successfully created the Lover's Rock form of Reggae music and one
of the main singers in this genre is Lloyd Brown.
At the time of interview, Lloyd was 38 years old. He was born in
Clapton, East London and raised in Tottenham, North London. In
1977 he took his first trip to Jamaica and recalled, "Coming from
a country where black people in the media were hardly featured at
all except in a novelty sense, going to Jamaica and seeing
advertisements with black people and Reggae music being played all
day, every day, it was quite a culture shock for me... The turning
point was when I saw a programme called 'Where It's At', which is
the Jamaican equivalent of 'Top of the Pops' and the number one
record at that time was Dennis Brown and Big Youth 'Equal Rights'
and I saw them perform it on TV and I thought 'yeah this is what I
wanna do'... That was when I decided to be a singer".
However, before young Lloyd started out as a singer, he was a DJ
on sound systems such as Unity, Jah Marcus and Exodus. All were
UK-based sounds and his DJ name was Papa Brownie. On Jah Marcus
sound, Lloyd played alongside Richie Davis and Danny Dread who's
now known as Danny Red.
Lloyd became a professional singer in 1982 when he came back from
Jamaica after his 2nd visit. Lloyd's family had emigrated to
Jamaica in December 1981, but unfortunately his father took sick
and died in Jamaica prompting Lloyd to return to England. On his
return the sound he was with at the time, Eastland was playing at
a talent show and Lloyd was acting as compère. Prior to
introducing a band, Lloyd did a quick accapella and then called on
Sweet Distortion. The band was famed for having a very young
member who was 6 years old at the time. Unbeknown to Lloyd they
were on the look out for a new singer and their manager approached
Lloyd backstage asking him to audition for the group. This he did
and at that point he became a professional singer.
It wasn't until 5 years later in 1987 that Lloyd went solo after
spending most of his time with Sweet Distortion touring and doing
stage shows. Lloyd's first solo singles were radio hits on Unity
Sound's record label. The 1st was 'Music Medley' followed by 'Ring
Up My Number', but the majority of readers will know his most
famous track was 'Sharing The Night Together' and that was
released in 1990.
Whilst Lloyd writes a lot of his own lyrics, he still likes to
feature some covers on his albums. However, they are not the
standard ones... "I try to do covers of songs that have influenced
my life. Some songs I do people think they're mine because they
may never have heard the song and also the way I deliver it".
Lloyd tried to show versatility in his music and had included R&B
and Gospel on his albums, but he stated, "It's not my main form of
music, but I'm influenced by those types of music".
There has always been a debate as to whether it's easier for
singers to buss than DJs and Lloyd had his opinion on it, "It
depends on where they're based. It's difficult for vocalists in
the UK to buss because they have Jamaican counterparts to deal
with. At the same time it's difficult for Jamaican vocalists to
buss because of the economic infrastructure".
Regardless of this fact, Lloyd is still firmly on the map and has
toured with a number of artists including Sanchez, Mikey Spice,
Gregory Isaacs, Eek-A-Mouse, Aswad and Alton Ellis to name a few.
He got his best response in Spain in 1992 when he was performing
at a Bob Marley festival in front of 25,000 people. He fondly
recalled, "All of them knew the words of 'Sharing The Night
Lloyd has worked with a number of producers including Musclehead
from Saxon International, The Administrators and Bitty McLean, but
is signed to Jet Star Records. In terms of artists he has worked
with, the list is endless and includes Don Campbell, Peter
Hunnigale, Tippa Irie, Noel McKoy, Don Ricardo, CJ Lewis, Tenor
Fly, Carol Thompson, Jack Reuben, Omar and many more. He would
like to work with Beres Hammond.
Daintycrew.com asked Lloyd what he disliked in the business, "he
sound-alike element. You must have something in yourself you don't
like in order to sound like someone else. To sound like somebody
else to start your career is one thing. To sound like someone else
through your whole career... I don't think that's good. I think
music is moving forward in terms of the vocal thing coming back.
It's not moving great because of the sound-alike element. It's not
moving great because of artists continually putting over an
aggressive element. They don't need to go on like that. It doesn't
improve Reggae, it drags it back. Everything that's derogatory to
people, that's the type of music that's being played the most... I
don't play it to my kids".
Obviously with all these dislikes, Lloyd has ideas on what he
would like to see change in the business, "I would like to see
that everybody knows their place within the industry. DJs just do
what they're supposed to do. Play derogatory tunes after the
watershed. We should support our local music first. You don't see
Jamaican artists bigging up English artists first, they support
their own first. We embrace everything that comes in from around
So far Lloyd has been on tour to Jamaica, America and Europe, but
he says he would like to check out Japan and also New York as they
have a "low bullshit threshold".
Of his success so far, Lloyd feels "blessed" and said, "I've been
through a lot of hardships... music has never let me down". His
message to his fans was, "Thanks for listening and understanding
where I've been with my music, where I am and where I'm trying to
We definitely know where it's at and Lloyd Brown is slap bang in
the middle. He is humble, talented and a true testament to the
calibre of UK Lover's Rock.
To book Lloyd Brown, contact Mikey Koos of ARM Promotions on +44
(0)20 8961 6879 or +44 (0)7956 843 297.
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