From serving Sir Elton John to supporting him at Hatfield House
PUBLISHED: 21:19 31 May 2011 | UPDATED: 09:40 01 June 2011
VOCAL five-piece The Overtones will be supporting Sir Elton John at the inaugural Magic Summer Live concert being held in the grounds of Hatfield House. Welwyn Hatfield Times reporter Ross Logan spoke to band member Lachlan "Lachie" Chapman about the July 17 gig.
"We’re completely thrilled to be on the bill with Sir Elton John."
IT’S a classic rags to riches story.
Five guys with a passion for singing and a dream of making it big take a break from their day jobs as painters and decorators and hold an impromptu rehearsal in the street.
Suddenly, a record label executive walks past, and three days later they’re in the boardroom of Warner Music Entertainment, signing a five-album record deal and being hailed by label president Conrad Withey as “find of the year”.
This, ostensibly, is the true story of The Overtones – the vocal harmony group whose debut album Good Ol’ Fashioned Love has just gone platinum, and reached number four in the UK charts.
This summer, the five-piece – Mark Franks, Mike Crawshaw, Darren Everest, Timmy Matley and Lachlan “Lachie” Chapman – will be performing at Hatfield House, as support to Sir Elton John at Magic Summer Live.
On the face of it, it sounds like a fairytale overnight success story.
But in reality, the popular tale belies years of hard graft, countless gigs and rubbish jobs.
“It’s a classic case of overnight success, but a decade in the making,” says Australian-born Lachie, who joined the group after meeting Timmy when both were working for a department store, handing out leaflets.
“We all had all kinds of pretty rubbish jobs [before they became successful].
“As an artist, you’ve got to do anything to keep some cash through.”
Working various jobs inevitably ate into the group’s rehearsal time, so the resourceful quintet formed a painting and decorating company together, in order to earn cash and rehearse at the same time.
“We’re quite decent painters,” says Lachie, 30.
“So we formed a little company so we could work together, but it was really about the rehearsal space.”
It was during a job in Oxford Street that The Overtones’ destiny was changed, and now Lachie and the boys are looking forward to a date in July when they join Rumer, The Lighthouse Family and girl group Wonderland in supporting Sir Elton.
“We’re completely thrilled to be on the bill with Sir Elton John,” Lachie enthuses.
“If you asked anyone to name their top three iconic singers of all time then Elton John would make most lists.”
It won’t, however, be the first time Lachie has met the Rocket Man.
“I used to work in a London restaurant where Elton John used to host a charity evening,” he says.
“And I used to serve his table.”
From serving Elton’s bill to sharing it. You really couldn’t make it up.