During a busking session in Malvern with drummer Oliver Patton, a local approached us with very kind words. She explained how from a distance she thought she heard her husband (Colin Bentley aka ‘Stoner’, bassist from bands Doctors of Madness and The Pull) who unfortunately had a tragic death in 2014. She explained how my playing style was very similar to Colin’s, and she was taken back by it all as it must of triggered some memories/feelings from when Colin was around. Her being a painter herself she continued to tell us about Colin’s stories and his music past, it was an amazing yet saddening interaction with her. And I couldn’t thank her enough for the compliments on our music.
We then dedicated our next improvised song to Colin Bentley, naming it – Ode to Colin Bentley.
To find out about Colin, go here and see a tribute beautifully written by his daughter – Lauren Bentley
It’s amazed me how something like busking could affect someone in that way…I advise anyone writing/performing music to just go out and play everywhere at every opportunity, because moments like this really make playing worth while!
Below is a list of videos that show my bass playing skills, it varies from improvised performances to written arrangements in a band setting. All of these videos (minus the Time of the Mouth videos), have been filmed and recorded using my own equipment I have then edited and uploaded them myself. Video editing is something I am quite good at, I especially enjoy recording and editing live performances as it gives off this natural feeling. I will continue to edit more videos to add to this list, but as for now this is all the videos I am proud to show.
Alder Roots & Trees in Suits – Solo Bass
A short improvised piece performed in a woodland, using my battery amp to make this possible. Performing outside without power is something I can do with ease. Need me to perform outside your building? for an outdoor party? I can do that!!
Octopuses Actually Exist – Solo Bass
Recorded and filmed professional by Rob Groucutt, Ollie Patton and Carlos Browne. This is a solo ambient piece performed by myself, a style I perform quite often, with the help from effect pedals and many informative lessons from Steve Lawson (UK’s leading solo bass guitarist).
Tu Piel Es Guapa – Solo Acoustic Guitar
Composing with an acoustic guitar is something I do whenever I get my hands on one. This is a piece written and performed during my gigs in Spain.
Lost Live at Mappfest – Time of the Mouth
A live performance with Time of the Mouth at Malvern’s Mappfest 2014. The original song can be found on the Bandcamp page here – timeofthemouthuk.bandcamp.com/
Sparks May Fly – Christine Cornwell and James Chatfield
This is from a Birmingham based arts project I was involved in – Sparks May Fly (May 2015). Where 6 young musicians were picked to collaborate and perform in pairs for an intimate audience, this is my performance with Christine Cornwell (a fantastic violinist from Birmingham and one of my favourite musicians to work with).
Brownfield – Firefly Gig
Brownfield is a duo act I current gig with, we improvise all our performances and experiment a lot with different sounds and instruments, trying not to limit ourselves to just ‘drums and bass’. This is a live performance at Worcester’s Firefly.
Brownfield Friday Sessions – 17.10.2014
This is quite a long performance, with a very ambient introduction. This video shows off the use of effects from both me and Carl. It get’s more intense towards the end where I use a microphone through my pedal board. But you can find more of our ambient recordings on Bandcamp here – brownfielduk.bandcamp.com/album/kccw
Brownfield Friday Sessions – 24.10.2014
This is a live performance of Brownfield featuring our close friend ‘Michael Price’ (an insanely gifted and creative musician). Performed at Kidderminster College’s ‘Open Mic’. The trio here was where I started getting into improvisational music, we began a project called ‘Improvisation Amalgamation’, you can find our albums on Bandcamp here – improvisationamalgamation.bandcamp.com
Brownfield Friday Sessions – Confined Vocal Duo
This is more of an experimental performance, as it was requested by our Uni lecturer – ‘Phi Yaan-Zekk’, to perform music with our voices in a confined space, so we found the smallest room and took a few microphones and effect pedals to create this strange piece of music.
Gotta Get Through This – Funk Rock Arrangement
This is a 3-piece band set up, performing our own arrangement of the well known ‘Daniel Bedingfield’ song ‘Gotta Get Through This’. This is a funk-rock arrangement, so here you can see a small example of my slap technique.
If you are interested in seeing any combination of these performances live, or wish to collaborate with any of these acts please send me an email 😀 I am always interested in playing with new musicians, and meeting new people. Email – firstname.lastname@example.org