Let's have a big hand for Glovz

INDIE-pop trio Glovz met in the mid- 90s at a church choir in Ilford, now work in the security business and are produced by a 19-year-old studio whizzkid. I caught up with Dean Shanka, after Glovz narrowly missed out on winning tour support slots with VV

INDIE-pop trio Glovz met in the mid-'90s at a church choir in Ilford, now work in the security business and are produced by a 19-year-old studio whizzkid.

I caught up with Dean Shanka, after Glovz narrowly missed out on winning tour support slots with VV Brown, and he explained the story behind their sudden success.

He said: "We entered a competition, judged by Island Records and MTV, with 600 other bands and got down to the last five in the final, but that gig at the Bar Fly in Camden was only our second ever.

"I think the judges recognised that we weren't quite ready, but the feedback from everyone was amazing and has given us so much confidence."

Dean, 29, of Seven Kings, met fellow Glovz members Michael "Miikz" Hamilton, 28, and Mark Allick, 27, both from Dagenham, singing in a church choir in Ilford when he was 16.

"It's so long ago that I can't actually remember the name of the church. It was near the town centre and the three of us had been involved in a play there and ended up in the choir for a couple of weeks. We've stayed in touch ever since."

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Dean and Miikz both went to Chadwell Heath High School, while Mark went to school in Walthamstow.

They formed the band in earnest at the start of 2009, but had kept in contact through session work over the years.

The three of them were part of a backing choir which supported Will Young at the Royal Albert Hall in 2007.

They are being produced by 19-year-old Chris Lewis, a teenage studio sensation from Southgate.

Dean said: "Chris makes the music and produces the tracks and we come up with everything lyrically. He's really into the indie-pop side of things, so we've gone down that route and it seems to have been really well received. You wouldn't believe someone of his age could make the music that he does."

- MATT TROLLOPE

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