Brian 'Keys' Tharme is a UK veteran who started out playing keyboards in 80s Brit-funk outfit Private Funk-shun (alongside Angie Brown), then founded UKG production duo Banana Republic and record label Catch 22 with Gavin 'DJ Face' Mills, later of Copyright fame. He left the music industry in 2002 but returned in 2012 to set up Soulfunktion Records with long-term collaborator DJ Wally.