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The Music Connection By Mark Anthony

Hey peeps, I hope you’ve all enjoyed the month of March and welcome to the April edition of ‘The Music Connection’.

Eric Clapton bandFor this month’s edition, I had the pleasure of interviewing local musician Malcolm Bruce. Malcolm is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, bass, piano and voice. As a teenager, he attended the Guildhall School of Music to study composition and has been performing professionally since the age of 16. He is the son of bassist Jack Bruce, who was in the British Rock super group ‘Cream’, along with his band mates, drummer Ginger Baker and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton.

Q. How did you first get into music?

A. My father, Jack Bruce, was obviously a formative influence. I grew up around the music business and didn’t really think about doing anything else, it was a natural progression.

Malcolm Bruce's father

Jack Bruce

A. I have worked quite extensively in the business so far. I have worked a lot in the USA and toured all over the world. I had the opportunity to work with Little Richard a couple of years ago, when I was staying with a friend in Nashville, Tennessee. That was quite an experience. That is one of the stand out experiences so far.

Q. What projects are you up to at the moment?

A. I’m currently finishing a record that I started in Nashville, and will be touring and promoting to support a release later this year. I’m very excited about it!  I’m also in the middle of writing an Opera about the life of an obscure Blues musician called Emanuel Dunn.

local musicianQ.  Where can people check out your current projects? Any forthcoming gigs?

A. Lots of updates coming soon. People can connect on:

www.malcolmbruce.com

www.facebook.com/malcolmbrucemusic 

Q. What one piece of advice would you give to someone trying to make it within the music industry?

A. That is a tricky question. If you want a career, then it is important to know what you want and go for it. That can bring a certain kind of security. Take no prisoners, never give up, keep working even if it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

musicianQ. What are your links with Crouch End?

A. I’ve been living on and off in Crouch End since I was 11 years old. From my teens, I used to hang out with a lot of the people involved with Dave and Annie from the Eurythmics, who at that time owned and ran The Church recording studios.

Q. Final words to the people of North London?

A. I’ve been spreading my wings more and more over the last few years, a lot of traveling away from London. But I find that I always feel drawn back to North London as a truly unique spot on the planet. But I feel, wherever we are on the Globe, this is an important time for us all to reflect on how to change things for the better. Place love and respect above all else. So, to the peeps of Norf Landan, fight the fight for beauty, truth, and justice!

You can follow Mark Anthony on Twitter at @mark_aofficial 

See you all again in next month’s edition…

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