David Robert Jones OAL (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (/ˈboʊi/ BOH-ee), was an English singer-songwriter and actor. A leading figure in the music industry, Bowie is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He was acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, with his music and stagecraft having a significant impact on popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at over 100 million records worldwide, made him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In the UK, he was awarded ten platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, and released eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and nine gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Rolling Stone placed him among its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and named him the "Greatest Rock Star Ever" following his death in 2016.
Born in Brixton, South London, Bowie developed an interest in music as a child. He studied art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. "Space Oddity", released in 1969, was his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart. After a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by the success of Bowie's single "Starman" and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which won him widespread popularity. In 1975, Bowie's style shifted towards a sound he characterised as "plastic soul", initially alienating many of his UK fans but garnering him his first major US crossover success with the number-one single "Fame" and the album Young Americans. In 1976, Bowie starred in the cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth, directed by Nicolas Roeg, and released Station to Station. In 1977, he further confounded expectations with the electronic-inflected album Low, the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno that came to be known as the "Berlin Trilogy". "Heroes" (1977) and Lodger (1979) followed; each album reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise.
After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes", its album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), and "Under Pressure", a 1981 collaboration with Queen. He reached his commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance; its title track topped both the UK and US charts. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including industrial and jungle. He also continued acting; his roles included Major Jack Celliers in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and television appearances and cameos. He stopped touring after 2004 and his last live performance was at a charity event in 2006. In 2013, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus with The Next Day. He remained musically active until his death of liver cancer at his home in New York City, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his final album, Blackstar (2016).
Young Gun Silver Fox are musical sorcerers. On West End Coast, they've fashioned a fresh and modern sound that summons one of the most vibrant and influential epochs in popular music. The ten songs herein pay homage to 1970s Los Angeles, a golden age of recording that infused the pop charts and FM airwaves with a blend of soulful voices, immaculate melodies, stellar musicianship, and sophisticated studio technology.
The forces behind Young Gun Silver Fox are Andy Platts and Shawn Lee. It was inevitable that two of the UK's most prolific and versatile pop music linguists would one day collaborate on a studio project that crystallized many of their creative strengths. West End Coast fuses the talents they've mastered in their respective careers, from Andy's role as frontman and co-founder of Mamas Gun to Shawn's numerous self-produced projects with AM and his own Ping Pong Orchestra. The authentic hybrid of styles on West End Coast is further steeped in the fact that Shawn, the team's silver-haired Silver Fox, is an American who resided in LA for seven years before relocating to London. "Speaking for myself, this is an an album I've wanted to make for some time and Andy was the only person I felt I could make it with," he says. "Andy understands the classic melodic pop side as well as the soul funky side that was absolutely vital to the creation of this music. What a voice!" The admiration is mutual. "A lot of people today can claim to be ‘multi-instrumentalists’ but Shawn truly is a multi-hat-wearing-cat," says Andy, the Young Gun of the duo. "Musically, his ear and ridiculous encyclopedic musical brain continues to floor me. Some of the music he generated on this album was so special I really had to dig deep to do it justice in a songwriting sense."
An undeniable synergy informs Young Gun Silver Fox's maiden voyage. "Andy came up with the brilliant album title," Shawn explains. "My studio is in the West End of London and the music has a really strong West Coast influence so meld that together and BAM, there it is!" Indeed, West End Coast evokes some of the defining SoCal pop-rock classics of the 1970s. "I think there is a profound love and respect for records made at that particular time," says Andy. "There’s a certain richness and sheen in those records which left a really high watermark in record-making. There’s no doubt that creatively and sonically it came from an almost exclusively American place but I think we have an even quirkier mix going on thanks to where and how we made West End Coast. There’s a definite British influence in there too somewhere which only serves to make it more distinctive in my opinion."
Recorded and mixed at Lee's Trans-Yank Studio in London, West End Coast straddles several sensibilities that are united by the duo's impeccable songwriting. Each song is like a post card from their unique musical universe. Album opener "You Can Feel It" sets the tone with a soundscape that conjures the vastness of California's Pacific Coast Highway and a cool ocean breeze blowing through the chorus. London's West End sets the scene for "Emilia," with a little Sunset Strip flash fuelling the song's high octane grooves. "Better" casually sways from one chord progression to another as layers of different instrumentation are stirred into the mix and bring the song to a fever pitch. A strand of Philly-inspired soul threads through the DNA of "Distance Between Us" while "See Me Slumber" serves up a three-minute reverie of cascading melodies.
