Well I met this artist through his website/blog. Not only is his music good but his commentaries are a great read.. I’m happy to say he gave me a few minutes of his time to tell us a little bit about himself and what’s going on.
What got you started?
When I was about six I wanted to learn the violin but my music teacher at school said that I didn’t have a musical bone in my body so I wasn’t even allowed to learn the recorder! Thinking music wasn’t really for me I concentrated on art until my parents split up when I was about eleven. My stepdad taught me some basic chords on guitar when I was about 12 and I started buying guitar magazines and learning tabs and learning to play along with tapes and CDs.
My Dad had already got me into Queen before he and my parents split up and my Uncle got me into Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Guns N’ Roses and Def Leppard. In the UK while the grunge scene was big it was soon surpassed by Brit Pop and Indie bands in about 1994. Bands like Oasis, Wildhearts, Terrorvision and Mansun became the everyday staples of my musical diet. That did it for me really, music was my life.
What instruments you play and what company manufactured them?
Although I started off playing guitar I changed to bass when I was about twenty. I’ve got a brilliant Tokai Thunderbird bass which has the best sustain and low-end growl out of all my bass guitars – of which I have another two Thunderbirds by Epiphone and a small assortment of other brands. My guitars of choice are Gordon Smiths, I have three; a Gypsy and a GS1 and a GS2 delux. They make their own pickups and are amazing instruments. My favourite guitar is my jumbo Epiphone acoustic which my wife bought me a few years ago. You’ll be hearing more of that next year because I’ve got some accoustic recordings planned.
How has it been running your own management?
It’s been great. I’ve spent years being managed to varying degrees of success. Some managers though just wanted to join in the party, which when they have the cash to flaunt on booze and drugs can be lethal but I don’t think it makes for a good manager. Keeping your artists happy is one thing but I believe there’s a reason they call them a manager; they should manage the artists and keep them in line. I’m under no illusions though, I don’t really know the first thing about management but I’m not trying to get anything other than personal enjoyment out of this whole project anyway.
When is the album going to be released?
If the Christmas festivities don’t get too much in the way I am hoping to get my debut EP “Skint and Dangerous” out on 24th December. It’s only a demo and will be available for free streaming and download via www.reverbnation.com/dazzlerebel. You can hear one of the tracks “Back Home and Sober” here now http://soundcloud.com/dazzlerebel. I have no immediate plans for an album yet but will continue to release tracks for free download throughout next year. Once I’ve improved my mixing technique I’ll look at cutting a proper album on disc and releasing it properly.
Please check out his other sites at Youtube, MySpace, and Facebook.
Thanks to Dazzle Rebel for talking with us.