Wednesday 8 th December 2021 // 6:00 PM
It was 1994 when Ross met east Londoner Skye at a party, she ended up dating his mate who mentioned that Skye could sing. Skye was not happy about it. “Why did you tell them I could sing?!” Her only experience was a local singing class, some backing vocals in a funk band, and one try at busking in Covent Garden. She wasn’t ready to sing into a microphone, or in front of people - but it was a chance remark that changed their lives. Ross and his brother Paul wrote and recorded their debut single ‘Trigger Hippie’ with Skye which effectively started the group Morcheeba as a trio and got them an indie record deal. They released the acclaimed debut album ‘Who Can You Trust?’ in 1996 and inevitably started playing live with a first gig at The Jazz Cafe in London.
Over the next few years the band went global with ‘Big Calm’ (1998), ‘Fragments of Freedom’ (2000) and ‘Charango’ (2002) and the brilliance of signature songs ‘The Sea’ and ‘Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day’. They produced an album for Talking Heads legend David Byrne, got film soundtrack work from Morcheeba fan and Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh and in 2003 were the first western band to do a full tour of China. But Skye was ousted from the band that year when Ross’ brother DJ/producer Paul wanted to change direction, and she didn’t feature on‘The Antidote’ (2005) or ‘Dive Deep’ (2008).
Meanwhile, Ross moved to LA in 2006 and built a studio in the Hollywood Hills for recording with Morcheeba and soundtrack productions. “I spent a lot of time out in the desert taking psychedelics and living out some acid rock fantasy,” he concedes. After releasing two solo albums ‘Mind How You Go’ and ‘Keeping Secrets’, Skye agreed to return to Morcheeba in 2009. The albums ‘Blood Like Lemonade’ (2010) and ‘Head Up High’ (2013) followed. Paul then left in 2015 turning the band into a duo.
Since then the pair have become closer and they got back to work, first making an album as Skye & Ross, then ‘Blaze Away’ (2018) as Morcheeba. “The connection we have now is great,” Skye reveals. “We understand each other, and we’re both hard working. Our agent might say, ‘oh it’s a gruelling schedule, sometimes five gigs in a row...’ and we’ll both immediately say YES!”
Ultimately, "Blackest Blue is about finding a way through the darkest of times and emerging the other side changed but intact."
- Opens: 6:00 PM
- Curfew: 10:00 PM
- Price: £22.50 + bf
- Age Restrictions: 14+