Four musicians met in a youth club off Tottenham Lane, London and formed Black and Fantasy Tan.
They gigged the circuit, we're regulars at The Rock Garden, Jazz Cafe, Ronnie Scotts and opened for Jamiroquai at Battersea Power Station before they spilt.
The soldiers dispersed; some went on to work with the likes of Moby, Ziggy Marley and BFT originator, George Wong, formed Sunstone, collaborating with 2x nominated Grammy artist K.O. and JR Long II, accomplished musician and 5 x hit single Producer.
George became a Winner of the International Indie Songwriters Contest in both 2018 and 2019 for two tracks from the debut album Hope.
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Miles Davis was asked in an interview with 60 Minutes 'Would you still be a musician if nobody heard you?' He answered 'Yes of course it's in me, I love music, I can't get it out.'
I didn't buy it at the time. Why play if no-one listens? It did not make sense. It gnawed away at my psyche but I learned to live with it, thought it was just the enigma that is Miles.
I made Hope, my first album oblivious. I was on a mission to pay homage to the Band I led for ten years. The band was dear to me and I wanted to finish what I started ever since we split. I put myself out to get the best possible sound; then wrote new tracks, to get the best possible songs and in the course of things the album became less about the Band and more about me.
When the album was complete I looked toward the future, but unlike before, it was no longer about chasing the deal it was about the music.
Underneath it all, my music was the best it had ever been. I was writing the songs I always dreamed of but never thought capable and all I did to get there was let go.
I suddenly knew what Miles meant. I do not do music for others I do it for me because its in me, I can't get it out. My only dream, my only concern is to get it right; that is the dream, that's enough.