You may remember Australian R&B group CDB from their classic ’90s hits ‘Hook Me Up’, ‘Hey Girl (This Is Our Time)’ and 1995’s highest selling Australian single ‘Lets Groove’.
Well, the boys are back. And they’ve just released a covers album called ‘Tailored For Now – Eleven R&B Super Jams’.
Not only that, but they’ve recently announced a trio of headline shows and have been confirmed as special guests on the upcoming Keith Sweat Australian tour.
Our Brad was excited to meet up with their Brad (and Gary Pinto, Andrew De Silva and Danny Williams) for a little chat as part of their recent round of promo.
Congratulations guys – your album has just hit the Top 30. How does it feel to be back?
Gary : We feel great. The boys are like family. Growing up together, we know each other so well and all the years of rehearsals feel like they have paid off in getting back together
When I was five years old I was grooving along to ‘Let’s Groove’. R&B has evolved so much over the years – back in the ’90s it was more sweet and your mum could listen to it – nowadays not so much…
Andrew : That’s what I think was so smart when Bruno Mars hit the charts. When you say sweet – it was still sexy but there was an element of romance and I think people want that again.
There’s enough darkness in the world at the moment and I think we want to bring that sort of joy back to the world. Every song used to start with “you know girl, I wanna take care of you…”. We bring out the roses, dance and sing, and have fun…
Do you think you’ll be bringing out the roses on your tour? ‘The Bachelor’ style?
(The boys all laugh)
Gary : Nah nah.
Andrew : Why not!? Haha.
Danny : We’re really excited to get this show on the road. It feels like its going to be a lot of fun – especially for a lot of people who didnt know what it was like in the ’90s to go to a club and see that sort of thing.
‘Tailored For Now’ is a really great album. My favourites in particular are ‘All My Life’ and ‘End Of The Road’, but I’m curious to know what each of your favourites on the album are.
Gary : That’s so hard to choose… it’s like picking one of your favourite…
Brad Pinto : Girlfriends?
Gary : Girlfriends? Haha. I was going to say kids. Its a tough call but I’d have to say ‘This Is How We Do It’.
Andrew : I like the cool slickness of ‘Right Here’.
Danny : I have two favourites. I really like Andrew’s production on ‘This Is How We Do It’ and also Gary’s production on ‘All My Life’.
Brad Pinto : My favourite is ‘End Of The Road’ ’cause it brings back all the memories of that time.
You’ve all kept pretty busy since the ’90s. Gary, you were the vocal director on ‘X Factor’ and I always see you supporting Guy Sebastian as a backup vocalist. How is it working with Guy?
Gary : Guy’s the best. He’s an amazing professional, incredible singer and songwriter and just an all round good dude. I saw him a few weeks ago and he always has great fashion and I said, “Man I love that jacket!” and he just says, “Have it, it’s yours”. I’m like, “No no no…” and I tried to give it back to him, but he insisted. He’s incredibly humble and I feel lucky to call him my friend.
What a legend! Speaking of reality TV, Andrew you were the winner of the 2012 edition of ‘Australia’s Got Talent’. How is it reflecting on that time?
Andrew : It was actually a last minute decision – very left of centre of me to do. Probably for the best to do it that way as I just went for it. I think my favourite thing that attracted me to it was that I was able to sing my own songs. It was such a great time.
It’s not like anything else – very strange, people were campaigning for me and my family was involved but I really felt like Australia just embraced me and it was phenomenal.
Brad, you co-wrote one of my favourite tracks ‘Boys Like You’ by 360 featuring Gossling. Are you all continuing to keep songwriting?
Gary : Brad’s permanently songwriting…
Brad Pinto : …Coming from the guy who just got nominated for a Grammy!! He didn’t even tell me! I found out from someone on Facebook. Gary Pinto – definition of humble. The boys all write for stacks of people – we’re not the type of people to namedrop, we like to be behind the scenes and sometimes be ghost writers… I guess thats why it’s so much fun to be back as a collective and enjoy it together.
Andrew : We’ve all done so much in the time since we parted ways as a band and to be able to come back with all that experience… we’re just having a good time now.
Now I know you’re not one to name drop but you have worked with some of the biggest names in the business. I’m gonna name a few artists we adore here at auspOp and I want you to share a little story about them. Firstly, Madonna…
Danny : Hers was the first tour we ever did. While all my friends were having fun at Schoolies on the Gold Coast, we were with Peter Andre and Madonna touring to crowds of 80,000. Completely insane.
We didn’t really get close to her on the tour. She was pretty heavily guarded but I managed to bump into her – on purpose – but that was about it. It was an absolutely amazing experience.
Not many people can say they’ve toured to crowds of 80,000 people with Madonna! Phenomenal. Next artist, Stevie Wonder…
Gary : His daughter Sophia liked one of my songs from a record Brad and I worked on. I got a call asking if I could come to her birthday that next week and so I said, “Sure!”.
So we got to LA, we weren’t told where it was because it was so top secret but I knew it was on a boat and we had to dress in all white. P Diddy and Beyonce were going to escort her in for her sweet sixteenth but that fell through.
On the limousine ride into her party I was with her and she was saying to her friends “I hope my dad doesn’t sing tonight – he’s going to embarrass me” and I’m thinking to myself “No, no, no” but you know this is her dad.
So later in the night when they were doing the speeches they kept saying ‘Thank you everyone for coming but thank you to Gary for coming all the way here’ and I was just in awe. Then they said ‘We’re gonna get Gary to sing for you’ and so I turn to Stevie’s wife and said ‘I don’t have any instrumentalists, do you think Stevie could play for me?’ and he was like ‘Yeah, yeah one hundred percent!’.
So we sang ‘A Song For You’ by Donny Hathaway and it was beautiful.
Wow! What a story. Last one before we wrap it up – much loved auspOp favourite Tina Arena…
Gary : She’s the greatest – she’s a dear friend of ours.
Andrew : I remember writing a few songs with her a few years ago and she’s just so calm. She has so much experience in the music industry and her voice is phenomenal. So loved by Australia and by CDB as well.
Danny : And we toured with her years ago and she was so much fun.
The album ‘Tailored For Now – Eleven R&B Super Jams’ is available now.
You can also catch CDB on tour at one of the following dates;
July 30 : Melbourne (Palais Theatre) * Keith Sweat support
August 3 : Perth (Crown Theatre) * Keith Sweat support
August 4 : Gold Coast (The Star) * Keith Sweat support
August 5 : Sydney (Star Event Centre) * Keith Sweat support
August 18 : Melbourne (170 Russell)
September 29 : Sydney (The Basement)
September 30 : Sydney (The Basement)