I'm a musician and producer based in Brighton, UK. I've played synths, guitar, bass, trumpet and many other instruments on records by the likes of Laura Marling, James Holden, Bear's Den and Lucy Rose. My live session work has included playing with Timber Timbre, Broken Social Scene, Sarah Blasko, Olympia and Willy Mason. I also work as a musical director including arranging, scoring and programming with Ableton. Read more about me here.

Japan tour with Rachael Dadd, Emma Gatrill, ICHI and Rob Pemberton

I’ve had a great couple of weeks doing lots of recording and playing some great festivals with James Holden (including Rewire and BRDCST). Last night we launched Christof van der Ven‘s album into the world at a show in London.

Now I’m very excited to head to Japan this Saturday for eight shows playing guitar, electronics and brass with both Rachael Dadd and Emma Gatrill. ICHI is also doing a set and Rob Pemberton will be playing the drums:

April 17: Osaka · Osaka Club
April 20: Tokyo · VACANT
April 21: Kanazawa · Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Art Theater
April 22: Nagoya · Three Paradise
April 24: Hiroshima · Hiroshima Ushida Church
April 25: Aihime · Cosmo Theatre
April 27: Kumamoto · Hayakawa Warehouse
April 28: Fukuoka · Sumiyoshi Shrine Noh

Willy Mason UK and Irish tour

Daunting set of sold out dates for February with the great Willy Mason, playing bass and cornet:

6 Bexhill-on-Sea Albatross Club
7 Brighton Marlborough Theatre
8 Totnes Barrel House Ballroom
9 Stroud The Goods Shed
10 Bristol Cube Microplex Matinee
10 Bristol Cube Microplex
11 Cardiff Buffalo Matinee
11 Cardiff Buffalo
12 Oxford Jericho Tavern
13 Birmingham Hare & Hounds
14 Liverpool 81 Renshaw Street
15 Manchester Deaf Institute
16 Manchester Castle Hotel
17 Glasgow Glad Cafe
18 Glasgow Glad Cafe
19 Newcastle Cumberland Arms
20 Farndale The Band Room
21 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
22 London Moth Club
23 London Moth Club
24 London Moth Club

Then a few days off, including playing synth and brass with Christof van der Ven supporting Bon Iver at Hammersmith Apollo on the 26th, before heading to Ireland for eleven more in March:

Cork Coughlan’s
Cork Coughlan’s
Leap Connolly’s
4 Galway Roisin Dubh
5 Navan Lantern Bar
6 Bangor Drama Club
7 Bangor Drama Club
8 Derry Sandino’s
9 Dublin The Grand Social
10 Limerick Dolan’s
11 Dingle Nelliefred’s

Add these dates to the TITK tour in January and I will have done a total of 51 shows in 60 days! Playing with two bands per show at most of them too.

This Is The Kit and Emma Gatrill touring UK and Ireland

I’m having a fantastic January so far – two shows in Mexico playing cornet with James Holden & The Animal Spirits then three weeks around the UK and Ireland playing guitar with Emma Gatrill and cornet with This Is The Kit:

10 Jan – The Joiners, Southampton tickets
11 Jan – Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis tickets
12 Jan – St Petroc’s Church, Bodmin tickets
13 Jan – Brunel Goods Shed, Stroud tickets
14 Jan – Leaf, Liverpool tickets
16 Jan – Cyprus Avenue, Cork tickets (No EG set)
17 Jan – Whelan’s, Dublin tickets
18 Jan – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds tickets
19 Jan – O2 ABC Glasgow, Glasgow tickets (No EG set)
20 Jan – Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh tickets
21 Jan – Lancaster Library, Lancaster tickets
23 Jan – The Sage Gateshead, Hall 2, Gateshead tickets
24 Jan – The Glee Club – Birmingham, Birmingham tickets
25 Jan – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London tickets (No EG set)
26 Jan – J1, Cambridge Junction, Cambridge tickets
27 Jan – The Con Club, Lewes SOLD OUT
28 Jan – 02 Oxford Academy, Oxford tickets

James Holden & The Animal Spirits album announced

Very excited that this album has finally been announced. It was an absolute joy to join such talented musicians in the studio, including Etienne Jaumet, Liza Bec, Lascelle Gordon, Camilo Tirado, Tom Page and of course James Holden himself. The album is released on November 3rd via Border Community. I played cornet and will be joining the band for some live shows to be announced shortly.

