- Writer / Event Host
Daryl Easlea was in music retail between 1979 and 1997. He left to belatedly take his degree in American Studies and International History at Keele. After graduating in 2000, he became the deputy editor at Record Collector magazine, where he remains a regular contributor. His work has also appeared in Mojo, Prog, The Guardian, Uncut and on his reviews feature on the BBC Music website.
His books explore his great loves; great pop eccentrics, populist African-American music and prog rock. His first, 2004’s Everybody Dance: Chic & The Politics Of Disco has been completely updated and is due for publication in February 2020. His second was an extended essay to accompany the Supremes exhibition at the V&A. Talent Is an Asset: the Story of Sparks followed in April 2010, while Without Frontiers: The Life And Music Of Peter Gabriel was published in October 2013. Easlea is currently deep in writing Whatever Happened To Slade?
As an A&R consultant, he works with a variety of record companies, working with artists and also compiling and annotating CDs and LPs. As a DJ and event host, his work has taken him to Europe and venues such as Abbey Road Studios, the British Library and the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. In 2019, he curated the year-long series of events for Decca Records’ ninetieth anniversary. He broadcasts The Daryl Easlea Spectacular on sfob.co.uk and was born to dance.