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Back where it all began...

By Stevie Jones

Back where it all began...

What an amazing day this was (if a little stressful!)

After a few months work thinking about the concept of Brother Strut, and what I wanted it to be, I began writing the music and thinking about what that 1st session should be like.

I booked Metropolis Studios in London, called in a few favours for the film crew and we were OFF!

I knew I wanted it to be recorded live so that we could capture the vibe of musicians playing together - this is the 1st time we had all met as a group and been in the same room together, so this is a little raw... but because of this, I think you get a real edge to the music.

Well, I hope that comes across ;-)

Let me know what you think! 

PS because I'm feeling nice, you can have this track for free! download it here

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Super Rare Stevie Wonder footage

By Stephen Jones

Super Rare Stevie Wonder footage

Did you know Stevie Wonder's first ever instrument was the drums? No joke!

In fact, he actually played the drums on most of his own tracks.

Well I was digging around YouTube for fun the other day and came across this amazing rare footage, you've got to love this!

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Until next time,

Stevie

 

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I won £10k at a Casino and then made my dream album

By Stevie Jones

I won £10k at a Casino and then made my dream album

Having just finished our 3rd sell out UK Tour to an amazing crowd of Funk and Soul lovers, it’s hard to believe that it was only a few years ago (in the spring of 2012) that I was at my lowest.

Where it all went wrong...

My previous bands record deal hadn’t worked out and the band fell apart. I now didn’t know what I was doing. I was still working as a sax player, but rarely playing Funk & Soul music  (which is what I loved the most) and was producing records that I just didn’t enjoy.

I was desperately trying to find a way to make money out of the music business.

I didn’t know it yet, but that’s exactly where I was going wrong.

I grew up on The Blues and fell in love with Funk and Soul music, but I wasn’t spending anytime making it – instead I was taking on any old project and music had become a job!

Then it all changed...

It was around 2am in mid summer of 2012 in  a Reading Casino, that quite literally….my luck changed! I stopped off for a flutter on the way home after a gig, as I often do. Lots of my musician friends often head here, mainly because we often finish late and we can always get a drink here and relax after work.

Following a few games of Black Jack I ended up hitting ‘perfect pairs’ 7 times with odds of 30-1, leaving the casino just over £10,000 richer! (fortunately my mate JJ pulled me off the table when the luck started to change)

I have never had an experience that aligned my path in life so perfectly.

I KNEW that I now had the opportunity to make the album that I wanted – so I called on THE funkiest names in the music business to make the Soul & Funk album I wanted which at the time was Steve Pearce (bass), Frankie Tontoh(drums) and Otha Smith(guitar).

Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, The Temptations & More...

These guys are some of my favourite players in the world, having worked with Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, The Temptations and hundreds more! – so I was super excited about making this happen. (a ridiculous statistic is that the band had collectively played on records that have sold over HALF A BILLION records!!)

I knew that I needed to get that spark back and get that energy of FUN as well as funk in the music. I didn’t just want an album of session players disappearing up their own proverbial.

I had a little bit of experience in social media marketing so knew the importance of video and decided to film everything and recorded all the studio sessions as they happened, I then posted them on Facebook. I promoted the videos for a few weeks, but the response I got was astonishing – and I still can’t believe it now!

The track "Vinyl is My Bible" is one that people just seemed to LOVE. Here it is:

Fast Forward...

Fast forward 3 years, 3 sell out tours, 120,000 fans on Facebook, 10’s of millions of views on our videos and it’s still that feeling of fun that I crave when I think about my life and career as a musician.

I finally started to have success in the music business when I decided to focus on the music that made me happy, and find people that also LOVED funk and soul music.  Once I had found a way to connect with people on social media directly (hopefully people like you!), people that love Funk, Soul, Blues and Jazz….that’s when things started to happen for me.

It's a wonderful feeling to know that this mission I was on, (to bring a little more funk and soul to the world, and a little less auto-tune)  was also shared with a tribe of people like you! 

This involves you...

It’s YOU, the listener, that makes all of it matter. I look forward to many more years writing albums and heading off on the road for the experiences of a lifetime. It's sometimes hard and sometimes ugly but the journey is always worth it and I wouldn't change a thing.

Here’s to hoping that you are part of that journey.
Now you know the story of how this album came together, If you’d like to hear to hear more of it… click here to listen to  ‘First Strut Is The Deepest’. 