Olympia UK tour

Really looking forward to playing bass guitar with the fantastic Australian band Olympia:

  • May 17: Omeara, London
  • May 18: The Great Escape, Komedia, Brighton 
  • May 20: The Great Escape, Patterns and Brighthelm Centre, Brighton
  • May 21: Hoxton Square Bar, London
  • May 23: The Lock Tavern, London
  • May 27: Sound City, Liverpool

Timber Timbre European tour support

I’m extremely excited to be supporting the great Timber Timbre on the following shows:

  • Sat 08 Apr 2017: Brussels Botanique
  • Sun 09 Apr 2017: Amsterdam Paradiso Noord
  • Mon 10 Apr 2017: Cologne Luxor
  • Fri 14 Apr 2017: Copenhagen Bremen Teater 
  • Sat 15 Apr 2017: Hamburg Uebel & Gefährlich 
  • Mon 17 Apr 2017: Tourcoing Le Grand Mix 
  • Tue 18 Apr 2017: London Islington Assembly Hall 
  • Wed 19 Apr 2017: Paris La Cigale

 

Replacement components for repairing fx pedals

I repaired a few stompboxes for a friend and thought it worth writing down and linking to some of the replacement components, to hopefully speed up other people’s repairs as it took me hours to source the correct ones!

So if you need replacement faders / slide potentiometers for an Electro Harmonix Micro Synth then you want 100k Linear (B) with 30mm of travel. Small Bear sell them here and they also sell the little white toppers. I believe these pots are also the correct size for the POG 2. I actually used these Bourns ones from Mouser as I was buying a load of components from them – they are the exact same footprint as the Alpha ones that Small Bear sell but annoyingly the shaft is slightly shorter. It looks like this:

Slightly shorter Bourns slider pots from Mouser

The first and third sliders from the left are the slightly shorter Bourns ones…

Also if you need to replace the Q switch on your Jam Pedals Delay Llama Supreme or the Gate / Osc switch on your Death by Audio Supersonic Fuzz Gun then you want a miniature SPDT ON-ON toggle switch – this one from Rapid fit perfectly for me.

Need to replace the fuse in a T-Rex Fuel Tank Chameleon? You need a 250V t315 mA slow blow 20mm fuse. T-Rex sell them here, I got them cheaper from Maplin here. You need a 2mm or 5/64″ hex / allen key to open those up.

The DC sockets on Voodoo Labs power supplies are prone to breaking. I replaced some on a Pedal Power 2 Plus using 2.1mm right angled 2A sockets from RS Components and they fit perfectly.

The correct DC connector for Korg MS20-m and Volcas (and I believe most Korg products, as it’s a Japanese standard) is EIAJ type 3, centre positive.

That’s all for now but I’ll update this page as and when I do more repairs and find out anything useful worth sharing.

Sarah Blasko tour

I have a couple of weeks off from playing synthesizers and brass with Bear’s Den. The timing worked out well so I’ve been able to do a tour playing electric bass and double bass with the incredible Sarah Blasko. The first show was in London last night and it was a real honour to share the stage with such fantastic musicians – Sarah Belkner (keys), Ben Fletcher (guitar/keys), Seb Sternberg (drums) and of course Sarah herself. Very much looking forward to the rest of the tour, full dates as follows:

London, UK – Union Chapel – Tue 10 May
Tickets here

Manchester, UK – Ruby Lounge – Thu 12 May
Tickets here

Brighton, UK – Hope & Ruin – Mon 16 May
Tickets here

Bristol, UK – Thekla – Tue 17 May
Tickets here

Paris, France – Les Etoiles – Thu 19 May
Tickets here

Brussels, Belgium – Les Nuits @ Botanique – Sat 21 May
Tickets here

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Bitterzoet – Sun 22 May
Tickets here

Berlin, Germany – Grüner Salon – Tue 24 May
Tickets here

Supporting LNZNDRF on tour

LNZNDRF is a new band composed of the The National‘s Scott and Bryan Devendorf, as well as Beirut member and The National/Sufjan collaborator Ben Lanz. They’ve announced their self-titled debut record, which is out February 19 via 4AD.

