The One And Only | Black Friday RSD

Record Store Day is the one day of the year when over 260 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion. Thousands more shops celebrate the […]

Night Of The Proms

Since 1994, Night Of The Proms has thrilled a steadily growing fan base in Germany; where classical meets pop, aria meets chart hit, suit on leather jacket, stilettos on Chucks and Tchaikovsky on Boy George, merging two styles of music that may once have been considered unthinkable. After the tour had to be postponed twice […]

The Greatest Put Down

“In the late summer of 1997, I was invited by Chris Difford to attend one of his legendary song writing retreats in a big old house in Huntsham, Devon. I’d finished recording “15 minutes” but was yet to unleash it (or even tell anyone it existed) and was pretty nervous about writing songs with random […]

I Can’t Wait / To Hurt The One You Love

“Around 98/99, armed with renewed confidence from touring “15 minutes”, I frequented the Kashmir Klub which was an acoustic get together for all manner of songwriters in the basement of a wine bar just off the Marylebone. It was run by keyboard player/songwriter and radio presenter Tony Moore, who now does a similar thing from […]

The Devil And The Deep

“This was written in the very late 90s. So late, in fact it was March 2001 and technically doesn’t satisfy the criteria for “songs from the shelf” (It’s my game and I’ll cheat if I want to). “To Be Frank” was already in the can by this point and no other bugger was likely to […]

Hope and Glory

“Strangely, this was never registered at the time but, judging from its placement amongst my other demos, this would have been from around 1996. I seem to remember an original working title of “All This Useless Beauty”. On discovering someone had been there before me (the splendid Elvis Costello), I came up with “Hope & […]

Come On Down

‘Songs From The Shelf, Pt. 1’ is literally flying off the shelf following its release last Friday and we’re kicking off a history lesson along the shelf as Nik tells us the stories behind the tracks. First up, “Come On Down”. “I see on the PRS database that this song was registered on the 5th […]

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Dusting Off The Shelf

“In 1989, I took a step back to focus on writing and production for other artists. After all, I’d done it quite successfully for myself for the previous few years, how difficult could it be? Spectacularly difficult, as it turned out. I equipped my home studio with highest tech known to mankind (later to be […]

Songs From The Shelf

**COMING SOON** “Between 1989 and 1998, I took a step back to focus on writing and production for other artists. The result was a shelf full of songs. Some written on my own, some with others; some for established artists, some for hopeful idiots; some for major label projects, some just for the Hell of […]

My Favourite Potty Mouth

Most Nik Kershaw fans will know who the inimitable Lily Gonzalez is – the sensational singer-percussionist renowned for playing for Faithless, Tony Hadley, The Brand New Heavies, Jimmy Somerville and of course, Nik Kershaw. 2021 saw the release of Lily’s highly acclaimed solo album Sink or Swim and featured a number of tracks co-written with […]