Musician and Songwriter
How's it going? Welcome to my world, the only one I know. If you're looking for GS the orchestral conductor or GS the champion surfer, you're in the wrong place. If you're looking for the guitarist songwriter guy who used to be in a band with his brother, you're bang on the mark.
". . . . and like I told the newspaper man, it's not every day a good tune falls out of your head. Sometimes you find something to write about, sometimes you don't. You know, it could be a quirky bit of fun, or maybe a dance number. Another time it might be a message straight from the heart. I've no idea how it all works. It's just about getting hold of an idea and taking it somewhere. Know what I mean?" And he said, "Yeah".
I've spent the last few months working on the writing and recording of a collection of new songs with a whole bunch of musical friends. Our bit is all done and it's now in the hands of the label guys who are aiming for an early May release. Find out all about this recording and the fine folk who played a part in it here.
A lot of water's gone under the bridge since I first came face to face
with a Neumann U87. I remember it well. The band set up in a cosy little
semi-circle in the middle of Island's Number One Studio, the big one at
their HQ in Basing Street. Armed with a Fender Jaguar and the raw valve
power of my AC30, I was ready to take on the world! What a glorious feeling
it was. Could there be a better job anywhere on the planet? No, I don't think so! London was the coolest music
town in the world, Notting Hill was the coolest place in London, and there
we were, right in the middle of it all. Awesome!
In the 1960s and 70s it was straight forward. You learned how to play, got a band together, gigged around for a while and then went off to the big city to look for a deal. The last bit was pretty random, a game with no obvious rules. After trying our luck with a couple of A and R men in the West End (still waiting to hear from those guys) Muff Winwood gave my brother and I our first real break. He signed us to Island, produced our first records and taught us loads about the record bizz. Getting a deal with Island at that time was much more than just getting a record deal. It meant that what we were doing had been approved by a whole bunch of people who loved music, knew what they were doing and were tuned right in to what was going on. Not sure if I ever said thank you. So, if you happen to be reading this Muff, thanks very much!
Some of you may find "The Sutherland Brothers" website of interest. It was put together by Brian Mathieson, a diamond geezer who knows much more about us than we do. I see someone has also just set up a Sutherland Brothers and Quiver facebook page. Not sure who's behind that one, but I have my suspicions. I had a look and there are some interesting old photos on there that brought back a lot of really good memories. I sometimes forget just how lucky I've been through the years to make music with such a lovely bunch of people.
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