|Richt Hoat Chillis
Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band.
Bass. I tried several basses, mostly a Warwick Corvette $$ and a Tanglewood Warrior, but I settled for a OLP MM2,
Musicman Stingray type of bass. It's a beautiful bass to play and it sounds great despite the low price (£130,
second hand). It was passive originally, but I installed a Seymour Duncan STC-3M3 3-band preamp, and SMB-4A
pickup, which made this bass sound huge. I liked this bass so much, that I bought a second MM2 as a backup.
I made a small board powered by a T-Rex Fuel Tank power supply. The board contains a Korg Pitchblack tuner, a
Danelectro Transparent Overdrive (great for low gain thick sounds, think "Suck my kiss"), an Ibanez PD7 PhatHed
(used on clean mode with the "attack" switch on, just to add some filth on some bits in "By the way"), a Digitech
Bass Driver for very distorted sounds (like on "Around the world"), an EH micro Q-tron and an MXR auto-Q for
various envelope filter needs, and finally a MXR 10-band EQ (usually switched off, to be honest).
For amplification I use a small-but-powerful TC Electronic Rebelhead RH450, into whatever cabs I have available. I
have a TC Electronic 2x10" cab and and Ashdown mini ABM15, but if I can avoid carrying them I will.
This band started in October '08 with Kenny (drummer) and I, after playing together on and off for a year in another
covers band, found we really really really loved the RHCP and playing their songs... so we thought "let's just do
The search for a guitarist ended in January '09, when we met Andy. His guitar playing was fantastic, as were his
backing vocals. He made us sound good. The search for a singer took a bit longer. We had been rehearsing with
Myke, a great guy but his vocals didn't really suit the RHCP style. We tried a lot of singers, and when we were
about to lose hope, Rich arrived. With him, the quartet was completed. We had a solid drummer, a great guitarist &
backing vocalist, powerful singer who could sing ballady songs, hard ones, and rap, beautiful harmonies... and well,
me on bass. The idea of choosing to play 'Flea' as a way to improve my bass playing as a relative newbie was
certainly a bit naive, but nothing like a bit of pressure to get your ass in gear.
We were not sure what to call ourselves. A few names were considered, with The Red Hot Jalapeños coming close
to be our name, but in the end we went for the Richt Hoat Chillis, which we thought had a bit more of a Scottish
flavour... and the band was born.
In May 2010 Kenny announced he was leaving the band so he could dedicate more time to his family, and we
played our last gig together on the 24th of June. We auditioned several great drummers, and eventually we chose
Neil, who is drumming with us now.
On the 13th of May 2009, the band went to the xxxxxx College in Glenrothes, where we recorded our first demo as a
symbiotic collaboration between us and xxxx, a student doing a project in sound recording and mixing. We recorded
"Dani California", "Fortune faded", "Give it away" and "Can't stop".
For some reason we never got the demo (fuckers!) but Andy had obtained the drum tracks on a DVD before we
left... so we re-recorded the rest at Andy's place one afternoon. The results are on our Myspace page.
On the 17th of May 2009 we played our first gig at The Ark in Edinburgh. We played a 45min set (insert link) after
two acoustic numbers: James McKay (site) and The Rain King, Andy's project. The place was almost empty, but we
were happy to get the first gig out of the way. We filmed it and put a video on YouTube. Subsequent gigs have
gone generally much better than that. The highlight probably being a Xmas gig in Newcastle with the 300ft Gorillas
at The Cluny2 venue. Ah, we rawked ;-)
Sea Bass Kid
Bass. OLP MM2 stingray and Westfield B4000 (Jazz bass).
Other gear: mostly no effects, occasional use of a Digitech Bass Synth.
Sea Bass Kid have been around since mid 2008 in Edinburgh. I had already met guitarist Jamie (he joined me and
Kenny when we were trying to put together what later became the Richt Hoat Chillis) and drummer Phil (he
auditioned as a singer for the Richt Hoat Chillis) and became a fan of the band. When in Spring 2010 I found they
were looking for a bass player, I replied to their ad. Somehow they ignored me and I assumed they had a bassist
already. But 3 weeks later I find they placed a new ad... I replied again, and this time I was invited to audition.
On June 1st of June I spent a couple of hours jamming with them and next day I got a txt from Jamie saying that
they had enjoyed playing with me and unfortunately for me they were offering me the position. So I grabbed his arm
and I'm the new bass player.
Rehearsing to get the songs up to standard and working in new material, we'll be out there gigging soon.
Some other bands/projects I have been involved in:
Bass. I started using the Ibanez SR400, early 90s model, active with 3-band EQ. I put a set of Rotosound
flatwounds (SM77, gauge 40-100) and it sounded just right, classic and punchy. Later I started using more and
more the OLP MM2 Stingray I use with the Richt Hoat Chillies, and my Warwick Corvette $$.
