Incognito is noted to be a member of the UK's acid jazz movement, since their incarnation in the band have travelled worldwide with their funk infused jazz sounds. The band centres around composer, record producer, guitarist and singer Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick and has included a vast array of musicians over the years, notably singers such as Jocelyn Brown, Maysa Leak, Tony Momrelle, Imaani and Carleen Anderson have all been a part of or have collaborated with Incognito.
Incognito The enduring success of Incognito is one of the great stories of UK music during the last four decades. Look at the recent history of soulful UK artists and you will find any number of short-lived acts that have achieved pop success.
Having moved to London from his native Mauritius at age ten, the UK live scene was a key inspiration for Bluey. These were people that lived in your town and walked your streets. I formed Incognito because I really wanted to take the music to the next level and get away from the fashion-conscious, pettycompetitiveness. My vision was to be a producer, a writer, and create a broader musical community.
It charted and Ensign then wanted an entire album, which was all recorded in a few days. I have them in mind, considering their styles and allowing them the space to shine.
I try to get the best from them and in turn they give their best for my songs and productions. This exchange is the basis for the Incognito sound and the ideology of the band. We work with and for each other!
Soon after that, Paul and Bluey went their separate ways. Although Bluey had a day job at the time, he continued writing and producing, and always kept his ears to the ground for new talent. It all helped me to develop as a songwriter. Our vocalist got sick at the last minute, so Gilles suggested Jocelyn Brown. He then gave the track to David Morales to remix, and that mix became a worldwide hit and paved the way for us to have our feet planted in both the live music and club scenes.
This collaboration with Gilles had a major impact on how I would make music from that point on. It was all about relating experiences as I felt them, not just about finding a catchy hook.
As a special bonus and artistic high! The crown for most enthusiastic audience, however, goes to Seoul in South Korea. It was about what influence I could draw from my past works.
The writing has gotten deeper, the music always uplifting, and the productions timeless. If you have not seen them live, this is the band to see! They shine in every department, the grooves irresistible and the message always positive!
As well as being entertainers, we are teachers, healers, and ambassadors for the human race — and we take that very seriously.
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Incognito The enduring success of Incognito is one of the great stories of UK music during the last four decades.