Firstly thanks for visiting.
I've always been around music, I started the journey back in the heady days of P-Funk, an amazing time for music. Back then it seemed everybody who had an ear for music actually played, sax, bass, drums, whatever took your fancy. Consequently the main pastime was having a jam. We would actively seek out musicians, bringing together our influences - the jam is where some of the best work comes from.
As we did so much live work, back then the live band circuit thrived. The main stay and lifeblood of music was in the live show. Consequently, almost weekly we would get to see some of the most amazing bands. We watched in awe,bands such as The Ohio Players,War,Parliament- Funkadelic,Bootsy,Brass Construction, Santana,Stanley Clarke,Heatwave,Maze,Cameo...so so many. I got onstage with Bob Marley and the Wailers on their Manchester tour,Rocking away playing "Exodus",not afraid to show some riffs, I did the same with Marvyn Gaye,we helped to Jam " What's going on".The most notable gatecrash was when my band at the time got onstage with Kool And The Gang,we turned the track "Jungle Boogie"into a percussive invocation. Although I have to admit to leaving the concert with one of their tambourines,I remember walking the 2 miles home, shaking the tambourine all the way. It was funny the next day trying to explain to my schoolmates that the night before I had a jam with Kool And The Gang. They just assumed that it meant I was a hoodlum.
It was about that time that I courted out and out rock music. Being heavily influenced by the Funkadelic thing,who had always played Hendrix type Funk, crossing over into the rock circuit did'nt matter. Besides rock is predominantly minor scales,which is blues..which is most type of popular music. My band then "Sacred Alien" toured with the likes of Hawkwind,Wrathchild,Motley Crue,Twisted Sister,a whole host of fantastic musicians. It was the height of the glam rock scene,so there was a definate no jeans policy onstage. I played bass.Very few black musicians played the rock circuit at that time, I thought it cool to embelish that, and donned a witchdoctor outfit, obilgatory big afro, and wore a sweatband with an third eye embroidery on it. The rest of the band glammed up too, the look on people's face was priceless.
After moving to London, I got back on the funk circuit. I played and toured with a host of funk/jazz acts such as Soul2soul, D Jazz, Jazz Africa, Dollar Brand, again too many to mention. My band then was "Cosmic Side", predominantly a three piece band of drums, bass, percussion, and trombone, played by probably the best musician and certainly the biggest influence on my instrument work, Eric Allandale, formerly of the band 'The Foundations" the man was a musical wizard. We had a residency show at London's 100 club on a friday night. I've always written music, and lots of it, so it was pretty humbling seeing the songs being taken to another level by some of the best musicians in around London. The shows would always end in a jam, so it soon grew a high reputation for live music, consequently we had a constant line of fantastic musicians showing up for the shows.
Right now I write lots, and produce, always pushing and challenging myself musically, as you never ever stop learning new things. The musical mind is as the mind of a child, always probing ,expanding,wanting to learn more. I think it's important to keep that child like wonder when creating any art..especially playing music. It keeps the learning fun.
I like to cross and fuse music's - genre does'nt really mean to much in that sense. I was always taught that within creation of music, the only rules are the rules you make for yourself. So i like to challenge and experiment. there is always something new, I think the fun lies in reaching for it...
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