Fay Hallam & The Bongolian
When Fay Hallam played live at Blow Up and was introduced to Blow Up’s very own recording artist, Mr Nasser Bouzida AKA ‘The Bongolian‘, little did they know that they would shortly get together to create the album ‘Lost in Sound‘.
Both Fay and Nasser share a serious passion for 60’s Hammond Beat and Soul. In the studio, they felt free to experiment with different sounds and rhythms, immersing themselves in the sounds they both love, including Bossa Nova, heavier 70’s groovesand a strong Northern Soulinfluence. During the months they worked on the recordings, Fay would bring the basic songs into the studio, and along with Nasser, flesh out the arrangements. Their choice of instruments included mainly old Rhodes,Wurlitzer and Hammond C3 keyboards and other vintage equipment, mixing things up with some cool cinematic synth. sounds. As the sessions developed, the songs kept flowing; finally resulting in the album being completed in London where it was mixed by Miles Clarke (TheWho/PeteTownsendengineer), with additional mixing and mastering by Nick Bennett.
Get ready to get Lost in Sound…
Fay Hallam, originally from Wolverhampton, a long time exponent of 60’s style beat and pop, has performed over the years in acts such as Makin’ Time (which also included a pre-The Charlatans Martin Blunt) toThe Prime Movers,Phaze andThe FayHallam Trinity. Over the years she has worked with Billy Childish,Graham Day,Alan Crockford and other luminaries of the Medway scene where she lived for 17 years. She has toured the UK and Europe extensively over the years, in one guise or another and is a respected musician around the world. A prolific songwriter, she has made over 9 albums.
Nasser Bouzida, originally from Newbury, Berkshire, has recorded seven albums for Blow Up Records, three with Big Boss Man and four solo records as ‘The Bongolian.’ He is a multi-instrumentalist, a man with a huge passion for drums and percussion, but plays keys and guitar with equal aplomb. His albums have sold around the World, proving popular for film, TV and advertising placements, as well as being a big hit with DJs becoming essential smoking dancefloor classics. ‘Bongos For Beatniks,’ the 2011 Bongolian release, was a big hit with the Craig Charles Funk & Soul showand gained support across the BBC 6 Music airwaves. The Bongolian and Big Boss Man are both performing live shows throughout 2012.