Bassicly Speaking – July Update
What a huge few months for me & my musician buddies! It’s been a huge rollercoaster ride! Is it time to get off? No chance!!!!
So we played twice at Glastonbury & it was amazing! What a great experience & one I can only hope to achieve again. A huge thanks to The Buzz Stop music venue at Glastonbury for having us & so damn helpful with storing our equipment and being such a great bunch of guys. Along with our two amazing gigs there we also had an interview with Worthy FM where we went through our ideas, writing styles & upcoming projects.
Our first single Hollywood Harmony is doing great over on Facebook too which is awesome! We recently released our track Theogony & a music video along with it. We filmed the video at the start of 2016 and it has received great feedback already! A huge thanks to Neal Dakota, Chlarissa Mydia, Jordan Thomas & many, many more!
We have been booked to play Kaya Festival on 5th August. Visit the Facebook page for more info on that.
The Special Brew
Wow! Ive been stupidly busy with The Brew, including playing the iconic Winter Gardens in Blackpool! We have some amazing gigs lined up including dates at Bristol, Porthcawl, Salisbury, Dumfries & even back to Cardiff! Ive been working very hard to nail some new tracks recently including my all time favourite Bad Manners track – Only Funkin’! What a great bass-line. Heres to bigger 7 better gigs including our continuation with The Two-Tone Tour with Special Kinda Madness.
Working hard & staying in the loop as always! Our last show in Maesycwmmer was a great one! Especially as it was a 80th birthday party! We are currently expanding our never ending set even more with some great should classics, this time a few from the early 80’s
Teaching is going great and has been so rewarding as of late. All of my students have passed their exams, from grad1 guitar to grade 8 & Level 4 vocalists & bass players of course! I’ve had a few new students start too, but space is quickly filling up unfortunately.A few people have been starting up shop locally to me, I usually don’t mind but please don’t undercut or offer unqualified advice or teach without enhanced DBS checks or even public liability insurance!
My tuition business sponsored The Barry & District Scooter Club’s Best Vespa Award at the Fun day in Barry along with playing with The Specia Brew. That was an amazing day and for such a great cause!
I’m currently working on a few tracks with a great French singer who has some amazing writing skills. Fortunately I can work from my own studio and not go gallivanting off to Paris to see her!
Composing & Arranging
i’m currently tidying up a few projects for people to be released & a few for myself too! Ranging from acoustic folk to some heavier rock tracks & back to solo bass & nice orchestral pieces.
I had an amazing offer to direct & play double bass in a small Jazz ensemble but very sadly I had to decline due to a heavy work schedule. I have asked them to keep in touch so I could maybe work with them in the future.
I have been reviewing some products recently, including a beautiful Cort bass for The Practice Pad located in Aberbargoed. The review video, audio & transcript will be posted on here in the next few days.
I unfortunately couldn’t attend the A Strings open evening after the shop expansion. I will be visiting very soon & hopefully will be able to work with them in the future.
The Special Brew – The Picton, Porthcawl – 23rd July
The Special Brew – Syston, Leicester – 30th July
Dead Method – Kaya Festival – 5th August
I don’t want to post too many shows, otherwise I may run out of room haha!