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March 7, 2017

I grew up in the 1960s. I was part of the movement for freedom, justice, love, peace and brown rice!

My heroes were social commentators such as Bob Dylan, Tom Lerher, Lenny Bruce, Allan Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Joni Mitchell…and many more! While some were smoking dope, I...

November 28, 2016

An Interview with Richard Niles (or, as Tears For Fears call him, “George Martin on acid”)

[Editor:] Years ago when Steely Dan’s “Aja” album came out, I couldn’t get enough of it. The musicianship, the arrangements, the energy, the mix—it all blew me away. I don’t know...

November 18, 2016

Dr RICHARD NILES has been described by Pat Metheny as "a great orchestrator and musician and a pleasure to work with.” and by Sir Paul McCartney as “one of the best composer/arrangers around and an exciting musical force.” Richard was on the scene in London, but moved...

November 1, 2016

BANDZILLA RISES!!! is now available for pre-order in our Shop and on iTunes and Amazon. Not only is it your chance to ensure that you will be among the first to hold this acclaimed CD in your hot little hands, but you will make Bandzilla himself  very happy and he will...

September 19, 2016

I need to start by saying I have loved Randy Brecker’s music since I heard his first album Score. I continued to love the group Dreams (1970-71) with Randy & Michael Brecker, Don Grolnick, Billy Cobham and Will Lee. I especially liked the track Imagine My Surprise, a h...

September 14, 2016

You will no doubt recall the classic scene in the Blues Brothers movie where Jake and Elwood stroll into the Soul Food Cafe and order dry white toast and four fried chickens from a somewhat bemused and ultimately dismissive Aretha Franklin. When she takes the order to...

September 10, 2016

Long ago in the mists of time [actually, in prehistoric days is WAS very misty, due to atmospheric conditions with the earth still cooling down and the steam and all. Later on there was a cabaret group called the Mists of Time who did very well on the cruise ships but...

September 10, 2016

What BANDZILLA Means to Me

Dr. Richard Niles (09.01.2016)

It’s GOING to happen. As Mose Allison sang, “If you live – your time will come”. Few of us look forward to getting older. The disadvantages are pretty obvious: mental (disillusionment, cynicism), biological (ill-h...

August 21, 2016

Bandzilla was born at SARM Studios in London in 1985. I had just finished a session for Grace Jones’ album, Slave To the Rhythm. Producer Trevor Horn had asked me to arrange the album using an 85-piece orchestra, including a full jazz ‘big band’ – 4 trumpets, 4 trombon...

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