Last time we met Aaron and Alex, the rhythm section, and with Ed Dampier putting down the last parts for the first batch of demos at Pana Studios tonight it’s time to meet the frontline boys…
Guitars – Ed Dampier
Although initially a wholly self-taught musician, Ed studied upon arrival in London at the renowned Guitar Institute – gaining a grade of Distinction and furthering the diversity and skill of his repertoire whilst still maintaining a signature style.
Since that time he has worked on sessions with producers of the calibre of Tony Platt (AC/DC, Bob Marley, etc) and Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers), and played at festivals such as Musicport, and London venues including the Lyric Theatre and Kensington Olympia.
Ed released his debut instrumental album online in 2010, and has twice reached the final of the International Songwriting Competition (2011, 2013).
Keyboards – Matt Bethel
Matt Bethel studied 5 instruments growing up, playing in a variety of ensembles and orchestras.
As a violinist and pianist, he won multiple classical music competitions and achieved his DipABRSM diploma in Violin performance at the age of 17.
He went on to study a Bachelor of Music at Royal Holloway, with a scholarship for violin tuition, at the Royal College of Music. During this time he had the opportunity to compose film and television music under the guidance of BBC art-house composer Brian Lock and composed for numerous student films including Cecilia Li’s ‘The Fence’ which has since been nominated for awards at the Watersprite Film Festival.
He then went on to study for a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, and was awarded the Driver Prize for his final concerto performance.
As a composer and pianist, Matt has scored music for the Adidas’ Stella McCartney online advertising campaign which featured two of his original compositions. He is also co-composer in ‘Paperblade’ which produces for music for film and television for InGrooves in San Francisco.
Matt has had the opportunity to tour and record orchestrally with bands and artists ranging from Spandau Ballet, Herbie Flowers, Jeff Wayne, Alex James, Goldfrapp, Squarepusher, ABC, Goldie and Deep Purple, performing at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, O2 Arena, the Barbican and many of the country’s largest arenas.
He is a member of the Covent Garden Soloists Orchestra which tours much of Asia accompanying world renowned violin soloist Vasko Vassilev. The Orchestra performed for the King of Cambodia and members of the Royal Family in Malaysia during the Asia tour of 2014.
As a pianist Matt has played in varying groups and units around London, covering music from Jazz, Rock and Hip Hop.
So there you have it, an eclectic band for an eclectic group!
Thanks to all the boys for their contributions to the blog.
Keep checking back for updates on the recording, live shows and what’s going on behind the scenes and we’ll see you soon!