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20 Years Old!

The Funkin Site many many years ago

So, 20 years ago I made a little website about my favourite band.  I'm happy to say the band are still going (although they do seem to be increasing the time between albums) and by all accounts we'll be hearing some new music very soon and a new album to follow up 2010's Rock Dust Light Start later this year.  Exciting times are ahead.

I never expected this site to be as popular as it was (I say 'was' as it's nowhere near as popular as it used to be!) and I never expected what would happen when I first created a little webpage about the band. Through this site I've met some lovely people from all over the world and built up a great vinyl, CD and DVD collection.

I've been fortunate enough to have found myself in a position to help with the official website/facebook presence (I am currently no longer involved) and have been able to combine a passion of photography and Jamiroquai by having the opportunity to meet the band members, take photos at many concerts and ultimately see some photos in print in the Rock Dust Light Star tour book.  I also like that I took the official Jamiroquai Facebook page profile photo which has had in excess of 45,000 'likes'.  I've had so much fun.

Ten years ago a surprise party was held following the B-Live Festival in London where the band performed (at the Festival, not at the party!).  That was a great day (and night).

So, the site is still going -- it's just ticking over gently.  It hasn't evolved a great deal over the years and in fact has got simpler (i.e., less admin for me) when things like the voting and guestbook were removed.  A couple of years ago I made it mobile device friendly I don't add much news to the site but expect to be adding a bit more as the new single/album/tour information starts to appear over the coming months.

It just keeps going like an ever reliable friend.

If you're after a more regular fix of news about Jamiroquai and the bandmembers then this isn't the best place to go - head over to Jamirotalk or the Jamiroquai reddit - there's far more updates there than there are here.  But please come back every now and then :)

Thanks for reading.

David

Band rehearsals and secret gig?

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Bandmembers Derrick McKenzie and Paul Turner have in the past day posted online photos of the band (Jay is not in the photos but is no doubt there) together in a rehearsal studio.  Paul mentioned in another recent Facebook post about a secret gig next week - but didn't confirm if it was for Jamiroquai or not.  If there is a Jamiroquai gig/showcase coming up then I suspect it will be for record company executives only :(

Either way it looks like we'll be hearing some new music in the not too distant future.

November release date planned for new Jamiroquai album

Jamiroquai bassist Paul Turner posted a tweet this week that said:

"Hey guys, the new Jamiroquai album will be out beginning of November. No it is not planned to be the last!"

Bandmembers have been in the studio recently working on tracks for the album and it sounds like things are really taking shape.  In advance of a release in (hopefully) November there should be some new music hitting the airwaves in the run-up to the album.

It's getting exciting.

New album coming later this year?

Facebook message from Derrick McKenzie

If you keep an eye on the facebook and twitter accounts of some of the bandmembers there's often little pieces of information shared that get us excited about new music from the band.  There's been a few posts recently including one from Derrick McKenzie (drums) on Facebook "Who else is looking forward to the new Jamiroquai album?" and also a message from Paul Turner (bass) on Twitter where he said the album is currently being mixed and will be out in the winter.

Paul also wrote a few weeks ago that he expects there to be a few promo only dates in 2016 and a full tour next year.

Stay tuned...

Credit: Brent Armstrong, Melanie Schumacher

(Very) old Jamiroquai session recordings

Stuart Zender - Zendertapes

Original Jamiroquai bass player (until 1998) Stuart Zender has just launched a new website and as a treat for Jamiroquai fans he is going to be putting online some old Jamiroquai session demo tape recordings.

The first 'Zendertape' is for the track Scam - from Jamiroquai's second album The Return of The Space Cowboy.

Stuart says...

Hearing these tapes conjures such fond memories of a time when music and the creative process was so free and uninhibited.

To listen to this great bit of old school Jamiroquai and to read a little more then please head over to the zendermusic.com website.

Thanks to Brent Armstrong for giving me the heads up on this news.  To stay in touch with all sorts of Jamiroquai news (in addition to funkin.com of course ;) please have a look at the Jamiroquai Subreddit which he looks after.

Credit: Brent Armstrong

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