Former Member – 1999-2002
Alexander ‘Sacha’ Puttnam is a long time friend of Gavin who has been appearing with Bush since their album The Science of Things. Rossdale met Sacha back in his early club days in London and later they formed the band Midnight together. After Midnight the two of them continued on as the Little Dukes, but shortly after that didn’t work Rossdale left for California. It would be years later when Sacha would watching tv while in Italy for a film festival, that he would see his old mate Gavin in the ‘Everything Zen’ music video. He couldn’t believe is was him.
Sacha was born April 5, 1966. Being the son of a noted film director Lord David Puttnam, he made some film appearances in his early days as a child. Sacha studied in Russia as a composer and conductor, as well as Berkley in the US. Some of his former students included Tony Blair (English Priminister) children.
Besides playing keyboard in Bush, Sacha has done an array of work on his own. Some of his later works in conjunction with Chris Coco include appearances on Chris’s album ‘New Wave’ and in 2006 a full collaboration on ‘Remasterpiece’. Puttnam’s music falls mainly in the ambient and classical genre. A far stretch from Bush, but still fantastic in its own right.
In 2005, Sacha became a father for the first time with the birth of his daughter. Puttnam is currently living in Ireland and working as a composer and arranges music for many mediums including movies, advertising, television and radio.
SachaPuttnam.com Official Site
Unbelievable.. with as busy as this man is he was nice enough to do in interview for us. Thanks a million!!!!
1.Describe your musical works in 3 words.
Revolutionary, Serene, Provacative
2.What can we expect from the new album?
Dream filled landscapes augmented with memorable melodies that will simply blow your mind
3.What new bands are you currently listening to?
Sigur Ros, Royksopp, Ours
4.What are the best and worst parts about touring?
(best) Meeting lovely people (worst) Gavin in a bad mood
5.What the craziest thing you’ve seen on tour?
Watching Tool from the side of the stage & the fires at Woodstock
6.At what point did you stop telling Bush fans ‘I’m not famous’ and realize that you we part of the Bush experience.
I’m not famous!!
7.Favorite Bush song?
Little Things & 40 Miles From The Sun
8.Who was your first concert?
London Symphony Orchestra playing Beethoven
9.If you were only allowed to listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be (title and artist)?
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (because it’s really long)
10.What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment?
Conducting “Schubert” in Moscow
11.Name something you would like to do before you die?
Have a worldwide no. 1 album
12.Are there any issues (on anything) that you feel strongly about or feel don’t get enough attention?
Everyone should be loving to each other all the time. Everyone should recycle and be nice to the environment.
13.What always cheers you up?
14.Name something that drives you crazy, that you just can’t stand.
Dishonesty, big egos, & manufactured pop groups
Love & thanks!