Twos a Crowd
- Member #
- Member since
- 15 Apr 2008
- Last activity record:
- Active within 1 week
- Instruments played:
- Keyboard, Piano, Vocalist - General
- Cover/Tribute, Lounge, Other
- Screen name:
- Twos a Crowd
- Northamptonshire, England, NN6
- 47 years old
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- 2-3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 2-3 nights a week
- Most available:
- Vocalist - General:
I began to learn to play the piano when I was 6 (so I ought to have got the hang of it by now) and continued studying formally until the age of 18 when I began to study composition. Initially trained in classical music, also developed a taste for the contemporary, particularly rock, blues and the like.
I have played for various bands over the years and in all sorts of venues from pubs to theatres, bars to ballrooms and even in cathedrals; indoors and outdoors (but not yet at sea).
My style is a mixture, basically rocky but with some blues and jazzy/funky influences, with having had so much varied experience and a good education, I am very versatile. I know how to get the best out of my instrument and will schmoltz with the best or just bash it, whatever suits. My style is lyrical but assertive.
Whilst brash rock gigs with a loud band are good fun (and this can be arranged if required), my preference is for rendering quality songs simply. I prefer not to use backing tracks (although I do sometimes use a drum machine) because it allows flexibility and spontaneity while (I hope) making the music more interesting for the listener because it's not simply a facsimile of the record !
Piano is my first and main instrument accompanied by my own vocals but also play various other keys such as organs and synths depending on the need. My skill is in piano and I love to play and to sing. I am constantly encouraged by the good response I get wherever I go and get most of my engagements through recommendation or by being booked during a gig.
There's nothing like the real thing and when I get the chance, I love to have my hands all over a grand piano; so if you have one, and you need someone to play it, please call me.
Otherwise, I play a Yamaha digital piano (feels and sounds fantastic but also goes in the back of my car), I also use a Yamaha and Roland synths.
I am fully equipped with a PA system that scales up to over 4000W, so more than enough for most venues. I can complement this with a lightshow to add to the party atmosphere when necessary.
Queen, Keane and Jack o' the Green plus loads of other stuff that doesn't even rhyme.
Everything from 50'/60's through to current chart, Rock, Pop, with a little bit of Classical, Jazz and the Classics.
Yamaha DGX620 digital piano
Yamaha MM6 Mini Motif synth
Roland JV1080 with session expansion
Roland AC33 MIDI Mother keyboard
MXL vocal condensor
AKG headset mic
JTS headset mic
JTS NX8.8 Vocal condensor
JTS NX8 vocal dynamic mics
JTS NX9 instrument condenser mics
Allen & Heath PA20 mixer
Samson 6:2 mixer
Zoom RFX1000 EFX
JBL 4726AP 600W high-mid cabs x 2
Peavey 650W loaded bass bins x 4
Peavey PV2000 amp x 1
Warrior Audio 800W amp
3 x Warrior Audio 1300W amp
(thats 6.7kW FOH)
Hill Audio DX350 amp
Samson C4 crossover
Samson S-com Plus compressor/limiter/gate/exp/de-ess
Peavey Active monitor
2 x 8" passive monitors x 2
10" passive floor monitors x 2
iColour 4 colour stage lighting system 2000W x 2 heads
500W stage floods x 4
MR16 PAR cans x 12 with controller
PAR 36 cans x 12 with controller
Moonflower multicolour lighting effects x 4
Moonflower white lighting effect x 2
2 colour laser