The latter tune's coda sends the song into a whole other kind of orbit before the infectiously tuneful "In My Pocket" glimmers like a pot of pop music gold. In fact, little sonic treasures abound on West End Coast. A vigorous horn arrangement is among several attractions on "So Bad," which packs a carnival of dazzling ideas into four minutes. Elsewhere, the central question in "Spiral" — "If your heart could only speak, what would it say now?" — is accompanied by slinky and sensual cadences. "Saturday" operates in two gears, one that snaps and crackles and another that curves and coasts, powering the song to its swift conclusion. Like waves crashing beneath a midnight sky, orchestral elements swell and recede amidst the more saturnine backdrop of "Long Way Back." As the last note fades, the curtain falls on Young Gun Silver Fox's series of ten vividly produced vignettes.
Though West End Coast clearly echoes the 1970s, it's 21st century technology that helped the duo achieve a remarkable cohesion on the album. "Except for the basic rhythm tracks on 'See Me Slumber' the whole recording process of the album was made remotely over the Internet," Shawn states. "It's indicative of the age in which we live," Andy continues. "Generally how it worked was that Shawn would send me completely finished instrumental tracks on which he played everything. I would in turn create the melodies, lyrics, and record the vocals and backing vocals, maybe the odd keyboard or guitar part too." The set's opening cut might best exemplify Young Gun Silver Fox's particular approach in developing the songs. "'You Can Feel It' was essentially written in four audio text messages," Andy notes. "I think that represents the communication shorthand Shawn and I have between us but also shows how we're using technology to capture inspiration and create from it."
West End Coast underscores that Andy Platts and Shawn Lee are more than artists, they're auteurs whose shared vision advances the contemporary music conversation. "I make a lot of records," says Shawn Lee. "I make records I wanna hear. West End Coast is an album I have never made before but have always wanted to. It was a challenge and it was a tremendously enjoyable process to boot." Andy Platts concludes, "I think we are just really good at passing the baton to one another and just doing what we do. Zoning in, and being completely at the mercy of instinct, where those feelings of joy and satisfaction reign supreme." In the world Young Gun Silver Fox have created on West End Coast, every song leads to another sphere. No compass needed for this journey, just drop the stylus and get lost in the music.
Rob van Dijk wilde als tiener al het radiovak in en verhuisde daarom eind jaren ’70 naar Den Haag om in zijn vrije tijd bij radiopiraten ‘in de leer’ te gaan. Van 1982 – 1986 maakte hij het roemruchte ‘Antimonopolie’, een mediaprogramma dat veel aandacht besteedde aan de lokale Haagse piraten-scene.
Twee jaar later werd hij nieuwslezer op Radio 10. Daarna was hij te horen op onder meer Radio West, RTV Rijnmond, de Stadsradio’s in Rotterdam en Den Haag, WOS-radio in het Westland en tussen 2001 en 2012 op Radio Nederland Wereldomroep.
Sinds juni 2016 presenteert hij dagelijks van 22 – 23 uur op Glassrock.nl vanuit een eigen radiostudio in zijn woonkamer. Waarbij hij je altijd aan het eind van zijn ‘aandeel’ bedankt voor je gezelschap.
Hailing from Castlemilk, Glasgow, Gerry Cinnamon is a Scottish acoustic blues singer and songwriter. Inspired by the work of bands like the Beatles, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and the Jesus and Mary Chain, Cinnamon began penning his own songs with introspective themes while delivering anthemic singalong choruses akin to the work of Frank Turner and the Tallest Man on Earth. Initially known on the gig circuit for hosting a weekly open-mike night at a Glaswegian bar, he quickly began to make waves on the live scene in 2014 with his own material. After generating a burgeoning fan base, he became popular across the city and the surrounding areas for his highly atmospheric shows. He became widely known for his songs "Hope Over Fear" (which struck a chord with the "Yes" campaign during the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum) and "Kampfire Vampire" (a social critique that delved into the experience of growing up in Glasgow). Social commentary became a frequent aspect of Cinnamon's lyrics, resonating with many across the country. Both "Hope Over Fear" and "Kampfire Vampire" earned him high placement on the 2015 digital music charts. He went on to perform at the T in the Park Festival in both 2015 and 2016, and opened for Ocean Colour Scene and John Power of Cast. In 2016 he won Best Live Act at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards, and stayed busy writing and recording the material for his debut full-length. Erratic Cinematic was funded online through a fan campaign and was released in late 2017. The album reached gold certification, cementing his status as an anthemic yet intimate songwriter, which he capitlized on with the release of his secopnd full-length, 2020's The Bonny.