History

Dazzle Rebel

-Songsmith

2020 – Now

Dazzle Rebel: Fringe Rock/Alternative Rock/Songsmith. This is where I am right now. I am enjoying being back in the game and collaborating with some awesome musicians. I am still on the lookout for a bass player for live work. Give me a shout if you’re interested!

  • Dazzle Rebel – Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keys, Synths, Drum Programs (2020 – present)
  • John JJ Watt – Guitar, Backing Vocals (2022 – present)
  • Gaz Wilde – Drums (2022 – present)

2011 – 2016

Rock DJ: Performing as Dazzle Rebel. I spent some time on the radio with my own rock show. I was also Creative Director of Home Grown Rock, as a not-for-profit organisation that showcased grassroots bands in London, Nottingham and Manchester. This allowed bands such as Massive Wagons to get their first London show that wasn’t a pay-to-play affair.


2010 – 2011

New Generation Superstars: Trash Rock/Punk. Bass & backing vocals. I had a great time with New Generation Superstars with highlights including playing Rock & Blues Festival, touring Finland with Vanity Ink and meeting the amazing fans.

By the time I joined New Gen I was already pretty burnt out as far as playing live music went. In hindsight, I should never have joined but there was still something in me that wanted to play music. I gave it my all while I was in the band but my personal circumstances (like a 200-mile roundtrip commute to work) meant that I was burning the candle on both ends. Something had to give and I decided that the guys deserved to have someone who could commit a lot more time to the band.

I’m still good friends with the guys and I think that their current bass player Jonny Suicide is a much better fit for them than I ever was.

Dazzle Rebel at the Sal Notts March 2011
Dazzle Rebel performing with New Generation Superstars

2007 – 2010

Daz Vibrafly: Fringe Rock/Alternative Rock. Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drum Programs. When I left Red Star Rebels I was reeling and wanted to distance myself from the band. I dropped the “Rebel” from my stage name and once again took up the Vibrafly moniker. I only ever released a number of Fringe Rock demos on MySpace, recordings that will never see the light of day again! However, some of the songs that I wrote during that time have since been released on my 2020 Dazzle Rebel double EP “The Attic Transmission”.


2005 – 2007

Red Star Rebels: Glam Rock/Classic Rock/Sleaze Rock. Bass guitar. When Smarty left Surefire we decided that it would be a good opportunity to rebrand the band. We had already been moving more towards a sleazy 80s rock sound and away from Indie Rock, so it made sense to us to change the band name.

We had played a gig with Jonny in London and tapped him up to replace Smarty on rhythm guitar and vocals. Jonny was already fronting his own band and we weren’t sure he’d be up for it but to our surprise, he was. We played around with band names and it came down to either Red City Rebels (my favourite as it was a bit rawer and we had a song in the set called Red City Hill) or Red Star Rebels. In the vote, I was defeated 4-1 so Red Star Rebels became our new name.

We fit more gigs and music into the two years that I was in Red Star Rebels than we had done collectively over the past 10 years. There were many good times, the tours with Brides of Destruction, LA Guns and Gilby Clarke. The festival shows, the studio sessions, the house parties, the TV and film work. All of that was brilliant but I think we were at our best when we toured with Crystal Pistol. We were bloodhounds from hell on that tour and played like we were gonna take over the world.

However, towards the end of my time in Red Star Rebels, there was a feeling that we were beginning to get a little desperate and it was beginning to show. Blacky, Meady, Stevie and myself had spent the past 7 years living in each other’s pockets. Working full-time jobs but still getting together six days a week to make music was beginning to take its toll. Steve was the first to leave and we struggled to find a suitable replacement.

Rozzy was a good drummer but for me at least, the magic had gone. Instead of doubling down on the fanbase we already had we started to alienate them by changing our sound to be more fashionable. We stopped trying to build on our established fanbase and started playing showcases in the hope of getting a record deal instead. I ended up calling it a day in June 2007 after a showcase at Gibson showrooms. I had already mentioned my intention to leave but after that show, I was done.

I didn’t leave on amicable terms and there was some bad blood between the guys and me for a few years after I left. Eventually, I buried the hatchet with Jonny over social media and then the rest of the guys a short time after. We met up again in 2019 for some drinks and reminisced about the times we had together. Time had been a healer and any issues we had with each other was now just water under the bridge.

With a combination of bad luck and bad decisions we never fulfilled our potential and for that, I am a little bit gutted. Red Star Rebels should have been a bigger band than we were but our own egos got in our way. We never followed the advice from our (multiple) managers to build our fanbase, self-release music and keep repeating until the labels came to us. Hey, hindsight is always 20/20!

  • James “Blacky Rebel” Black – Vocals (2005 – hiatus)
  • Paul “Meady Rebel” Mead – Lead Guitar (2005 – hiatus)
  • Jonny “Jonny Rebel” Amos – Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals (2005 – hiatus)
  • Darren “Dazzle Rebel” John Loczy – Bass Guitar (2005 – 2007)
  • Steve “Stevie Rebel” Dunn – Drums/Backing Vocals (2005 – 2007)
  • Greg “Rozzy Rebel” Ison – Drums (2007 – hiatus)

2005

Brides of Destruction: Trash Rock. Bass Guitar. I got a call one day while I was working around the building site that was Wembley Stadium. “Dazzle, you’ve gotta get your arse home, we’ve got a tour booked, we’re main support…  …oh and you’ll be playing bass for the headline band too…  …and you’ve got 24 hours to learn the set!” Right. So I sped off home and bought a Brides of Destruction album, the only one I could find in such a short space of time “Here Come the Brides”. The trouble was they were supposed to be touring the second album! I enjoyed my 5 or 6 days as a member of BoD, the guys were great and I had loads of fun on that tour.


