Last Saturday we had a great day with the guys at Quay West Studios in Gosport. We were there to put our new promotional video together in collaboration with Future Epic Productions.
First of all we (well Nick actually) put the audio together. Dan took an age to set his kit up as usual (after delaying us for half an hour because the front door was locked – which it wasn’t). Then me, Dan and Owen (guitar) recorded each of the tracks. On top of our rock solid foundation Nick recorded keyboards, lead vocals, backing vocals and horns (trumpet/trombone).
Once the audio was nailed the laughter started because it was video time! We got dressed up in our nice tweed gig outfits and were filmed miming and playing along with the audio we’d recorded earlier. This was done with all six of us to start with followed by two lots of three then individual shots. All in all, that’s a lot of videoing!
We’re delighted with the finished product which you can see on the homepage. Massive thanks to Nick at Quay West Studios and Dave at Future Epic Productions for their time, skill and professionalism. Check out their websites here:
Quay West Studio
Future Epic Productions
I seriously doubt anyone will read this blog post so it’s really just for self-aggrandisement! I love my basses and rig so I’m going to dedicate this post to them in all their maple, alder, rosewood, walnut, mahogany, steel, nickel, plastic, circuit board and neodymium glory.
I own five bass guitars. A lot of people tease me about that (my wife and parents in particular) but compared to most guitarists I know it’s not that many. One of my basses was bought from a guy near Liverpool who owns almost forty! This is what I’ve got:
Fender (USA) Marcus Miller 5-string Jazz 2002
Fender (USA) Select Series 4-string Jazz 2014
Fender (USA) Precision FSR 58
Musicman Stingray Fretless 4-string 1999
I like having a few basses to choose from because it makes me feel like a real man. Ha ha, just kidding! I tend to play one for a month or two then freshen my playing up by switching to another. I’m definitely a jazz man as I love the sound of the dual pick ups and narrower neck (the Ibanez has an incredibly fast neck too by the way).
For slap you can’t beat the Marcus Miller Jazz with the scooped EQ – it sounds like so many of the classic recordings that we bassists grew up listening to! Plenty of tunes in the Stone Groove set call for the fifth (low B) string so it’s good to have that too.
I use an Aguilar rig which I absolutely love. The sound is as clean as you can get and the head and cabs are incredibly light. The head is a Tonehammer 500 which gives 500 watts of power in a 1.8kg package (consider my previous head was 600 watts in a 12.5kg package and you’ll understand why my arms are so long). The cabs are SL112 (1 x 12in) and, again, are super light. I use two of them unless the venue is very compact.
Is anyone still reading this? I doubt it! So how about strings? Well my favourites are Dunlop Super Bright Nickels and D'Addario XL ProSteels - both handle the funk really nicely.
From Tim (Big T)……with love x
Whoa, just realised I haven't done a blog post yet for the all new blog page! I'm a beginner at this so go easy on me....
Thanks for visiting our website. We're a group of musicians who love to keep it funky and deliver a kick-ass show (both might be quotes from School of Rock - the last one definitely is!). Anyway, you're probably here because you want to book a wedding or party band and we really hope you choose us.
Why should you choose us? Well, we like to think we have a damn good list of music that keeps the dance floor full but then every band will tell you that. What makes us different is our line up with two keyboard players that double on trumpet and trombone. This opens up a whole new world of repertoire. Usually bands with horn sections are more expensive but this approach gives more bang for your buck. Secondly, we have an incredible sound and lighting rig to deliver an ultra slick show. Then there's our sense of fun and great on-stage personalities - wigs, hats, sunglasses, props, inflatable guitars and microphones for your guests, that sort of thing.
Our fee (within 60 miles of Southampton) is £1400. Considering what you get for this, it's a very competitive price.
The diary is filling for 2018/19 so please get in touch soon to start planning your event. We look forward to hearing from you and, most of all, keep it funky.