Weston group bids for chart glory
PUBLISHED: 12:25 25 July 2011
WHEN Radio One DJ Reggie Yates reveals Britain's top 40 singles on Sunday, one Weston group will be listening intently - and hoping to crack the top 15 for the first time.
Analog Life are a generation-spanning four-piece from Weston, and their dance remix of 1970s classic Kung Fu Fighting is hotly tipped for chart success.
The group – Dave Grier, aged 37, Kev Lloyd, 48, Cris Capper (aka MC Sane), 21, and Ian Middleton, 52 – have been racking up the online pre-sales, and have fingers crossed their single will enter the charts in a top 10 position.
Dave, who runs Weston-based Bassline Studio, says he hopes a chart breakthrough will prove a springboard to musical fame.
He said: “The original is a song which everyone knows – it plays at every wedding and disco you go to, and we still use the original vocals by Carl Douglas.
“Remixing it was a bit of a challenge for us, because it’s very different from our usual material, but it’s one we have embraced with open arms.
“This is a great opportunity, and if it goes well, then yes, of course we hope it could be the start of big things for us.
“We want to play big gigs and tour the world.”
The single is set to be followed by a full album of remixed classics, including second single Tears Of A Clown plus the likes of Rocket Man, Paint It Black and Listen To The Music.
But Dave says the quartet could have missed out on their shot at musical stardom if they had not received such solid support from a common source.
The Glebe Road resident continued: “Back when I was at school, if I told my teachers I wanted to be a musician they would scoff at the idea.
“But I later returned to studying when I went to do music tech at Weston College, and it’s thanks to Paul Raymond in the college music department that I’m finally managing to get noticed.
“He helped me hone my skills, and he’s done the same for Kev and Cris too.
“It was difficult to find encouragement for this kind of career, but it was great to eventually find someone and somewhere to help us develop our talents.”
Radio One’s chart countdown begins at 4pm on Sunday, and you can order Analog Life’s Kung Fu Fighting now from iTunes or by visiting www.reverbnation.com/analoglife