Astralasia

Genres: Electronic & Ambient
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

This UK trance outfit was formed in the late 80s by Marc Swordfish (keyboards), Kim ‘Oz’ Russell (vocals) and Gary ‘Moonboot’ Masters (guitar), with other members including Ed Bones (guitar), Wayne Manor (bass), Chris Hayne (keyboards), Jason Relf (keyboards) and Sam Turner (violin). Relf’s father was the late Keith Relf, singer with the original Yardbirds. Astralasia was originally only a part-time concern, with the members concentrating on their main musical outlet, the Magic Mushroom Band, a psychedelic space pop unit formed in 1982 by Russell, Masters and guitarist Gary Twining. Critical acclaim for 1990’s self-titled debut persuaded the musicians to continue working as Astralasia, although by this point Relf had departed to form Booma (with Scott James). He later released solo records as Solar Plexus and Tangled Feet. Led by musical mastermind/producer Swordfish, Astralasia was among the early pioneers of UK trance, rejoicing in a...

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