Paul Hardcastle

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Jazz Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 December 1957, London, England. This producer, mixer, composer and keyboard wizard was one of the UK dance music scene’s first crossover successes. He first worked in a hi-fi shop and developed an interest in electronics in his teens. Hardcastle made his recording debut in 1981 on ‘Don’t Depend On Me’, a single by UK soul act Direct Drive. He subsequently formed First Light with vocalist Derek Green, with whom he had worked on the Direct Drive sessions. First Light’s output included a deplorable cover version of America’s ‘A Horse With No Name’. Hardcastle then formed his own Total Contral Records label and enjoyed two number 1 dance hits in 1984 with ‘You’re The One For Me’/‘Daybreak’/‘A.M.’ and ‘Rainforest’. The latter was released on the Bluebird label in the UK, and became a big club hit in America on the Profile Records label.

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