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I played in local bands from 1976 to 1979 but then concentrated on recording solo material at home. In 2008 my son talked me out of "retirement" into forming The 1850 Project with him (http://www.soundclick.com/1850project). So far we have released one short CD (6 songs) and played a special gig on the weekend of our birthdays in March (my son was 18 on the day of the gig, I was 50 the day after). This page is for my solo work, old and new.
Why this name?
It's just my name.
Do you play live?
I played live in the late 70's and have recently begun gigging again with The 1850 Project.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Makes a potentially huge audience and equally large feedback available for artists who might not otherwise have been able to afford the same kind of market in the traditional sense. I have found so many amazing artists on the internet that I would never otherwise have heard of.... I think it's amazing.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Never underestimate the power or attraction of money.... but mainly I like the opportunity to put my music out for people to hear and hopefully enjoy.
My history goes from writing and recording my own cassette tapes, through being invited to join several local bands (including such memorable names as Stag and Liquid Pig) and back to solo work again. Over the years I have experimented with guitars, keyboards and, more recently, samples, but I've now returned to my first love of (mostly heavy) guitar music.
People like Prince, Jethro Tull, Peter Frampton, Cat Stevens, Led Zeppelin, My Chemical Romance, Green Day, Deep Purple, Epica, Nightwish... the list goes on and keeps growing.
Brixham, Devon England, although a a few years ago I did some work in a small town outside Washington, USA, and really liked it there.
These days, electric guitars and Line 6 Spider III amp.
I hope I never get so predictable that people know what my next track will sound like before they even listen to it.