Marcus Taylor and Ben Bell have been collaborating on musical projects since the late 1990s when they began playing together in a number of blues and rock bands at the University of Warwick. These included the rock group ‘Crazy Dogs’ and the aptly named blues quintet, ‘Cheese Trauma’. While the blues provided a useful meeting point, the pair explored mutual interests across the musical spectrum – drawing on progressive rock and jazz fusion while keeping a close eye on strong songwriting and engaging solo improvisation. Broken Parachute originally started as a vehicle for Marcus’ new compositions and Ben’s desire to test his abilities as a lead singer. Separated by the Atlantic ocean owing to the demands of paid employment, the pair availed themselves of new technology to aid their transatlantic collaboration. Their latest album – Living Dangerously – is the first showcase product of their creative energies.