What started out as a very personal thing soon developed into a more public thing and I’m lucky enough that other people In the UK soul scene like what I’ve been doing….which I never ever take for granted.
Name: Neil Thompson
Location: Southport, in the north-west of England
songwriter / producer / remixer / artist….anything goes!!
After a lifetime of loving those special moments in a track that gives you goosebumps and enforced rewinds, I thought it was about time I tried to create some of those moments for myself. Back in the late 80s / early 90s I knew what I wanted to do but I just didn’t have the equipment or budget to do it, so it got shelved for nearly 20 years whilst I got all grown up with a proper job and a lovely family.
Then after getting a USB turntable I started converting all my vinyl to MP3s and working with Audacity… then one thing led to another and I found myself doing edits, extended mixes and mash-ups of all my favourite soul / funk / hip-hop tracks. Bliss!!!
Since then I’ve moved onto Cubase5 (now 6) and I haven’t looked back.
In the last 12 months I’ve worked with Incognito, Beverley Knight, Kenny Thomas, West Coast Soulstars, Trish Standley, Miss Coco Brown, The Homework Brothers, Finite Source, Tom Glide & The Luv All Stars, Soularis, etc to name but a few…love em all to bits! I’ve also been interviewed on BBC radio as well as numerous internet radio stations. I love female BVs, I simply worship at the feet of a crackin’ bassline and I’d gladly sell my sister (if I had one) for strings that send a shiver down your spine!!
Influences include: New Order, Late Night Alumni, OMD, The Beatles, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Beverley Knight, Shannon, Xena, Human League, Heaven 17, Trevor Horn, The Art of Noise, Todd Terry, Jam & Lewis, Electribe 101, Chaka Khan, Amii Stewart, Loose Ends, SOS Band, Pet Shop Boys, ELO, Ultravox, The Jones Girls, Samantha James, Bill Withers, Change, George Michael, Stephanie Mills, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Isley Brothers, Brand New Heavies, Cool Down Zone, Incognito….SOMEBODY STOP ME!!!