Hi, my name is Skip T. I write music and lyrics, play guitar, sing and do occasional keyboard and persussion. welcome, hope you enjoy the music.
Started out in bands, played a lot of cover songs.
Started writing originals in Taiwan, started recording (on a budget, to put it mildly) when I came back to the U.S.-eventually I made sort of a break with the cover song thing but I still do it sometimes. Id like to get as many of my originals recorded as possible, not so much finished versions for sale but just to hear how the parts sound together.
I have played live in Taipei, the U.S. and here in Tokyo. Absolutely love it, there have been incredible monents on stage as well as some major malfunctions. But Id do it again in a second. I usually try not to support pay-to-play situations, unless its to showcase the band.
Many different styles of music, cant choose one. Main influences are hard rock (not metal so much) and jazz, but Ill listen to almost any style of music-its more about finding good sounds rather than good or bad styles-Im not even sure there is such a thing. Of course I listen to guitar music a lot but not always.
I play mostly electric, have several guitars made for the Japan market. My most recent purchase is a Cole Clark electric, made in Melbourne. Ill indicate which guitars were used in the song info.
I also have a nylon string classical from the Phillipines and a Seagull flame maple electric-acoustic-havent recorded with that one yet. You can see pictures of my guitars on the Guitar Player magazine Forum. Need to work more on the amp side of things, right now I have a Crate GLX-130 stereo, 65 watts per speaker. Watch your ears!
Other pursuits-Martial arts, travel, technical writing, acting for film and T.V. when the opportunity arises. Might learn a bit of Shamisen if I have time. I have a blast around large groups of people but the most valuable time to me is when I can just hang out in a forest or on a mountain and listen to the wind, or watch the animals play.