Some long while ago we had the great privilege of recording at Abbey Road studios in the famous ‘Beatles’ studio 2 with producer Haydn Bendall for a tune on the album of Russian singer and film maker Igor Grigorev. We’re pleased to say it’s now out in the wild and you can listen to it here, featuring band arrangement by TSMB’s Isabella Fletcher and now with bonus russian choirs, violins and shouting peoples. Igor’s album is also available on iTunes. Thanks very much to Haydn and Igor for having us!
Ahead of our return to the Union Chapel as part of the Daylight Music series, we are very pleased to announce the release of our new EP ‘Live at the Union Chapel‘. Recorded last year, it features six live tracks and is available to download for just £2. Click here to listen or to download your copy.
TSMB are delighted to announce an autumn residency at Rich Mix, Shoreditch’s outstanding music and arts venue.
All three events are free of charge to the public and will feature a set from TSMB plus a hand-picked selection of live bands and DJs.
The residency will kick off on the 18th September when we present the highly acclaimed Bad Ass Brass. Comprising some of the finest brass musicians in the UK, this New Orleans-inspired band’s high-adrenaline music always makes for a memorable show.
Filling our brass sandwich will be funk and soul DJ Karl Groover.
October 16th will feature the fantastic Delicatessen, a London-based group offering a mouth-watering menu of music from across Europe and the Mediterranean. Combining sumptuous vocal harmonies, heart-stopping melodies and driving rhythms, they weave a colourful tapestry of moods and emotions, telling stories of love and everyday life.
We’re also very pleased to have on board the talents of one of our long-standing favourite DJs, the truly anarchic Penny Metal.
Boldly playing tunes no one else dares, Penny’s passion for Eastern European and Russian music shines through in the eclectic sets she unleashes on her audiences.
On December 18th we will welcome the eclectic sounds of Pest for a Christmas party like no other!
Pest grew out of the SpynaWorkshop collective in South London in the late 1990s, brought together by a funked-up, genre-bending ethos, respect for originality and a common desire to “give music a good kick up the arse”. They have toured extensively as a headline act across the UK and Europe, as well as supporting artists including Nitin Sawhney, DJ Food, Soweto Kinch and Roni Size to name a few. With two previous acclaimed album releases through Ninjatune, Pest are always developing, always writing, and may often be found lurking round a corner ready to say “Boo!” to the obvious.
“The true highlights were away from the safe headliners, but instead to be found in mid-afternoon performances like DJ Yoda smashing ‘Push It’ with a live Siberian horn section – moments which command the body with as much fun-filled force as dance music at its absolute best. And it’s these sweat-down-the-back, wide-beaming moments of summer which are the hallmark of Lovebox’s finest qualities” – Russell Warfield, Drowned in Sound
“Another gem of Saturday was DJ Yoda and the Trans-Siberian March Band, headlining at the Russian Standard vodka-promotion tent. They brought classics such as the Tetris theme tune and songs of the Prodigy alive with the charm and bombast that only a brass band can provide.” – Yolanda Leask, The 405 Reviews
“One of the acts I was most looking forward to seeing was up next in The Russian Standard Vodka tent, a cramped wait in one of the smaller tents at the festival was fully worth it when DJ Yoda finally began his set. The stunning visuals matched with the chest vibrating sounds from his laptop and orchestral backing resulted in many jockeying for space in the tent to show off their best moves.” - Steve Shillcock, UK Festival Guides
We’re very pleased indeed to have been put to paper by the disgustingly talented Stuart Pearson Wright. He made this lovely picture of us using a combination of mono-line printing, charcoal and pencil. Winner of the BP portrait award, Stuart is one of the UK’s most respected figurative artists so we’re extremely chuffed to have this beautiful drawing, coming to some album artwork near you soon! Ish. For more of Stuart’s work please see http://www.stuartpearsonwright.com
We are excited to announce a preview show of this summer’s festival set with DJ Yoda, which will take place at New Cross’s Amersham Arms on Thursday 20th June. The night will be a charity fundraiser in aid of The Rett Syndrome Research Trust.
View the event on Facebook or see below for details, or click here for tickets.
The third festival in our weekend, it was a privilege to play at WOMAD’s 30th anniversary in Charlton Park. It’s long been an ambition for many of us in the band to play at WOMAD so a big thank you to DJ Yoda for making it possible. Fully match-fit after our previous two nights at Kendal and Camp Bestival, we were absolutely up for it, as were the TOTALLY AMAZING crowd, who danced their socks off. As ever, a beautiful atmosphere, the world’s finest musicians to go and see, incredible site, and lots of sunshine and good times.
Thank you so much WOMAD for having us, this was our favourite ever gig and it was amazing to be on the same line up as so many great musicains. DJ Yoda once again wielded his supreme skills on the decks to get the crowd boogying like nutters, and we came and splatted a healthy dollop of brass over the top. The show even picked up a great review in the WOMAD coverage from The Times! Thank you Yoda, thank you Womad and to everybody who came to see us.
“European and American acts appropriating Balkan music was a Womad theme this year, with explosively energetic sets from the Israeli-American gypsy-punks Balkan Beatbox and the fiddle-playing Northern Irish rowdies Balkan Alien Sound. But better than both was the confusingly named Trans-Siberian March Band, a 13-piece Balkan brass ensemble of flamboyantly dressed Londoners, who played a hugely entertaining collaborative show with the hip-hop turntable virtuoso DJ Yoda. Lively and witty, they proved to be perfect festival crowd-pleasers.” Stephen Dalton - The Times, WOMAD 2012 review.
And if you’ll forgive both this pun and the inexcusably loud blowing of our own trumpets, here’s a short clip of the crowd reaction at the end of the show – wooooooohoooooooo!!
@MaeveMckeown – @DJYodaUK and the Trans-Siberian March Band smashed it at @WOMADCHARLTONPK! T’was awesome.
Laura Rawlings @laurarawlings – Impossible to raise the roof any higher @DJYodaUK & Trans-Siberian March Band! Joy! Huge smiles all round #womad
Cengizhan Ziyaeddin @CengizZiyaeddin – @DJYodaUK your set made my weekend at Womad and was by far the best there. Amazed.
SomethingDifferent @HannahWhitmarsh – @DJYodaUK you killed it at womad.. Easily the best set there!! Thankyou for making a perfect end to a brilliant weekend!!
Substandard Nerd @substandardnerd – Wow! DJ Yoda & Trans-Siberian Marching Band.Serious contender for best festival performance I’ve ever seen #womad @DJYodaUK @WOMADCHARLTONPK
Alex Drake @aldrake87 – @DJYodaUK. Amaze. Balls pic.twitter.com/6slZH64u
Neil Airey @samsda1977 – It’s official, @DJYodaUK is a full on, card carrying fucking legend!! best set I’ve heard in years! Genius!! #WOMAD