Biography / Info
Rick began his music career at a small North London record company call Satril Records, (who were responsible for the inception of Wet, wet wet, and unfortunately ‘The birdy Song’), where he wrote for some of the company’s acts.
Within a year of signing the deal, Rick had met a local band in his home town, and decided to throw his hat in the ring with these guys. He co-wrote an album with the singer, and they put Claytown Troupe on the road, with Rick booking all the gigs.
After 3 national tours, Beggars Banquet and Island Records headed a pack of companies trying to sign the band, and the American Ron Fair (now President of Geffen USA) won the day for Island.
An album was recorded in London: Through The Veil, which gained much credibility for the band and still remains an underground classic. From this were taken a clutch of single releases, all with videos, and sales were very healthy due to the constant touring. The Cult, Pearl Jam, The Damned, The Godfathers, The Mission and The Wonderstuff all sampled the delights of touring with Claytown.
In 1991, Ron Fair took the band to America, where they signed a 5 album deal with EMI. They spent that summer recording their second album at ‘The Hit Factory’, ‘Out There’ received mixed reviews, although the band were making a big impression on the US. An appearance at the Concrete festival in Los Angeles, supporting Ossie Osbourne and Soundgarden, was acclaimed by the music business fraternity. Unfortunately soon after, EMI experienced a take-over which resulted in most of the acts losing their contracts.
Ron Fair moved to RCA, where he eventually rose to Vice President, and despite interest from a number of parties, the band decided to follow their instincts and split up to pursue their own musical interests. Rick worked with the drummer from D-Ream for a while, in an ambitious project called Slingshot. This proved entertaining but fruitless, and so he turned his attention to programming and writing/producing.
After a period of experiementing with a film company at Ealing studios, which gave him his first experience of music for live theatre, Rick was snapped up by Clive Banks, the manager of Elton John, Paul Young and The Who.
Rick produced for Betty Boop in a project for Madonna, wrote and recorded for Richard Traviss (Bad Boys Inc., ex partner of Denise Van Outen and owner of Browns nightclub) and also the Mark Morrison production team.
The end of the ‘90s saw Rick managing a reharsal complex in Camden Town, where he met Los Bravos singer Ari Seur. They immediately struck up a partnership, and when Los Bravos returned to the public eye, Ari sought Rick for the band.
Rick has recently gained a degree in Music Technology ‘sound for media‘ and is currently waiting to begin a term at York University by invitation, on a Masters in Music Composition.
For Rick, the day is too short and the consumate test of life races on.