|How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
I grew up loving music, it was always important to me. In 7th grade my best friend in school played in the band and he got me into it. In fact, this friend of mine became my first private teacher as we used our lunch period everyday for study.
Mother's record collection, Father played guitar
I began making music when literature writing began to take too long to be completed. I started doing it of my own accord.
I've been playing music since i was a child, played keyboards on the first album when i was 18. It was after playing on a bunch of albums as a keyboard player, i found an interest in producing other peoples music.
My family was very musical, my sisters all learned piano and a brass instrument. My father still plays trumpet, french horn and flugal horn.
We all started at different times - Shorty bought a double bass when he was 18 on the way back from a rock n roll weekender. He was brought up on his Dad's Bill Haley records so jammed along with them before joining his first band. Miggs has always been in bands. He started on his Mum's acoustic guitar in the front room, moved onto a school rock band with a stolen electric guitar from an auction and never looked back! Johnny Ace is the youngest member (at 15) and has been playing since he was in the womb! His Dad and brothers have always played and are currently in Johnny Cash tribute Ring of Fire. Ruby D has played guitar and flute since being a kid and started playing sax a couple of years ago when she saw fab honkin sax player Johnny Wallace up close (Stargazers, Jive Romeros). Bill has played for light years and comes from the planet Zog.
My parents were both music and art lovers, and they both played the piano so at about 4 years old I naturally started playing.
The Punk explosion of the late 1970's But also the the Music of Debussy & Messien.
Music was my family tree, I often reflect on the time my auntie who song at the clubs, she was a county girl and the blues was her speciality. born in harlem this is where the blues caught on.
I picked up the guitar quite late really at 21 and taught myself from books. I started the sitar much later and had lessons with a guy who lived locally.
I've always enjoyed music and singing but didnt consider singing publicly until encouraged to do so by a friend who works as a duo with his son called in an act called Worlds Apart.
Started on an AMIGA 500 with OctaMED.
Currently I use SONAR on a PC with an array of virtual synths and samplers.
Who introduced me? Me. I introduced me.
My father introduced me to music when I was only six years old. I was the third of three sons and so it fell to me to keep the family tradition of playing the trombone alive. I continued to play through high school, achieving a number of awards. However, I'd grown tried of playing the trombone and so opted for music composition when I went to college.
I only studied for 2 years in college before life took a turn. It wasn't until many years later, when my own kids where grown, that my wife and I returned to university to get our degrees in music.
I told my parents I wanted to play piano at age 7 and viola at age 10, I began to compose at 16 with simple melodies. I taught myself how to read music and how to count.
I was born into a musical family. Both my Father and Grandfather were musicians performing in Dance bands, Orchestras and singers in the Derby Cathedral choir. Musical instruments were readily available to me from an early age and the influences of the varied music styles and dance surrounding my upbringing would inevitably shape my future and my career.
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