JC (Jean-marie Carroll) is an English Composer,songwriter and musician of French Irish Extraction with 30 years experience in making music in a variety of Genres. His Father was a Free French Airman and his mother a Belfast, meteorologist they met a Blackbushe Airport in Hants.
1956 Born :- Camberley Surrey 9th February 1956
1967 Attends Salesian College Chertsey Forms First band.
1974 begins Work at Coutts and Co (Bank Clerk)
1976 Moves to London and Starts Writing Songs
1977 Joins The Members
1979 Sound of The Suburbs is a Hit
1984 The Members Take a Break
1988 Starts Clothing Company The Dispensary
1988 Gets Married to Sophy Lynn Starts Family
1992 Begins Writing and Producings Musicals
1994 Begins to Compose Film Music
2006 The Members Re-unite
2007 Forms AngloCentric Records
2008 Marries Sheila Moves to Surrey The Members begin Touring and Recording
2011 Wins Golden Trellick for Golborne Variations
2012 Composes Score for Juilens Temple Movies Oill City Confidential and London Modern Babylon
2013 Tours with The Members In Australia and New Zealnd, Starts making Videos
After playing in Various School bands, JC's first taste of serious music was a 1974 Chance meeting in the Three Mariners in Bagshot, Surrey with Pub Rock Pioneer and 70's icon Graham Parker. Together they Subsequently recorded a two track 1/4 inch tape in JC's Bedroom later to become known in Parker Mythology as "The Akai Tapes". Parker went on to international acclaim whilst JC settled into life as a Band Clerk living in a bedsit in Kilburn writing songs on a battered acoustic guitar about... Living in a bedsit in Kilburn writing songs.
1977 A chance meeting on a train with Nicky Ritz (Neé Lightowlers) a Liverpool University Graduate, sometimes insurance salesman, singer, beat poet bon vivant with a fantastic talent for self promotion led in 1977 to him being asked to Join Ritz's seminal Band The Members. Carroll promply renamed Ritz Tesco and the Members were on thier way.
1978 The groups first single Solitary Confinement (A JC co-write Nick Tesco) was released on the then achingly fashionable STIFF records.sol The original 7 inch pressing of this record is highly collectible. THE MEMBERS then teamed up with a young producer called Steve Lillywhite (Brother of Members Drummer Adrian Lillywhite)
1979 released their UK anthem THE SOUND OF THE SUBURBS. (another JC co-write) This record went on to sell 250,000 copies in Months. The track has subsequently been on hundreds of punk compilations and is what THE MEMBERS are most known for. The Subsequent Album AT THE CHELSEA NIGHTCLUB... gained critical approval and has been listed in Record collector as one of the top 20 Punk albums ever made.
The Members then recorded the Groundbreaking OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS a very early example of white reggae and a song that was to provide a blueprint for bands like the Police and the Specials. THE MEMBERS then concentrated on the American and overseas market as they chalked up Hits in America (WORKING GIRL) and Australia (RADIO) before calling it a day in 1983.
JC continued to work with Members Bass Player Chris Payne in the Eastern European Styled "Men Who Came in from the Cold" this band saw JC pursuing his obsession with his fathers european musical roots and his love of the accordian. He also continued to make recording and play sessions with up and coming young musicians such as GUY PRATT and CHESTER KAMEN as well as Punk Legends such as GLEN MATLOCK, JOHNNY THUNDERS, DEE DEE RAMONE and RAT SCABIES.During the Nineties JC took a Break from Music to start a Fashion Company with His then Wife and Raise a family in Notting Hill in West London... The Built up a chain of 4 Fashion Shops in Soho and Notting Hill Gate Designed Manufactured Clothes and Styled Musicians and ordinary People. Fact Kylie Minogues 1st album cover features clothes exclusively from the Dispensary.
The Music kept calling him back so when he was asked to join Folk rock band the Wise Monkeys he had to follow... this period JC hung up his electric guitar and armed only with Accordian and Mandolin went off in search of his French Irish Roots.
