Robin Simon, former lead guitarist for Ultravox and Visage, and John Crawford of Berlin have united as new supergroup JCRS and are set to release their debut album, Arclight. We asked John the BIG questions . . .

Crawford is best known as the founder, principal songwriter of the 80s act Berlin, who had a massive hit with Take My Breath Away from the Tom Cruise movie Top Gun.

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Simon is known for his pioneering guitar techniques that brought you some of most creative and distinctive guitar sounds of the 80s and popularised the use of Chorus, Flanger, fuzz, wah-wah, delay, and compression pedals for a guitar sound that came to define the decade.

The pair met by chance while Robin was in LA, instantly clicked and within a week recorded five demos. Six months on, they booked a studio and completed their debut album with John Bryan and Sare Havlicek.

Arclight's lead single There’s Only You is out now.

Tell us three things about yourself?

I am an unusual combination of athlete and songwriter. My parents introduced me to many sports as a youngster and I played baseball, basketball, football, and tennis throughout different parts of my life. I was actually a tennis instructor as a means of making money throughout my college years. I was a weightlifter in my forties and a swimmer in my fifties. Today I still play basketball twice a week and tennis four times a week. I am a classic introvert. I am very comfortable being alone and I enjoy reading and watching movies. I love meeting people and participating in group activities but find the experiences draining and after a while feel the need to get some "alone time" to get comfortable again. I am a man of faith. My Christian beliefs are a constant source of excitement and bring a very compelling sense of curiosity and stability to my life.

How would you describe your music?

Simply put "dark and beautiful". I have always been drawn to melodic music with abstract wordplay and haunting instrumentation. For example, Life on Mars by David Bowie (my all-time favourite song), Slow Motion by Ultravox, Darkness by The Human League, How Soon Is Now by The Smiths. Such songs have always drawn me in, and I have aspired throughout my musical life to capture those types of musical moods.

Who are your musical inspirations?

I just mentioned a few. I would put David Bowie first. Then in somewhat chronological order The Sex Pistols, Ultravox, Gary Numan, The Replacements, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots to name a few.

What was the first gig you ever went to and the first record you ever bought/downloaded?

First concert. Deep Purple with David Coverdale supported by The Electric Light Orchestra and Ronnie James Dio. Great bill. First album was the Beatles second album.

What's your favourite song right now?

I have a Spotify playlist and I don't believe I have any current songs on it at the moment. That is no reflection on today's music. There is always great music being made. I go through different phases of favourite songs I listen to off my Spotify list when I am driving. Right now Sugar Hiccup by Cocteau Twins. A close second is Dancing Queen by Abba.

Favourite lyric of all time?

"I've got a good face for memories" by Howard Devoto while in the band Magazine. The entire song Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Dancing Queen by Abba. It always puts a smile on my face. It's a brilliant piece of music. The perfect pop song.

Where can people find your music/more information?

My website.