RIP D’Influence Founding Member, Steve Marston

30 12 2010

I was gutted to hear the news of Steve Marston’s death this month. As a co-founder of the mighty D-Influence, Steve was responsible for some of best soul music of the nineties. On a personal level, D’Influence were hugely influential in shaping my tastes and passion for soul music. Nearly twenty years on, their albums sound as fresh as when they were released. Check the tribute selection below for evidence and then scoot off and pick up their first few albums, Good4We, Prayer4Unity and London – each one a classic of nineties soul.

His friend Kim Trotter enlightens us on Steve’s truly inspirational character, You know he was told he had cancer, and since then he travelled the world, fell in love, married, settled in Colombia, had a baby, released a new album and set up a hair care company whose products are used by Michelle Obama! Never mind what he had already achieved! He was such an inspiration, he really knew how to live.

Steve was a multi-instrumentalist and talented producer who had worked with a vast array of premier league talent including Mick Jagger, Tom Jones, Mark Morrison, Seal, Eric Benet, Tom Browne, Simply Red, Maxi Priest, Changing Faces, Dru Hill, Beverly Knight and Heather Headley. He had recently released his first sax-led project, the smooth Sax Water, to much acclaim from the smooth jazz fraternity.

I’d long since given up hope on a new D’Influence album appearing in the racks, but this sad news confirms my worst fears. Thank goodness my younger self had the foresight to buy everything they did back in the day. RIP, Steve.

Props to SoulBounce for making us aware of this awfully sad new and thanks to twitter buddy, SoulCityLondon for filling in the gaps.



One response

7 01 2011

Oh i just learned about this sad news. D-Influence is one of the best UK soul bands and Steve will be sorely missed.
Unfortunately his death is eclipsed by other recent losses (Teena Marie, Gerry Rafferty…)

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