Hi Steve. I was a huge fan of your work with RB on Dolphin Brothers. I thought your vocals brought the album to life and I wondered why you you never featured vocally on any of Japan’s tracks or much material since? Why stop after only one album?

I took on the vocals for The Dolphin Brothers because of the nature of the deal on offer from Virgin Records at the time, they wanted a more commercially viable album (our first collaboration was an ambient album). Richard and I felt that we could develop this alongside our more ambient/instrumental work. Turned out Virgin were not up for a long term investment and post Dolphin Brothers we made the decision to focus on the less commercial side since I didn’t enjoy the role of front man and I knew my limitations as a vocalist. A second vocalist in the band JAPAN was never considered.

The Dolphin Brothers photo by Sheila Rock
The Dolphin Brothers – photo by Sheila Rock

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