The Human LeagueThe Human League were among the earliest and most innovative bands to break into the pop mainstream on a wave of synthesisers & electronic rhythms, their marriage of infectious melodies and state-of-the-art technology proving enormously influential. The group was formed in Sheffield in 1977 by synth players Martyn Ware & Ian Marsh, who'd previously teamed as duo Dead Daughters; after a brief tenure as the Future, they rechristened themselves the Human League after enlisting vocalist Phil Oakey.
Heaven 17Heaven 17 grew out of the experimental dance project the British Electric Foundation (B.E.F), an offshoot of electro-pop Human League. The core of Heaven 17 was originally Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh, a pair of onetime computer operators who first teamed in 1977 as the Dead Daughters, a duo that integrated synthesiser patterns with a heavy reliance on tape loops. Soon, Ware and Marsh were joined by Philip Oakey and Adi Newton and changed their name to the Human League, before exiting in 1980
Marc AlmondMarc Almond is an internationally acclaimed and successful artist. He has sold over 30 million records and is an icon and influence to a generation of musicians.
He was born in Southport in 1957 and as a teen worked in Southport Theatre and on Southport fairground while singing in a local band. At Art college he developed his style of mixing experimental performance and cabaret pop with music and film studies. It was here that he met David Ball and together they formed "Soft Cell"
Kid Creole and the CoconutsKid Creole and the Coconuts are an American band created and led by August Darnell. Their music incorporates styles like big band jazz, disco, and in particular Caribbean/Latin American salsa. The Coconuts are a glamorous trio of female backing vocalists whose lineup changes throughout the years.
Matt BiancoMatt Bianco is a UK pop group formed by the late Kito Poncioni (bass), Mark Reilly (vocals) and Danny White (keyboards) in 1982, all originally members of the band Blue Rondo A La Turk.
After twenty years recording and touring Mark Fisher started to crave for a different lifestyle and the two split amicably.
Basia and Danny White joined with Mark Reilly to reform the original Matt Bianco in 2003, after 20 years apart. In 2004, Matt Bianco released the album "Matt's Mood".
The Sugarhill GangWhen you mention “LEGENDS” in the music industry, you have to mention “The Sugarhill Gang” and original members Master Gee, Wonder Mike, Big Bang Hank. HIP HOPS first superstars and pioneers. The Sugarhill Gang made history in 1979 with their debut 12” Rap Single “Rappers Delight”!! Their song “Rappers Delight” was the first commercial rap record ever made and later went on to become the largest selling 12” single of all time with over Million Records sold!!
VulaBorn in Houston,Texas to South African Parents Nomvula aka Vula & her family moved to England in 1985. Raised in East London, she attended Stoke Newington Secondary from 1991 - 1996. From 1996 - 1998 she went to City & Islington College where she archived Full Distictions in B-TEC National Diploma in Pop Music.
Since Basement Jaxx asked Vula to co-write Top Ten hit "Oh My Gosh!", Vula has been performing the Jaxx hits all over the country as well as internationally.
Lisa MillettI had good friends who introduced me to the underground club scene in London and I had the Evolution boys doing the same in Manchester. So that was it, I was hooked. Soul Station had pretty much given up. Trying to make it as a 7 piece funk band was next to impossible. So we all did our own thing.
I got into house in a major way, making records for the some of the best of house music labels with some of the best DJ producers.
Martha WashMartha’s voice has dominated the airwaves, and her charisma and spirit has embraced millions worldwide.
The highlights of Martha career create a colourful history, telling the story of dance & pop music from the days of disco to the present. She has toured & performed with the world’s top entertainers. In addition she has worked on projects such as Black Box & C&C Music Factory, she was half of the magnificent duo Two Tons of Fun, which evolved into the Weather Girls with “it’s Raining Men”.
Jocelyn BrownAppearing initially as a soloist in Church with various Brooklyn gospel choirs, Jocelyn made the crossover into Disco music early, going on to perform with bands including Kleer, Inner Life and the Salsoul Orchestra. Jocelyn has worked with many of the best Soul, Raregroove and Disco producers, artists and musicians of our time, a list that includes; Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, George Benson, Roberta Flack, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, Gilles Peterson and John Lennon amongst many others.
Joyce SimsNew Yorker Joyce Sims is a musician, songwriter and vocalist who rose to fame on the strength of such club anthems as “Come Into My Life”, “All and All” and “Lifetime Love”. Her career offers a unique perspective into the music industry having worked on projects with many well know artists inc. Jimmy Castor and Kurtis Mantronik (Mantronix). Her music has been used by some of the biggest artists and in the movie “Species”
Joyce Sims has had UK charts success with her club classic “Lifetime Love"
IncognitoAn acid jazz project with deep roots in the 1970s jazz/funk/soul world, Incognito was originally formed by Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick and Paul "Tubbs" Williams in 1979. Both were the original members of the late-'70s disco-funk group Light of the World. Whist Tubbs had been a contributing member of another L.O.T.W. off shot Beggar & Co, Bluey had formed Freeez with Jonny Rocca and Peter Maas, but throughout the time that they worked on other projects they would meet at Bluey's house in London.