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I'm a deputy editor by trade (which in reality means I'm a bit of a proof reader/mac monkey/gopher). When out of the office I love to RAWK AND ROLL, though. I haven't had a band for few years, but was in the immortal if short lived folk-punkers, Hugh Grant's Hooker.

Musically, I like a bit of everything, although my main passions are British and American folk (richard Thompson, Dick Gaughan, Phil Ochs, Dar Williams), 60s rock particularly early Stones and The Band, classic punk like the Ramones, second-wave punk like the Subhumans and Zounds, classic 70s rock like Led Zep and Bowie, early new Orleans funk like the Meters. I've probably missed something but that's the stuff that rotates most on the old record player.
eltopo's Songs (11)
Date Title Rating Hits Genre Last Comment Status
04.09.06 Gentrification (live) 8.35 (5) 5342 (13) Folk (contemporary) 05.18.06 Active
12.02.05 Bird Flu Song (drivel) 8.25 (9) 6637 (13) Other 01.14.06 Active
11.27.05 Famous Uncle Sam Pose (rough demo) 7.20 (5) 3375 (7) Folk (contemporary) 03.03.06 Active
09.25.05 Peruvian Pan Pipe Band 7.88 (10) 6552 (12) Folk (contemporary) 12.09.05 Active
09.24.05 Kirsty'n'Phil Are Dead 7.86 (7) 3692 (14) Punk-Grunge 12.10.05 Active
06.12.05 On the contrary 7.84 (11) 3870 (10) Folk (contemporary) 09.16.05 Active
05.23.05 Jess Franco made a biopic of my life 7.43 (11) 3461 (11) Jazz (instrumental) 06.05.05 Active
05.17.05 Haircut like Limahl 6.94 (12) 4075 (9) Alternative Rock 09.16.05 Active
05.10.05 Janey 7.27 (12) 3990 (10) Punk-Grunge 05.17.05 Active
05.08.05 Election Day 6.46 (6) 2604 (7) Punk-Grunge 12.29.05 Active
04.26.05 1,2, Testing 6.43 (7) 2717 (6) Folk (contemporary) 06.04.05 Active
Favorite Songs (37)
Title Artist Date Genre
El Día mandolinquent 05.24.06 Latin
Fiddler Off the Roof w/Komrade K & Caroline Epileptic Gibbon 05.23.06 Comedy-Satire-Parody
Reality TV Peter Bauckham 04.18.06 Folk-Rock
Round Window mandolinquent 04.01.06 Acoustic
The Free & The Brave w/ Jim Bouchard macgalver 02.09.06 Folk (contemporary)
Starting Yesterday PinkMulletsRock 01.11.06 Acoustic
Bigger Drums ElectroClubCrew 12.28.05 Experimental
Jhonny Silva mandolinquent 12.21.05 Ambient
A Christmas Credit Card (Christmas in my Dreams) (w/dwwave) Epileptic Gibbon 12.01.05 Holiday
How Many Eggs? grah3am 11.26.05 Folk-Rock
outro country john 10.11.05 Downtempo
Andrea Yates w/ Jim Bouchard macgalver 09.23.05 Folk (contemporary)
Chelsea & Westminster [with Rebsie] mandolinquent 09.08.05 Folk (contemporary)
bluebird country john 09.07.05 Inspirational (contemporary)
oh me . . . oh my . . . (bluebird b-side) country john 09.04.05 Inspirational (contemporary)
born free country john 08.25.05 Folk (contemporary)
answer (collab. pgreenstone) listen 08.14.05 Alternative Rock
down and up mikkinylund 08.12.05 Alternative Rock
Blackberries (collab w/alley-oop) ledebutant 08.04.05 Acoustic Rock
Bush ka-klick 07.31.05 Political
66 mikkinylund 06.15.05 Alternative Rock
Blues for the Greens caroline 06.15.05 Blues (traditional)
Pictures in Heat (with Rebsie) mandolinquent 06.13.05 Folk-Rock
every daughter BlackLily 06.09.05 Folk (contemporary)
Day Tripping magic matt 06.02.05 Folk (contemporary)
Rebsie's SOS mandolinquent 05.28.05 Folk (contemporary)
Cuba Street compyellow 05.24.05 Rock & Roll
I Won't Go...(collab w/ JimBouchard) Emily Rohm 05.16.05 Alternative Rock
a good thing going on country john 05.16.05 Open Collaborations
200 Roses In Spain thetiler 05.15.05 Classical
Exurban Prayer Tom Atwood 05.14.05 Folk (contemporary)
I Can't Fly weitermitfahrer 05.11.05 Punk-Grunge
The Song of The Sinking Woman (Rebsie's SOS) mandolinquent 04.24.05 Folk (contemporary)
(New) Smoke & Mirrors Emily Rohm 03.24.05 Folk (contemporary)
Cakeless mandolinquent 02.28.05 Pop (mainstream)
let's have a revolution ! country john 02.24.05 Open Collaborations
On and On (3) Mystified 02.13.05 Folk (contemporary)
Favorite MacJammers (4)
Fans (10)
Music Background I had some piano lessons when I was a kid but not that many. I became far more interested in playing my Mum's old spanish guitar and playing songs from her 60s folk records, especially things like Joan Baez's interpretations of traditional folk songs like John Riley, the Four Marys and all that, just playing some fingerpicked parts.
Music Skills I soon started to write my own folk songs in a similar style and as a teen decided being in a band would be cool so invested in my first electric guitar - a cheap Peavey Predator strat copy with really buzzy electrics, which I loved.
As until then my guitar skills involved picking nun/campfire chords I got a pile of books and started to learn about scales, theory, blues even a bit of jazz and basic knowledge modes. My learning has been quite a mish mash and I have a very idiosyncratic style, which reflects the self-taught experimentation that created it. Most of the time I'm just playing by ear. Also in my late teens I started mucking about with midi and computer music in a small way, first just to make drum parts to play along too - although friends were into rave and dance and I went through a phase of making techno/electronica/ambient, call it what you will. The act of 'looping stuff up' remains useful today.
Music Hardware I have a Simon and Patrick accoustic, which is my workhorse. I've also got an Epiphone Sheraton, which is a bit 'far east' but still pretty nice to play with a big bold tone. Then there's an M-audio 88es Keystation, which I got as a scratched ex-demo deal for a song. My audio interface is the M-Audio 1814.

For mics I just love Rode - character, definition. I have the Rode NT1a and NT2000. I also a Shure dynamic, which doesn't really get used for much these days. Not in use at the moment are a really nice Roland XV5050 synth and Freebass 383 monosynth, which I'm hoping to set up with Logic soon. I'm a tech-luddite, by which I mean I love tech and hate it. I like messing around with cheap folk instruments and have so far collected blues harps in several kays, penny whistle, ocinara and djembe.
Music Software GB2, Logic Express, Wiretap