Errol – My Journey to Spain
Back in the 1985 I made my first journey to Spain and got hooked on the idea of living a life in the sun. At that time I was producing young up coming singers and bands and writing songs of my own. A friend called Peter Pitts invite me over to his finca in Sotogrande to decide what I wanted to do with my career and what I would need to achieve this. He also had a boat so gave me the choice of staying on the boat or living with them on the finca………Ok I chose the boat.
Mel’s Beach Party
At that time every Sunday afternoon was spent at Mel’s Beach Party………all the musicians from Malaga to Gibraltar were there, visiting celebrities when there, club owners and everyone else who was around……it was brilliant!. So when I when on stage and sung Bob Marley…..it was different and special. I was offered work from bar & club owner…..I was able to put together a band from the musicians I had see and heard playing on stage……so the boat was rocking with my little studio and music playing. My 2 week holiday lasted 3 years…….I wanted to move to Spain then.
My Proper Job
One reason we didn’t move to Spain in the 80’s was due to the fact that we had a good family base in the UK, a young daughter who was in a good school and so we decided to wait until she finished schooling. I decided to stay in the UK with my girls (wife and daughter). That meant I had to get a “Proper Job”. All I knew was music…I had experience as a musician, sound engineer, music producer and live performer. The Sampler, Polyphonic Synthesizers and Drum Machines were entering the recording studio, so I decided to retrained as a teacher, teaching Sound engineering and Music Technology. I went on to further training and gained my qualifications as an NVQ Assessor of Information Technology, Music Technology and Sound engineering.
Finally in Spain
The final year in the UK was very stressful….loosing my dad, helping my mother to readjust her life and moving country……very stressful. I went on the internet and found a route to Roquetas. Angela and I loaded our personal items in the seven seated, (our furniture and the big stuff was in the hands of the removal company) so we are on our way to Spain at last!!. Thinking about what we could do in Spain we decided to set up The Caribbean Breezer Live Music Bar in Roquetas de Mar. The original idea behind bar was to create a place where people from around the world can come to chill out, have a drink, have something to eat and listen to good live music. In Jamaica our motto is “Out of Many, One People” at Caribbean Breezer or motto is “Everything is Everything – A Warm Welcome for Everyone”. Errol Live at Caribbean Breezer
I have always been around music since I started playing bass guitar aged 18. My first trip abroad was 6 months in Hong Kong playing in a night club. It was amazing to think we were all there….a 7 piece band, all expenses paid……surrounded by new and exiting places…..it was the first step toward the dream of making a living playing music. The second step towards the dream was becoming a studio engineer and working at Free Range Studio, Covent Garden in London. It was great….I knew many of the local musicians and they knew of my music and engineering skills. I think also they felt comfortable to work with me…..writing and recording their own songs.
After many frustrating years of trying to make it in the UK, success finally came with the production of the “Too Pressure Album by the Selecter”. I was awarded a Silver and Gold Discs by the BPI in recognition of record sales. This was a very interesting period in my career. After the break up of the band, I continued working in my studio developing up and coming bands and writing songs of my own. I spent a lot of time in studios creating music in the UK and in Holland. During all this time, I had one silent observer…..Carlene……she was clocking everything as a child, and Angela who has been with me all the way. It was during this time that I made My Journey to Spain.
5 mins 2 Shine
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