In this my first episode in the series I speak to Bassist/Lead Vocalist Evan Torrente from the band “Headwires” who definitely turned my head and ears around when I first saw them play a couple of years back. Amongst other things, we tackle Writers Block, talk about 2-Pac & Soundgarden, lyric-writing and of course their soon-to-be-released EP “Organs. I also had the privilege of getting Evan to perform some exclusive “acoustic” versions of “I’d Be Yours” & “Colours”
Get your headphones on, sit back and enjoy it all HERE
NOW, this may be due to the recent “trending” of the word #gibraltar on various social media sites along with the help of all you guys sharing the link with your friends and what-not but either way I am very proud to announce that our project has now excelled my previous humble expectation and gone beyond 3000 views on youtube. In fact, as of today, it is currently at 3148 and still continuing to rise every day. All this in a mere 3-4 days “work”?!
So with that I would like to thank each and every one of you who took the time to share and “like” my page and videos. It just kinda shows what a little “strength in numbers” can do for us independent musicians.
There will be some more news and more updates coming very soon with regards to a project that is currently in the planning stages. As soon as there is more official information I will be sure to post it out.
Once again thank you all for sharing my music out there and for your great support.
Excited, anxious, and nervous to announce the official screening of my “Live At Moorish Castle” Concert Film.
Thursday 9th May 7pm at the Charles Hunt Room, John Mackintosh Hall, Gibraltar.
At present it is an “Invite Only” event but there will be seats for those wishing to see this however strictly on a first come first served basis.
Personally I really can’t wait to show you all this film. A lot of work has gone into putting this together right from the beginning this time last year to even now where there is plenty more work to put into this before the screening date. Many, MANY hours of rehearsals, arguments, discussions, brain-rattlings,”studio ears”, tired eyes and aching bones but I’d like to think this has all been worth it to be able to show you the final product here.
If you haven’t already been invited and would like to come to this screening there will be more information to follow soon.
In the meantime please enjoy the album sampler that is now available as a free download here.
They went away and now they’re back again…Head on over to my soundcloud link to listen to my album for free. There will be exciting news very soon for those looking to download my album, but until then, ENJOY! ;)
Earlier today I was saddened to hear that keyboarding LEGEND Jon Lord had died. Deep Purple were a huge chunk of my life right at the time when music was starting to REALLY mean something to me and I’d just started to pick up a guitar and string some [power]chords together. Roundabout the same time as when all my other school friends were learning “Smells Like Teen Spirit” I’d be over in the corner learning the intro to “Strange Kind Of Woman”. I’d turn my nose up at them and despised the simplicity and often carelessness of this “grunge” scene and vowed to never play a single note off “Nevermind” for as long as I lived. It’s fair to say though that I never truly appreciated this “grunge” music until much later on in my life but that’s a whole other story.
Deep Purple were MY band, I had this photocopied print of them glues to my school file, I wore my hair good and long, I wore flares, I wanted to BE Deep Purple and often daydreamed about the idea of being born two decades too late. A time when riffs were born. I actually didn’t like Led Zep then, I favoured buying “Machine Head” over “House Of The Holy” down at the nearest Record Store over at the Marina. They spoke to me in a way that no other bands were doing at the time. The cleanliness of that ROCK sound. Go back and listen to “In Rock” and you hear such a natural production where I drooled over that snare drum sound, Blackmores guitar playing caused my caused my bottom jaw to come clean off my cheekbone…or at least it felt that way. Go back to “Child In Time” where the frail, subtle notes of Glovers bass guitar, Blackmores finger picked style, Paice and his stylistic “shed building”, Gillan and his god-like-Jesus-Christ-Superstar whisper to a scream, and above all, Jon Lord and THAT organ sound. I clearly remember lying on my bed listening to this song at full volume and being taken on this journey of goosebumps, fear, deep emotion and just pure unrelenting ROCK. It was like I’d just unknowingly toked my first doobie and I was right there with the band. THIS was music, THIS was my ROCK, MY voice, MY BAND. Just a few years later I got the chance to see Jon Lord & Deep Purple at a gig just up the coast inside a bull ring. In spite of not having Blackmore in the band anymore and Gillans voice never really like it used to be, you could count on THAT Hammond Organ sound to take me right back to my bedroom all over again an a thousand times over.
Hell even at one of our English Literature classes in school we were all asked to give a presentation on whatever subject we wanted to talk about. You guessed it, I chose to tell the story of Deep Purple word-for-word, I could tell you every single line-up and how to connect Whitesnake, Sabbath, Def Leppard, Rolling Stones right down to one common denominator. This OBVIOUSLY had NOTHING to do with the fact that my English teacher at the time was also a huge Deep Purple fan, we often exchanged vinyl records and he forwarded me onto “Made In Japan” which is a whole other level altogether (possibly the BEST live version of Child In Time).
Once Jon Lord left Deep Purple I really couldn’t hack following them much longer with Don Airey, although a suitable and more than capable replacement, but it just wasn’t the same anymore.
Later on I went on to make friends with another great singer in Steve Balsamo and “hated” him when he started posting pics of himself and Jon Lord out on the road together. I vowed to definitely go check out what they were both doing one day soon.
I then heard the news last year that, like Ronnie Dio, Jon Lord had been diagnosed with cancer. Thing is though, and just like Dio, I was convinced that this guy, this BEAST, would pull through it and we’d get to hear/see him rocking out there again soon. Watching the YouTube video a few weeks back, I saw Lord and Bonamassa in a recording studio piecing together his guitar solo for what will be a re-recording of “Concerto For Group & Orchestra” and felt a warm, welcoming smile grow on my face at the sight of Jon Lord looking great. So it was a sad shock to hear that the thing that also took Ronnie Dio from us had also just taken him too. Reading through some posts on the net today regarding the sad news, I stumbled on a comment from the current Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse and it really sends it home to all of us who weren’t close friends of Jon Lord but admired him through his music:
"if you ever have friends, family, especially kids, don’t ever miss a chance to do or say something special…or simply appreciate the fact tat they are there. One day, they won’t be"