released 14 February 2013
VOX, KEYBOARDS, PERCUSSION : Mike Chantler
BVs : Jo Lacey, Amanda Mitchell, Jules Englesman, Ursula Smith, Jemima Woolgar, MC, Rachel Manzi, Edi Mandala and Sandy Holder
SAX : Marion
Recorded by Mike Chantler in The Sunny Room
Mixed and produced by Mike with help from Ben Abis
Mastered by Ru Garvey
MAUVEmusic © 2013 All rights reserved.
Catalogue # MM2013TMA11
Album cover artwork and some track images © MC 2013
Special thanks goes to Harry Burton, Philippa Howe, Joshua Simpson, Santiago Barrera, Joolz, Pete, Warren, Jools Owen, Charley Maitland and Beth Dumonteil for their time, energy and enthusiasm. Love Love Love to Andy Halsey, Kwashie! Chris Szczerba, Ruya Sarfas and Salley for all their support.
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MAUVEpeople was formed in 2007 by lead singer / songwriter / keyboard player Mike Chantler. The band has seen quite a few line-up changes yet nearly all the backing vocalists who have been involved are featured on theMAUVEalbum. Some of the 7 featured singers were borrowed from the truly inspirational Brighton Goes Gospel. Past members include vocalists Rachel Manzi, Edi Mandala, Sandy Holder, Amanda Mitchell, Ursula Smith, Jules Englesman and Jemima Woolgar, bass players Santiago Barrera and Harry Burton and drummers Joshua Simpson and Jools Owen.
In various incarnations MAUVEpeople performed at many venues and festivals in and around Brighton as a full band or semi-acoustically with Marion on sax, funky bass player Ben Abis and the unique Theseus Gerrard from STOMP on percussion.
Towards the end of 2011 the band recorded many of the songs they had been performing and Mike spent much of the following year mixing and refining a selection of those tunes . . .
The songs draw a multitude of influences from many musical genres as well as Mike’s colourful and varied musical journey which has taken him far and wide from classical to rock to soul to punk to folk and back again with countless recordings and appearances at venues large and small such as The Vortex, Roundhouse and Hackney Empire, plus Glastonbury, Big Green Gathering and Sunrise festivals.
In the 90s Mike collaborated on and released 3 warmly received 12” singles with DJ / producer Kwashie as 2 Groove Productions. The songs included “Be There” featuring Portuguese diva Ghida de Palma and “Wake Up” which was used on BBC’s “Rough Guide”. All the releases were played and much appreciated on Kiss FM, Choice FM and Jazz FM and got positive reviews in Music Week, Touch and Blues & Soul magazines.
Mike also had untold musical excursions with underground cult punk funk band Ruby Throat at venues and festivals across Europe including the renowned Hope & Anchor in Islington, Gazzer’s Rockin Blues, Tacheles, Madam JoJo’s, The Silo, Glastonbury and Strawberry Fayre. The band also provided music and madness for Mutoid Waste Company, Continental Drifts, Lost Vagueness, DNTT and Tattoo Expo events including the Tank Girl movie launch party in Camden Roundhouse plus fire circuses at Der Arena in Berlin and Robodock in Amsterdam and were featured on “Time Out With Ian Dury” on ITV.
He was keyboard player & backing vocalist with singer / songwriter Andy Halsey at a multitude of shows including a support for Errol Brown from Hot Chocolate.
Other adventures included creating live ambient soundscapes and effects for contemporary dance shows at the London Studio Centre, composing for short films and broadcasted cabaret plus 4 years as a judge for the Brit Awards . . .
During 2012 Mike hooked up with jazzers Tom Alterman, Jack Kendon and Blake Mostyn from The E.M.E. and together with Jo Lacey on backing vocals and Ben on bass plus new arrival singer Philippa Howe they formed a new band.
MAUVEpeople have gigged around Brighton as a full band and also semi-acoustically with keyboards, sax + 3 vocals at Concorde 2, The Honey Club, LMB / Joogleberry x 5 ! !, Bee's Mouth, The Brunswick, Sanctuary Café, The Providence, Grand Central, The Couch, Brunswick Festival, Gladstonebury, MEADOWLANDS, White Nights, Cowley Club, Vegfest, KEMPTOWN CARNIVAL & Magpie's ECO FESTY . . .
Watch out for MAUVEpeople in 2013 . . .