Meet the Bluejay
I only started playing bass later in life, and I have chosen to do it just for my own enjoyment, without joining a band or playing live.
I am a moderator on
Basschat, Europe's largest online discussion forum for electric and double bass players: I take care of social media, PR and membership activities, manage their Twitter account, and set up events on their Facebook page.
I am an occasional contributor – alongside a formidable team of music professionals – to Bass Player Magazine. Before Covid, I used to write a photoblog about the London Bass Guitar Show
every year. I'm looking forward to being able to do that again.
I run the PR and social media presence of London-based Rock 'n' Roll three-piece Damo And The Dynamites and pub-rock covers band The Junkyard Dogs and often also help out other bands. I create band posters, flyers and other marketing material in Photoshop, deal with venues and radios, and connect with them and the fans on social media.
In the last few years I've been learning how to be the Dogs' and the Dynamites' live sound engineer too. We have a wireless PA desk operated via a tablet and a choice of speakers and power amps; we can tailor the PA system to each venue, and put the whole band through the PA, with the backline just loud enough for the band to hear themselves and each other.
While I wouldn't know where to start if our bands were playing the London O2, at least I'm able to make them sound pretty decent in small venues and at your average local drinking hole
– indoors or outdoors.
Below are some photos I took at the London Bass Guitar Show and at selected live gigs.
Snow Owl at the London Bass Guitar Show 2018
Lee Rocker in London, June 2019
David Ellefson at the London Bass Guitar Show 2017
Ida Nielsen at the London Bass Guitar Show 2017
Rob Trujillo at the London Bass Guitar Show 2016
Andy Rourke at the London Bass Guitar Show 2017
Glen Matlock at the London Bass Guitar Show 2017
Yolanda Charles at the London Bass Guitar Show 2018
Mister Super Juice at The Village Inn, Ealing
Lee Rocker at the London Bass Guitar Show 2015
Peter Hook backstage at the London Bass Guitar Show 2018
Billy Sheehan at the London Bass Guitar Show 2015
Paul King of Jump66 at the Richmond Riverside Music Festival
Cherry White at BarFM, Shepherd Bush
Dave Marks backstage at the London Bass Guitar Show 2018
Stuart Hamm at the London Bass Guitar Show 2017
Suzi Quatro with Dave Marks at the London Bass Guitar Show 2016
The unplugged Junkyard Dogs at The Rocket, Acton
Damo And The Dynamites at Uxbridge BID