Had a great few months playing Bass! Corporate gigs with Hands Off, Festival shows in Australia with Tami Neilson, Backing Kiwi music legend Dinah Lee with Hands Off at the Variety Artist Club Awards night, Album tour and love radio with Jan Hellriegel, Early morning gig at the Auckland Marathon, as well as teaching Bass and a few pub duo and trio gigs along the way.
New Years Eve will be spent at the Riverhead Tavern playing with Hands Off for the big night.
2020 is looking good already, with recording sessions, festival shows, more gigs with Tami Neilson, Delaney Davidson an Barry Saunders, Wedding gigs, and another trip to Bangkok with the Kuhtze Band.
Gigs, sessions and lessons, Just like it says on the packet!
In the last couple of months Ive been recording with Rikki Morris for his new album project, Live Radio again with Jan Hellriegel, Corporate and Pub gigs with Hands Off, Pre production with Greg Fleming, teaching students Bass guitar, Oh, and I turned 50!
I now also offer a Bass guitar set-ups. A well set up instrument is essential to comfortable playing and having a great tone. See the new Instrument Set Up page for details.
Coming up, I have gigs with Hands Off, Festival shows in Australia with Tami Neilson, a tour with Jan Hellriegel, and a couple of secret projects underway!
A great couple fo months, toured New Zealand with NZ music legends Barry Saunders and Delaney Davidson to promote their new album, Word gets around. Had a blast playing with this guys. Made many new friends and got to catch up with a few old friends along the way.
Corporate gigs with Hands Off including another great ANZAC gig playing classic Kiwi and Oz tunes, and a whole weekend of gigs at the Royal Easter Show Auckland.
Did a radio session with Jan Hellriegel to promote her new album Sportsman of the year which I also played Bass on.
The new Eyreton Hall album also was released last month, another one I got to play Bass on.
Also got to record with Tami Neilson for an upcoming compilation album of Kiwi songs.
Another highlight of the last few weeks was a show with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, I love playing with these guys! The show was called Mix Tape and featured all New Zealand songs from the likes of Don McGlashin, Split Enz, Dave Dobbyn, The Chills, Straightjacket Fits, so many cool songs all with orchestrations. Great to be able to sit in with the orchestra and back up the three vocalists, Nadia Reid, Anna Coddington and Liam Finn.
What a start to 2019! Toured New Zealand with the world's #1 David Bowie Tribute show in January, so many great songs and nice bunch of people to work with.
Had Anthony Wellington here for a few days, checking out NZ. Anthony helps a clinic at Music Planet Takapuna, and is planning to return later this year to hold a 3 day Bassology camp in Auckland. Details to come.
Gigged with the amazing Tami Neilson at the Christchurch Beer Festival.
Travelled to Bangkok in February with the Kuhtze Band for the annual Charity Ball for the NZ Society. Awesome high energy 5 sets!
Hands Off have been busy too, back at the Merchant Bar Albany every Friday, Weddings and Corporates every week as well.
Got a tour coming up in May with Delaney Davidson and Barry Saunders to launch the new album they have done.
Plus session at Roundhead, Big Pop, and from home.
Had a great Disco gig with the Auckland Philharmonia last week. Check out the review and pis here https://www.ambientlightblog.com/apo-does-disco-auckland-nz-2018/
A few session lately also for Jan Helriegel and Chris Sanders. Corporate gigs with Hands Off too.
July sees more studio work and August is a very special gig with Rikki Morris performing new original material in Mt. Eden.
Long time between updates, slacker! Been a great year of doing more of the thing I love, playing music! Gigs, Studio Sessions, Lessons, its all great.
A bit late with an update! 2017 has been busy so far, gigs, sessions, and more gigs and sessions!
A trip to Bangkok with the Kuhtze band, Weddings and Corporates with Hands Off. Gigs with Greg Fleming, studio with Ben King, Eyreton Hall, Chris Sanders, and Hello Sailor legend Harry Lyon!
Been enjoying the new BareFaced Bass Big Baby 2 Bass cabs, so warm and clear sounding!
Been a while sine the last news update, been so busy, busy is normal!
Gigs, touring, studio, been doing a bit of everything.
Recorded an album with Mike Burrows, and another for Jonathan Densem, both challenging and satisfying projects.
Album release for Greg Fleming, tour with Greg Johnson, and heaps of gigs with Hands Off.
Looking forward to a small break over Christmas, the back into it. Got an album to do with Jan Hellriegel in the new year, Greg Fleming gigs, Hands Off gigs, trip to Bangkok with the Kuhtze Band. Looking forward to it all!
BASS BASS BASS! Been gigging a lot as per usual and also recording. Got two records booked to do before Christmas, but that may turn into four if schedules work out. Been playing with Jackie Clarke, Rikki Morris, Hands Off, Chet O'Connell, and The Lady Killers, plus some remote Bass sessions from home.
November sees Greg Johnson returning to NZ for four shows, nearly all sold out. We will be playing the entire "Here Comes the Caviar" album in the first half of the show, then a whole heap of favourites in the second half. Dunedin, Christchurch and two Auckland shows. Details and tickets here http://gregjohnsonmusic.com
Hitting the studio next week to record an album for my old mate Mike Burrows, Wayne Bell producing and Ben King playing guitar, going to be fun!