I’m very happy to be doing a short European tour supporting them. Big thanks to Craig Montoro for recommending me to them. Dates are as follows:

02-19 London, England – Oslo
02-21 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique–Rotonde
02-23 Berlin, Germany – Grüner Salon
02-25 Berlin, Germany – Kantine am Berghain
02-26 Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia

This is my favourite of the tracks they’ve shared so far:

Brighton instrument repairs

People often ask me for tips on who to contact to get instruments, amplifiers or other gear repaired. I thought I’d collate a few contacts in one post to make it easier for people to find. A lot of them don’t have websites and rely on word of mouth. Their workshops are often wondrous places to visit.

SaxophonesRupert Noble – Rupert Noble specialises in vintage and professional horn repairs, sales and purchases. His workshop in Hove is glorious. Expert renovation of Selmer, Conn, Buescher, Martin, King,Sml, Grafton etc and all modern horns. He also works on clarinets, flutes and other woodwind and has fixed my cornets and flugelhorns in the past. Based in Hove. 07799 398576 rupertnoblesax@googlemail.com

FX pedals / synths  – Roland Drummond – has repaired lots of fx pedals for me such as a Memory ManLittle Lanilei and Walrus Audio Voyager, also installed this mod for my Fender Vibrolux and has repaired a drum machine. Always good work, reasonably priced and quick turnaround. Once he actually opened up a pedal in front of me, swapped out a fried component and gave it straight back. He also works with synthesizers, especially modular, and has an amazing looking home made system taking up a whole wall. Last time I was there he was building a modular video synth too. I think he also does pro audio gear and clones. Based by Preston Park. 07775 742495 rolandrum@hotmail.com

Synthesizers / pro audio  – Rob Hukin – has repaired and modded countless things for me including my first ever ‘proper’ synth, a Yamaha CS5, Godwin String Concert, midi retrofit and general tune up for a Juno 60, some modifications to a Korg MS20M and more. His place is always full of insane, rare and very valuable synths, once I saw four or five 808s. I believe he’s worked for a lot of big names including Talk Talk, Squarepusher and Vangelis! Also does pro audio and lots of work for Brighton based recording studios too. Based by Preston Circus. 07961 883949 rob@audiocircus.co.uk

Banjos / acoustic guitars / mandolins / accordions… – for folk or ‘world’ instruments I’d recommend heading to Hobgoblin Music on Queens Road. They have a workshop at the back and can set up or repair all sorts of acoustic instruments. If they can’t help in store then they will be able to recommend someone who can.108 Queens Road, BN1 3XF Location Map  01273 760022 brighton@hobgoblin.co.uk

There are a few other people I’ve used only once or twice, or not at all but have heard good things about them:

  • Woody’s Music – 12 Oxford Street, Brighton. Guitar and amplifier repairs and sales. 01273 272271 or  07757006447. Facebook page here.
  • Brighton Guitar Workshop – based in Hove very near to Rupert’s sax emporium. Guitar and amplifier repairs and sales. 07578 916 284
    info@brightonguitarworkshop.com Website.
  • Vincent Purcell – repairs and builds violins, violas, cellos and other string instruments. I’ve been to see him about double bass repair and he was very helpful and knowledgeable. Based in Hove. 01273 729081 vincent.purcell@yahoo.co.uk
  • Peter Ratcliff – did an excellent repair to one of my double basses, used to mainly repair violins but now doesn’t do repairs any more as he focusses solely on dendrochronology – historical analysis of violins. If you need a dendrochronologist I’d recommend him! Facebook page ratcliffiddles@talk21.com 01273 720160