Famous Musicians from Derby

Famous Musicians from Derby

Here at Piano Lessons Derby, we encourage all aspring pianists to engage with the musical heritage of the city. Students are often inspired when they learn of the successful artists to have arisen from Derby, who were offered similar opportunities and were surrounded by the same environment. With an eclectic mix of musicians, from LostAlone, to Antipasti, it's safe to say that Derby does not limit itself to just one genre of music, offering instead a unique range of artists.

Read on for our choice of three unique Derbyshire-based acts that are sure to inspire any avid musician.... 


Rock band LostAlone formed in Derby in 2005, and is made up of lead vocalist/guitarist Steve Battelle, bassist/backing vocalist Alan Williamson, and drummer/backing vocalist Mark Gibson. So far, the band has released two albums- Say No to the World in 2007and I’m a UFO in This City in 2012. They also carried out a European tour, supporting such famous acts as Enter Shikari, Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Evanescence, and 30 Seconds to Mars. They have performed memorable sets at such renowned festivals as Download, Reading, T in the Park, and Oxegen, to name but a few. In 2009, the band were signed to American label Sire Records, and recorded with famous producers Jacknife Lee (U2, Weezer), Greg Wells (Katy Perry, Mika) and Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance) to produce their record “Paradox on Earth”. In 2007, LostAlone were nominated for “Best British Newcomer” at the Kerrang! Awards, and are currently working on their third album, set to be released in 2013.  

Kevin Coyne 

Derbyshire-born singer, songwriter, and musician Kevin Coyne, first began performing during his three years at Whittingham Hospital, where he worked as a social therapist and psychiatric nurse. Coyne adopted a unique style of guitar composition which was heavily influenced by Blues, and combined this with intense vocals to create hard-hitting songs about the many injustices carried out towards the mentally ill. In 1969, he abandoned his previous job, allowing his musical career to take the fore-front in his life, when he signed his first record deal. Such profound artists as Sting and John Lydon have professed themselves to be dedicated Coyne fans, and he was even described as “a national treasure” by famous BBC DJ Andy Kershaw. 


This British punk band was first established in 1978, part of the third wave Punk movement, and consisted of Martin Roper (vocals), Dugi Bell (guitarist), Kev Nixon (drummer), and Will Hoon (bassist). Anti-Pasti played regular gigs at The Cosmo Club and The Ajanta in Derby, supporting major bands The Clash and U.K. Subs, and accumulating a large following in the local area. Their EP “Four Sore Points” was released on their own label, Dose. Spending seven weeks in the UK Albums Chart with their first album The Last Call, this band was evidently a great hit with the public, but their work was suspended in 1982 when Roper left the group. The band didn’t reform again until 1995, and then again in 2012.

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