In the swing of things ; Jive and swing band The Jive Aces make feelgood music that is so uplifting it's even been used to treat depression. Essex frontman Ian Clarkson tells Rachael Hook why their music is so popular
A BAND whose melodies are so uplifting they have been prescribed as an anti-depressant say they make music to cheer people up.
Essex man Ian Clarkson who plays the trumpet and sings in jive and swing band The Jive Aces spoke to go! about his music and the impact religion has made on his life.
The band has performed at Buckingham Palace, across Europe and sold out at the Royal Albert Hall. The six-piece band also reached the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent and have performed with John Travolta and Van Morrison.
48-year-old Mr Clarkson grew up in Billericay in Mountnessing Road and now lives on the Kent/Sussex border with wife Gracia, 42.
He said: I have always been interested in music and from the start loved Elvis and rock and roll.
As people were getting into pop I went back into blues and jazz. It had more life and energy - you can hear the person singing and the instruments.
Education He explained that he has played the guitar since he was a teenager and then took up the trumpet which was how he got into swing music.
I used to get home from school and me and my friends would play old videos of Elvis - that was our education, he explained.
It was quite difficult to get going at the start though, he admitted.
He began doing part time gigs in the group formed 20 years ago.
Speaking about The Jive Aces, Ian said: We have great fun - we have been going longer than the Beatles and although they made more money we have had just as much fun.
We get on really well and share our religion - we are Scientologists.
He explained that their religion has given them greater positivity and communication with each other. Our worship is very practical. It has helped me in relationships - being in a band I met lots of girls and my relationships never lasted that long.
Religion has been a big part of my life - I was always looking for something. I looked into Buddhism, spiritualism and astrology - all sorts of things and wanted a practical religion.
We believe that man is good and Scientology has given me energy and enthusiasm. Our music reflects our positive nature - we like to make our music happy. Mr Clarkson continued: When we brought out Bring Me Sunshine we were so pleased to see how much it cheered people up, even if it was just for a few hours whilst they watched our gig.
A doctor in Seattle has even been prescribing it for depression. We have always wanted to do music that is happy and it can really cheer people up.
He explained how Britain's Got Talent helped the group: It was great for our exposure and Simon Cowell loved our music. We worked hard for 20 years though and we weren't an overnight sensation, he added.
We have a diverse fan range and have people that follow us of all ages, which is great.
The band's new single King of Jive is out now and is taken from their album King of the Swingers.
The original song tells the story of the life and times of their musical hero, Louis Prima, in a magical, retro Vegas, extravaganza. Find out more about the band at www.jiveaces.com
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