Sandy The Didjeridu Player [sandy]
What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
I perform record and demonstrate the didjeridu (didgeridoo)
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
Usually I play solo but also play as a session musician and guest performer. I have worked with the following: Beyond The Beat, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Jon Anderson, Kangaroo Moon, Rolf Harris, Baka Beyond, Patric Dawes (Groove Armada), Sirishkumar Manji.
Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?
Please list any awards, competitions, or other acknowledgments you would like to mention.
I was nominated for an award for my work on the main stage at Kingston Green Fair.
Please list discography in which you have participated.
My music can be heard as part of the soundtrack for the BBC wildlife DVD "Wild Downunder", I appear on the CD "Rainbow Over The Gypsy Hill" by Hiroki Okano, I can be seen and heard on the DVD "No Quarter -Robert Plant and Jimmy Page Unledded" and I can be heard playing as part of the score for the film "Nasty Neighbours".
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
I have been playing guitar, clarinet, percussion and keyboards since childhood. I started playing didjeridu in my early 30s, my initial tuition was from Cyrung (from the band Tribal Drift) apart from that, I am mostly self taught.
What was your musical education?
Other than a basic 'o' level school education -I am pretty much self taught.
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
When I started ignoring warnings from other people about how difficult and competitive it is to make it in the music industry!
What is your creative process?
Trial and error, recording/erasing/starting again. Experimentation until I am happy with the result.
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
Mostly at night.
Have you ever awoken with a melody created from your dreams?
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
I don't -I often carry my compositions around in my MP3 player, listen to it then go back and change something.
How did you discover your creative territory? How would you describe it?
My "creative territory" ? I'll assume that means where I place my music. With didjeridu, I find that it crosses all boundaries, from the festival scene, world/folk/roots, through to dance/trance, rock/blues, soundtrack "chillout" and "new age" style. The creative territory seems to be limitless in its variety as regards didj playing.
What part of your job is your least favourite?
Performing as "background" at events where I'm mostly ignored.
How often do you practice?
Rarely these days -I "warm up" before recordings/sessions/performances and thats it.
How do you feel right before going out on stage?
Usually with a certain amount of eager anticipation -occasionally slightly nervy.
Which musicians or groups have been inspiring to your career?
Didj players: Mark Robson (Kangaroo Moon) Cyrung, Dr Didj, Yothu Yindi, the late/great Alan Dargin. Henri Gao Bi (master drummer from Ivory Coast) Sirishkumar Manji (master tabla player) Tom Simenauer (master tabla player). Bands -too numerous to mention!
List three songs that are key to your life.
That shifts all the time, at the moment they could be; Time by Pink Floyd , Golden Brown by The Stranglers, Bucephalus Bouncing Ball by Aphex Twin.
What should be done to stop piracy?
Promote more live music.
What type of music do you detest?
What time did you get up this morning?
How do you sell yourself? What has been your experience with record companies and representatives?
Mostly word of mouth recommendations, web work and socialising.
What other things have you done to make a living?
Woked at a lighting factory, a holographic company, a bike shop and as a service engineer for games machines.
Have you ever played on the street or in the subway? How much did you collect each day?
Yes, I have busked a few times -I didn't really do it for the money and can't remember how much I would make -"beer money" really.
Who would you play with, without a doubt?
Anyone, if I thought it 'worked'.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
Don't let any f***er put you off.
Sandy The Didjeridu Player