British Modern Soul, What Else?!
Who are your favourite singers?:
For his emotional and soulful voice: Marvin Gaye. For his sheer magic and musical story-telling genius: Stevie Wonder. For his extremely rare gift of expression: D'Angelo. For his sheer awesome sound and power: Ottis Reading. The most amazingly powerful singer 2 bless us: Aretha Franklin and lastly the most charismatic spiritual brave true and devoted individual: Bob Marley.
What influence has your upbringing had on your music?
An extremely positive one in terms of the music I listened to. The culture coming mostly from my father, the politics that come from being a black mixed race family growing up through the 70’s and 80s in Britain. School in a predominantly Irish, Asian and Black area. Influences ranging from Muhammad Ali to Bob Marley to Malcolm X to the IRA to Gandhi, all of these figures were important to all of us at some point and many more. To be on the street when I was a kid it was important to know what was what and to have your own styled identity was to be respected where as now I feel this quality has been lost in the kids doing their best to fit in with each other. I can still remember the feeling of embrace at being different! -Barto-
- Blue Eye Blak
- Gotta Be A Place For Us
- Meet Me In The Middle
- Save A Prayer
- Everyday People
- Freeze Frame
- U Gimme That Feeling
- Movin On
- Night Walker