Interviews from 20th July include Andy Scott of The Sweet, Brian Southall – writher of “The Road is Long”, along with Chris Grayston – MD of Future Music.
Andy Scott is a British musician and songwriter. He is best known for being the lead guitarist and a vocalist in the band Sweet. Andy first picked up the guitar at 13 moving on to play bass (“because someone had to”) with a plethora of local bands (The Fore-Winds, Missing Links and The Strangers) before settling in the Silverstone Set. In 1966 the group won Hughie Green’s Opportunity Knocks, six weeks running, eventually to be beaten by Freddie Starr. This led to the Silverstone Set playing support to Jimi Hendrix on his first shows in the UK in 1967. This was a moment of epiphany that moved Andy to return to playing guitar in his next venture “The Elastic Band” with his brother Mike now on bass. When Ted “Gus” Yeadon left to join to the Love Affair, the remaining members of the Elastic Band briefly became the backing group for The Scaffold before Andy and Mike finally moved south to London to complete the line-up of a new band, Mayfield’s Mule. August 1970 and still only 20, Andy was offered the job with The Sweet. The band had been around for a couple of years with limited success and with Andy now completing the “Classic line-up” The Sweet were about to take over the music world. Andyʼs first gig with The Sweet was on 26th September 1970 at The Windsor Ballroom, Redcar (UK) and the rest as they say is history. In 1978 “Love Is Like Oxygen”, written by Andy Scott and Trevor Griffin, won an Ivor Novello nomination in three categories and also took the ASCAP Award that year.
Brian Southall is the writer of the book “The Road is Long” – the inside story of one of the most successful British bands of the Sixties and Seventies. With contributions from band members including Graham Nash as well as friends and colleagues. From playing with the Beatles and Stones to hanging out in LA. Told for the first time the story is rich in detail and full of twists and turns.
Chris Grayston is a British music promoter, event organizer, record producer, musician, label owner, and talent scout. He served as a music promoter in the early 1990s for acts such as Judge Jules, DJ Spoony, DJ Fabio and Grooverider, and promoted the massive “Fusion” raves across the United Kingdom from Hastings Pier, Bath Pavilion, Milton Keynes Sanctuary, and a 10,000 sell-out festival at Wembley. As a musician he’s collaborated with SL2 and was a founding member of both Midas and Cynical Blend. Chris was involved in the early years of Hardcore techno in the UK, which was an extension of the Acid House music movement from 1989 to 1990. Acid House later split to generate the genres of Breakbeat/hardcore, Drum and Bass/Jungle, and Techno scenes collectively known as rave music. Chris founded the UK music competitions Live and Unsigned and Open Mic UK, and is currently head of A&R at Future Music Management.
Andy Scott of The Sweet