Orlando ‘The Don’ Lund is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and producer from London.
I began songwriting seriously (and prolifically) in 1990 when I was signed to Virgin Music. Since then I have done a fair amount of 'honing'.
In the early 90s, after developing a taste for soul music and funk music, I formed the famously 'off the wall' soul-funk-jazz collective "The Big Cheese All Stars" - http://www.groovecollector.com/artist/big-cheese-all-stars/567/?fmt=0&special=0&srt_bio=artist - Our collaborations culminated in 1995 with the release of the seminal double album "Prawns". This contained many of my original compositions interpreted by a group of the most influential and talented musicians in the London Soul / Funk / Jazz scene at the time. Although by no means defined by this genre, it is nevertheless regarded as an Acid Jazz classic with a twist of PFunk and a heavy dose of Soul.
I play a variety of instruments – guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion, vocals.
My current project (Palma Groove Project) is a collaboration with the incredible singer called Sheela Gathright. Sheela is originally from New York. She is the daughter of Willie Wright, enigmatic soul singer and songwriter from the 70's http://www.allmusic.com/artist/willie-wright-mn0002615541
The tracks you hear are a collaboration of songwriting, instrumentation, production, arrangement….and SOUL. Here is some recent footage of the Sheela Gathright & Palma Groove Project LIVE band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpt6kcDJflw
Some artists who I can say have definitely influenced me as a writer, musician and producer, and who have ‘moved me’ include:
Sly & The Family Stone, Steely Dan, Donny Hathaway, Billy Cobham, ParliamentFunkadelic, Cameo, Roy Ayers, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Chuck Brown, D’Angelo, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Little Feat, Gil Scott-Heron, Herbie Hancock, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder and many more...
I even had the pleasure and good luck of performing with a few of these artists back in the mid 90s…… (answers on a postcard please)
Please enjoy my music. I am a songwriter - melody, groove and harmony are very important to me. Feel free to make comments - your feedback and comments would be very much appreciated ;-)