My talents include:
- Bass, Electric
- Composing (er, Kompozing!)
- Guitar, Lead
- Guitar, Rhythm
- Keyboard, Synthesizer
- Lyrics, Writing
- Vocals, Backup
- Vocals, Lead
Hi all - I'm Jim.
I'm not really sure if I would describe myself as a musician, but more as someone who is passionate about music and who likes to express himself in sound. Over all the ups and downs of life, music is what keeps me sane... mostly :-) What interests me most is composition and songwriting. To me, a song is a whole artform in itself, with its own forms, conventions and language.
Equipment? Well, I'm not really a gear-head, to be honest. I have guitars (acoustic, electric, bass), keyboards, mic, various recording gear. Again, I'm much more interested in the sound rather than the stuff that makes it.
Influences...well, too many to mention them all.
Fave guitarists are John McGeoch (Magazine), Robin Simon (Ultravox, briefly), Hendrix of course, some of the less over-the-top Vai, John Lee Hooker, Zal Cleminson. Prefer expression over widdling. Did I mention David Gilmour?
Fave bass: Mick Karn, Jaco Pastorius, Barry Adamson
Fave vox: John Martyn, David Sylvian, Phil Lynott, Kate Bush, Howard Devoto, Peter Gabriel, the sensational Alex Harvey.
Fave drummers: the hugely under-rated Brian Downey, the impeccable Steve Janssen.
Fave songwriters: Bowie and Thomas Dolby
Guilty pleasures: 'Empires and Dance' by Simple Minds
Currently listening to: White Lies
Thanks for reading - peace.