asked at a radio interview whether he merely performed rock n
roll on stage then switched off from it at the end of a show, Ed was to
reply. I dont just play rock n roll, I live rock
n roll. I never stop rockin n rollin.
I even rock n roll in my sleep. Therefore the interviewer
and the listeners were left in no doubt that Ed feels very passionately
about the music which he has embraced. Anyone who has seen and heard Ed
in the show cannot fail to be engulfed by his sheer work rate and passion
which he applies to his performance. He believes very strongly in the
saying,Nothing good is ever achieved without enthusiasm!!!
It is without doubt Eds enthusiasm and hard work ethic, combined
with his passion for rock n roll which is the driving force
behind At the Hop. His philosophy is that in order to perform
rock n roll well, then the artist needs to immerse themselves
in the music. From a very early age Ed has listened to hundreds of recordings
from the 50s and watched numerous reels of rock n roll
film footage, enabling him to recreate the vibe of the era.
Moreover, he has delved even deeper by researching the artists(Louis Jordan,
Smiley Lewis and Big Joe Turner) who were to influence the rock
n roll greats and tries to portray this in the show,
adding another dimension to his performance. (Also giving the audience
an insight into the origins of rock n roll). It is this depth
of research which has helped Ed in his role as musical director and choreographer
of At the Hop.