Other gear: no effects. Amplification as above.
As I was searching the classified ads looking for singers for our RHCP project, I came across an ad by Mosman.
Unusually for these type of ads he included links to a few videos in Youtube from his previous project, Fugazirum. I
loved it. It wasn't my usual style, but it was really good. They were looking for a bass player. I thought "nah, they're
too good, they'll never have me"... but I sent an email, and in early March '09 I joined them for a jam. Mosman doing
main vocals, Sam on guitar (funky!) and Arron on drums. I had a blast despite being sick that day, and we left with
the usual "I'll call you"... They wanted to try a few other people, fair enough, so I focused on other things. Finally in
late April I get an email: "the gig is yours if you want it". I guess there are worse bassists in Edinburgh! ;-)
I joined them for an acoustic jam, just Mosman, Sam, and Donna, a backing singer. I was handed a fretless 5-string
acoustic bass. Shit. I didn't even know the songs! But I plodded along... we had another acoustic rehearsal on the
11th of May (this time I brought my Ibanez bass and a small Behringer BXL450A amp)... and the next day we had
our first gig as a band! Also my first real gig ever.
At that gig we met Gary, a drummer, with whom we jammed a bit, and he joined us... to quit shortly after.
The band continued, with a few personnel changes, until reaching a low point (for me) around August 2009. We
didn't have a fixed drummer and had to play a couple of gigs drum-less, then Gary joined us again but had a bad
car crash (he's ok now!) and I decided to leave the band as I was not seeing eye to eye with Mosman. So in
September 2009 I left the band.
They had a bit of a slow period, but eventually found a new drummer and bass player and they're still gigging. I've
seen them a couple of times and they're sounding better everytime. Great band!
On the 12th of May 2009, we had our first live experience as a band, very under-rehearsed, and very nervous, but
in the friendly atmosphere of the Forrest Cafe in Edinburgh. I totally forgot how one song went and without being
able to hear the guitar well I did what I could to not sound totally out of place. Most people had had enough beer
and wine by then to care too much. They cheered and no vegetables were thrown, which I guess meant it didn't go
all that wrong. It was also my first proper gig ever.
The most fun one must have been on the 1st August 2009, when we played outdoors at the Tree Festival on
Inverleith Park. A 4-year old spent our whole set dancing in front of the stage :-)
This is the name under which I have been recording noises for years...
Some very old clips here.
My very first "band", in 1986, where I played drums (a collection of boxes and other objects that could make a
sound when hit) while my school friend Vicente Gonzalez played guitar and sang a bit, and Jose Maria Alcañiz
'Burding' played guiatr and keyboards... with the help of 'Pablito', who would just hang out, pull faces, help us
record and generally entertained us with his presence.
(Clips coming soon)
My very first experience "onstage", in 1996, supporting on guitar my friend Maria Stella, who played guitar and
sang. It was a one day thing, playing for a group of old age pensioners. They gave us a bottle of wine at the end...
(Some pictures coming soon)
Seven Deadly Sins
My first band playing bass. I decided I needed to join a band to practice and learn properly. I responded to an ad by
Wojtek, a Polish drummer and joined him and Peter in this metal band. This was June 2007.
It was truly dreadful, but it allowed me to start the switch from pick to fingerstyle and it was there that I met David
Sharkey (singer, later in Moebius), and Paulo (singer, later in Soul Edge).
David only played 3 weeks with us, and Paulo came for an audition and left early as he couldn't stand it. It was
mainly the guitarist's fault. One of those guys who need to play as loud as the amp would go, with al the mid
frequencies removed and boosting bass (to make sure it muddies up when playing with a real bass) and treble (to
make sure you just hear white noise, until your eardrums have been pierced and shot to pieces).
Good riddance. It was enlightening, and it helped me build a bit of confidence on bass.
Whilst enduring the Seven Deadly Sins, I met David, who joined us as a singer for a couple of weeks. He quit, but
he and I started to meet to write songs, and soon were joined by Adam. This was August 2007. Adam is a guitarist
who has known David for years and together wrote a lot of stuff. We tried to make it work as a band, rehearsed
regularly, but never had a proper drummer. We found Shamey, a great drummer and fantastic guy... but he quit
after a month due to "disagreements" about the guitarist. We continued drummerless and booked studio time to
record a demo CD, using a friend of Adam and David's as drummer. We called ourselves Moebius.
The music was mostly good, but after a while the guitarist was getting on my nerves too. I went along because I
loved many of the songs, and I wanted to have the experience of the recording and a few gigs with them... but a
month before recording was due to start I was informed that Adam and David decided to proceed alone.
