While I specialise on the Hammond, I am familiar with other keyboards and am a proficient guitarist. Although I have successfully fronted several bands, I now prefer to put my vocal talents (?) to use as a harmonising backing vocalist… (well at least I try!).
Having worked and gigged all around Europe in various bands, I have plenty of live and studio experience. I have also done enough Television and Radio to ensure I don’t crack up at the prospect. As a naturally dedicated and hard worker, my professional attitude ensures I am a stress free organiser, always able to make decisions and/or carry out other people’s instructions. As the only working Hammond Organ player in Scotland who’s not in Wet Wet Wet, Deacon Blue or Simple Minds, I am also involved in, and available for, session work. I am able and happy to supply references from various people I have worked with.
I primarily play and provide backing vocals for the Scottish band, “Modus”. Not the most productive of my bands due to other commitments, we released one well received album on an American label which has now sold out. Having played all around the UK and Europe and playing at festivals in Spain and Italy, we then took 2 years off to allow the band to have offspring. We have a new album recorded which I produced which will be released in 2014. You can see many examples of our work on our Modus Facebook Page or on You Tube.
I own a 1968 C3 Hammond Organ which when played through the 145 model Leslie cab I own, is the ultimate big boss sound.
My ‘modern’ keyboards include a Nord Electro 2, a 61 note keyboard used primarily for electric piano sounds to save carting my Rhodes around! Also on the piano front I have a Yamaha P120S Digital Stage Piano with weighted keys.
Next up I have a Roland JV sound module and the world renowned Korg Triton Rack which together with the full Akai sample library, dozens of sample CD’s and virtual instruments means I am not short of a sound or 2! I have a Roland KC500 keyboard amplifier to play it all through or a full Dynacord 600 watt PA rig if required.
Finally, for the guitar work I use on my own demos and commercial music, I have a Rickenbacker 330 6 string semi acoustic (the definitive ‘Mod’ guitar) and a Washburn 6 string semi acoustic guitar which gives me a warmer sound than the Rickenbacker .