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, set up events on their Facebook page, help organise their regional and national meetups such as the 'Bass Bashes', and document the goings-on at the Basschat meeting point at the UK/Bass Guitar Show. I capture absolutely everything in my photoblogs – if I haven't taken a photo of it, it's not worth seeing!
I am a contributor – alongside a formidable team of music professionals – to Bass Player Magazine, and every year I write a photoblog about the London Bass Guitar Show. I'm a fixture at the show, walking around, taking notes and carrying my photo equipment.
I run the social media presence of London pub-rock covers band
The Junkyard Dogs and Rockabilly three-piece Damo And The Dynamites, among others. I also create their posters, flyers and other marketing material in Photoshop. I've been learning how to be these bands' live sound engineer too. While I wouldn't know where to start if they 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.
Feel free to get in touch if you'd like me to help you.
Below are some recent 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