Trevor Horn, Lol Creme and Stephen Lipson joined forces with drummer Ash Soan to form the band ‘Producers’ and embarked on a series of live shows and interactive production sessions to universities and colleges across the UK on 29 February (as reported by PSNE here). The tour comes to an end today as the four-piece descends on Buckinghamshire New University, ahead of the release of their album, Made in Basing Street, which recognises the heritage and location of Sarm Studios in London’s Notting Hill.
Horn needs no introduction, but for those of you who aren’t aware of his pedigree, he produced acts including ABC, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Seal, and was also a member of the bands Buggles and Yes; and Creme was a member of 10CC and Godley & Creme before becoming a pioneering film director of promos for The Police, Duran Duran and Herbie Hancock. Lipson worked alongside Horn at Sarm Studios in the 1980s and has gone on to produce Jamie Cullum, four of Annie Lennox’s albums, and Will Young’s number one single, Leave Right Now. Ash Soan has played on 27 Top 10 albums and seven number one singles; his recent work includes recordings by Adele, Cee Lo Green, and James Morrison.
On Monday, Solent University students Gracie Hancock and Dawn Corney (pictured here with Producers) were given the opportunity to perform the classic Buggles hit Video Killed the Radio Star as recognition for their notable community music work in the Hampshire area.
“The event was a huge success for us due to the professionalism of the work carried out by our very own students – in support of Producers’ truly amazing concert at Solent University,” enthused Solent University’s programme group leader for popular music, Paul Rutter.
Producers went on to perform at South Birmingham College on 6 March, Leeds’ College of Music on 7 March, and will complete their tour with a performance at Buckinghamshire New University in High Wycombe today.