Photo: Steve Ullathorne

Photo: Steve Ullathorne


Currently writing a new solo album, Maggie K De Monde has a rich and diverse musical catalog. Emerging from the same dynamic early 1980s Birmingham scene as Duran Duran, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and The Beat (in America, The English Beat), De Monde first took to the stage in 1982 as one third of the lush and soulful pop group Swans Way.  As the group’s percussionist and co-vocalist, she was very much in the midst of the fray as Swans Way cracked the UK Top 40 with the single “Soul Train” and appeared on all the pop TV programs of the day, including Top of the Pops, The Old Grey Whistle Test, The Tube, MTV, and more. But the group would prove to be short-lived and split after releasing the hothouse exotica of 1984’s The Fugitive Kind. As Swans Way vocalist Robert Shaw departed the pop arena, De Monde stuck beside her other bandmate (and paramour), bassist Rick P. Jones, and the duo formed Scarlet Fantastic. Scarlet Fantastic would last until the end of the decade, with 1987’s 24 Hours yielding the still-in-rotation dance club staple “No Memory.” De Monde would go on to write and record for producer Pete Waterman’s publishing company All Boys, form the pop duo Mighty K, and collaborate with many of pop’s most fascinating characters, including producer Mike Thorne (Soft Cell, Wire, John Cale, Bronski Beat), top dance DJ Hifi Sean, songwriter and pianist Martin Watkins (Marc Almond), drummer/songwriter Graham Crabb (Pop Will Eat Itself), and the young Japanese DJ collective known as Kill the Hero.

Since the turn of the millennium, Maggie’s songs have frequently featured in movies and high profile TV ad campaigns. She now lives on the South coast of Britain where she has a studio and continues to write, collaborate and record. She welcomes new collaborators so feel free to get in touch.


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Scarlet Fantastic / Maggie K De Monde
"Take Me Away" (2016)


Scarlet Fantastic / Maggie K De Monde
"Beyond Pluto" (2016)


Scarlet Fantastic / Maggie K De Monde
"No Memory" (1988)