m3roadworx ole kirkeby

Espoo Finland   Finland
Member since September 6, 2007

Collaborations: 12   Joined: 110   Tracks: 537




In the eighties I was into drums in a big way and I practiced several hours daily. I studied Steve Gadd in great detail and I also had a serious go at Gary Schaffee's books, Stickings and Polyrythms in particular. It was all funk and pop, though, no jazz.

I quit the drumming for practical reasons more than anything else, and the guitar took over completely after I moved to Southampton in the UK to do a Ph.D. in engineering. Almost immediately after arriving in Southampton I had some luck when I somehow managed to get regular gigs with pianist Anthony Briscoe and bassist Nigel Slee at a point when I couldn't really play at all. We formed the File Under Jazz trio soon after we met. It was fairly scary to be thrown in at the deep end but I quickly realised that jazz is much more forgiving, when it comes to making mistakes, than funk drumming. I learned to fake my way through solos, and comp behind soloists, even when I was playing the tune for the first time. I got lost constantly, and I had to miss out half the chords but I understood the importance of 'the graceful recovery'.

A couple of years later I formed Bill & Ted's Excellent Jazz Band (the name is based on the Bill & Ted movies) with guitarist Bill Pritchard. I was Ted since I had learned to play from the books of Ted Greene (in fact, so had Bill but since he was Bill already he couldn't be Ted). By that time I had got a lot better, and we had a most bodacious band with a nice sound (both Bill and I played Telecasters).

Although both F.U. Jazz and Bill & Ted had a set of arranged tunes, by far most of the gigs I did while I lived in Southampton were unrehearsed. The local jazz scene consisted of about 30 people who played around 50 different tunes, and on a given night I would play a subset of those 50 tunes with a subset of those 30 people. This was great fun for a while but as time went on I became increasingly frustrated with the lack of musical ambition displayed at gigs, and my own lack of ability to do something interesting with the material I was asked to play. The whole thing was becoming very repetitive and I didn't feel I was making much progress even though I kept up the practicing at home. In 1999 I began to experiment with a 7-string guitar tuned in major thirds, and the way it simplified the visual appearance of patterns on the neck totally changed my attitude towards the instrument. In October 2001 I put the website online and I have been focused on updating it regularly ever since.


I record in a little home studio based around a powerful PC. I play drums using the excellent Toontrack libraries triggered via a TrapKat and Roland SPD-S,

I also play 5-string fretted and fretless bass, 6- and 7-string electric guitar tuned in major thirds, and for midi programming I use mainly the Axis-49 from C-Thru Music.

I firmly believe that what makes music interesting is a human element, and that it is essential to add the performance of a musician on top of the sequencers and the loops. Some people like the 'hypnotic effect' you get from exact repetition -- I don't. I find it boring, even annoying, and I make a conscious effort to avoid it in the projects I work on.

My Showcase Tracks
A strange psychedelic soundscape with Angie's lyrics and spoken voice on top of it.
One of my all-time favourites. Jeanette sings, Mauro plays acoustic guitar, and I build up an arrangement around that.
Great song, great vocals.
Great song by Cube! Dark and powerful. I did drums and guitar
Incredibly soulful vocals and slide guitar by ChrisD, everything else by me
I am humbled to have been able to add to a track with world-class musicians Mark Miller and Rob Glass. I did the guitars and the keyboard, and the downmix is my version
Drums and loops. Mix by MAD
Great song and intense vocals from TouristZero as always. Video to go with it
Arguably the most ambitious project musically I have worked on. A combination of 7/8 and 12/8 with a full chord chart provided from the start!
Great song by Derek Clegg. I did guitars, synthesized choir, and keyboard.
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Sing Me A Story

Vocal Jazz
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m3roadworx m3roadworx, Iblue, NIGELandOLLIE

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Foreign Cinema
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