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Biography

There are at least four artists called Moke:

1. Moke is a britrock band based from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, fronted by Belfast-born singer, guitarist and songwriter, Felix Maginn, who named his band after his Irish Uncle Moke.

Pre-Moke, Maginn and drummer Rob Klerckx were in a band called Supersub. Guitarist Phil Tilli was in the final line-up of Dutch rockers Tröckener Kecks. Keyboard man Eddy Steeneken had played in a band called Flemming. Bassist Marcin Felis completed the group's line-up.

Founded in 2005, Moke would almost immediately bring them more success than their previous bands had brought them. Paul Weller invited the band to play a few support slots for him and Moke's 2007 début album, Shorland, was an instant success in The Netherlands, where 'Last Chance' and 'Here Comes The Summer' were considerable radio hits. Moke played major festivals such as Pinkpop, Lowlands and Parkpop in their home country - as well as Sziget in Hungary. Several songs were about Maginn's childhood in Belfast, about hope, love, war and peace.

The follow-up to Shorland, The Long & Dangerous Sea, was released in 2009 to good reviews, but sales were disappointing compared to the group's début. The same went for album number three, Collider (2012). Founding member, Phil Tilli, left the band in 2014 due to "artistisch differences", amidst a general sense of disappointment.

Tilli's departure seemed to mark the end of Moke, but the band resurfaced in 2015 with a new guitarist (Robin Berlijn, previously in Fatal Flowers, 13, Kane and Sky Pilots, amongst others). The band's first 'post-Tilli' album, The Time Has Come, was released in 2015, again to rather disappointing sales.

2. Chris (Bam Bam) Westbrook, colloquially Bam Bam, is a house/acid/techno artist, as well as music producer from Chicago, Illinois. He has been producing on Ascap records since 1987.

3. Moke were a British rock band who released two albums ("Superdrag"/U.S. version titled "Moke" in 1999 and "Carnival" in 2001), and a handful of singles; most notably, "My Degeneration", described as "an angry indictment of callous youth".

Moke formed in London, England in 1997, composed of John Hogg (vocals, guitar), Sean Genockey (guitar), Alex Evans (bass guitar), and John Morgan (drums). Moke signed to London indie label Dorado Records. The band recorded and co-produced a debut album, Superdrag (1998), described by JT Griffith of Allmusic as "hyper-eclectic, mixing a strong love for Led Zeppelin (à la compatriots Reef) with hints of rap-rock, blues, reggae, and of course classic rock". This led to a US recording contract; Superdrag was re-released in the US as a self-titled album. A second album, Carnival (2001), released on Ultimatum/Artemis Records, was produced by Paul Stacey, who also played guitar on the album. Michael Lipton of LA Weekly described the album: "Sonically and musically, this disc is a pleasure from beginning to end". While Carnival was initially released only in the United States, after the group broke up it was released in Britain by Fruit Pie Records.Critics compared the group to Oasis, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Faith No More.,Tesla, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Moke toured the UK, Europe and the US extensively throughout the late 90's / early 2000s along with many acts, including The Black Crowes, Goo Goo Dolls, Tonic, Kings X, Spacehog and Senser. After the release of Carnival, the group headlined its own tour in the U.S.

4. Moke is an Australia-based YouTube rapper.

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