar)
Favourite pastime                   –   Watching my Kids play
My favourite Colour               –   Turquoise (It reminds me of the ocean)
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