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GET TO KNOW: Don & The Dreamers
After originally making a name for himself as the drummer for 70s glam-rock icons Slade, Don Powell has recently revived himself with his newest group Don & The Dreamers, who now return with their sweeping new single 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood'.
Lifted from their newly announced debut album 'It's Never Too Late To Be A Rock Star', 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' makes for a wonderfully smooth and enticing listen. Filled with warm and embracing textures, a sweeping atmosphere, and captivating vocals throughout, they are proving that age is never an excuse to not explore new and interesting ideas.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with Don to find out more about his origins and influences over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
Buddy Holly & The Crickets
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
There were only 3 of, us, me on drums, Mick Marson on guitar and Johnny Howells vocalist. We only played ‘covers’ at, weddings, Youth Clubs and Birthday parties. We called ourselves, ‘Johnny Travell & The Vendors’.
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
The satisfaction of hearing something that I’ve been part of, be it performing, recording or, writing.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
Getting our first ‘Hit’ record then, our first No1.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
The Beatles. My dream came true when I played drums for, Ringo Starr’s band while Ringo sang at the front of the stage.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Still being able to do what I love doing, PLAYING DRUMS…
Don & The Dreamers' new single 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' is available to stream now. Check it out below.