Interviews from 15 August include Oliver Brown and Fez Sanchez of Browlin live in the studio, Shane Spears of Portsmouth Guildhall live in the studio, Lol Creme of 10CC, Vince Eager, Tony Bronsdon of Bram Stoker, plus author Richard White.
Browlin delivers a powerful combination of passionate vocals and haunting harmonica with latin rhythms. Live he performs with Chilean virtuoso guitarist Fez Sanchez. In a previous life, Oliver Brown aka Browlin was engineer and studio manager at Skint, where he gained Top 40 credits, hit 2m views on YouTube and was part of the incredible success of artists such as Fatboy Slim. His latest moniker Browlin heralds a new direction as he lets go of his electronic past to deliver an eclectic album full of “rhythmic emotion”. His previous work gained widespread critical acclaim from both Tastemakers and multi-million selling artists, with airplay across all major stations including Radio 2, Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and Radio X as well as soundtracks to TV, film and theatre. Like his genre-breaking contemporary Mark Ronson, Browlin’s inspiration draws from vintage styles and combines them with pioneering production, giving us large helpings of Ennio Morricone, a dash of Johnny Cash and a side of organic Hot Chip. Destined to amass universal praise like his previous projects, Browlin is the name on the lips of every music industry aficionados.
Shane Spears is a Stage Tech at Portsmouth Guildhall, the biggest wedding, events and conference venue in Portsmouth. The building, completed in 1890, was originally the town hall, but on 21 April 1926 Portsmouth was raised to the status of a city and the town hall was renamed the Guildhall. There are five bells in its bell tower known as the Pompey Chimes. The Guildhall has a standing capacity of up to 2,500 for concerts.
Laurence ‘Lol’ Creme is an English musician and music video director, best known for his work in 10cc. He sings and plays guitar, bass and keyboards. ‘Lol’ is a traditional English nickname for Laurence; while attending art school in Birmingham, he took up the nickname Lolagon and met Kevin Godley. They became part of several bands together, most significantly 10cc, and in 1976 departed 10cc together to record as Godley & Creme. The pair later became prolific music video directors, working with bands including Yes. Lol directed the 1991 Jamaican comedy film The Lunatic. In 1998, Lol became a member of the band Art of Noise, with Anne Dudley and Trevor Horn, and directed videos for the artists who recorded with them, such as Tom Jones. Further work with Horn followed, including forming the band Producers, also with Chris Braide and Steve Lipson.
Vince Eager is an English pop singer. More recently, Vince has appeared in cabaret and on the West End stage. Teaming up with producer and musician Alan Wilson, there have been new recordings some of which have featured Vince’s old friends including; Marty Wilde, Albert Lee and Chas Hodges. The resulting album release, titled 788 years of Rock n Roll sold well enough for Wilson’s Western Star record label to invite Eager back for another session in 2013. The album Rockabilly Dinosaur was released in 2014. Vince now lives in Nottinghamshire.
Bram Stoker’s trademark sound was led by Tony Bronsdon’s classically influenced Hammond Organ. Now, two of the original members have joined forces to reform the band. One of the first prog rock bands on the UK music scene in the 1970s and often compared to early Genesis and Yes. Find out more at https://bramstoker.bandcamp.com
Richard White is the author of Young Soul Rebels, the well-received Omnibus biography of Dexys Midnight Runners in 2005. Having worked as a reviewer and manuscript editor, he wrote about The Stone Roses for Clash and Record Collector in 2011, and a Roses’ biography, Your Star Will Shine in 2012. White worked on Soul Survivor, a book exploring Stevie Wonder’s seminal mid-Seventies albums, and wrote a 40th Anniversary feature on Wonder’s Innervisions in 2013. Come Together is a compelling account of a crucial period in post-’60s Beatles history, providing a new look at the Lennon-McCartney relationship from an entirely new perspective, emphasizing the efforts these larger-than-life rock stars made to overcome their enmity. It also offers fresh insight on the musical ambitions and personal motivations for renewing a creative alliance that so nearly happened but was thwarted by circumstances beyond their control.
Oliver Brown and Fez Sanchez of Browlin (live in the studio)
Shane Spears of Portsmouth Guildhall (live in the studio)
Lol Creme of 10CC
Tony Bronsdon of Bram Stoker
Richard White (author)