Apes With Hobbies is the solo project of London-based composer and guitarist Jason Gorman.
Jason started playing guitar in 1988 at the age of 17, and served his time as an axe-man in an eclectic range of college and local rock/metal bands.
Self-taught in theory and technique, Jasons interests progressed from playing to writing and producing. He began the Apes With Hobbies project in 2010 as a vehicle for showcasing new material to a growing online audience.
He blends a wide mix of musical influences, ranging from Frank Zappa to Napalm Death, and from Erik Satie to Tangerine Dream, within a unique style that could only be described as Apes With Hobbies.
Never say never. But, right now, too busy working on a full-length album.
Frank Zappa, Devin Townsend, Dream Theater, Coroner, Voivod, Death, Meshuggah, Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, David Sylvian, Thomas Dolby, Ravel, Stravinsky, Frank Bridge, John Adams, Aaron Copeland, Steve Reich, Steve Vai
GUITARS: mostly Ibanez RGD2127Z, also Tokai ST100 strat for the solo on Love Is (CD bonus track) and funky rhythm guitar on Jovian Summer
BASS: Peavey Cirrus BXP 5-string
AMPS: Overloud TH2 & POD HD500 (No hardware amps were used anywhere on the EP). For bass, Ampeg SVX
FX: Mostly plug-ins, but a little bit of Damage Control Timeline for some clean delays, and TC Electronic G-Force for some reverbs and harmonizing
DAW: Reaper. It's cheap, it works, and it's reliable.
SYNTHS: Mostly Omnisphere, except Arturia V-Collection on Bury Me On Venus. TAL-Vocoder was used for the riddle on Jovian Summer. Most synths on Silver Locust Cafe (CD bonus track) are Roland SonicCell.
SAMPLES: Project SAM's Orchestral Essentials sampled instrument
DRUMS: EZ Drummer (Drumkit From Hell) and Stylus RMX