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Where We're Going We Don't Need Frets...

Here's an article in the dutch version of Guitarist magazine, Gitarist, featuring yours truly. Really looking forward to the Dutch Fretless Guitar Festival - 8th Edition next month.

Here's a link to the article (click here) and for those of you who cant speak dutch it says:

"On Saturday 11 May the festival will be closed by Keepers Brew with the fretless guitarist Stu Brewer. This group is difficult to describe. Call it dark jazz, or perhaps electronic, industrial psychedelic music."

Love the fact that they cant describe us either! Thanks Emiel for doing the interview and if you’re in Amsterdam on May 11th come and see the fretless fun!

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Frakenhand And The Guitar Show

Frakenhand!

Frakenhand!

Well, aren’t I an idiot! While trimming some sticky residue off the back of one of my pedals I slipped and sliced open my hand with a Stanley knife. A trip to hospital and 7 stitches later all is back together again although I’m off guitar for at least a week to give it chance to heal.

Seriously though if I had gone any deeper or the cut been horizontal that could’ve been the end of my guitar playing career. Also I was lucky that the blade was sharp leaving a nice clean straight cut. Fingers crossed everything knits together well and I’ll be back playing in no time!

Also it gives me an awesome name for a solo album/song - “Frakenhand”.

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To cure/compound my guitar playing woes I’ll be off to the Guitar Show this coming weekend. Pop by the Vigier/HTD booth and say hi if you’re there and make sure you catch the amazing Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal in action. Ron has been one of my main influences so I cant wait to see him up close on his Doublefoot guitar.

New Year, New Music And A Gig In Your Living Room

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January has only just hit us and there’s already lots of things to look forward to.

Tomorrow (Sunday 13th) Keepers Brew has the first in a series of streaming concerts beamed direct to your homes. If its cold outside, you don’t want to get dressed but crave some live music have a watch in your dressing gown and let me know what you think. It starts at 9pm on the Keepers Brew facebook page so set yourself a reminder.

Also on the 19th, Dlugokecki release their next single “Lightyears” with yours truly on guitar. I managed to squeeze some fretless onto this slice of pop, see if you’re earholes can spot it when it’s released.

To Support the single release we’ll be doing a series of dates in February, starting with a gig at The Stage Door in Southampton on the 1st.

Happy new year and let me know about your musical adventures in 2019!

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Year Of The Wolf (Or Should That Be Wulf?)

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Where did 2018 go! It flew by in a whirlwind of concerts, sessions, teaching and music adventures of all kinds. I’ve had tons of gigs with Keepers Brew, Paramore Or Less, Dlugokecki and The Mo Woods Band across the length and breadth of the country and have been busy writing and playing on lots of new releases. That’s not to mention all my amazing students achieving awesome musical things this past 12 months.

In gear news I’ve loving my two new axes, my Vigier Surfreter and Excalibur Custom Rock Art and went all ethnic but adding to the world instrument collection and buying a bouzouki while in Greece.

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However my best creation of the year has to be my son Beowulf aka Wulf, born on December 20th. With his sisters Wyn and Will I’m expecting an awesome power trio, I’d call them WWW.

2019 is shaping up to absolutely huge. I’ve already got gigs booked in Amsterdam, New York, Czech Republic and across the UK. Also have some tasty masterclasses and clinics lined up so keep posted for those.

There will be new album releases from Keepers Brew and Dlugokecki plus if I can get my arse in gear perhaps a solo/trio release from yours truly.

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I’ll be offering HD lessons via Skype in the new year. Come for a chat about the industry, gear, advance your guitar playing or talk about your struggles in music and your mental wellbeing and I’ll distill my wisdom and help you progress in 2019.

Happy new year everyone!

It's almost NAMM time!

I'm very happy to be playing a few Keepers Brew inspired sets at the upcoming NAMM Show in Anaheim next week with the awesome Vigier Guitars Vigier - France on booth 5641.

I'll also be dropping by the amazing pedal people at Fuzzrocious to pick up my custom top secret fuzz pedal!

If you're at the show come by, have a listen and say hi! I'll also film it along with other NAMM news for all you gearheadz and guitar nerds!

 

From Tatooine Til Dawn...

Have you ever wondered what if the cantina Luke and Obi Wan walked into in Mos Eisley was the bar from From Dusk Til Dawn?

Well you have now...

Thank you everyone for making 2017 such an great year musically.

