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Routes To Riches
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Single: Let's Find A Way
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Release NL: 22 januari 2010
The name is inspired by an Erykah Badu album, but the sound could only be Mamas Gun, and the future is very bright indeed.
With some heavyweight media momentum behind them, the five-
The album oozes class, influenced by a range of musical landmarks from Motown giants Stevie and Marvin via acid jazz and the Average White Band to Lewis Taylor. Mamas Gun have old-
Their spirit of musical adventure comes through loud and clear on ‘Routes To Riches,’ and as vocalist, songwriter, producer and multi-
“I’m not trying to say ‘This is black music,’” explains Platts, born in Hong Kong and now based in Hertfordshire. “Hopefully when you listen to the album, it’s a kaleidoscope of a record that travels through genres and isn’t tied down by anything. It’s just about good songs and a bunch of guys enjoying themselves playing it. The one thing it tries to keep is the euphoria of soul music, of Motown and all great records. It’s not trying to be anything, it just is.”
‘Routes To Riches’ is the long-
That airplay and attention brought them to the notice of Universal, who started working with Mamas Gun and completed the funding of the album, mixed in Los Angeles by Grammy Award-
As a great example of a modern-
It’s a business solution that’s now working for a wide variety of artists, from the Prodigy to Madness and Beverley Knight, and for Mamas Gun it’s the dream result, allowing them to set up their fully-
“The model has changed, and I wasn’t disappointed at all,” says Platts. “The label got credit-
At the steering wheel of this Mamas Gun line-
As a young man full of wanderlust, Andy’s dad jumped on a Nomad bus and landed in the Far East as a police recruit in their battles with the underground triad organisations. His chequered career also included time in the airline and oil businesses and even a stint in Paris with Interpol.
Following the family back and forth, Andy himself started more schools than he can remember. “I think I fell into music just because it was a consistent thing in my life.” he says. “You’re hopping around the world all the time. You’re greeted with different reactions wherever you go, kids don’t understand at that age. I got called a lot of names, but that probably helps you, it drives you. I do feel English,” he smiles. “I swear like an Englishman, I love tea.”
Platts won a place at Liverpool’s LIPA institute and was soon turning heads in a band that also featured Steffan Halperins, now the drummer with Klaxons. He then played on Corinne Bailey Rae’s hugely successful debut album and, in 2006, landed his own publishing deal with Zomba Music. That led to collaborations with an extraordinary songwriting A-
His Mamas Gun bandmates are just as widely travelled. Bassist ‘Professor’ Rex Horan, another focal point of their feisty stage show, was born in the Western Australian desert, equally adept on violin and piano and in classical music. He’s an adopted Londoner for the last dozen years. Keyboard player Dave ‘Eighties’ Burnell Oliver’s musical education, originally in Hertfordshire, embraced everything from barbershop singing to French horn and now includes jazz, soul and Cuban playing. Guitarist Terry ‘Spiller’ Lewis studied music in Essex, got his diploma and taught guitar, going on to tour with Jools Holland as part of brother Christopher Holland’s band. ‘Union’ Jack Pollitt has been everywhere to play drums, notably on ‘Green Light’ for Beyoncé’s ‘B-
If ‘Routes To Riches’ is chiefly made up of Platts’ own songs, he’s very open to future co-
Mamas Gun have that by the bucketload, and ‘Routes To Riches’ is all the proof you need.
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