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.
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.
This video resonated deep with me so thought I’d share it. We are all unique. If you remain true to yourself what ever you do will be unique. If what you do is unique and from the heart it will be good and you will succeed.
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 came 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.