An in-depth interview with Wally Badarou (2h)

Very detailed insights into the life of Wally Badarou… During a 2 hour in-store conversation, the legendary (pop) musician unfolds his approach to making sounds and music and comments on his magnum opus as well as his musical life in general. Host is Margie.

Arp Frique invited the living pop music legend for the occasion of his Festival Magia, where Badarou performs live (Rotterdam, 01-09-2018).

Godfather of pop, synthesizer specialist, Wally Badarou was the long-time associate of the British band Level 42, known for its blend of funk, pop, soul, and rock. He was a member of Island records’ Compass Point All Stars and worked with M, Robert Palmer, Tom Tom Club, Grace Jones, Talking Heads.

Wally Badarou | Red Bull Music Academy

Revered musician Wally Badarou breaks down some of the secrets of working as part of the Compass Point All-Stars with Sly and Robbie while also offering a fly on the keyboard view of recording Pop Muzik with Robin Scott and explaining why he refused to sign a contract with James Brown in his RBMA Melbourne 2006 Lecture.

Photographs of level 42 recording the album Guaranteed

In 1990 Mark King asked me to come up to his Summerhouse Recording Studio in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight in England, to take photographs of Level 42 recording their “Guaranteed” Album. A great experience and I had the pleasure of watching guitarist Alan Holdsworth in action. Time to put the cameras down and watch a master.

Patrick Eden

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