EDWIN HIND is a composer and instrumentalist and Sound Arts and Design student, currently studying at University of Arts London BA (HONS). He has been involved in the music industry since 1981 as a recording artist with an active career from 1981 – 2001, as a signed artist & with numerous publishing deals and releases. Edwin Hind is most well-known as part of Anglo-German duo Picnic at the Whitehouse, part of the emerging Berlin underground techno scene (1985 – 1990). He was also lead singer/songwriter of Liverpool indie Synth pop outfit “Virgin Dance” who gained fame through a John Peal Session on Radio one.
Edwin Hind is also a Music Tutor / Sound Therapist & Music Technology Tutor, specialising in working with young people with a range of special needs and/or are hard to reach. He has experience of working in challenging environments including Beats Learning, Crisis and at the John Howard Centre (NHS Foundation Trust). As a Music Therapist for Mind he has helped a mixed age group of members express themselves through singing, composing, playing guitar and percussion.
Originally from Liverpool, Eddie Hind started his career at the age of 19 fronting the Indie pop band ‘Virgin Dance’ which came out of The Post-Punk Liverpool Music Scene. After recording Radio One sessions for John Peel (Peel Sessions 1983-1984), Janice Long and Peter Powell, Eddie Hind/Virgin Dance signed to Probe Plus Records (1981) and later to Chappell Music (Publishing, 1982) and released indie single ‘Are You Ready For That Feeling’ which went to No.1 in the Indie Charts with the help of Radio 1 airplay. ‘Virgin Dance’ recorded and toured ‘Against The Tide’ and supported the Eurythmics on their UK Sweet Dreams tour, 1983-1984. A live performance on innovative pop/rock music television programme The Tube in 1984 launched their second single ‘I Desire’ into the top 75 chart and they toured the UK again supporting Squeeze.
After Virgin Dance disbanded, Eddie Hind was invited to Berlin to meet Illfo (Eckart Debusmann) a German wizz-kid keyboard player from Berlin and the duo went on to form techno-funk band ‘Picnic At The Whitehouse’ (CBS RECORDS/Portrait 1985 – 1990). Their critically acclaimed album ‘The Doors Are Open’ was produced by Ralph Ruppert, Hind and Debusmann & Paul Hardiman. ‘Picnic At The Whitehouse’ released the politically motivated ‘We Need Protection’ which generated huge chart and club success in the UK, Germany and Italy. ‘The Doors Are Open’ was inspired by Hind’s experience of Berlin. During this period Hind collaborated with fellow Chappell/ Warner Brothers writers Michael Munzing and Luca Anzilotte of German techno outfit called ’16BIT’ (SNAP ‘I’ve Got the Power’ fame). Hind wrote three songs and provided guest vocals for their album ‘Inaxycvgtgb’ (released by Ariola, Jan 01, 1987 P1987 Anzilotti & Münzing) including the underground club hit ‘Ina Gadda Da Vida’ (feat. Eddie Hind) 1987.