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DO YOU KNOW WHAT MAKES ME SICK? IT SEEMS LIKE ALMOST THE ENTIRE POPULATION HAS BEEN CONVINCED THAT THE SEARCH FOR MUSICAL TALENT IN THIS COUNTRY CONSISTS OF A FEW NETWORKED TV SHOWS THAT MAKE MILLIONS OF POUNDS, FROM THEIR VIEWERS, CONTRACTS AND ADVERTISERS, IN A GIGANTIC EFFORT TO ‘DISCOVER’ WHAT TURNS OUT TO BE NOTHING MORE THAN THE NEXT SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE KARAOKE SINGER.
UNSIGNED FRONT COVER Paul Clark is most noted as the lead guitarist for The David Cross Band and a former member King Crimson. Photographer: Roberto Scorta
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ery few of these ‘starlets’ seem to be able to play an instrument, write songs or display any kind of stage presence. I’m so sick of it. There are quite literally thousands of artists in this country doing it, what we will call, ‘the right way’. Guys and girls that work hard to earn enough to buy their instruments, put in countless hours learning to play, practicing ad infinitum, working with others to learn and perfect their craft, creating beautiful expressive and most of all ORIGINAL music. These folks are the ones that will go and play with passion and belief in half empty venues, back street pubs and civic halls up and down our land. I salute you. This magazine is yours. You do it for the love of it, you do it for the thrill of it, you do it because everything in you tells you that you must. I feel so nauseous every time I switch on the TV and hear ‘This is my dream, being famous is what I have always wanted…’ or some of the other predictable, sickly, wet eyed drivel we are constantly subjected to. Unsigned Musician Magazine is about one thing ‘Bringing together Unsigned Musicians and Industry Professionals’. That’s it. Mission statement done. Each edition will feature a handful of the best bands we have heard. We cover the whole spectrum of musical genres and we have reviewers with a particular interest in just about every type of sound. We are not here to judge and if a band appears in the magazine you can assume it’s because we think they are good. We will also include photos of the bands and a link to our YouTube channel where you can hear the tracks being reviewed. Unsigned Musician Magazine is free to read online. We do produce a printed glossy ‘looks killer on a coffee table’ edition and we would really appreciate it if
you would consider subscribing to it. Whilst we are on the subject of money, I’d like to set something straight right now; Bands do NOT pay a penny to feature in this publication. Not now. Not ever. Any band that even suggested offering any form of inducement, gift or payment to us (except for gig tickets to go and see them perform for review) would be instantly barred from appearing in this magazine. To be considered for a feature here all any artist needs to do is E Mail me with a couple of MP3s, a few pics and a short write up. We will take it from there. You will see on the next page or two that we have a panel made up of working musicians and A&R guys. These kind and goodly folks will be helping out with opinions, gear reviews and features and each of the A&R team will be taking an interest in the bands/artists we feature. It’s a direct route for you to get their attention; it’s a direct route for them to hear you. It’s a work space, it’s a melting pot, it’s yours – so use it. Here’s hoping you enjoy Unsigned Musician Magazine and I look forward to hearing from you.
INDUSTRY PANEL OUR TEAM OF INDUSTRY EXPERTS COVER A VAST SPECTRUM OF KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS NEEDED TO CUT IT IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS. FROM SOUND EXPERTISE TO INSPIRATIONAL SUCCESS UNSIGNED MUSICIAN INTRODUCES YOU TO...
