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It is no coincidence that Geoff Downes seems to show up whenever music history is being made.
He was a member of The Buggles, whose “Video Killed The Radio Star” became the first video ever to air on MTV. From there, he gathered more fame—and acclaim—as keyboardist and writer with the legendary YES, and later as a founding member of the supergroup ASIA.
The list of Geoff’s friendships and projects with other musicians reads like a Who’s Who of rock. He’s recorded and performed with Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White, Carl Palmer, John Wetton, Greg Lake, Steve Hackett and Trevor Horn, to name just a few.
Geoff is one of the most prolific artists in rock. He continues to record and tour with both YES and Asia. He partners with famed vocalist/bassist (and fellow ASIA member) John Wetton, recording albums as Wetton-Downes iCon. And as a solo artist, he explores new musical territory with the New Dance Orchestra (NDO), whose extraordinary album "Electronica" features vocals by Anne-Marie Helder.
Most recently, Geoff joined forces with hit songwriter and producer Chris Braide, resulting in the first album from the Downes Braide Association (DBA), entitled “Pictures Of You.” With a bit of a smile, Chris and Geoff talk about DBA as “the best band you’ll never see,” as the music was born solely of their close friendship and shared passion for music — with zero intention of ever taking the act on the road. The two are immensely proud of their work and look forward to more DBA works in the future.
Learn more about Geoff Downes and his music at geoffdownes.com.