2018 is already jam packed with musical adventures, gear delights and gigs far and wide! A big thank you must go out to Keepers Brew and Greyum, Ben, Vigier Patrice and all the awesome people at Vigier Guitars and Vigier - France and Ryan and Fuzzrocious Pedals, see you next year!

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from myself and everyone involved with Studio Brewdio, especially Sebastiane and the 2 younglings.

Xmas wouldn't be complete without the most festive of things, Star Wars! Enjoy...

Keepers Brew Kick Off The Festive Season

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Had an excellent evening of psychedelic music last night with Keepers Brew, accompanied by Nodens Ictus at the 1865 in Southampton. It was great to finally use my Vigier in battle and the show went really well (apart from my ebow taking a stage dive and severing the cables halfway through!).

Next up in the festive season is Paramore Or Less next Saturday at the Talking Heads followed by my awesome student bands playing in Portsmouth.

Then to cap it all off there's a certain Star Wars film coming out that I could be a little bit excited for!

Happy holidays everyone!

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New Paramore and The Tour Continues...

What an insanely hectic few weeks! The gigs in London and Liverpool were fantastic in lovely venues with very appreciative crowds. It was also great to spend some time wandering around Liverpool, seeing the sites and soaking in the musical atmosphere along with a heavy dose of vinyl shopping!

Next up this weekend is a big trek playing in Birmingham and Glasgow. Its going to be a long drive but its always fun playing new places. I've never been to Glasgow so it will be nice to check out somewhere new.

While we've been on tour, Paramore have released their new album "After Laughter" and its certainly divided opinion. Straying wildly from their rock pop punk origins to a more 80's synth pop sound it really is a marmite moment. It's personally grown on me since I first heard it and any new album that has tons of chorused guitar on is ok in my book. We debuted the first single from the album, "Hard Times", at the last few gigs, beating the actual group in playing it live. It's had a great reception from the crowd and I'm sure we'll be adding more new ones to the set as soon as we can.

Anyway, I need to pack for the weekends gigging frivolities, see you on the road!

RIP Chris Cornell...

What a sad loss to the music world today and an untimely reminder of fragile mental health in all its shapes and forms and in all walks of life.

I grew up with the music of Soundgarden, covering their music in college bands and in awe of the technicality they brought to the music table at a time when it wasn't cool to be clever in rock composition. Chris's vocals and song writing chops were always out of this world and Superunknown has always been in my top 10 rock albums of all time. Its with great irony that I bought it only last week on vinyl while touring in Liverpool. Needless to say it has received heavy rotation today.

Rest in peace Mr Cornell, you will be sorely missed. Now can somebody please look after Eddie Vedder!

 

Tour Starts Today and Pedalboard Of Doom Is Done (for now...)

So after months of preparation and working on our dance moves the Paramore Or Less UK tour starts today with a 10 minute drive up the road to the Engine Rooms in Southampton. Then on Sunday we're off to Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone. Then after playing Cardiff and Leamington Spa the weekend after next it's on to play O2 academy venues across the country, going as far north as Glasgow with stops in Sheffield, Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham and London on the way.

We'll be do lots of videos of life on the road and I'll be doing some gear reviews of some bits of my rig to see how they stand up to the rigours of touring so stay tuned.

Speaking of gear I finally finished the Pedalboard Of Doom® (patent pending) ready to use on the upcoming dates. I've added a TC Electronics Subnup for some low and high octave sounds, a Boss FS-5L foot switch for quick access to my AX8 tuner and a DS Engineering Chronograph, which is essentially a pedalboard clock and timer that can be seen easily onstage, perfect for those pesky tight set times. I've never been so excited about a digital clock in my life!

Oh and I added orange LED lights round the edge as you can never have enough lights.

See you on the road!

New Keepers Brew Album Out (With A Smidge Of Yours Truly)

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Yay, not only is it sunny and the Easter holidays are upon us but the new Keepers Brew album, "Constellation Automation", is out!

The pseudonym of Greyum May and his merry band of cohorts, KB has served up a slice of psychedelic ear candy to tickle your aural senses whether you're under the influence or not.

I had the pleasure of playing on the track "Playing Cards" so listen out for my riffing and shredding but I also love the albums title track (with guitars from Ed Wynne of Ozric Tentacles fame) and "We Are Whole" with some great guitar from Jake Puntis.

