#010: 808 state - Andy Barker - Tony Ross - Part Two
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Andy Barker is a founding band member of 808 State.
The band where Initially fuelled by the emergent music technology of the late Eighties or as Andy puts it "It's all about the machines."
808 State love affair with their machines came to define their style and sound. Taking up the Roland 808 and intertwining into the band's name.
Adding human warmth, to modern machine music to creating abstract, artistic techno with harder melodic edges that has remained timeless.
With their breakthrough singles Pacific, Cubik and In Yer Face, released across labels such as ZTT and Tommy Boy in the United States, the band were the first electronica band to craft long-form dance music albums.
Tony Ross Djing since 87 inspired by the early house sounds which were filtering through from the USA. A regular at the Hacienda where Gramham Park and Jon Da Silva would stimulate his musical education.
Tony found himself DJing along with Sasha both becoming residents at the legendary Shelleys and far many more discerning club nights up and down the country, later going on to tour the world stage with Sasha and supporting 808 State with his DJ sets.
In this episode, I shall be chatting with 808 States, Andy Barker and his DJ partner Tony Ross.
About 808 States legendary sell-out concert at GMEX Manchester at the height of Madchester,
Flying sheep and the show with the mighty KLF which never happened.
The 808 State Radio Show, from its early days at Sunset Radio to being taken off the air while having the most robust rates across the Galaxy Network and how they passed on messages live on air to the inmates in jail when the Manchester Strangeways riot was happening.