ARTISTS AND BANDS THAT ADAM HAS BEEN PART OF: OZZY OSBOURNE BLACK SABBATH SLASH & FRIENDS WILL YOUNG JAMES MORRISON TRAVIS ANNIE LENNOX RICK WAKEMAN WAKEMAN & WAKEMAN GARETH GATES VICTORIA BECKHAM ATOMIC KITTEN ARTFUL DODGER TONY HADLEY YES THE STRAWBS LISA STANSFIELD GENE JERONIMO ROAD A COMPANY OF SNAKES (FORMERLY WHITESNAKE) SANDY AND JUNIOR GINTARE ROB DOUGAN 4
BORN MARCH 11TH 1974 INTO A MUSICAL FAMILY, ADAM STARTED PLAYING CLASSICAL PIANO AT THE AGE OF 8. BY 17, HE HAD OBTAINED GRADE 8 FROM THE ASSOCIATED BOARD OF THE ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC AND HAD RECORDED THE FIRST, OF WHAT WAS TO BECOME 8 ALBUMS WITH FATHER RICK WAKEMAN.
uch of the early touring history was with his father Rick and encompassed the UK, Europe, Russia, South America, the US, and Canada varying from the two of them sitting at grand pianos to full scale rock
performances with orchestra and choir. At 24 years of age, Adam won the “Best New Talent” award in America’s ‘Keyboard’ magazine, which saw the beginning of his involvement on the London session scene. As a highly sought after keyboard player and musical director, his career has seen him tour, write and record with some of the biggest selling artists in the recording industry. Currently, he is in his 8th year as member of Ozzy Osbourne’s band on keyboards and guitar also having cowritten 5 tracks on the 2010 platinum selling Grammy nominated album “SCREAM”.
PAUL [AKA CLARKY] IS MOST NOTED AS THE LEAD GUITARIST FOR THE DAVID CROSS BAND [DAVID IS A FORMER MEMBER OF THE PIONEERING PROGRESSIVE ROCK BAND KING CRIMSON]. HE IS HOWEVER ALSO AN INSTRUMENTAL ROCK / METAL GUITARIST WRITING AND RECORDING SOLO MATERIAL.
usically educated at the University of London, Paul studied classical music ranging from the 16th to 20th centuries and has come to incorporate this knowledge into his own unique compositional and playing style. Paul’s music education however was not limited to studying the classical masterpieces, he has played with numerous bands in many diverse styles like blues rock, heavy metal, funk, reggae, progressive rock and fusion.
In 1993, Paul joined The David Cross Band and has performed on several albums and international tours playing David Cross’ own brand of passionate and complex progressive rock music along with some of King Crimson’s classics too. Paul’s playing style is known for a striking balance between lyrical and melodic lines, and intensely technical phrases all driven from a passionate and highly expressive foundation. His music combines elements from Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, in conjunction with rock and metal styles creating a wide ranging dynamic canvas. The listener is taken on a great aural saga from fragile delicate moments through to highly intense and energetic peaks providing a unique experience.
fter developing such a successful formula in showcasing new talent to a competitive industry this has now extended to the music business within Unsigned Musician Magazine. As a renowned competition judge Ruth has worked as critic for a number of years. Combining her musical and professional skills, she
JOHN HOUGH BEGAN HIS CLASSICAL GUITAR TRAINING AT THE AGE OF 10 AFTER SEEING JOHN WILLIAMS PLAY ‘CAVATINA’ ON TV.
e made the transition to electric guitar at the age of seventeen and has since played with The Beautiful South, Mickey Dolenz and a host of others (many of whom he is too embarrassed to name!). John has now returned to his love of Classical and Acoustic guitars and has shared a stage with the likes of Gordon Giltrap, Martin Taylor and Bert Jansch. He currently works as a luthier and respected private tutor as well as writing and performing.
AFTER ESTABLISHING HER FIRST BUSINESS AT THE AGE OF TWENTY TWO RUTH HAS PUBLISHED MAGAZINES FOR NEARLY TWENTY YEARS. HER PUBLISHING HOUSE MODEL MEDIA LTD CURRENTLY PRODUCES THE INDUSTRY MAGAZINE FOR THE UK’S MODELLING BUSINESS.
pulls no punches in her critique. In the late 90’s Ruth headed up session musician agency DW management providing artists for successful chart acts, television and UK tours. Ruth fronted a number of bands as a blues singer in the 80’s and early 90’s and has studied music from the age of four. She plays the piano, cello, and classical guitar.
