Aaron Brown -
S40Time Founder And CEO
Aaron Brown is a Singer/Songwriter based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and currently sings in The WonderWhys - a highly-demanded function band who played The Alexandra Palace (Ally Pally) to 6 thousand people twice in 2017, featured on the Rock The Boat Cruise in the same year (supporting the likes of Suzi Quatro, Slade, The Yardbirds and Big Country), and played alongside The Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets when they visited Chesterfield at Christmas 2018. The WonderWhys recorded 4 songs with producer Alan Smyth (Arctic Monkeys) in 2017, and their funked-tinged take on DNCE's "Cake By The Ocean" has been viewed over 80 thousand times on Youtube.
His musical journey started at the age of 10 when he joined the Chesterfield Parish Church (Crooked Spire) Choir, and went on to represent the Town when they toured New York, Washington and Orlando in the USA, and Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Darmstadt (Chesterfield's Twin Town) in Europe, as well as singing in Westminster Abbey, St.Georges Cathedral in Windsor and Exeter and Hereford Cathedrals in the UK.
He started singing in bands in the early 1990's, but rose to prominence in the mid-90's with seminal Chesterfield band - The Dazy Age. Influenced by the likes of Jellyfish, Frank Zappa, The Beatles and Crowded House, they gleaned a large following in the Midlands and North - thanks to a highly original sound, and sun-soaked harmonies that were perfected into their live shows. When The Dazy Age split in 1997 - after recording an well-received eponymous EP the year before - Aaron moved south to High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and gained a degree in Music Industry Management in 2000.
Returning to Chesterfield in 2001, he was reunited with Haydn Lowe - the original drummer in The Dazy Age - and was joined by Rob Bower and Luke Alton to form The Chasers - who went on to win The Derbyshire Times Band of The Year title in the November of 2002 - before a packed crowd at The Winding Wheel in Chesterfield. The band went on to record the acclaimed "G-Club E.P" the next year with favoured producer Paul Hopkinson at The Foundry Studio in Chesterfield.
Aaron has always been an advocate of the live music scene in Chesterfield - promoting bands and clubnights such as "Funky Doo" with Simon Ball in the mid 90's, but then diversified into the Dance Scene in the early 2000's with a hugely successful clubnight called "Detune", which first grew through association with prolific Matlock Deep House outfit - Rhythm Plate, and showcased and broke through local talent such as Purple Gorilla (Jonny G, Zaph and Kev Mc), running for 5 years at legendary Chesterfield haunt - The Green Room.
Working closely with Chesterfield Borough Council in the early noughties, Aaron brought chart-topping indie darlings - Dodgy, and popular psychedelic band Ozric Tentacles to The Winding Wheel - providing great support slots for both gigs before capacity crowds, as well as sold-out local band showcases with the likes of Sheffield's Boy On a Dolphin, and Chesterfield's Lounge Kings, Lukas and Fantastic Cherubs regularly rocking the appreciative revellers.
With this new venture - S40time - Aaron intends to celebrate the illustrious history of Chesterfield, Derbyshire and The Peak District with regular guests plucked from the area's generous pool of prominent movers and shakers, and offer a platform for new talent to burst through and reach farther than ever before...