became interested in music when she
started learning the recorder and the clarinet at Primary School.
She continued with clarinet at secondary school and joined the Steel Band.
This was her
first experience of playing in a band and she
loved it, partly because it also gave her
the perfect excuse to miss maths lessons!
attempted to learn the Trumpet and sat through Guitar lessons but didn’t enjoy the preferred method of teaching, eg. bore student to tears.
would jam along to records at home
by picking up bass lines instead of practicing Greensleeves.
And so began playing electric bass at 15.
went to Islington 6th Form Centre
(ISFC) and joined her
1st band formed with guys at the youth club called Emphasis
(embarrassing band name confession) a lovers’ rock and soul band.
took a music course and a group of the kids entered in school band competition Rock School.
After this short spell Yolanda
continued gigging with other bands, including Urban Species.
Earlier that year she
had met Paul Weller when he
was a guest on Saturday Zoo.
later called when he
was looking for a new bass player.
went on to tour with him during the Wildwood tour of 1993/4, recorded the single Hung Up and a live album Livewood.
also recorded a few tracks on his
Album Stanley Road.
left the band Yolanda
continued to work on various projects including Gota Yashiki’s (Simply Red) solo album where she
met husband Miles Bould.
She also went on to play for Roddy Frame’s Aztec Camera and recorded bass on the last album Frestonia.
The drummer with Aztec was Jeremy Stacey who recommended Yolanda
to Guy Chambers when he
was looking for a bass player for a few Cathy Dennis tracks.
was 25 and had just had her
son Tait, he
saw a few studios and gigs before your average baby!
In 1997 Yolanda
returned to Paul Weller for his Heavy Soul tour, then played bass in Miles’ band Goosebump.
The following year Yolanda
second child Carmen and so spent a lot of time song-writing and laying the foundations for what would come to be an album project years later.