OUR TEAM OF INDUSTRY EXPERTS COVER A VAST SPECTRUM OF KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS NEEDED
DEPREVATE I FIRST CLAPPED EYES ON DEPREVATE AT A HELP FOR HEROES GIG IN LEICESTERSHIRE IN 2011. THEY WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO BE THERE BUT ONE OF THE LISTED BANDS HAD PULLED OUT AT THE LAST MINUTE AND IN THEY RODE TO SAVE THE DAY. IT WAS A BIT OF A RISK REALLY, THE ORGANISERS HAD NO IDEA WHO THESE GUYS WERE OR WHAT THEY WERE ABOUT, BUT THEY HAD TO BE PREFERABLE TO AN UNSCHEDULED HOUR OF TUMBLEWEEDS BLOWING AROUND IN THE SILENCE…
t’s tough playing a new crowd, especially when it’s all your own material, in the middle of the afternoon, in the rain and as a replacement for someone the crowd actually wanted to see. Deprevate strode out on stage full of confidence, huge smiles and very obvious charisma to play a charm of a set.
Sometimes its a challenge to come up with new or different adjectives to describe those who reside in the rock and metal genre. Everyone is pigeon-holed as ‘Death’ or ‘Thrash’ or ‘Industrial’, or whatever the latest flavour is. I find it easier to just say what I hear. Deprevate are a heavy band, of that, make no mistake. What differentiates them is how ‘accessible’ they are to those folks not entirely entrenched in the Jackhammer School Of Metal Guitar. The guitar riffs are heavy, drop tuned, fast and accurate; more than enough to encourage any group of hardcore metal-heads into a mosh pit. The guitar solos are more interesting though. Jack Dunn can tear up and down the neck as good as most but, and this is where Deprevate excel, he is also a melodic, sometimes soulful player. Lots of guitar based
UNSIGNED on many independent radio shows. The band then began to cut their teeth on the gig circuit, including the very first Hard Rock Hell Road Trip to Ibiza playing alongside legends such as Grand Magus, Evile, Skindred and many more. In Spring 2011 a chance meeting at one of their London shows brought them a new drummer in the form of Australian powerhouse Michael Robson. With the line up solidified, Deprevate went on to play shows with rising UK stars Exit Ten and esOterica, at a number of small festivals around the UK, as well as venues such as the Camden Barfly and an acoustic set at Sonisphere UK.
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I’VE CHOSEN THE TRACK ‘YOUR PARANOIA’ FROM DEPREVATE’S FORTHCOMING EP FOR YOU ALL TO LISTEN TO ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL.
A pretty fast start for any aspiring band, it has to be said. But Deprevate are not in the mood for hanging around. Their writing is measured and precise, their musicianship well schooled and their passion obvious. This is a band pushing forward and getting heard. Deprevate are on Facebook, look them up and try to get to see them. I will probably be there too… I’ve chosen the Track ‘Your Paranoia’ from Deprevate’s EP for you all to listen to on our YouTube Channel. I think this track shows all aspects of the ‘Deprevate’ sound. I hope you like it as much as I do. Hear it at the following link: http://youtu.be/ZUNHXcirBdk
Band: Deprevate Vocals, Guitar: Richard Sumner Lead guitar: Jack Dunn Bass guitar: Amar Sharma Drums: Michael Robson Reviewed by: Lee Cocozza Tracks featured: Your Paranoia
rock and metal has really started to sound a little sterile however, clever use of light and shade in the rhythm section, melodic variations in the leads and surprisingly clean melodic vocals give real feeling to Deprevate work. Lyrically the band are strong; catchy songs with great hooks as well as proportionate and well executed backing vocals. Founding members Richard Sumner (vocals, guitar) and Jack Dunn (lead guitar) met and formed the band whilst studying at The Brit School in 2009 and recorded an initial three track demo entitled ‘Our War’. During a lineup shuffle in early 2010 they found TechMusicSchools alumni Amar Sharma to take over on bass duties, and filmed a music video at The O2 Arena in London to further promote the demo. This received positive reviews and airplay