Yeah so I forgot a bunch of things in that last post.
Firstly; GEAR. Thanks to the wonderful folks at Westside MI (especially my good friend and wicked guitarist Peter Honoré) I am now the proud owner of a beautiful Martin OM28e Retro. It’s the nicest acoustic guitar I’ve ever played and it sounds incredible. The Fishman F1 Aura system is brilliantly designed and every sound engineer I’ve worked with since getting this guitar has absolutely loved it! Here she is:
This also leads nicely on to my next topic, which is GIGS.
I used this wonderful guitar for a few gigs and sessions with some other artists recently, one of whom was Nick Gardner. I was asked to play with Nick by my friend (not to mention keys player/sound engineer/MD extraordinaire) Steve Weston, who was given the task of MDing Nick’s first proper live show – which happened to be opening for Maroon 5 at iTunes Festival. I’m a big Maroon 5 fan so it was a special one for me to be able to open for them at the Roundhouse, and thankfully the show went really well (you can watch it here). Nick is a talented singer and a lovely guy, who will surely go on to do some cool things, so keep your eye on him! Here’s a cool shot from the gig:
The other artist – or artists I should say – that I worked with this summer was a lovely group of girls who go by the name of Neon Jungle. I joined the girls for their Radio 1 Live Lounge session in which they covered X Ambassador’s & Jamie N Common’s ‘Jungle’ – which was a ton of fun to play due to it being super guitary. Check it out:
And that concludes my massively overdue update. Hopefully I’ll get to work with all these guys again in the future, but until then it’s back to business with Ella.