British multi-talented musician, producer and DJ Richard Earnshaw unveils his long awaited debut album titled ‘In Time’ on Groovefinder Records. ‘In Time’ is a glorious tapestry of soulful grooves, covering the whole musical spectrum from Jazz, Soul, funk, house and beyond! The album sees Richard reach far beyond the contemporary house productions he is well known for, delivering a plethora of spectacular songs, executed with the highest calibre of musicianship. This incredible album sees Richard pull in a team of heavyweight musicians and vocalists including major stars – Jocelyn Brown, Carleen Anderson, Roy Ayers, Ursula Rucker and Kenny Thomas, as well as hand picked newcomers and previous collaborators, Nina Jayne (BMG); Imogen Ryall (One51); Natasha Bridges (Former X Factor contender/Pure Liberty) and Eric Dillard (Nuwavonic). And of course, THE BAND – Richard Earnshaw himself (Keys/programming), his brother – Matthew Earnshaw (Drums), Matt Gray (Bass), Tom Mills (Guitar), and respected solo artist, James Vargas (Sax). With the album a staggering 7 years in the making, some may argue it’s about time!.. But we are sure you will agree ‘In Time’ was well worth the wait!!.. Read more
“When I first set out to make ‘In Time’, I soon realised I had an amazing opportunity to stretch myself and collaborate with high profile guests.. it’s been a privilege and an incredible journey of sound, poetry and rhythm.” Richard Earnshaw.
Music is his way of life….. Richard Earnshaw he has been active in the world of production for 18 years. After beginning his classical training at the age of 7, he completed formal training with a music degree from the University of London; where the freedom of expression he found in jazz, funk and soul beckoned to him to leave behind the manuscript and metronome…
Now as an accomplished and very popular producer, artist, musician and engineer, Richard has sold over 50,000 copies of his own original tracks which regularly appear on play lists of world-class DJ’s, along with over half a million compilation and remix sales to date! It’s fair to say our ‘Mr Keys’ has well and truly earned his stripes as one of Britain’s great dance music producers! After his debut single release ‘People Are People’ on Soulfuric Deep in 2002 and a string of high profile productions/remixes, the following year saw Richard and friend and fellow musician Danny Jones set up their own label Duffnote – one of many to come! Duffnote was followed by One51 Recordings in 2004 and Guess Records in 2005, both set up as vehicles to push the various styles of sound emerging from the Earnshaw lab, all of which are going strong today! As well as output on his own labels, Richard has recorded and releases tracks for Defected, Soulfuric, King St, Swing City, Large, BMG, Clubstar, Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi, Purple Music, Morehouse and Peppermint Jam to name but a few. He also records and produces under various monikers including The Fusion Groove Orchestra, Spiritchaser, Soul Unity, The Little Big Band and One51. The release of the ‘In Time’ album will be accompanied by a selection of single releases with the album title track featuring Erik Dillard and the legendary Roy Ayers due for release in July 2010.
For Richard Earnshaw, music is his passion and his joy. For him, “…it is great to think that by creating and performing music, people can forget about the negative things in life and embrace the positives. Even if only for a short time.”
Biography courtesy of Steve Ripley.
01 – Richard Earnshaw feat. Kenny Thomas – Waiting (Intro Song) (In Time, 2010)
02 – Richard Earnshaw feat. Imogen Ryall – Summer Rain (Original Mix) (2006)
03 – Richard Earnshaw feat. Erik Dillard and Roy Ayers – In Time (In Time, 2010)
04 – Richard Earnshaw feat. Nina Jayne – Circles (In Time, 2010)
05 – Cool Million feat. Meli”sa Morgan – Sweet Baby (Earnshaw”s Little Big Vocal)
Background music during the interview:
Richard Earnshaw feat. Erik Dillard – Good Love, Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express, Inner City – Good Life (Steve Silk Hurley Remix), Richard Earnshaw feat. Jocelyn Brown – Worthy, Richard Earnshaw feat. Carleen Anderson – My Door Is Open, Richard Earnshaw feat. Natasha Young – Young & Foolish, Richard Earnshaw feat. Imogen Ryall – Cry Me A River, Richard Earnshaw feat. Ursula Rucker and Roy Ayers – Rise