The 7-piece line-up : Tom Alterman, Jack Kendon, Ben Abis, Mike Chantler, Jo Lacey, Philippa Howe, Blake Mostyn . . . Tom, Jack, Jo, Philippa and Blake photographed by Michael Gajewski © 2013
"MAUVEpeople serve up a feast of
funky, jazzy, Latin beats and fluid bass lines blended with percussive keyboards
and vibrant vocals to create a powerful, emotive, compelling and uplifting set
of strong songs, soulful melodies and inspiring lyrics delivered with warmth and
passion. The band is constantly evolving and travels to places full of wonder
with lush harmonies soaring through dynamic arrangements to spirited highs that
energize and captivate"
Latest Music Bar, Brighton
Latest Music Bar, Brighton
'The MAUVE album' is the debut collection of carefully crafted and stylish modern-retro tunes selected from MAUVEpeople’s large and diverse range of songs. The
tracks are enhanced by the combined vocal talents of up to 8 singers flowing
together in glorious harmony. There are heartfelt songs with questions for the
soul, fused with optimism, joy and celebration, driven by bouncy rhythms and
punctuated with hooky horn riffs . . .
From the funky electro “DOWN THE RIVER” thru Latin excursions in “ROUND &
AROUND” to the delicate tenderness of “YOU FILL UP MY HEART” to the quirky rocky
“SHOW ME” the music grows and overflows and culminates in the exhilarating “SET
YOUR HEART FREE”. . . Enjoy !
VOX, KEYBOARDS, PERCUSSION : Mike Chantler <> BVs : Jo Lacey, Amanda Mitchell, Jules Englesman, Ursula Smith, Jemima Woolgar, MC, Rachel Manzi, Edi Mandala and Sandy Holder <> SAX : Marion
Special thanks goes to Harry Burton, Philippa Howe, Santiago Barrera, Joshua Simpson, Joolz, Pete, Warren, Jools Owen, Charley Maitland, Beth Dumonteil and Ru Garvey for their time, energy and enthusiasm. Love Love Love to Andy Halsey, Kwashie! Chris Szczerba, Ruya Sarfas and Salley for all their support.
MAUVEpeople on the MAUVE album : Sandy Holder, Rachel Manzi, Ursula Smith, Marion A, Jo Lacey, Mike Chantler, Jemima Woolgar, Edi Mandala, Amanda Mitchell and Jules Englesman
MAUVEpeople was formed in 2007 by lead singer / songwriter / keyboard player Mike Chantler. The band has seen several line-up changes yet nearly all the backing vocalists who have been involved are on the MAUVE album. Some of the featured singers were borrowed from the truly inspirational Brighton Goes Gospel. Past members include vocalists Rachel Manzi, Edi Mandala, Sandy Holder, Amanda Mitchell, Ursula Smith, Jules Englesman, Charley Maitland, Beth Dumonteil and Jemima Woolgar, bass players Santiago Barrera and Harry Burton and drummers Joshua Simpson and Jools Owen.
In various incarnations MAUVEpeople have performed at many venues and festivals in and around Brighton as a full band or semi-acoustically with Marion on sax, funky bass player Ben Abis and the unique Theseus Gerrard from STOMP on percussion at Concorde 2, The Honey Club, Latest Music Bar / Joogleberry x 5, Bee's Mouth, The Brunswick, Sanctuary Café, The Providence, Grand Central, The Couch, Brunswick Festival, Gladstonebury, MEADOWLANDS and the Cowley Club. Towards the end of 2011 the band recorded many of the songs they had been performing and Mike spent much of the following year mixing and refining a selection of those tunes . . .
The songs draw a multitude of influences from many musical genres and from band members as well as Mike’s colourful and varied musical journey which has taken him far and wide from classical to rock to soul to punk to folk and back again with countless recordings and appearances at venues large and small such as The Vortex, Roundhouse and Hackney Empire, plus Glastonbury, Big Green Gathering and Sunrise festivals.
In the 90s Mike collaborated on and released 3 warmly received 12” singles with DJ / producer Kwashie! as 2 Groove Productions. The songs included “Be There” featuring Portuguese diva Ghida de Palma and “Wake Up” which was used on BBC’s “Rough Guide”. All the releases were played and much appreciated on Kiss FM, Choice FM and Jazz FM and got positive reviews in Music Week, Touch and Blues & Soul magazines.
Mike also had untold musical excursions with underground cult punk funk band Ruby Throat at venues and festivals across Europe including the renowned Hope & Anchor in Islington, Gazzer’s Rockin Blues, Tacheles, Madam JoJo’s, The Silo, Glastonbury and Strawberry Fayre. The band also provided music and madness for Mutoid Waste Company, Continental Drifts, Lost Vagueness, DNTT and Tattoo Expo events including the Tank Girl movie launch party in Camden Roundhouse plus fire circuses at Der Arena in Berlin and Robodock in Amsterdam and were featured on “Time Out With Ian Dury” on ITV.
He was keyboard player & backing vocalist with singer / songwriter Andy Halsey at a multitude of shows including a support for Errol Brown from Hot Chocolate.
Other adventures included creating live ambient soundscapes and effects for contemporary dance shows at the London Studio Centre, composing for short films and broadcasted cabaret plus 4 years as a judge for the Brit Awards . . .
During 2012 Mike hooked up with jazzers Tom Alterman, Jack Kendon and Blake Mostyn from The E.M.E. and together with Jo Lacey on backing vocals and Ben on bass plus new arrival singer Philippa Howe they formed a new band.
Recently MAUVEpeople have appeared at White Nights, Vegfest, KEMPTOWN CARNIVAL, The Blind Tiger, Magpie's ECO FESTY and ZOO Studios . . .
Watch out for MAUVEpeople in 2013 . . .
Jemima, Jo, Amanda, Ursula, Jules, Jack, Marion, Philippa, Tom, Mike . . . Jemima photographed by Paul Jackson
Former members : Pete, Waz, Joolz, Santiago Barrera, Joshua Simpson, Jools Owen, Harry Burton, Theseus Gerrard Pete, Waz and Jools photographed by Célia Couchot . . . Harry photographed by Paul Jackson