Lost My Notes Podcast with Y-BOT
Lost My Notes Podcast with Y-BOT is a unique glimpse into the lives of legendary musicians and behind-the-scenes music industry professionals. Each episode is an informal excursion into what sparked their life-long love of music, favourite records, revelations of their creative process, funny band-life incidents, knowledge and insights gained and anything random in between.
Filmed and recorded primarily at Kentish Town's excellent Let It Roll Records shop. On the odd occasion we sometimes film at other spots if needed!
Chris P. Mowforth, former bassist of Silverfish
Damian O' Neill, guitarist of the Undertones
Steve Strange, former drummer of Fastway and head of X-Ray Tours artist booking agency
Primarily known for his work as producer and remixer of bands such as Bis and Future of the Left and as a founding member of alternative live band rapsters Collapsed Lung, Anthony 'Ant' Chapman is a man of many skills within the world of music. Armed with a utility belt of creative talents he can call upon as a professional musician, the Harlow-raised producer/sound engineer/college music teacher/rapper/song-writer/DJ/guitarist/promoter has been making a living from music for 30 years. Join us as we discover his teenage beginnings as a promoter for Harlow's seminal venue for future major forces of rock (such as Blur), The Square, the first song which blew his mind, how he manipulated primitive 80s technology to create samples and strange loops, the semi-accidental origins of Collapsed Lung's fruition, the unsolved mystery of the publishing rights and masters of their biggest hit "Eat My Goal", the lyrical link between the latest album releases from Collapsed Lung and the band he is frontman and chief songwriter for - Arndales, as well as fascinating anecdotes from a uniquely impossible-to-define musician that has worked in hip hop, indie and dance music for over 30 years.
Despite Collapsed Lung's latest album title "Zero Hours Band", he is as far from retiring in music as he was when he first started putting on bands in The Square as a 16 year old.
Steve Strange is one of the founders of X-ray Touring. His clients include Eminem, Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Kodaline, My Bloody Valentine and Rob Zombie to name but a few.
Strange was born an only child in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, a small town located 11 miles north of Belfast.
He grew up surrounded by bands, and started playing drums in Boys Brigade. He got his first drum kit when he was 12 years old and played in several bands throughout his youth and young adulthood. They mostly played heavy rock music, inspired by The WHo, AC/DC and the like. Because that particular genre had yet to take off in Northern Ireland, one had to really dig deep to find gigs. Strange always enjoyed that part, and he learned a lot about the craft of agenting by default.
In the late 1980s he was playing in a band called No Hot Ashes, which garnered quite a following in Northern Ireland.
They signed a record deal with GWR, which was part of Pye, the label that had Motörhead, Hawkwund, Uriah Heep and many more at the time. But because of a series of unforeseen circumstances, their debut album was never properly released and the band scattered. One after the other, each band member moved back to Belfast. Strange tried to make it work, though.
He eventually moved back to Belfast because he couldn’t afford London. He worked for Irish promoter MCD for a while, where he promoted the nightclub Limelight. So by 1991, Strange had completed the live business’ holy trinity, and had seen it from all sides: the band’s, the agent’s and the promoter’s. He moved back to London in ’92, where Rob Challice gave him a job at Forward Agency Booking. When Strange’s bands, such as Ash and Placebo, started to explode, he knew he had to find a bigger place if he didn’t want to lose them.
John Giddings gave him the opportunity at Solo Agency. Strange stayed with Giddings, whom he calls a mentor, for about a year and a half and moved to Helter Skelter, which was then called Fair Warning/Wasted Talent. It was the biggest agency in the country at that point. It successfully operated for year until, in 2005, Strange left together with colleagues Ian Huffam and Jeff Craft to form their own agency, X-ray Touring.
In this interview Steve, we asked Steve to speak mostly as Steve the musician and he took us through his life's musical journey in great detail.
Stephen Damian O'Neill (born 15 January 1961) is the lead guitarist in the pop-punk band The Undertones. He joined the band following the departure of his older brother, Vincent, in 1976, and remained with the band until their break up in 1983. O'Neill wrote several album tracks and singles during the career of The Undertones, usually writing with bassist Michael Bradley,
After the Undertones split in 1983, Damian O'Neill formed That Petrol Emotion with his guitarist brother John O'Neill..
The Undertones reformed in 1999 and O'Neill continues to perform and record with them.
Since 2012, Damian O'Neill and three of his former bandmates of That Petro; Emotion, Raymond Gorman, Ciaran McLoughlin and Brendan Kelly are active as London-based The Everlasting Yeah, playing kosmische Krautrock influenced Musik mixed with most individual soundscapes creating sheer amazing atmospheres with powerful guitary, percussionized tunes. Their first LP Anima Rising was released in late 2014.
In 2001, O'Neill released the experimental electronic album A Quiet Revolution on Alan McGhee's, Poptones label. Furthermore, he as X-Valdez (nom de plume),released a 12-inch "Higher Grace" with arrangements by Xavier Jamaux and Athena Constantine on vocals on Toy's Factory in 2000.
On November 10, 2014, he released a solo-single "Trapped in a Cage" on Overground Records. The 7" vinyl is limited to 500 copies only, however, it's downloadable as well via iTunes. It's beautifully crafted, strong and raw, yet earwormy songs and O'Neill is the whole band except the drummer.
O'Neill is left-handed but plays the guitar right-handed.