Formed in early 2017, we found each other through our mutual love of David Bowie’s music. Through the early period of that year we quickly built up a basic set to get us out and gigging and as we worked through that, we gelled very rapidly. We realise we have been very fortunate to find each other, in our collective artistic interpretations of Bowie’s music, and mutual understanding of the direction we want to take.
Over the two years, we have been together we have built up a repertoire of nearly 40 songs, which combines many of the classic hits from the 70s with other storming songs from throughout the whole of his career. We continue to work hard, both on the songs we already play and on new songs, to keep the set vibrant and interesting for the loyal fans we have picked up, and also to keep raising our game for those who haven’t yet seen us live.
For us, it’s all about the music. We want to pay tribute to Bowie, without going down the ‘typical tribute band’ route. Of utmost importance to us is the enjoyment and entertainment the crowd get out of our performance, and we feel very honoured to be able to share this experience with them. Just over two years into our existence, we’ve built-up a great reputation for live performance, and had great receptions at the Bowie FRANCE convention and the 2019 Bowie Love event organized by the UK Bowie Convention.
We believe we can offer a unique take on Bowie’s music, by respecting the genius of his original material while also adding musical, vocal, and performance twists to the mix. The female lead vocals certainly add a twist that does not go unnoticed and so does our guitar-driven line-up. Our performances are passionate and come from the heart and we are thoroughly enjoying sharing this Bowie love with the people who come to see us.
Andrew is our electric and acoustic guitar player who also contributes to backing vocals.
He says “My parents bought me a classical guitar in 1982 thinking that it would be a passing phase but years later, guitars remain my guilty pleasure. Inspired to play by Jimmy Page and Alex Lifeson, I have discovered the true genius of David Bowie’s music somewhat later in life than the others but rehearsing and performing these songs in a live setting is both an honour and great fun.”
“If asked what my take on this band is and on my role within it, I would say that we want to celebrate Bowie’s hugely influential body of work and to pay our tribute to this through individual high quality musicianship which, in turn, provides the platform for Jane to deliver her performance.”
“My main guitars are a Gibson Les Paul, a Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion and a Martin D28 and various guitar effects are also used including delays, reverb, chorus, overdrive/distortion, wah pedal and not forgetting the Ebow! The electric guitars and effects are all run through a Louis Electric Deltone amp.”
Mel is our guitarist, backing vocalist and general tech monkey. When she’s not running around with cables and twiddling various (highly functional) knobs, she’s strumming away and warbling her little heart out.
A self taught guitarist from the age of 15, Mel is now an established songwriter regularly gigging in and around Nottingham. Aside from Miss Bowie and the NKS, Mel’s musical endeavours include the indie pop group Vera Gull and the duo Bonbinôme she formed with lead singer Jane.
Mel on Bowie:
“I discovered David Bowie’s music when I first got to uni when I started expanding my musical horizons (my mum’s CD collection back home was boyband heavy). I first listened to Ziggy and was blown away – he was like no one I’d ever heard. His voice, lyrics and musicality were all so new to me and I loved it. I’ve maintained my love of Bowie since then though I wouldn’t call my knowledge encyclopaedic – his back catalogue is enormous. When asked by the band to join in as a backing singer, and general human harmony machine, I was reticent due to the sheer scale of the project – starting a tribute band from scratch is no easy feat – but they got me drunk and I agreed! To be honest, I haven’t looked back since.”
Mel plays a Duesenberg, a Fender Strat and a Martin D18 SS with a Boss ME-80 multi-effects pedalboard to get the varied tones and space agey sounds that are so quintessentially Bowie.
Phil is our Bass Player and is also handy with some backing vocals. Phil has played bass guitar since his teens, deciding on the bass because it looked easier to play! He has been playing in bands since then and has a wealth of live experience in pubs, clubs, and the odd festival. He has dabbled with other instruments (keys and saxophone) and plays acoustic and electric guitar as well as bass.
Phil is of a vintage to remember watching the ‘breakthrough’ performance of ‘Starman’ on TOTP…he is convinced that Bowie really came from another planet. Phil’s favourite bass player is the legendary jazz bassist Jack Bruce. Phil is the band’s graphic artist and created the Miss Bowie logo.
“I’m having a ball playing David’s songs and have discovered some real gems from the later catalogue – particularly ’New Killer Star’. My favourite bass line (so far) is the one to ‘Lazurus’. I play Sandberg and Mike Lull Custom basses through an EBS HD360 amp – which really does go up to ELEVEN – and Bergantino cabs.
Allan is our drummer and band founder.
Allan says “I didn’t hit any drums in anger until 2009 well into my 40’s. Family and friends said it was mid-life crisis.”
“I’ve been a massive Bowie fan since the early 70’s when I first heard The Jean Genie. I saw him live twice, nowhere near enough, the man was a true genius and a unique musical talent. It’s been a true privilege to piece this band together, a fine collection of musicians, merry men and ladies one and all.”
“The journey to date, with this band, has been fabulous and we have knitted together and formed strong friendships that I believe will be lifelong going forward.”
“We have a great sound and hopefully those of you who come along and enjoy an evening of Bowie with us at one of our live gigs will agree we do his songs justice.”
Jane is our lead vocalist and occasional player of strange percussion instruments (such as the washboard tie!).
Jane is quite new to musicianship and performance, having first picked up a guitar at the age of 36 (5 years ago at time of print, cough), and having started performing at open mics in 2016. She did spend many a teenage and adult year, however, prancing around singing Bowie songs in the privacy of her own home, and she is thoroughly enjoying doing that now in front of other people.
On Bowie, Jane says “being an 80s child, my first encounter with anything Bowie was him as Jareth in The Labyrinth. I couldn’t believe this being before me on screen, his aura, his poise, his voice, his eyebrows! From that point onwards, whenever I had the chance as a child, I used to seek out Bowie wherever I could find him. It really kicked in when I could borrow CDS from the library as a 12 and 13 year old, and pore through his back catalog. I have a particular fondness for songs from the 70s but there are amazing Bowie songs from all eras. I was lucky enough to see Bowie live in Paris in 2003; he was majestic. He’s the only reason I wish I was older to have been able to catch him earlier.”