Billy Reeves

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Billy Reeves (born 7 June 1965) is a British songwriter, musician, record producer and broadcaster.

In 1996 he formed the London-based indie-band Theaudience, (featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor on vocals).[1] Theaudience quickly established themselves in the Camden scene of '97. They scored two top 30 (UK) hits - 'A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed' and 'I Know Enough (I Don't Get Enough)' - and a top 20 (UK) eponymous album before Reeves left the band following a disastrous Glastonbury '98 performance.

Prior to theaudience, Reeves had briefly been drummer for the bands Blow Up and The Grooveyard, and later formed indie band Congregation while working at the band's label Fire Records in the early 90s.

Reeves signed to Sony Records with a new act ('Yours') in 1999. He also ran the club ('Uncle Bob's Wedding Reception') which provided The Darkness with their first London show. Around this time he also had a brief stint in Los Angeles producing new artist demos for Rondor Publishing. His performing career was interrupted by injuries sustained in a near-fatal car accident in 2001, although he returned to live music from 2006 with the short-lived pop band Friends of the Bride, among other projects.

After recovering from his accident Reeves studied under the noted writer and journalist Chris Horrie at the University of Westminster. Reeves achieved a distinction in his post graduate degree under Horrie and was therefore able to reinvent himself as a radio producer and broadcaster on BBC London 94.9. His travel and sports reports are distinctive due to an eccentric delivery which his friend Danny Baker has compared to the late Cyril Fletcher.[citation needed]

He produced the 2005 Sony Award-winning Charlie Gillett Show (which featured Mavis Staples) and as part of the BBC London Travel Team has won two Frank Gillard Awards - in 2009 and 2011. The team was nominated for the 2011 Sony in the 'Multiplatform' category (for coverage of the Tube Strike) and commended in the 2011 Online Media Awards in the 'Twitter feed of the year' category. Outside of the BBC he presents a monthly podcast for Kscope Records, the forefront of the uniquely British 'post-progressive' rock scene.

Reeves has also turned his hand to sports commentary for BBC Radio. He lends an eloquence to reports from Brentford FC, and commentates live on the club's website 'Bees Player' - as well as writing a column in the match-day programme.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Theaudience". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 July 2010.