Thank you for being a listener and for making this journey a thoroughly fun one so far!

Let's carry on this mission together, trying to bring a little more Funk and Soul to the world, and a little less auto-tune ;-)

Stevie Jones
Brother Strut

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In Loving Memory Of Marvin Gaye

By Stephen Jones

In Loving Memory Of Marvin Gaye
Brother Strut - Song for Marvin

Marvin Gaye RIP 1939-1984....On this day (1st April) Marvin was tragically killed. We respectfully dedicate this song to the late, great Motown legend . Co-written by and featuring the brilliant Megan Henwood.Download 3 tracks FREE. Click here >> www.brotherstrutmusic.com/lp/3-free-tracks/#MarvinGaye

Posted by Brother Strut on Thursday, March 31, 2016



It was around 12:38pm on April 1st in 1984 that Marvin’s own father, Marvin Gay Sr, shot the soul singer twice. Once in the heart, and once again on his left shoulder. The latter proved fatal, and Gaye was pronounced dead at 1.01pm at California Hospital Medical Center

Marvin helped shape that famous Motown sound in the 60’s both in-house and more influentially as a solo artist. He remains one of, if not, THE most influential Soul Singer of all time and loved by the world over.

We here at Brother Strut are no exception - in loving memory of Marvin's contribution to soul and Motown, and the huge influence he had on us as artists, we wrote and dedicated a track on our new album to the man himself, simply called 'Song For Marvin'. Watch the video here.

2nd April 1939 - 1st April 1984 - Rest in Peace Marvin...

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10’s of millions of video views, 3 sell out tours, and you’ve probably never heard of them……..

By Dave Mason

10’s of millions of video views, 3 sell out tours, and you’ve probably never heard of them……..
“You will wait a very long time indeed to see anything better; I can’t think who can top this. 10/10.”
-Blues and Soul Magazine
Taking the music industry head on, funk/soul band ‘Brother Strut’ are a Facebook phenomenon. Their last video hit 6 million views, they've sold out The Jazz Cafe twice, and they've done it all from their attic…

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The Surprising Thing...
What’s even more surprising is that they’ve achieved this with a unique approach, and they’ve done this alone. No promoters, no record labels, and armed only with an iPhone and a shed load of talent. 

In 2012, band-leader Stevie Jones cherry-picked some of the world's greatest musicians to form Brother Strut. The passionate funk and soul line-up have worked with some of the world's greats; Amy Winehouse, Al Green, The Temptations, Jamiroquai and Mark Ronson are just some of these giants. 
Under the watchful eye of Aretha Franklin's producer, Jones ingested funk and soul in the heart of Motown.: - 
"We stopped creating music for pop artists, and started creating a vibe that excited us! We then connect with this audience directly on Facebook"  
- Stevie Jones (Band Leader) 
On the face of it, this approach doesn’t sound very unique – but then you realise they’ve achieved these monster results bypassing the record labels, promoters and distributors and talking directly to the fans. Jones explains: - 
"Musicians have often compromised their art to satisfy the demands of the major record labels. Facebook has enabled us to connect directly to the audience that aren't being catered for by the mainstream channels." 
What's Next...
With their second album ‘What We Got Together’ now released, and a string of live dates to coincide, it is going to be a BIG year for Brother Strut where they plan to build on the enormous success of the 2013 debut release ‘First Strut Is The Deepest’. A UK iTunes chart entry of No.2 spurning deals in the USA, Italy, South Africa, South East Asia and Australia, and Top Ten entries in the album charts of both the UK and Italy. 
A funk and soul group with a real sense of humour has proved a winning formula.
“Our Facebook videos blow up each time we post one! I think it’s because people can tell it makes us happy, and they feel like they’re invited to join us! There’s lots of music out there that takes itself very seriously. Ours is about happiness, fun and making people smile……and we all need a bit of that don’t we?!”

‘What We Got Together’ the new album is released on 8th April.

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Jamiroquai Legend Joins Funk & Soul Band Brother Strut

By Stevie Jones

Jamiroquai Legend Joins Funk & Soul Band Brother Strut
In 2012, band-leader Stevie Jones cherry-picked some of the world's greatest musicians to form Brother Strut. Now, they’ve added the sensational Paul Turner of Jamiroquai to the band, and the sound is MASSIVE!

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