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 ;-)
Comments by Orlando Lund SoulProducer
@jamie-rhind: I'd prefer it if he checks out the album master version https://soundcloud.com/orlando-lund/5-oclock-in-the-morning-album ;-)
@jamie-rhind: That's some compliment! Thanks a lot Jamie ;-)
Great playing, great phrasing Vivek! I'm participating in another collab with Jamie right now, and he mentioned to me he'd like to use you ...so I came to listen to your stuff. Really glad I did! Your playing oozes taste, musical knowledge (...and a lot of skill)! It'll be great to have you on a collab!
@the-fisherman: Thanks my friend ;-)
@darrylkniffen: Thanks Darryl - nasty is good, bad is good, right? ;-)
@jamie-rhind: Thanks again Jamie - I must take this version down at some stge as it is deflecting people away from the 'album master' version, which is a much better mix ;-) Hope things are going well with you? Send me some music one of these days - I'd be happy to put down some rhythm / lead guitar ;-)
@dr-p-20: Nice song?
@dr-p-20: Thank you Doctor. The entire album has the same bass player (...me). It is available on iTunes for the price of a packet of crisps. If you buy the album, I can buy a packet of crisps. If you don't, I have nothing to eat. ;-) https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/palma-groove-project/id778466103
@dr-p-20: Thanks for listening Dr P!
@jules-keys-1: Thanks a lot Julien - I'm not a keyboard player first and foremost, so I usually 'write' a solo after playing it several times. Important to me is to get some melodic / chordal interest, and then some funk. I spent many hours listening to Herbie Hancock, George Duke etc when I was younger, and LOVE the Fender Rhodes. I am really glad you like the solo. ;-)