Apple Store Event London. 20th April 2010

21 04 2010

Yesterday, 20th April 2010, was a very special event for Paul Hardcastle. He was invited to give a talk at the flagship Apple Store in Regents Street, London. Considering Paul has only ever once publicly performed 19 which was at The Royal Albert Hall, the anticipation was palpable for fans and music lovers to get an opportunity to listen to Paul talk about this iconic record and his diverse career.

Arriving a good hour early, Paul had a chance to check out where he would be speaking and suss out how many people might be there. This quickly became apparent there would be quite a few as there were already people grabbing seats! Not long after Maxine and Paul Hardcastle Jnr arrived, in anticipation of a special performance.

Before long, it was time to take to the floor. All seats were filled and there was a bank of people standing all round to get an insight into what was going on. Starting off the event with a special screening of Paul’s performance of 19 at the Royal Albert Hall. Instantly engaging the audience with a great performance video, and ultimately the iconic hook, n n n n nineteen could be heard resonating through the store. From this point on Paul was able to settle into things. The audience hanging on his every word, engaging in questions about 19, his videos, songwriting and his experiences in the music industry. Paul has a great knack in keeping the atmosphere fun and captivating, and is never short of a word or two! Playing videos he’s created from the latest 25th Anniversary release of 19 to work that he created in America from his incredibly successful Jazzmasters collection. No stone was left unturned in regards to Paul’s lengthy and full career.

About half way through the one hour talk, Paul decided to lighten the mood. “After all this talk about war and destruction, i think it’s time we chill out a bit!”. He explained how Maxine (his daughter) had introduced him to Logic from discovering it through her own music career, and that everyone should get the chance to hear what the next generation of Hardcastle’s were coming up with. And with that, Maxine and Paul Jnr took to the stage to perform an exclusive performance of Maxine’s own track Another Chance. Maxine joked it would be the only time her dad would ever say she taught him something! The brother and sister duo made for great diversity in the evening. It’s clear music runs through the veins of the Hardcastle family, as Maxine has a great voice and talent to front her own material, and Paul Jnr shows world class talent on the saxophone.

By this point, Paul was clearly in his element. Able to banter with the audience, and answer any question that was fired at him. Before long, Paul’s hour was up. He’d taken the audience on a journey of his life in music, how 19 defined a generation and his career in America. Paul finished up by thanking every for coming, and as a gesture of his appreciation he gave everyone the chance to get hold of the video of his performance from the Albert Hall and amazingly the original demo of 19 that got him his record deal with Chysalis Records. If this wasn’t enough Paul spent another 45 minutes signing autographs and taking pictures. This topped off what was an enjoyable, engaging, insightful look into Paul Hardcastle’s illustrious career.

19 “25th Anniversary” mixes are out now! 19 Boys To War, 19 The Vision. Available from all digital retailers globally. Including iTunes.

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The time is now. 19 released around the world!

19 04 2010

It’s been 25 years in waiting, but the time is here for the highly anticipated remake of Paul Hardcastle’s iconic record 19 to be released globally. From today (19th April) you will be able to download all versions of 19. Including “Boys To War”, “The Vision” “Welcome To Hell” mixes and a special remix by Ministry of Sound DJ Richard Murray. The 25th Anniversary Edition has been inspired by the plight of service men and women in Afghanistan.
Show your support to a record and an artist willing to stand up for a subject that too many people are turning a blind eye to. A percentage of profits for 19 will be going to charities dedicated to helping those helping us.

Get your copy TODAY from iTunes (globally) and iTunes, Amazon, 7digital, Play, We7, HMV, Juno (remixes), Beatport (remixes) in the UK.

iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/19-2010-boys-to-war-anniversary/id361411653
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/19-2010-the-vision-anniversary/id361411618
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/19-welcome-to-hell-remixes/id366627047

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/19-2010-Boys-War-Anniversary/dp/B003BXF1R0/ref=sr_shvl_album_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1271252266&sr=301-2
http://www.amazon.co.uk/19-2010-Vision-Anniversary/dp/B003BX81CM/ref=sr_shvl_album_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1271252266&sr=301-3
http://www.amazon.co.uk/19-Welcome-To-Hell-Remixes/dp/B003FWHLYS/ref=sr_shvl_album_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1271252266&sr=301-4





Good promo with 7 days to go!

