Pope’s production skill and musicality set the foundation for a successful
award winning career as a DJ and producer touring the world as one half of
an electronic duo. Times were good but something was missing. The
partnership became increasingly fraught and like most things in life, ended.
One of the final records the duo released was inspired by Pope’s Supertrampesque
keys and featured, for one of the first times, vocals written and
performed by Pope. This was the key that Pope had been searching for, the
freedom of expression that he had been missing. Everything became clear,
safety in numbers had prevented Pope from taking a solo risk, shadows cast
back to the days when papa Pope left home. Not anymore.
Pope hunkered down in the studio and set to writing and producing original
records and songs. In tandem he began training his voice and refining his
unique vocal tone. Pope cites a wide range of musical influences including
soul, electronica, dance, R&B spanning many artists including Prince, Chopin,
Quincy Jones, Tower Of Power, Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye to name a few. In
an age of music by numbers and generic vocals, Pope’s production,
influences, musicality, distinctive voice and large vocal range all come
together to make his performances and records special and truly distinctive.