Big Boss Man formed in November 1998, Their sound is a hip Heavy Hammond hybrid of pop, 6T’s R’n’B / Latin soul and funk. Early 1999 they got themselves a gig at the renowned “Blow Up”, then situated at the Wag club London, as usual the club was packed and the crowd absolutely loved the Big Boss Sound. They were then immediately signed up to the clubs very own “Blow Up” record label. The first release can be found on V2 Blow Upcompilation “Blow Up A Go-Go” with the demo version of the track Humanize, (recorded in the bands very own Ramshackle studios).
Nasser Bouzida: Organ, Mono-synthesizer, Bongos
Desmond Rogers: Drums
Scott “the Hawk” Milsom: Electric bass & Double Bass
Trev Harding: Guitar
Discography: (Blow Up Records unless stated otherwise)
Sea Groove/Version (Blow Up Records) (2000) , Big Boss Man/Version (2001) Big Boss Man” The Hawk”/Frank Popp “leave me alone” (2005) (Record Kicks)
Party 7/Kelvin Stardust (2006), C’est Moi (2009) (promo cd only) Black Eye (2010) (promo cd only), Aardvark (2014)
Humanize (2001), Winner (2005),
Full English Beat Breakfast (2009), Last Man on Earth (2014)
Blow Up a go-go (V2) The Later Lounge 1 & 2 (2000 ) (Later Magazine), It’s a Cool Cool Christmas (Jeepster) 2000, Unique Club Culture (Unique) 2000, Midem 2001 (Manchester Music) (2001) Robbi, Tobbi und Das Fliewatuut (Diggler) 2002, Soul Shaker 1 & 2 (2004/5) The Outernational Sound (18 St Lounge), Urban Deluxe (V2)(2005) Kitsch World Tour (Keks) 2007, Come on Soul (Legere) (2007), Raymann is Laat (Sonic Sorcery) 2008, Pradat (EMI) 2008, Vollanalog (private press LP) (2009) Blow Up Sampler (Blow Up) (2011)
Updated Releases and Tour Dates:
28th Nov ’14 – ZooZoo at The Blues Kitchen, Camden, London, UK
29th Nov ’14 – Jazz Cafe, Camden, London, UK
19th Dec ’14 – R3VIVAL, La Maroquinerie, Paris, FRANCE
27th Dec ’14 – Hipsville Xmas A Go Go, Fiddlers’ Elbow, NW5, London, UK
01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?
We have been together since 1998, Nass, Scott and Trev had been friends playing in bands for years, and when their last band “Skooby” hit the rocks the guys set up Big Boss Man mainly for fun; Nass, known principally as a drummer until this point came out from behind the kit to play organ & bongos and front the band. Scott played double bass in the early days.
One night we played at the Blow Up night at the Wag Club in Soho and were approached to sign to the Club’s Record Label and publishing company, they offered to pay for enough really good recording studio sessions, quality mixing and mastering to make a record we would all be happy with, and cut us in on a good deal so we haven’t looked back since. Around the same time we were invited to play at the Euro YeYe festival in Northern Spain, where we had a blast, it opened our eyes to the scene outside of Great Britain and the possiblities for touring that could be had, we have now toured Spain 5 times!
02. What influences do the band members have in common?
We all love playing, recording, creating, Soul, 60’s Garage, 60’s R’n’B, Psyche, Funk and Bongo-Fuzz sounds.
03. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?
We would def recommend: The Bongolian, The Hawkmen and The 45’s, they all feature members of Big Boss Man!
04. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?
We are from all over, obviously London is great: club nights like: NUTs, Weirdsville, Dirty Water etc, Bristol has the frat house and department S.
Still working on Swansea, although there is a good Northern soul night that takes place in Pontadawe occasionally.
05. What are your live shows like?
We are a mainly instrumental band; we have the stage set up with Nass pounding the organ and bongos opposite Des beating the hell out of the drum kit and the two of them going generally mental whilst the Hawk and Trev hold it together.
06. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?
We don’t do covers these days, though back in the beginning we used to do a rocksteady version of Peter Tosh’s “Steppin’Razor” and a Hammond Version of Elvis’s “His latest flame”
Our biggest influences are mostly black guys called Jimmy: Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Cliff, Jimi Hendrix, plus James Brown.
We don’t despise anyone!
07. What are your main influences outside of music?
08. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?
Nass writes most of the songs, but there are quite a few team efforts and co-writes. The few vocal numbers we have deal with; love lost, life’s bizarre experiences E.G. “Trans Adonis” and odd people we have met along the way. E.G. “Hail Caesar”
09. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?
Our Favorite song has got to be “Last Man on Earth” from the new LP/CD/digital download “Last Man on Earth” on Blow Up Records
Another Artist; anything by James Brown, say, “Sssh for a while” his avant-garde keyboard work on that track is second to none!
10. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?
There are loads of great nights going on all over Europe, more than ever, we participate occasionally!
11. What has been the biggest challenge to date?
Deciding which tracks to put on the new LP we settled for: Aardvark, Theme from Last Man on Earth, Blow your own, Hail Caesar, Changing Faces, Crimson 6Ts, The Bear, Project No.6, Le Dernier Homme Sur Terre, Shot Down, Trans Adonis, Painted Rainbow, Sladey and Last Man on Earth (vocal version).
12. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?
We are always rehearsing, and have been playing a lot in 2014 to promote the new LP, we have been asked by one of the shows on BBC6 Music to come in and record a session, so hopefully that will work out then more gigging in 2015 followed by recording at Beat Mountain and Dog House Studios.
13. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?
Just get Shindig Magazine, that has it all covered!
14. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?
There’s loads of great new bands out there if you look, “The Turning” for instance, good bunch of guys!
15. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?
Who: Any of the Soul Legends before it’s too late!
Where: Hitsville USA in Detroit (Motown Studio) or Studio 1 in Kingston Jamaica! Maybe some of the spirit of the classic tunes recorded there would rub off on us.
16. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?
Well we better get working on BBM IV! Next year we return to Spain (In April) so really looking forward to that. And hopefully dates on the UK festival circuit.