I'm getting more and more useless at this blogging thing by the minute. Fantastic. However, it's been a decent 2014 so far, so I thought i'd share some highlights with you all!
Let's start with January shall we?
I started the year by going stereo. I'm now rocking two Egnater Tweaker 15 tops into my Zilla 2x12 small vintage cabinet. Being able to run stereo delays and tremolos and the like live has really given some width to my sound, and being able to slave one head into the other has opened up more tones to explore in the studio. I really can't praise the Egnater Tweaker heads enough. They do so much in such a compact package, and for the price they're a steal. Plus they look badass. Totally badass. Which is of paramount importance, of course.
I also managed to squeeze an Xotic Effects SP Compressor onto the board, too. After a few months of testing it both live and in the studio, it's fair to say I think it'll be staying for the long haul. It's a great little unit that you can just leave on all the time, and it makes everything sound better. Wonderful. I also realise that the picture to the right mainly focuses on the SM Fuzz rather than the SP Comp, but I thought it looked cool and arty so I uploaded it anyway. I hope you'll find it satisfactory. If you don't, rest assured that nothing will be done to rectify that.
Early January also saw the final recording sessions for Robbie Boyd's debut album, which I'm pleased to say is now finished and is due for release soon. Roll on the summer gigs! Here's producer Tristan Ivemy mic'ing up my rig on my last day in session... (Great selection of gear to choose from behind it, no?) All the latest details on Robbie and the album can be found over on Robbie's website at http://www.robbie-boyd.com.
Here's a pre soundcheck shot of my view at One City One Sound - a fantastic worship conference made possible by Noel Robinson. (He's just released a new album, so click on his name to get over to his site and check it out!) It was a great night, and an honour to be a part of. Plus we ate Nandos before playing. Any story that begins with Nandos has potential for total excellence.
In February, I served in the worship band at the OneLife south conference. It was real privilege to be a part of this conference for the second year running. The OneLife team are an amazing group of people who work with and seek to empower young leaders in every sphere of society. Check out their website HERE for more info on what they do...
It was good to catch up and play with good friends that I haven't seen for a while too, and to be inspired by their musicianship and artistry. Good work everyone. You're all awesome. Some mystery delegates also bought and delivered chocolates to the stage for us. Take note, people. If a musician returns from a break to find a box of creme eggs and cookies on their music stand, chances are you're they're gonna play very well. Kudos to whichever legend supplied the chocolate. We loved the chocolate. Yay.
Here's a couple of shots from/of the stage...
Moving on to March,
The month started off with worship-banding life up at the St Stephen's Twickenham church weekend away at Wokefield Park hotel. It was a really intense couple of days, with too much fun and 'work' and too little sleep. A great time was had by all.
The rhythm section of the band were asked to do a little impromptu function set in the hotel lobby. We must have done quite a good job, because people even danced(!). To save hauling the main stage rig into another room to then have to set it up again, I plugged into this:
It sounded tidy. It looked tidy. Tidy.
I now want a 1x10 cab. Really quite a lot.
I realise that this has been a horribly geeky blog post mainly consisting of pictures of amps. I'm not going to pretend that I'm ashamed of this.
Here's a couple of really beautiful pictures of St Paul's Hammersmith, where I was recently asked to join the Holy Trinity Swiss Cottage worship band to play at a healing conference. The building has 3 seconds of natural reverb. It is a sound technician's worst nightmare. But it's really pretty, so we'll let it off.
That's all for now - I've got a lot to look forward to this summer, and at the rate this blog is going, i'll catch up with you again in autumn. Ha.