They then recorded the demo, in September 2008, under the name Psyrenz, and that was the end of it as far as I'm
concerned. They have some interesting stuff in their site 'though.
Last Orders/The Blacklisted
While I was with Moebius, we barely rehearsed with a drummer and I missed the full band sound, so I joined a
covers band. Eventually we called ourselves Last Orders. We played covers by the Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Audioslave, Stereophonics, The Cult... I was with them from November 2007 until May 2008, when I decided I'd
rather focus on Moebius, as the rehearsals with Last orders were fun, but were going nowhere.
Kenny Jackson was the drummer in Last Orders, and when I got the boot from Moebius, I got back in touch. Things
hadn't gone well, and the band was about to be dissolved. Then we tried to reform it, with the original guitarist
(Mark), and a new singer, Paulo. I had met Paulo briefly when he came to audition for the Seven Deadly Sins, I
came across him again now, he was bandless... and we joined for one rehearsal. After that, Mark said he didn't
have time to play in a band after all, and we called it a day. However, Kenny and I went on to form a Red Hot Chili
Peppers covers band (Richt Hoat Chilies, see above), and I started meeting with Paulo to play music with a more
metal edge, and that lead to another project called Soul Edge (see below).
In late 2009 Mark called me up. They had reformed the band, without me and Kenny. Actually, Kenny's cousin was
the new drummer. They had been together for a few months and played a few gigs... and the bassist left before
they had a gig, so would I play bass with them? I said yes. So I rejoined briefly, the band having just been renamed
The Blacklisted. We played another gig in February 2010 and then I quit. Nice guys, very nice guys, but it wasn't
the kind of band I was after.
Grim Riffers / The Voodoo Conspiracy
Before Moebius existed, in August 2007, a guitarist contacted me through an ad I had placed, and came to meet me
and david, the singer. His name was Chris McLeary. He was just starting out, so it didn't work out... but he was a
nice guy and we stayed in touch, later became friends.
He tried to put a band together, and I said I'd join on bass. The name was The Grim Riffers. There was another
guitarist involved, and later a drummer. Chris wrote a few songs and we jammed a bit, but it was a slow process
and we didn't get much done. Eventually I was becoming busier with other projects, and it was sort of mutually
decided that they needed a dedicated bass player.
They then changed the name to The Voodoo Conspiracy.
I had met Paulo, singer, briefly while at the Seven Deadly Sins, and when Last Orders were reformed he joined us,
for that single rehearsal we did. Last Orders died there, and then Paulo and I would start meeting to jam in
November 2008 and write stuff. This project was a bit eclectic, with funk influences, but firmly based on metal.
Several months went by, and we started looking for a guitarist. Until then Paulo played most guitars and I played
some too. We tried a few, and eventually we went with Manuel Cicca. He was quite an interesting guitarist.
Unfortunately, his personality and mine were quite opposite and eventually I said enough is enough, and about 10
minutes into a jam session I decided to walk out.
It is a shame, as I think we had some cool ideas there, but we weren't going anywhere and I wasn't willing to
tolerate the guitarist's attitude anymore. Maybe I'll still do something with Paulo, who remains a friend, but the
project died for me on June 20th 2009.
In early 2009 I came across an ad from the band Diego, who were looking for a bass player. Their former bassist
had moved to play lead guitar, and they needed a new bassist. I liked the song in their website, a simple punk-rock
ala Green Day song with a nice feeling and good vocals... and I got in touch. I had a few rehearsals with them.
Good people. Their singer/guitarist and main composer was really good. The drummer adequate. The lead
guitarist... not very competent and with a total lack of understanding about what makes a guitar cut through the mix
(and the use of a guitar tuner). At first I had fun, I liked the songs and I saw us gigging in no time. But the rehearsals
went from bad to worse, at ridiculously high volume that made it impossible to hear anything in detail (and what is
the point of the rehearsal then, if you can't hear the music properly?)... I brought it up politely, and initially it was met
in a positive fashion. But nothing changed and I started feeling I was clearly the odd one out. The guys knew
eachother for a long time and were friends, I was the newcomer who was trying to change something... I was not
happy, and it was obvious to them that I wasn't happy. So we parted company.
But this is a band I would definitely go to see live. Good uncomplicated catchy songs, with a very competent
The Rain King
This is Andy's band, the guitarist with the Richt Hoat Chillies. They disbanded in June 2009 due to conflicting
schedules, and Andy decided to reform with different members. He asked me to play bass, and I happily accepted.
However the project was put on the shelf again due to lack of time, and Andy becoming the guitarist for Adriana