x-blu was formed in 2021 and are avant-garde punkists with influences including Velvet Underground, New Order, Sam Fender, the Doves and 70s disco/funk and who play out like #joydivision meets #nico.
We are Gary Parker (guitar, keyboards, vocals and production), Dani Tagen (vocals, production and Creative Director) and Sybil Mayard (vocals, keyboards, production and Digital Director).
Dani Tagen is a multidisciplinary artist with a strong visual arts background. She had classical piano lessons in her early teens but dropped them when the teachers didn't allow her to play her own songs. She then joined a punk-rock band as the bass player and played gigs in schools.
During her degree in Graphic Design she joined a classical choir. The highlight was singing "Dido & Aeneas" by Henry Purcell to 30k people in Buenos Aires.
Greatest influences include the Doors, Portishead, Nina Simone and the Brazilian rock movement of the 80/90s.
Dani joined x-blu in 2021 as one of the singers - "I'm the happiest when I sing."
Gary Parker has a long musical pedigree stretching back over a considerable period. He hails from the North West of England and is currently London based and has worked with many bands; he still leads his band Blue Horizon LNW who play different styles of music from x-blu. He really enjoys working in x-blu with Dani and Sybil because of the collaborative, collective nature of their work, the different perspectives and skills each member brings and because it's great fun!
Parker is a singer, guitar player and song writer and is a previously published poet. He is currently experimenting with poetry and spoken word material along with his particular take on the singer/songwriter genre, but with a range of other electronic music influences, indie rock and soul music, reflecting his North West musical roots. Much of this material and other rarities are on the Blue Horizon SoundCloud site.
Sybil Mayard is the newest member of x-blu and brings both her musical skills and her experience of digital services and music production. She recently graduated with an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Kent; previously she achieved a BSc in Sound Technology and Digital Music from Oxford Brookes University.
After taking a break from music, she returned to the industry to co-found Blue Horizon LNW where she is the Sound Engineer and also provides vocals and plays the keyboard. She plays an active role in x-blu were she is also the Digital Director for the band and has developed the band's website. She is also working with Gary Parker to set up a studio to continue with music projects for x-blu and Blue Horizon LNW and to work on future film, video and music projects. Her skills compliment the creative, vocal and musical skills of Dani Tagen and the musicianship and production skills of Gary Parker and add a distinct digital dimension to the sound and look of the band.