My name is Kere Buchanan & I’m a drummer/composer/arranger/producer in Sydney, Australia, although I’m originally from New Zealand.
I’ve recorded & or performed with the likes of Tina Arena, Marcia Hines, Kasey Chambers, Bella, Rick Price, Delta Goodrem, Felicity Urquhart, Tamara Stewart, Steve Clisby, & Danielle Spencer. I have two of my own bands… The ‘Bodacious Cowboys’, (the music of Steely Dan) & ‘Back On The Block’, (the music of Quincy Jones & Michael Jackson) as well as a band called ‘Kerosene’ with my writing partner, Glenn Bidmead.
About the album… ‘Starting Over’.
I originally came up with the idea conceptually for this album about 10 years ago. As I’m not a lead vocalist, but have a love for a lot of different types of vocal music, I thought why not make a record with both an array of talent instrumentally & vocally… I guess similar to how Quincy Jones or Incognito make/made their records.
I really wanted the album to sound sonically as close to an analog sounding jazz/rock/r‘n’b type record, as a majority of my favourite albums that I loved & still love listening to today are records by artists such as Al Jarreau, Randy Crawford, Bill LaBounty, Randy Goodrum, Chaka Khan, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, James Ingram, Patti Austin, Luther Vandross, Lionel Richie, George Benson, Sergio Mendes, Ivan Lins, Steely Dan, Toto, Boz Scaggs, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Fourplay, David Benoit, Joe Sample, David Sanborn & Jeff Lorber to name a few! I guess the common thread with all of these amazing artists records is great songs/tunes, as well as great production & great playing.
‘Starting Over’ is therefore my first, & definitely not my last, attempt @ creating I guess a sound that encapsulates all these types of artists & records influentially both musically and performance wise, but hopefully creating a sound that is, I guess, me.
I sincerely hope you enjoy the journey of the record!