Hello people of London, my name is Mark Anthony and from this month, I’ll be bringing you a monthly round up of all things music related, which will include news, interviews and features on the music scene in and around North London & beyond.
This month, I had the pleasure of interviewing a guy from one of the biggest bands of the 90s. It’s Terry Coldwell from East 17. East 17 were formed in Walthamstow, London in 1991, the group have achieved 18 Top 20 singles and four Top 10 albums, and were one of the UK’s most popular boy bands during the early to mid-1990s. Their boy band style was unique occasionally blending rap and pop in songs such as “House of Love“, “Steam” and “Let It Rain“. The group have sold over 18 million records worldwide.
Q. Hello Terry, so tell us, how did you first get into the music industry?
A. I first got into the music industry through the love of dance. During the 80s, I could breakdance & Rap and then I started street dancing shortly afterwards. Tony Mortimer, John Hendy, Brian Harvey & I all attended the same school in Walthamstow in East London. Tony Mortimer knew that I could dance and was setting up a band (East 17). Tony asked if I would like to join the group and the rest was history.
A. There have been lots of achievements in my career such as gaining numerous number 1 singles and albums in various countries, achieving a Christmas number 1 in the UK with ‘Stay Another Day’ and there are lots of achievements still to come on lots of projects I am working on at the moment.
Q. What projects are you up to at the moment?
A. I’ll be releasing my brand new clothing brand very soon, it’s called ‘Terrance Mark’, I am also working on a new music group project called ‘WeAreElements’ and I am also managing a female artist called Teri Hopkins, who is an amazing acoustic style singer/songwriter. I’m still signed to a record deal with East 17 and we’ll be writing a new album next year. Also, I have been doing a lot of charity work and involved in the UK 3 Lions football team, who do a lot of charity work. I love it.
Q. Any forthcoming gigs?
A. I am performing at many festivals this year and DJing at the Big Weekends Events at Butlins and all over the country
A. I love visiting Crouch End and Muswell Hill. I like eating out in and around the area and I have a lot of friends who live down there to.
Q. Final words to the people of North London?
A. I love North London; it’s where I was born and bred. Never forget your roots. Thank you all for taking time to read this interview with myself and Mark Anthony.
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See you all again in next month’s edition…