London Elektricity will perform at Pohoda 2017 twice: as Big Band and as a DJ set. This project of Tony Colman, the pioneer of the Drum & Bass genre and a co-founder and chief of Hospital Records, is also referred to as fast soul music, thanks to the spectacular delivery by the 22-member big band that included names such as MC Dynamite (Reprazent) and the winner of the BBC Jazz Awards Lianne Carrol, which brings D&B to a whole new level. The second concert of London Elektricity, the DJ set, will be one of three Tonyʼs appearances in this form in 2017.
Tony Colman fell for drum&bass in the mid-90s. A varied mix of musicians that influenced him includes names such as Talking Heads, Fela Kuti, Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, Led Zeppelin, and a mixture of genres well beyond the limits of electronic music (jazz, funk, soul, dub, rock, punk...). In 1996, he and Chris Goss founded the publishing house Hospital Records, under which has released the munsic of names such as Danny Byrd, Camo & Krooked, Logistics, Nu: Tone, Metrik, Fred V & Grafix, S.P.Y, and B-Complex.
In the second half of the nineties, Colman a Goss started London Elektricity (originally as a duo). They became popular with their song :Song In The Key Of Knife:. In 1999, they released debut Pull the Plug. Many live musicians and jazz singer Liane Caroll participated in the album, however, it was mainly a studio work of the duo Colman Goss. In 2002, Goss left LE to fully focus on publishing. The second album Billion Dollar Gravy was issued by Colman in 2003. Its recording was increasingly involving more and more other musicians, so Colman decided to turn the project into a live band that included, besides him, also Andy Waterworth, Landslide, MC Wrec, the Jungle Drummer, Liane Carroll, and Robert Owens.
Shortly after the release of the third album Power Ballads (2005), Colman started playing solo as a DJ under the name “London Elektricity”. In 2007, he was awarded the BBC 1Xtra Xtra Bass Award for the best live act. The following year, he released the fourth album Syncopated City. His fifth album Yikes! was released in 2011 and was followed by so far the latest album Are We There Yet? in November 2015. The new formation will feature the 12-member brass section of the band Riot Jazz, the legendary jazz singer Liane Carroll, vocalist Emer Dineen, MC Dynamite, keyboards, percussion section, and Tony Colman with bass. Regarding the DJ set, we may add that Tony plays exclusively vinyl discs and exclusively great music. He will prove that at the beginning of July in SLSP Space arena.