When I was around 10 or 11, my Dad liked Hendrix and Led Zeppelin so I used to raid his album collection!
He had a lot of guitar based music and after listening to all the albums it definitely a huge factor in my starting playing guitar. Then, when I was around 14 and living in Brussels I started a school band performing rock, funk and blues. By the age of 15 we were offered a record deal and were sneaking out to gig even on school nights!
2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
There seems to be a lack of virtuoso guitarists on the blues/jazz scene at the moment, and my ultimate aim is to establish myself as a virtuoso- I would love to collaborate with Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa for example, 2 guitarists who I consider to be geniuses of their craft.
3. How long have you been writing your own music?
I’ve been writing my own music since I was 14. I used to compose music for the guitar in a range of styles encompassing classical, jazz, blues, and even heavy rock!
4. Who are your top three influences and why?
My top three influences are:
1. Jimi Hendrix- In my opinion probably the most revolutionary musician on any instrument. His use of distortion, feedback and the wah-wah pedal have been extremely influential to me.
2. Stevie Ray Vaughan- I consider Stevie to be one of the greatest guitarists from the last three decades. Like Stevie, I use very heavy gauge strings to get a massive guitar sound. He was an amazing lead player that possessed almost supernatural phrasing. A huge influence on me growing up.
3. Led Zeppelin. The reason? Riffs! Zep wrote the greatest riffs of all time. Even though we are very different stylistically, I always think of them when I am writing riffs and you can hear this on the Green Penny EP- tight riffs backed up by saxophone.
5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
John Ellis from Corinne Bailey Rae’s band is on keys. He also played the piano on Lily Allen’s number 1 ‘Smile’!
6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
Being based in Liverpool, the local scene is amazing. The musicians are really talented and there are tons of venues to play. Many venues are really supportive of jazz and blues. We couldn’t be luckier with our choice of city actually.
Our favourite venue is none other than the Cavern Club, Liverpool- a venue which we have performed at a few times- The Beatles first manager Allan Williams was at one of our shows and approached us to make a booking for one of his parties!
7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
Natalie McCool- she is also actually going to sing on our next release and she won Female Artist of the Year at the Liverpool Music Awards last year. Check her out at nataliemccool.co.uk
8. Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
Row Z Official website: http://www.rowz.net