G'Day, I am a self taught bass player, harmonica player, guitar player and singer/songwriter from Sydney Australia that writes and plays Country, Americana, Blues and Folk music! My older brother gave me his Bass guitar when I was still in High School, he had it hanging on his bedroom wall for a while but never learnt to play it and because I pestered him so much to let me play it, he finally gave in and handed it to me and said if you learn to play it you can keep it! Well that was all the motivation I needed! 6 months later I was playing in my first band! It was a local band called Tantella, which later became Jacob Brake, they were much older than me, I was 15 at the time and boy oh boy was that an introduction to Rock 'n Roll!
Over many years I've attended a number of Songwriting courses, Production courses, workshops, music and music Industry seminars, played Bass in a number of bands, some cover bands some original bands, in particular, a band called Mad Gorilla who were an outrageous underground theatrical kind of show band in Sydney Australia which was so much fun and everything in between from duos to Big Swing Blues Bands. Eventually I had to keep a day job to sustain and raise a family. When I gig these days it's usually solo....you do this because you Love it!
As ACDC said, it's a Long Way To The Top If You Wanna Rock 'n Roll.
My musical influences were just about everything I could get my hands on -
Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Cream, The Who, Beatles, The Kinks, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac, Creedence, Free, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Deep Purple, Little River Band, The Doobie Bros, ACDC, Joe Cocker, Neil Young, Queen and Bad Company, then it became U2, Dire Straits,The Police, Supertramp, INXS, America, Steely Dan, Simple Minds, Cold Chisel, Talking Heads, Crowded House, Roxy Music, Bryan Adams, Sheryl Crow, John Lennon, David Bowie and Peter Gabriel.
Later, when I began learning Harmonica, I was listening to Blues Traveler, Sonny Terry, Sonny Boy Williamson, Sugar Blue, Chris Wilson, Kim Wilson and Rick Estrin. More recently I began listening to Harry Manx.
I don’t sound like any of those artists I grew up listening to but I can say I’ve spent a lot of time with their songs so I guess little bits of some of them have rubbed off onto me naturally over the years. The Internet wasn’t around when I was growing up so the music I was hearing came through the radio or shown to me by other people I knew who bought their vinyl albums. As it was so limited for choice back then, it made me listen to whole albums over and over. I began to hear and feel every aspect of what made a song great.
When we connect with a song, it can resonate with us and influence how we feel regardless of when they were written or by whom. Songs can help us bring our buried emotions to the surface in order to release our true feelings – this is what great songs can do for us. For me personally, songwriting helps me get through life's ups and downs and it’s a creative escape outside the normal humdrum survival needs of living. It enables me to be my own therapist as if to allow or give myself permission to be me. Music can connect with me at "Soul Level" and make me feel good. Living life is about experiences, moments, good and bad, that teach us and help us grow. I consider myself most fortunate that I’ve been able to get to this point in my life – independently releasing an album of original songs I feel are worthy of another person's listening time. I am so grateful for the wonderful players on this Album ~ Lifelines ~ all of them gifted players.
Tim Gaze (Electric Guitars), John Spence (Piano, Hammond organ), Shane Reilly (Pedal Steel), Fabian Hevia (Drums and Percussion), Mitchell Welbourn (Drums), Marcus Adamson (Electric Slide), Jenny Marie Lang (Lap steel), Tania Nichamin (Guest Vocal), Kathryn Krugell (Violin), Melanie Cuthbertson (Violin), Ellie Spicer (Cello),
......more than that, it's their feel, their passion and love of music that they all have inside each of them and how they unselfishly poured all of the magic they possess into my songs that have helped me create something very special, I am so fortunate!
One thing that is hardly ever spoken about is overall sound, sonic textures and dynamics, and the people who help create what we end up listening to on record, CD or Mp3s, behind the scenes who without them, we wouldn't have music to listen to at all unless of course it's "Live" music. I thank them so much.
Peter J Blyton, a highly regarded Producer who has worked with numerous World Class Artists Co- Produced this Album at 301 studios Sydney Australia, showed his experience in keeping the sonic integrity together through the initial Recordings. Jenny Marie Lang and Ryan Enright helped me get the right vocals down, Greg Stace (Mixed the Album) absolutely stuck by me through to completion as time and money allowed! (and I just Love his Mix of the Album!) Last but not least, Leon Zervos, a Mastering Giant from Studios 301 Sydney and New Yorks Sterling Sound, his humble and gentle nature, his sonic passion and professional attitude towards music came through as the wonderful final touch to my Album ~ Lifelines ~ Enjoy!
The only thing about life I’ve learnt that has any value at all - is LOVE.
P.S. A BIG THANKS to Mark Woszczalski and Deb Gillham, CD Artwork and Graphic Design