11/04/05 - DTTB finish 6th album , 'Spread
Love Like Wildfire'
U.S Release date
for 'Spread Love Like Wildfire' - June 21st
, the new album is now finished and I'm just awaiting a release
date that should be around late June to mid July.
It's been a busy eight month, musical journey but hopefully you
will enjoy the end result .I've been trying to get funkier with
each album and have worked a lot more with Tony Remy , on guitar
, and plan to do more with him on the next album , letting the guitar
take more of a front seat. Richard Sadler and Neil Cowley have also
helped me out too and hope that this working relationship will continue
for more albums to come.
The new album's starting to show more of the direction that I have
been wanting to go , for a while .With harder grooves , darker edges
and fuller horn sections .
The single , for radio , in the U.S , has been chosen and will be
the track called 'Tiburon' , which was co-written by Tim Best of
'Brooklyn Heights' fame.
I've started to use more 'live' drums on this album , another trend
that I hope to continue with Neal Wilkinson and Adam Riley.
Jeremy Steig has made a fantastic contribution , playing flute
on two tracks , 'Wildfire Woman' and 'Memphis Groove'. N'Dambi has
also made a great contribution , singing on her titled and co-written
track , 'Angel Baby'.
I feel I have accomplished a lot more with this album and it has
set me up for a direction for the future , with new ideas in the
pipeline already .
The artwork is nearly complete and as soon as I have a finished
image I will post it on the site so you know what to look for .
There is a slightly different angle for this cover as I have moved
away from the talents of Frank Morrison , this time .Although I
am sure we will work together again at a later date.
Here is a full lineup of musicians who have contributed to the
'Spread Love Like Wildfire' album
N'Dambi - vocals , Jeremy Steig - flute , Neil Cowley - keys , Richard
Sadler - bass/percussion/mixing/programming , Julian Crampton -
bass , Tony Remy - guitar , Simon Bramley - bass , Neil Angilley
- keys , Tim Best - keys , Neal Wilkinson - drums , Ian Crabtree
- guitar , Bruce Knapp - guitar , Shilts - sax , Adam Riley - drums
, Dave Tyler - programming , Mike Kearsey - trombone , Jon Scott
- trumpet , Richard Wargent - sax , Grace Ackroyd - vocals.
Also , the full track listing is as follows .
8.Gotta Get Back To You
Find out more about my inspiration for the new album -
The Inspiration behind Spread Love Like Wildfire
It looks like there will also be a special club remix of a track
, yet to be chosen.It will be on a special 12" vinyl release
, to go out to DJ's via Giant Steps promotion.Looking at possible
remixers at the moment.
The first run of gigs are starting to materialize , so hope to see
as many of you at those gigs as possible. Although the live side
seems to be getting off to a slow start, we hope to be able to add
more dates as the year progresses.So keep checking on the 'live'
page for updates.
Still trying to sort out a mailing list , so please bare with me
as I am doing it myself so it will take time . Keep sending in your
details though , if you want to be added, as it will get sorted
at some stage.
There have been a couple of frequently asked questions by people
, so I wanted to take this opportunity to answer some of them.
1.) When will DTTB be doing gigs in the U.K again , and have you
forgotten about us?
No it is not that I have forgotten about the U.K , I still live
here , although some , false rumors seem to say I have moved to
the U.S, which are not true and I have no plans to move . Doing
live stuff in the U.K is very difficult.My record label , management
, agent and now 'live' band are all in the U.S now. So this means
I have next to no representation outside of the U.S. Put that together
with a serious lack of radio or media support and it makes things
very difficult .I have looked at setting up a new , U.K band to
do gigs here but, without the support I have mentioned, venues and
agents are reluctant to book us and pay the money needed to cover
the costs .So the frustrations of reality make it hard , although
I am still trying.
2.)Why is it so difficult to get DTTB's first three releases.
There is a legal dispute with the original record label , which
I am trying to sort out . Hopefully , if the label is co-operative
and is willing to sort things out fairly , then we can start re-pressing
those albums again . There are links to other outlets where you
might be able to get secondhand or old stock .Good luck.
3.)How come you are not at many of the gigs.
This is the frustrating reality of working with tight budgets .I
have to forsake my place in order to allow the full lineup , except
percussion , as that had to be dropped too, to be able to play .
As I am not on stage, performing , I make the sacrifice . It is
one of the only ways I can keep the live side going , as we don't
get tours any more , just 'one-off' gigs .But at least the guys
are still able to play .I have to choose my trips carefully .So
sorry if people turn up expecting to meet me too . I would love
to be there too , on every gig , if I could .Some people must wonder
if I even exist .
Lastly , I will be compiling a new top 15 of grooves to look out
for . So if you want to get into more funky stuff , check the top15
page , for the lists of records .
One band to look out for is 'The Rebirth' . I saw them at the
Jazz Cafe , in London, and they were probably the best band I have
seen there .Their new album,'This Journey In', is just out on Kajmere
Records and they are from LA. There is a wealth of great music out
there that continues to get ignored by the people who should be
supporting great music .No wonder this business is in such a mess
.So if you like DTTB then check out these other sounds.
Keep it FUNKY!!