World Gone Solo
The story of: BLUE STATUE BLUE STATUE is a project started in 1996 by Dion L. Williams, an artist who composes, performs, records and produces his own material. Dion started writing poetry and lyrics in high school, though it\'s the acoustic guitar where he finds most of the inspiration for his material, and is influenced by bands and artists such as The Cure, The Rolling Stones, R.E.M., The Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley. Dion was originally the songwriter and vocalist for the band THE WONDERFIELD in the early 90\'s, an alternate rock band from PIETERMARITZBURG, which was made up of: Dion (Vocals); his two younger brothers, Mark A. Williams (Bass) and Clinton Williams (Guitar); Ron Wartmann (Guitar); Jacques van den Bergh (drums); and later Steven J. (Guitar), and Roots Cele (Drums). Because of other commitments the band split and Dion went on to start his own solo project, BLUE STATUE. Shane Nel joined as guitarist, with Mark A. Williams on bass guitar. The position of drummer was filled by whoever was available at the time, e.g. Jacques, Roots or occasionally Rob Marais, who now graces the stage with THE HAIRY LEGGED LENTYL EATERS. After many live performances in and around Kwazulu-Natal, BLUE STATUE recorded thirteen songs with Rob at SIGNATURE STUDIOS, and in October 1997 released a collection of acoustic songs, called "WASTED WORDS". The title track from the album received airplay in December 1997 on East Coast Radio. The experience Dion gained while in the studio, and with new equipment supplied by R&B Music (Pietermaritzburg), motivated him to write some of his best material to date, including the songs: Screaming Son, Secrets, Truth About You and Vacuum Six. The band lineup continued to change, putting an enormous strain on Dion and his management, and eventually the project BLUE STATUE went into hibernation, while Dion continued composing and performing live with various other rock outfits in Pietermaritzburg. Now ten years after recording "WASTED WORDS", and with the management services of Arthur Key from NITERIDER PROMOTIONS, BLUE STATUE is back and has recorded another 18 tracks at LANTERN STUDIOS, with a fresh new styling and groove. All acoustic and electric bass lines on the tracks are composed and performed by Mark A. Williams. Dion has experimented with and applied new production techniques which have inspired and produced a greater level of maturity and creativity from this talented composer. He is taking full advantage of the digital age of drum and instrument samples to decorate and drive his acoustic framework and alternate vocals. These tools have given BLUE STATUE's electro/acoustic rock new direction, providing more variety, depth and consistency. Ten songs have been remixed for release on a new album \'WORLD GONE SOLO\' early next year. A psychedelic/alternate/rock groove album!?! This album will include guest appearances by guitar guru LANK MALENKY, Mixed and Produced by JASON FOX and BLUE STATUE at LANTERN STUDIOS. This album will include thier single called "RASTA CHANT", dedicated to the memory of LUCKY DUBE, written and produced by Blue Statue. Some of the demo versions of the tracks from the album are already being showcased on various website platforms BLUE STATUE have also managed to get the attention of one of the most sought after and talented producers in the music industry, FTSE100 of EYEMUSIC HYPERMEDIA. Dion has been given the task of writing and performing main vocals on a track called "HISTORY", by Ftse100/Ninevault Audio and featuring Lank Malenky on Lead Guitars, to be released soon. Blue Statue have recently performed at Splashy Fen Music Festival to probably their biggest and most receptive audience ever, which resulted in them being booked for 5 gigs, over the following weeks, almost ammediatley. A live interview with Blue Statue at Splashy Fen 2008, is available on (http://www. Silver. Co.za/) website. More collaborations with various local artists are being planned for 2008 as well as local Festival appearances and local Charity fund raising events. Watch your local press for details.