Later in October Greg Fleming's latest album drops, "To Hell with these streets". I'll be playing the launch gig at the Wine Cellar October 27th.
Been playing lots of gigs, Hands Off, Lady Killers, Jackie Clarke, Rikki Morris, and also with Ciarran Gribbin (lead singer from INXS). Recorded a new album with Greg Fleming, (tracked 9 songs in one day!) plus a couple of remote sessions at home, including another track for Chris Sanders for his new album.
I was interviewed by Danny McCrum and Bobby Kennedy for their Podcast "Don't Give Up Your Day Job", click here to listen. Uploaded a bunch of new pics to the website, anyone spot the new Bass?
Had great fun playing with Greg Johnson on his recent tour. Played at the Waiheke International Jazz Festival and opened for The Proclaimers in Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton and Auckland, such a great band and a super nice bunch to boot! Plenty of other gigs going on at the moment. Corporates and Pubs with Hands Off and Jackie Clarke, and a new album to record with Greg Fleming in the next few weeks. Gave my old Japanese Fender Jazz Bass a bit of much needed love, new pickups and pots, plus a good setup, sound amazing!
About to head off on tour with Greg Johnson, opening for the Proclaimers on their New Zealand tour. Tickets have nearly sold out, but you can get them here and here! The band is sounding great, playing Bass is awesome!
Been playing lots of gigs, pubs, corporates, weddings, studio stuff, all great fun.
Been playing plenty of gigs so far this year, Pubs, Corporates, Weddings with Hands Off, Chet O'Connell and The LadyKillers. The trip to Bangkok was a great success, we were joined by Annie Crummer on stage, always a pleasure! Also been working on new material with Greg Fleming and the Working Poor for another album, as well as more studio stuff and remote Bass sessions from home.
Coming up are shows with Greg Johnson that will feature material from his new album "Swing the Lantern". Great to be super busy playing Bass!
Happy New Year. After a much needed break things are getting busy again. Recorded an Album with Eyreton Hall, had a few private function gigs, and some students to start the new year.
Heading to Bangkok next week with Hands Off for a Waitangi Day gig for the New Zealand Society Thialand, gonna be a fun trip!
Then back to NZ for more gigs, mainly weddings and functions for the next month or so, then a regular Friday at the Merchant Bar Albany with Hands Off.
Greg Johnson will be here in March, and so far there are half a dozen gigs with him I'll be playing on. Looking forward to that.
Been working on my Double Bass playing, so much fun and such a workout! Also got my Yamaha 6 String Bass back from being repaired, I love that thing, so good its even worth putting up with the jibes about having too many strings! Gene at G-Spot Guitars did a great job repairing it.
Gigs gigs and more gigs! Super busy lately playing pubs, corporate gigs and theatres with Hands Off and with The LadyKillers. Please a recording session or two and teaching Bass students as well.
As always, lots of interesting stuff happening. Recording a new album with Eyreton Hall over the summer, heading to Bangkok with Hands Off for Waitangi Day 2016, and a Greg Johnson Tour opening for The Proclaimers coming up in the new year also.
I hope everyone has a safe holiday period and a great new year!
Saturday October 31st I'll be with The Lady Killers feat. Annie Crummer at the Prospect in Howick this show has sold out. There are tickets available still for the two out West Lady Killers gigs November 6 and 7 at the Glen Eden Playhouse. Tickets are available from eventfinda.
Sunday November 1st I'll be playing with Eyreton Hall at Freida Margolis, 440 Richmond Rd.
Also been playing some gigs with the great Hands Off cover band, such great fun and a fine bunch of folks!
Greg Johnson's new album is due to drop any day now!
Got more studio sessions coming up, and look out for more gigs with The LadyKillers and Eyreton Hall.
Been playing gigs with The LadyKillers, and Eyreton Hall. Private Tim Finn gig tomorrow, another LadyKillers show Friday 31st in Howick. Then in the studio again to record a single with another local songwriter. Plus rehearsals for a couple of other projects, and a couple of Bass students in the mix too.
Double gig coming up August 7th at the Thirsty Dog with Greg Fleming and Eyreton Hall (Hey isn't that the same Bass player!). Greg Fleming new album sounds great and will be released on that date. Big congratulations to Eyreton Hall for having a song in the Silver Scroll Top 20!
Heard the mixes of the new Greg Johnson album that I played on in Los Angeles a couple of months ago, sounds amazing! That is currently getting mastered and will be out next month also.
Been a whirlwind month or so. Teaching Bass to a few private students, Gigs with Eyreton Hall, Greg Johnson, Greg Fleming and Chet O'Connell. Plus a trip to Los Angeles to record the new Greg Johnson album. I can totally recommend Stagg Street Studio in Van Nuys, Los Angeles. Its a great place to create music, and the people there are super nice folk! The new Greg Johnson album is gonna be a doozy. Got to play some nice grooves. Its due out in June and I can't wait to hear the finished album.
Greg Fleming also has an album due out soon. I love making records!
Got a couple of other cool projects coming up soon too, more news on those to come.
Music is such an awesome thing. I am so grateful that my love of Bass guitar has meant I get to meet and play music with amazing people in New Zealand and all over the world.
I'll be performing with Greg Johnson on his 20th Anniversary Tour this November.