2001 – 2005

Surefire: Indie Rock/Classic Rock. Bass Guitar. Surefire, the future of Rock’n’Roll, a real hardworking band. Some of the songs we wrote in those times were musically some of the best work I’ve been part of. Intricate melodic fingerstyle bass one minute then pounding route notes the next. I’ve not played with a band as tight as Surefire. Musically we kicked ass everywhere we went but we didn’t have the most interesting stage show. We would take what we learned in Surefire and bring it up several layers when Surefire became Red Star Rebels.

  • James “Blacky” Black – Vocals
  • Paul “Meady” Mead – Lead Guitar
  • Matt “Smarty” Smart – Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals
  • Darren “Dazzle” John Loczy – Bass Guitar
  • Steve Dunne – Drums/Backing Vocals

1999 – 2001

Vibrafly: Fringe Rock/Alternative Rock. Guitar & Vocals. I came up with the name “Vibrafly” during a music lesson at school. I was had been working on new band ideas but couldn’t find a name that fit. I was well into “retro” 70s gear at the time and my favourite shop was Fly Clothing in Luton. I wanted to incorporate “fly” in the band name but nothing seemed to fir or it had already been done before. Then I was playing around with a new composition on keyboards for my A-level music and noticed an instrument voice called ‘vibes’. It wasn’t much of a leap to combine vibes and fly to create “Vibrafly”.

I got my mate Kev from Delirium and Manifest to switch to bass and recruited drummer prodigy Lewis Partridge on drums. The highlight was probably supporting Brian Poole and the Tremeloes with Shelly and Karen Poole from Alicia’s Attic and Ally McErlaine, the guitarist from the band Texas watching on. Sunny days and starry eyes.

  • Darren John Loczy – Vocals, Guitar
  • Kevin “Kev Mac” MacAuley – Bass, Vocals
  • Lewis Partridge – Drums
Kev and Daz in Vibrafly circa 1999

1999

Farouche: Alternative Rock. Guitar & Vocals. Farouche were the main rivals of Delirium and Manifest, though it was a friendly kind of competition. Delirium finished around the same time as Steve Algar left Farouche so I was tapped up to take his place. Technically Farouche were a better band than Delirium or Manifest were so I saw it as a step up, even though creatively it was no longer “my” band. The songs were no longer mine, they were Andy’s.

I played a few shows with Farouche, the most notable being a new venue in Luton (I can’t remember what it was called now). It was at that show that the idea of forming my own band with Lewis came to me.

  • Richard – Lead Vocals, Bass
  • Andy Mellor – Lead Guitar
  • Darren John Loczy – Guitar, Vocals
  • Lewis Partridge – Drums
  • Steven Algar – Guitar, Vocals (whom I replaced)
  • Leon Baptise – Drums (whom Lewis replaced about a year before I joined)

1998 – 1999

Delirium: Alternative Rock/Indie Rock. Guitar & Vocals. Delirium always drew a crowd, mostly because we were still at school and they were all our mates! Playing Queensway Hall Dunstable before it was demolished to be replaced by an ASDA was probably the high point.

The lineup changed often (many of whom I have forgotten the names of) but the core members were Kev Mac and me. Here are some of the names that I can remember:

  • Darren John Loczy – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass
  • Kevin “Kev Mac” MacAuley – Drums, Vocals, Guitar
  • Ross Enright – Lead Vocals, Guitar
  • Martin Riley – Bass, Drums
  • Mark Keene – Bass
  • Andrew “AJ” Lee – Bass, Guitar, Vocals
  • Matt ??? – Guitar
  • Adam “Cheesey” Cheeseborough – Guitar, Vocals
  • Adam Hammond – Guitar
Daz & Adam Hammond in Delirium circa 1999

1997 – 2000

Northfields Swing Band: Jazz, Swing, Big Band. Guitar. Yes I was in the school band! But it wasn’t like a normal school band of screeching violins, this was a jazz band and everyone was at a good standard. We even did a tour each year to a different country. We went to Italy (twice), Holland and Spain while I was in the band.

Daz on tour with Northfields Swing Band, Lake Garda, Italy 1997

1996 – 1998

Manifest: Alternative Rock/Grunge. Guitar & Vocals. Manifest evolved from a number of lunchtime jam sessions when we were still at school. Deciding that we wanted to take things up a notch and needed a ‘proper’ bass player, Kev roped in Mark who was the son of one of his Mums friends. Mark was a pretty decent bass player and things came together pretty quickly once we had him on board.

Our first gig was to be an after-school charity gig supporting another band from school called Farouche. On the night of the show, Ian failed to turn up leaving me to sub on lead vocals. The gig was terrible, mostly because I was absolutely crapping myself.

However, enough people said we sounded good (they were being very kind) and it gave me the confidence to sack Ian and take on lead vocal duties. We played a couple more local shows and even managed to bag my very first London gig before we called it a day.

  • Darren John Loczy – Lead Vocals, Guitar
  • Mark Keene – Bass, Vocals
  • Kevin “Kev Mac” MacAuley – Drums, Vocals, Guitar
  • Ian “Titus” Rowe – Lead Vocals (never played a gig)
Daz in Manifest circa 1996/7

1995

Solitary Confinement: New Wave Punk/Grunge. Guitar & Vocals.  My first band. We were heavily influenced by Green Day but sounded absolutely dreadful (though we were still only learning our instruments). We got to play in the school assembly a few times, a school ‘talent’ show and even at a parents evening once. Alas, no gigs outside of school though.

  • Darren John Loczy – Vocals, Guitar
  • Matthew Henkes – Drum Machine, Keys
  • Daniel Worman – Keys, Synths