Hi. It’s Aug Stone. I’ve always loved soul music. I fondly remember my mother playing me all her great Motown 45s when I was a kid. And when I moved to London in 2003, discovering Northern Soul and collecting all the compilations I could.
Last December 2015, I posted on Facebook that I’d love to make a soul record some day. Keith TOTP promptly replied ‘Do it. You have no reason not to.’ A very good point. And so Aug Stone & The Love Conspiracy was born.
A few days later I was at work talking to my friends Aleana and Olivia. Those of you that know me know I have a bit of an interest in Astrology. In fact I’m formally studying the Chinese Ba Zi right now with Richard Ashworth. And on that eve last December I mentioned to my friends ‘Venus has just moved into Sagittarius, it’s a good time for Love’. Aleana immediately shot back ‘It’s always a good time for Love’. And that will be the name of the album. Five minutes later in the conversation, she also used the phrase ‘Don’t put a time on Love’. I wrote that title down and on New Year’s Day 2016, I woke up and wrote the first Love Conspiracy song.
A big influence on ‘Don’t Put A Time On Love’ was Barbara Lynn’s ‘You Left The Water Running’. I had discovered this song on the Ace Records compilation, Kent’s Cellar Of Soul Vol. 1 , and was obsessed with it all winter.
And also on New Year’s Day, I made a single New Year’s resolution. To write a song as good as my ‘Pink Lights & Champagne’ (recorded by my band H Bird). I believe I’ve done that with ‘Written In The Stars’.
You can check out the Love Conspiracy photos and like us at our Facebook page.
More on my favourite soul music soon!