I work alone.
I work with my wife Vessela - flutist. We are chamber duo flute&piano.
As Nick Frost Music I work alone, which is not to say I don't accept critique and ideas from outside sources, but the work is mostly done by myself. I play in a few bands too, with some good friends of mine (which I feel is critical to the creative process).
These days I work alone, mostly.
The answer is both. I work some folk clubs on my won and I also do solo performances of my contempoaray work with computer, voice and sax. The others I work with include Blowzabella, Token Women, The Old Swan Band, my own 'Lal Waterson project' and my trio with Jude and neil from Chumbawamba. In addition to all of that I do special shows singing in a sic pice harmony group with Coope, Boyes and Simpson, Fi Fraser, georgina Boyes and myself and I have recently started a new collaboration with Dutch band Maalstroom.
I'm the lead guitarist for my band, Warcat, which is moving pretty slow right now so I've been doing some solo freestyle stuff on the side until the band gets going full bore.
I prefer to work alone, yes. A solo musician must be prepared to spend many long hours developing an array of skills such as physical and mental preparation, repertoire, and also the hard slog of self-promotion via the internet and other sources of publicity. For me, the whole solo thing would fall apart if I was to just 'perform'. Others need to know that you exist that's for certain!
That said, I do enjoy being able to communicate with others. So I have been developing links with other musicians. I find it refreshing to play with the very talented guitarist-singer and songwriter, Albert Nuijten. We often play together in Spain. Albert and I try to help each other improve our guitar playing and we also to help each other learn to play in a relaxed manner. That is, we help each other in order to avoid aggravating our guitar-related physical injuries."Ater in 2012 I get to play with master-guitarist Roland Chadwick where we'll be playing mostly 19th Century duos. Roland and I perform together at the annual UK Guitar Fest at South Hill Park Arts Centre. If it wasn't for such collaborations, I wouldn't get to enjoy the 'real' guitar repertoire. By that, it's not just the Segovia classical legacy but the Hendrix or Django Reinhardt legacies that are equally valid, to me at least.
I now work as a single. I was part of a duo along with my friend and love Glen Kelley, a drummer. He passed away in 1999. For a short time I worked with Roland Fabbrie until his death in 2007. Now I'm back performing by myself. Both of the above people influenced me personally and musically.
usaually i work with 3 musicians.João Maló lead guitar, Rui Alves drums and Filipe Larsen as a bass player
Initially most of my work is done alone. I begin with a basic construct and collaborate when need be. This is in reference to all of my original work minus, Mindlikewater. Mindlikewater is a strict collaborative. I really only write the lyrics on my own in this project. If I am producing or writing for other artists, I generally work with a team that consists of: Ryan Copt (Mindlikewater, D_composure, Powerstation/Avalon Studios) or Joseph Butera. (Mindlikewater, Powerstation/Avalon Studios.) I have also done some work with film score which would also include director, Michael Hoffman.
I used to work alone when I first started the music project. I was a solo artist in 2005 and wrote the entire "Armed & Dangerous Vol 1" CD released in 2008. I also performed about 95% of the arrangement (Vocals, guitar, bass, drums) on the CD. It wasn't until 2006 I finally put a live band together. Current members: Krave aka fredfuxx on bass, and Mark on drums. Our producer/sound engineer, Tony Crank with Crank it up! Studio is also a vital member of Signal 99. Thanks to him, we have a studio version of the songs. In the begining, I was only using a cheap 4-track tape recorder.
I play solo, I have a salsa band with
Aquilla Fearon, Naomi Phillips, Elpidio Caicedo, Alistair White, Trevor Mires, Steve Dawson, Annette Brown, Dave Pattman, Emeris Solis & Will Fry
I am co-leader of "Mali Latino" with
Ahmed Fofana, Madou Sidiki Diabaté
I am co-leader of "Uplifting Roots" with
I work in both scenarios. In the "dueling" format, I'll work with any number of talented entertainers. An interesting thing about that is that quite often I'll get paired with someone I've never worked with before but because we generally know the same repertoire, it can be quite complimentary and refreshing from an audience point-of-view, as well as for me.
I'm currently working with Sharelle (myspace.com/sharellemusic), who is a singer/songwriter out of the San Diego area. I've actually been playing with her for more than 5 years now, so there's quite an established musical relationship. I also dabble with others from time-to-time, and it varies as to who those people are. Right now, I'm working on a new project with a couple of the guys from New Day Mile. If you haven't heard them yet, get to it!
I work alone. I am starting to collaborate with some musicians as I am getting more well known in my local scene.