Howard Jones (Synth-pop) | July 14th | 8pm
In 1983, Howard Jones burst on the contemporary music scene, experiencing an auspicious three-year period which saw him accumulate 10 top 40 hit singles in the UK between 1983 and 1986, including six which reached the top ten. His 1984 album Human's Lib went to number one. Around the world, he had 15 top 40 hit singles between 1983 and 1992 and performed at Live Aid in 1985. He has been described by AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine as "one of the defining figures of mid-'80s synth pop."
Howard’s Synthesiser driven debut influenced a new generation of electronic and dance musicians. Widely regarded as a pioneer of synths such as the Roland Juno 60, Jupiter 8 and Moog Prodigy he has worked with contemporary electronic artists such as Ferry Corsten, Eric Prydz and most recently Cedric Gervais. Howard enjoyed 14 weeks in the billboard dance chart top 40 in 2013 with his collaboration with Cedric on a new version of ‘Things Can Only Get Better’. Howard continues to operate at the forefront of music technology in both his live shows and productions.
Howard Jones has earned a reputation within the music industry for pioneering the ‘independent artist DIY’ approach, developing the essential connection between artist and fans. Howard was the first artist to make a recording of that night’s gig available on CD to purchase. His latest project ‘Engage’ is entirely music fan funded with money raised via studio visits, the creation of personalised ‘Piano Solos’ composed specifically for fans and a unique “arthouse” interactive book.