During this Period JC began making music for Film and Commercials composing music for Movies Such as Loch Ness, He was also lucky enough to work with the Late Michael Kamen on DON JUAN DE MARCO playing accordian in the Background whilst Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp acted on the Screen .JC is an original ... using recording techniques gleaned from legendary pop producers such as Steve Lillywhite and Martin Rushent he blends New Technology (Logic and Ableton Live) with his Arsenal of Mandolins, Ukes, Accordians, Melodicas, vintage Synths and guitars to create a sound that is both ancient and modern.
2006 ar chance meeting at the Funeral of Frank "Fad Gadget" Tovey leads JC to Team up with Nick Cash (Drums) the relationship with Nick would be instrumental in the beginning of a long a fruitfull collaboration.
2007 JC records at the Legendary Abbey Road Studio and in his own kitchen studio.. The Results were a Film Soundtrack, several Major Supermarket Avertising campaign and three Internet inspired Albums (Distributed digitally by iTunes and physically by Kunaki and CD Baby in the States. At this time JC became involved with many Internet Musicians on the SOUNDCLICK site and was subsequently asked to become involved in the day to day running of that site. Through his association with sounclick JC pioneered a technique of collabbing (ie collaborating with musicians all over the world) to produce collaborative work. The Fruits of this work can be seen on the Albums STRANGERS AND FICTION The Rock is in the Lapt0p and New English Blues Volume I.
The albums were
1. The Rock is in the Lapt0p
2. Modern Folk
3. Strangers and Fiction
2008 Closes his Last Shop and Marries Sheila and Moves to West BYfleet in Surrey saw the Release of NEW ENGLISH BLUES VOL 1 neb(the first part of JC's triptych New English Blues Set.) which contained the surprise Radio Hit and iTunes. CAVEMAN TV.and JC playing live with his Band "The Disciples" at many events in and around London including a fantastic set at Blackpools Premiere Punk festival REBELLION. In contrast in his acoustic guise he shared the stage with Poet Laurette Seamus Heany at the Eclectic Flat Lake arts Festival in Co Monaghan in Ireland . A Chance invitation to play in Miami in November turned into a full North American Tour with JC enjoying success in New York, Toronto and Philly see the blog for that tour here.
2009 sees him consolidating his position as a film and TV composer and continuing to perform with The Disciple and The Members. And release The Golborne Variations a Rock opera about a Road in North Kensington, which features Pink Floyds Long Term Bass Player and old buddy Guy Pratt on Bass together with Nich Cash Chris Payne Chester Kamen and Florida Resident Jennifer Pearl. This album sees JC resume his relationship with Producer David M. Allen.
2010 Saw the Members back on the Road seriously with Huge Shows at the Isle of Wight Fesival, Glastonbury, and a hefty European Touring Schedule. the Recording of two Live Albums Live in Berlin with The Members and Live Acoustic Trio with Tony Reeves and Joe Woolley.
2011 JC is Asked to provide original Material for "Oil City Confidential" Julian Temples Film about legendary Pub Rockers Dr Feelgood. This becomes an Art Cinema Cult Classic and is aired on the BBC several times. Rat Scabies legendary Damned Drummer Joins The Members for European and French Tours, In September Portobello Film Festival Asks JC to perform his Opera Golborne Variation to an early Cut of an Experimental Art Movie of the Same Name. This World Premiere of the Piece Earns JC and his Ensemble a Special award from the Film festival. "A Golden Trellick"
2012 releases Two Albums in March "InGrrLand' The Members 4th Studio Album and 21st Century Blues an Experimental Electro Blues album. Tours France and Germany and is asked once more to provide original material for anothe Julien Temple Film. The Criticall Acclaimed "London The Modern Babylon" JC is listed as the Composer of Original Music.
2013. records Music for the Johnny Thunders Biopic "Looking for Johnny" and Spaghetti Western "6 Bullets to Hell" and Produced many Videos for AngloCentric tours Australia New Zealand and Europe with The Members.