Stephen McIntosh and Joseph Charles are two guys who have certainly done their apprenticeship. Coming out of school in the mid to late seventies formed the Hit British Soul outfit, (back then in the seventies a reggae band) called " The Cool-Notes."
Steve & JC
In 1978 they had produced "My Tune" which became one of the first Lover's Rock records to be played on day time Radio One, which eventually topped all the reggae charts and even to this day in the Reggae fraternity is still regarded as a Lover's Rock classic.
But in 1983 they had a change in musical direction, and under the wing of The Cool-Notes went on to become one of the main outfits responsible for the Great British Soul Explosion which took place in the mid to late 80's.
At that time not only was their Production skills a force to be reckoned with, but also their writing skills. In 1984 they had written and produced their first No. 1 Soul Hit, " You're Never Too Young " which hovered just out side the British Top-40 at number No. 42 for 2 weeks. From this point onwards the only way was up, with World Wide Hits such as: " Spend The Night " - " In Your Car " - " I Forgot " - " Have A Good Forever " - " House Of Love " - " Into The Motion " to name but a few.
About this time one of the most exciting projects that they had done, was to work on the "Disco Aid" project, now known as "Dance Aid", which was the British R&B / Dance World's answer to "Live Aid" Set up by the late STEVE WALSH. The song "Give Give Give" was written by Steve McIntosh.
It brought them together with R&B Giants from both the U.S.A. and the U.K. Such as: JEAN CARNE, KENNY G, SHEILA FERGUSON(the Three Degrees), EDWIN STARR, JAKI GRAHAM, ASWAD, TOTAL CONTRAST, PHIL FEARON, ODYSSEY, PRECIOUS WILSON, THE REAL THING, SINITTA, TOYIN, TINA CHARLES, LENNY HENRY, MEL & KIM, RUBY TURNER, TONY BLACKBURN (D.J. personality), BEGGAR & CO, BOBBY ELI, GALAXY, DAVE PEARCE (radio one) UNDIVIDED ROOTS, TIPPA IRIE, SMILEY CULTURE, PEPSI & SHIRLEY, and, PAUL HARDCASTLE.
In 1994 McIntosh and Charles produced one of best selling sample cd's of all time called "Black II Black vol1." Due to the huge success of BIIB vol. 1 other sample cd's followed with equal success namely: "Black II Black vols 2-3 and 4" "BIIB Killer Vocals vols. 1 - 2 and 3" and "BIIB Bangin' Beat Boxes"
They were also commissioned by The Roland Corp. to produce their very own Dance Expansion card which included a lot of their very successful R&B sounds. The Roland Synth. Modules of the time namely the very popular "JV1080 and later the 2080"
Another area of production that the boys have been hugely successful in is 'Library Music' and 'Sound Design' They have had their songs appear in many well known TV shows including:
Scary Movie 3 - Sex and the City - CSI - Eastenders - Six feet under - Snip And Tuck - Christina Aguilera Back to Basics - Clerical Medical (Ad campaign) - World of Pain 1&2 (music for complete series) - America's Bounty Hunters (music for complete series) - World of Stupid (music for complete series) - Video Vigilantes (music for complete series) - Aggro - Promo's Jackie Chan, Pokemon, Scooby-Doo, Static Shock, The X-Men - (Commercials) News Of The World - The Ricki Lake Show - Pleasure Island - The Chris Rock Show - Top Gear - Hollyoaks - Britain On The Move - Banned In America - Afterlife Movie - Mile High - Newlyweds - Americas Best Beaches - Ride With Funkmaster Flex - Late Late Show - The Price Is Right - Babe Watch - Ghost Stories - King Of The Hill - Dead Ringers - Location Location Location - Place in The Sun - Friends International - JAG - Flog it - Holiday Airport Sydney - America's Next Top Model - Caribbean Uncovered - Miss World 2005 the final - Bargain Hunt - Chelsea Handler Show - Exotic Islands - Rides - Vice - Sausage Factory - Britney &Kevin - Better Homes and Gardens - Houses Behaving Badly - Celebrity Bargain Hunt - Real Sex 31 - MTV Live - Yo Momma - Dream Team - Planet's Funniest Animals - Basil Brush Show - Analogy - Little Talent Show - Seriously Weird - Stunt Junkies - Hogan Knows Best - Driving Me Crazy - Fitnation - Girlfriends - Disney Kids - Phosop - Date My Mom - Made In The USA - Studio 53 - I Want That House - Caliente Show - Child Of Our Time - This Morning - Centrefolds Exposed - and many more.
They are currently working on an album with The Cool-Notes for future release. Besides their ever-growing workload the boys are starting a new venture of producing videos, something they are no strangers to as they have already produced a number of promo pop videos.
To date M&C have created their own extensive music library which is an on going venture for an ever increasing and demanding market. Please feel free to take a tour around the site your interest is always welcome.