The Band

Interview

How long have you been playing?
Started playing when I was about 12 years old. My dad bought me a cheap electric guitar and I took about eight lessons and then gave up only to return to it a couple of years later to teach myself how to play. No youtube in those days so learned by copying everything I could get my hands on by Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, Rush etc.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
The first real concert I went was Van Der Graaf Generator at the Glasgow Apollo. Captivated by the scale and sound of a live band and have been a big follower of live music ever since.
What gear do you use?
My go to guitar is my trusty '79 Gibson Les Paul standard that I have owned since '83. I also have a Fender USA Standard Stratocaster and a Takamine EG50th Acoustic. On the amp front I now use a Backstair HT-20 for playing live and a Fender 110 Champion for practice. As well as the main kit I also have a few other guitars laying around and some Roland gear, SH101 mono synth and GR1 Guitar synth but they dont get much use any longer.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
The urge to start playing guitar came about after seeing Marc Bolan on the TV playing a Les Paul. Once I had a guitar it was all about Hendrix, Moore, Peter Green, Lee Ritenour, and Angus Young.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I've been in a few bands over the years and been lucky enough to know and have played with some very talented musicians. After a long break from playing live I now play regularly with a band called The Vests. We play for fun, dont take ourselves seriously. All good fun.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Jools Holland and his Big Band. Just for the experience of playing with a band that size and the range of styles they do. I'd be completely out of my depth but wouldn't mind giving it a go.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Thats a hard one as I listen to music all the time and limiting myself to one CD sounds like torture but because I'd be alone I'd need a bit of angst so have to go for something by Radiohead, probably The Bends.
How long have you been playing?
Playing drums for 15 years
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Paul Simon Born at the Right Time Tour 1991
What gear do you use?
Pearl ELX Fusion 22/10/12/14 kit with Gibralter rack system. Pearl Hardware and DW 5000 Series double-kick pedal. Zildjian A Custom / K Custom Cymbals. Vic Firth Sticks, Evans Drumheads and Kickport sub-woofer.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Paul Simon, Chad Smith (RHCP), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters/Alanis Morrissette), Dominic Greensmith (Reef), Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band), Dennis Chambers (Various)
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Oddfish (1999 - 2001)
The Usual Suspects
Naked Sunday
David Boni / Sub
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Immecke Open Air Festival, Germany - Summer 2000
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Bloodsugarsexmagik - Red Hot Chili Peppers
How long have you been playing?
Started playing when I was about 17.... on bass!!
What was the first concert you ever went to?
1982 Glasgow Apollo  - Japan
What gear do you use?
Tele 52 Reissue
Rivera Clubster 45 Amp
Premium kazoo! 
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
My Dad.. he was a jazzo !  Miles Davis, Thelonoius Monk, Ray Charles to name a few
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Before the Vests I started out with my pals in Third Party way back in 1985. Lasted a couple of years. Wonderful Memories.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Prince.... i'd play triangle 
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Whatever album came with a free dinghy. x 
How long have you been playing?

Never ask a musician his age.

What was the first concert you ever went to?
Couple of local bands playing in the Sandrianne in Kilmarnock. Buster Hymen and the Penetrations and The Outpatients. Both excellent bands. The Penetrations are still playing.
What gear do you use?
Depends on the gig. Been using a Lakland recently as it’s much lighter than my Musicman Stingray. But also been known to use a five string or a fretless. Or even a bass ukelele.

Couldn’t find speakers that were the right size and sound and flexible enough to cover different gigs. So built a pair that can handle enough power and drive either one or two, depending on the gig, with either a Gallien Kruger M800 or Markbass amp

 
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
A very generous neighbour who let me listen to and borrow his massive album collection. That’s how I first heard a lot of great music that you didn’t get on the radio.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
So far the most fun I’ve had was playing bass and singing in Fat Betty, a Thin Lizzy tribute band. Been in lots of others. Been playing a loooooooong time.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Anyone. Always fun to play with other people
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous.
No! John Martyn - One World
No! Joni Mitchell - Hejira
No! Bill Bruford – One of a Kind
No! Bowie – Changes
No! John Coltrane – Blue Train
No! Bob Marley – Exodus
No! Genesis – Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
No! Yes – Close to the Edge
No! John Scofield – Blue Matter
No!................................>>AAAAAAAAARRRRGGHHHHHHH!

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