12 04 2010

Another good day on the promo trail. Was meant to start the day with an interview on Sky News but they postponed at the last minute and went for an interview with a certain David Cameron instead to chat about some election thats going on! Should be on there later this week or next week. So the day started with a visit to Sun Radio to do an interview with Martel Maxwell. Went really well. She played 19 Boys To War and really seemed to get the message we are trying to put across. Hopefully the newspaper will take note and write an article! Feel free to email The Sun newspaper and tell them!



After the interview it was a quick transfer across town to Talksport Radio for an interview Haksby and Jacobs. This is a great show and was a good chance to play the record to a larger more diverse audience. Had a great time with the guys and i think that really enhanced the feel of the interview.
Now, i’m over a BBC Western House doing a bunch a interviews for regional BBC stations including BBC Sussex, BBC Surrey and BBC Manchester. So if you’re in any of these places, look out for the interview coming soon!





1 week to go!!

12 04 2010




Wanna be a part of the “19” Hall of Fame?

10 02 2010

Want to see your video featured in the “19” Hall of Fame? Well it’s really simple! Just send us a link to your YouTube video of your version of “19” and if we like it, we’ll feature it on these very pages. We’ll be choosing our favourite video each day, so there’s plenty of opportunity.

You can reach us on Facebook or Twitter, so stop by and show us your videos.





19 Mash up

10 02 2010

Here’s a quirky one! A mash up of “19” combined with Snaps “Rhythm is a Dancer” – it really works though!





The Story of 19 – The Final Chapter

5 02 2010

25 Years ago, I recorded the song “19”. The idea came about whilst watching a documentary which highlighted the plight of young men and women who fought in Vietnam.

“In World War 2 the average age of the combat soldier was 26, in Vietnam he was 19” these words really made me stop and think.

When I first approached Chrysalis Records with the Demo of “19” most people there didn’t believe it would get any attention as there would be no interest from the media, and I quote “the public don’t want to hear a song about war”.

Two people thought otherwise, the promotions guy Ken Grunbaum, and Simon Fuller who was working for the Company at the time. I gave the record company an ultimatum, either release “19” as my first record or I would not sign with them.

As luck would have it they agreed, and within three weeks “19” was at the top of the charts in 13 different countries and Simon became my Manager, he later went on to name his company after the song.

At the time it all seemed a long way from home as Vietnam was an American war, but now it seems “history is repeating itself”.

It’s now the 25th anniversary since the release of “19”, only this time the documentary I am watching is about the British soldiers who would be serving in Afghanistan. I hear the words “I looked at my Men, The average age was 19, my god I’m taking boys to war”, It was unbelievable, almost the same words that gave me the original idea to record “19”, this was all sounding too familiar.

I had it in my mind to do a remix for the 25th anniversary of the original track but after hearing that, I felt it would almost be an insult not to mention the British and others, who have lost their lives in recent years whilst doing their duty so I rewrote the song completely.

This time the song is written from the perspective of how I would see things if I was in the position of a young Soldier being sent off to war.

What’s interesting is the fact that a few years earlier I was approached by the BBC to remake 19 to be included in their TV programme “Power to the People” which highlighted the fact that there were no British hospitals for soldiers returning from duty.

At the time I declined, but having listened to the Soldiers and even high ranking army officials from several TV documentaries, it appears that there are many who are unsure that the way we are going about things is the right way,

Some even believe this can easily become another Vietnam scenario which would be a catastrophe for all involved, I’m not here to preach or impose my opinion on anyone and like with the original record I leave you to make up your own minds.

I am no anti government crusader, but take a look at the video trailer , the similarities between Vietnam and Afghanistan are quite alarming to say the least.

Luckily for me, In America I have been fortunate to have sold more records over the last decade than when 19 was at it’s peak so this is something that I don’t need to do, But on the other hand It’s something I feel I should do.

This is the last time I will ever revisit this song so I hope you like and understand what really are THE FINAL ever versions of “19”.

Paul Hardcastle – Feb 2010

A voice in my head is saying welcome to hell,
Will I get to survive I‘ve got no way to tell,
I’m in a situation where one of us dies
I get a stone cold stare from my enemies eyes,

A voice in my head is saying kill or be killed
But my mind is numb and my blood is chilled,
There’s bodies all around they lie on the ground
And all I hear is silence, and it’s a deafening sound

A voice in my head is saying this ain’t a game
If I survive this Hell I will never be the same,
Should I be here? I can’t say for sure,
If I don’t understand what I’m fighting for