Another cracking episode featuring author and journalist Will Hodgkinson and recording artist Andy Lewis alongside Eddie, Dean and Jonny. This month Baracuta offered up a Baracuta jacket and we offered 5 signed Small Faces books by previous guest Paolo Hewitt.
|Another cracking episode featuring author and journalist Will Hodgkinson and recording artist Andy Lewis alongside Eddie, Dean and Jonny. This month Baracuta offered up a Baracuta jacket and we offered 5 signed Small Faces books by previous guest Paolo Hewitt.|
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Have a listen to Episode 5 to hear question enter our next competition and win 2 fantastic scarves and 1 tie kindly donated by Peckam Rye London plus 5 signed Andy Lewis mini album Cds for runners up..
Some info about our guests this month…
Will Hodgkinson is the chief rock and pop critic for The Times. He is the author of Guitar Man, Song Man and The Ballad Of Britain, and lives in Southeast London. While not exactly a mod, he does own a nice Crombie.
ANDY LEWIS IS BACK! Taking a sabbatical from his day job as the bassist in the Paul Weller band, the former Blur DJ and lynchpin of the Camden Brit Pop scene has penned and recorded a mini album over Christmas. A seven-track trip featuring nifty instrumental and six top tunes in the modern style.
“In the space between getting home from my touring duties with Paul Weller in mid-December and the end of 2010, I found myself gifted with a particularly hyperactive musical mindset. New musical ideas and lyrics were coming to me on an almost daily basis. I set myself a bit of a challenge to see how many ofthem I could turn into complete songs before the year was out. I expected to finish about one or two, and put the others on the back burner, maybe forever. I ended up finishing seven.”
Having really enjoyed writing and completing these 7 songs, Andy played them to some of his closefamily, friends and musical collaborators and was pleasantly surprised by the reactions he received.
“My usual method is to write and record a song and do a guide vocal, then pass the track on to a singer who would interpret the guide part in their own way. However with these new songs, I’d obviously found my own voice because nobody was seriously suggesting I should get other vocalists in. I think it was because I was really enjoying the experience of writing these tunes. I loveplaying in Paul Weller’s band but I was really looking forward to getting back home and carrying on with my own material. I really wanted to get home so Icould play with all my own toys instead of just the bass guitar and the odd bit of cello…”
But what was to be done with a set of seven songs? Andy already had a complete album ready to go, and these songs wouldn’t easily fit into the concept. So, realising that he hadn’t released a record of his own in around three years, he decided to package the new songs together as a good old-fashioned mini album.
With the enthusiastic backing of Acid Jazz Records, the recordings have been uploaded to iTunes in record time, with the physical release scheduled for May 2nd 2011.
Andy Lewis Mini Biog:
Andy Lewis played bass in Brit-Poppers Pimlico and perennial Indie favourites Spearmint, as well as carving out a career as a DJ (famously at Wendy May’s Locomotion and Blow Up, and for Blur’s “Parklife” tour), songwriter and producer. In 2005 he released his first solo album “Billion Pound Project”. In 2007, he had a hit single collaborating with Paul Weller – “Are You Trying To Be Lonely?” and released his second solo album “You Should Be Hearing Something Now”. Joining Paul’s live band and playing on hit albums “22 Dreams” and “Wake Up The Nation”, Andy’s toured the world and elsewhere since 2008. In April 2011, the single “A Good Soul In The Good Times” featuring singer Jess Roberts will precede the summer release of “South Herts Symphony”, his third full-length solo album.