Q&A Scene: Andrew De Silva ~ CDB

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
CDB have reformed coming out with new album ‘Tailored for Now.’ We’re showcasing R&B hits from the 90’s era that inspired us as a group & for many of us a soundtrack to our lives. We’ve given every track the full CDB treatment. We’ll also be touring the album later this year.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? (your own or your group’s work)
You’re only as good as your last piece of work or show, so it would have to be this album which I had to produce in a very short amount of time. Working under a tight time frame is great, no time to second guess, it’s all about instinct.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Sushi with wasabi – smooth & spicy, oh & good for you.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
In the late 90’s CDB did a tour of Asia. When we arrived in Korea we were asked to sing at an outdoor televised concert with a crowd to 70 thousand people. The only catch was we had to sing a full song in Korean! Always up for a challenge we learned the song that night in our hotel room just practicing the sounds phonetically with no clue what the song was about. I think we actually pulled it off.

What, or who, inspires you?
For me – musically it’s Prince. I’ve always loved mixing up styles like Rock & R&B & not being confined to one scene or sound, I enjoy the variety.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Purple Rain.

What’s next for you?
CDB’s upcoming tour. I’m now the lead singer of Boom Crash Opera, so more gigs with them. I’m also touring with my band Purple Revolution.

What’s your scene?
That night club in Purple Rain, First Avenue in 1983.. that 80’s funk! Wish I could’ve checked that scene.


Original members: Andrew De Silva, brothers Gary and Brad Pinto and Danny Williams,celebrate their 90s R&B heroes with iconic hits from: Boyz II Men, Montell Jordan, SWV, R Kelly and many more.

Produced by Andrew De Silva and Gary Pinto, these R&B super jams are brought into 2017 with a slick new production and tight vocally driven performance, one would expect from this band. “The resurgence of ‘90s R&B into mainstream music culture is like a dream come true for us” said Gary Pinto. “This new album allows us to share with our audience a very special time in our lives. The artists we pay tribute to on this album and their culture was our inspiration. Having this opportunity to showcase these songs, put our own flavour into them and bring them into today is a really special thing.”

CDB are looking forward to getting back on the road and touring this album, which is as much about creating nostalgia as it is about bringing great songs into a new era. “R&B has always had a diehard following in Australian subculture,” laughs Danny Williams. “We cannot wait to bring our new show out on the road to them. It is a high energy, choreographed, authentic ‘90s experience with a focus on great singing and is backed by some of Australia’s best musicians.”

Individually, the members of CDB have created their own success stories and etched out their place within the Australian music industry. Andrew won the 2012 season final of Australia’s Got Talentand is a successful recording artist, songwriter and producer. Gary is the Vocal Director of Channel Seven’s X Factor and has mentored artists such as Samantha Jade, Dami Im, Will Singe and many more. Brad is an accomplished songwriter with successes including co-writing JJJ’s Hottest 100 hitBoys Like You with rapper 360.

As teenagers, CDB were part of Melbourne’s south eastern urban scene, a movement that included musicians, producers, rappers, graffiti and visual artists, DJs, fashion designers, and dancers. Signed to Sony in their late teens, CDB’s debut album Glide with Me (1994) went platinum in Australia andTop 5 in France. Let’s Groove topped the ARIA chart and was the bestselling Australian single of 1995. CDB toured the world, playing with the likes of Boyz II Men, K-Ci & Jo-Jo, Desiree and Tina Arena. They performed in Seoul to a live audience of 100,000 and a broadcast audience of 17 million worldwide. Their second album Lifted (1997) had success with singles Good Times andBack Then.


  1. If I Ever Fall In Love (originally recorded by Shai, #2 on the ARIA chart in 1993)
  2. She’s Got That Vibe (originally recorded by R Kelly, #14 on the ARIA chart in 1992)
  3. Every Little Step (originally recorded by Bobby Brown, #6 on the ARIA chart in 1989)
  4. Right Here (originally recorded by SWV, # 10 on the ARIA chart in 1993)
  5. The Floor (originally recorded by Johnny Gill, #5 on the ARIA chart in 1993)
  6. This Is How We Do It (originally recorded by Montell Jordan, #3 on the ARIA chart in 1995)
  7. End Of The Road (originally recorded by Boyz II Men, #1 on the ARIA chart in 1992)
  8. Just Got Paid (originally recorded by Johnny Kemp)
  9. I Want Her (originally recorded by Keith Sweat)
  10. All My Life (originally recorded by K-Ci & JoJo, #1 on the ARIA chart in 1998)
  11. 90s Chill Medley (includes Tevin Campbell’s 1993 #3 ARIA hit Can We Talk, Janet Jackson’s 1993

#1 ARIA hit That’s The Way Love Goes, Hi-Five’s I Like The Way (The Kissing Game) and Soul For Real’sCandy Rain)

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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