Mike Lindup is best known as the keyboardist and co-vocalist for Brit-Funk legends, Level 42. Mike has blended traditional keyboard instruments, such as the piano and Fender Rhodes, with a myriad pieces of cutting edge music tech over the years. We caught up with him ahead of his new solo release, Changes 2.
00:00 - Introduction
00:52 - What were your influences?
04:21 - Stevie Wonder
06:14 - The move from classical to pop
08:32 - Robin Scott’s influence
11:51 - The transition to music tech and operating it live
16:35 - When things go wrong!
18:20 - The current rig
20:24 - The home studio
22:35 - Wally Badarou and sampling
26:22 - Changes 2
29:27 - Reissuing Changes and a solo tour
35:26 - Level 42 into 23
40:45 - Quick fire questions: favourite synth, live track, what’s on your iPod?
Mike Lindup - Biog
Mike Lindup began a successful professional career as founder and keyboard player in Level 42, which continues to this day. He also has a successful solo career, and enjoys supporting a variety of super-talented artists including Dominic Miller, Phil Gould, and Zeep (Da Lata).
He released his first solo album, ‘Changes’, in 1990, a song album featuring his great friend Dominic Miller on guitar, Pino Palladino on bass and Manu Katche on drums.
In 1994 Level 42 took a break and Mike used the opportunity to diversify musically, exploring different styles of music that echo his breadth of tastes and influences. He wrote music for an Audi Sport video ‘Return of the Four Rings’, performed with Latin Jazz band Negrocan, and played regularly with UK/Brazilian band Da Lata, whilst continuing to work on his own solo material.
Mike’s forthcoming album, ‘Changes 2’, will be released in early 2023.
Links And Credits
Music clips taken from Mike’s forthcoming album, ‘Changes 2’:
- 03:47 - Space Groove
- 11:18 - Atlantia
- 22:03 - Late Night Wonder
- 33:37 - TTLG
Mike Lindup Website - https://mikelindup.com
Mike Lindup on YouTube - www.youtube.com/@MikeLindup42
Level 42 Website - https://www.level42.com
Interviewer: Rob Puricelli - Biog
Rob Puricelli is a Music Technologist and Instructional Designer who has a healthy obsession with classic synthesizers and their history. In conjunction with former Fairlight Studio Manager, Peter Wielk, he fixes and restores Fairlight CMI’s so that they can enjoy prolonged and productive lives with new owners. He also writes reviews and articles for Sound On Sound, his own website, Failed Muso, and other music-related publications, as well as hosting a weekly livestream on YouTube for the Pro Synth Network and guesting on numerous music technology podcasts and shows. Rob also works alongside a number of manufacturers, demonstrating their products and lecturing about music technology at various educational and vocational establishments.
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