main involvement as a drummer during this period was the funk-soul-band
“Ocean“. With Ocean I played many
gigs in and around London. This band also liked to experiment and that brought
us into many studios.
Beside numerous demo-productions we also produced a maxi-single, which was
also available in the shops. I provided the funds and acted as producer.
We managed to get good write-ups in the music press and to engage one of
the main british distributors for black music, “Jet
to deal with the distribution. see
also under: MUSIC/project
lead-singer of Ocean was no one less than
later also known as “Betty
Between Betty and myself a strong musical bond soon developed, which would
bear fruit for many years yet to come. The funky bass was masterly played
by Betty’s brother Freddy Semper and
as accompanying harmony voice Paula Prince
and Tania Evans contributed to the final perfection
of the overall sound, who, three years later, gained international reputation
as the leading lady in “Culture
main engagements during this period were, of course, the band "OCEAN"
and my first real and independent enterprise "CHEN
ENTERPRISES", which I decided to establish together with my three
companions at the time: Mukta Lasprilla, Nirup
and Andrew Grinter. The initial idea, besides
becoming self-employed entrepreneurs, was, to establish a productive centre
of artistic activities. At it's peak we had about 100 members in the visual
arts and 35 craftspeople on our books.
February 1985 till December 1987 my 'base of actions’ was in North
London at No. 52 Turnpike Lane. When I could
move into the larger downstairs flat, I also gained access to the garden,
which was at this time nothing more than a rubbish heap. Thus I found a
new activity to try my hand: gardening. So over the next couple of years
I spent quite some of my spare time improving the site. My landlord Harry
Charalambous paid for some of the materials and tools needed and my friend
Benny Burnett gave me plenty of different seedlings and bulbs to put into
Lane Garden before
and after careful
by the time I left the premises the garden looked quite respectable and
I had discovered my ‘green thumb’ and I was also rewarded with
some gorgeous views for myself and my camera.