Im really looking forward to playing with Mr G and the rest of the crew later in the year so keep your eyes and ears peeled for any Keepers Brew live dates.

You can go grab the album at https://keepersbrew.bandcamp.com/album/constellation-automation for the small fee of £7 or the whole back catalogue for a smidge over a tenner, bargain!

 

Smashing it at Music For Youth and Manic Week!

Another week, another great performance from my senior rock band! We performed at the Music For Youth regional festival in Southampton and they performed brilliantly. Their feedback from the music mentors was really positive and they even coped with awful sound and mass microphone malfunction. 

Now we must wait to see if we get through to the national final in Birmingham but whatever happens I'm proud of these guys, they're the favourite part of my job!

Next week is absolutely rammed. It starts with the hub's songbook launch concert at the Portsmouth Guildhall that I wrote two songs for, followed by my Nan's funeral on Tuesday, my junior rock bands concert on Thursday and finally a Paramore Or Less gig in High Wycombe on Saturday. I love my musical life but its knackering, roll on easter break!

Another Great Gig From My Students And Putting Music Into Perspective.

Doesn't time fly, its been an age since my last post and my music life only gets more hectic from here on in what with the Paramore Or Less UK Tour, Keepers Brew album release and rumblings in the land of Dlugokecki.

First of all though my student rock band knocked it out of the park at last nights Soundsational at Portsmouth Guildhall. I know I've said it before put it is so rewarding helping young adults on their musical journey and doing shows like last night is the favourite part of my job. Our next show is next Wednesday at the Music For Youth regional finals in Southampton where if we do well we'll be off to the national festival in Birmingham so everybody keep your fingers crossed.

On a more sombre note I lost my Nanny last week. While it wasn't a shock as she'd lived an amazingly long and fulfilled life it was still heartbreaking, especially seeing my Grandad loose his wife of 72 years.

I had lots of lovely messages from friends, students and parents but one stood out from the parents of one of my younger rock band students. It simply said "Somethings are more important than music" and while music is my main focus in life, sometimes it just has to take a back seat.

First PoL Gig Of The Year and Getting Older...

Morning Music Maestro's! Today I'm off to sunny Rotherham for the first Paramore Or Less gig of the year in preparation for our O2 tour in a couple of months.

We're stepping things up a notch this year so have been frantically beavering away getting backing tracks sorted, click tracks sync'd, sounds finalised and dance moves choreographed ready for all our upcoming shows so tonight will be the first acid test to see if it all works, fingers crossed!

Finally, I think I'm showing my age. We have a long drive up to northern England and then a full hour and a half set to do and we don't go on stage until midnight!

10 years ago I would be as fit as a flea, bouncing off the walls and eager to get started. Now the past few years of being a Dad and work means I've gotten used to being in bed by 10pm to get my beauty sleep and up at 6am for the school run. Seeing midnight tonight will be a novelty and the early hours a revelation. I'm stocked up on Red Bulls though so BRING IT ON!

News Update From Studio Brewdio Land!

Hello Pop Pickers! Things have been pretty hectic in Studio Brewdio land recently what with the new term's teaching, recording sessions and tour preparation but I'm planning on putting a load of new updates up over the weekend.

I'll be adding not one, not two but three albums of the week, recording some demo's of two new pedals, the awesome Origin Effects Cali76 Compact Deluxe compressor and the Xotic Robotalk 2 envelope filter and writing a piece on using a Fractal AX8 as the heart of a modular pedal board so stay tuned!

Also in other exciting news Paramore Or Less tour rehearsals start tomorrow after spending the last week preparing our backing and click tracks for the big stages and I've recorded my parts for the latest Keepers Brew release that should be out very soon.

 

New "Musings" Page Up

 

Good morning pop pickers!

Just thought I'd let you know I've added the Musings page to the site.

This page is the place for reviews, top 10's (as everyone likes a good list), record of the week and artists you may have missed along with anything else from the wider music world.

I've there's anything you want me to review or write about get in touch!

 

My Short Spoiler Free Rogue One Review

I went to the midnight showing of Rogue One last night and although I didn't get in until 3am with a full day of teaching ahead my inner Star Wars geek said I had to go!

As I know most of you haven't seen it I'll keep my review short, sweet and spoiler free.

Overall I really enjoyed it although it's not without flaws. Think a Vietnam war movie in space. Links up well to A New Hope and has some great new characters especially K-2SO and the kick ass Chirrut Imwe.

It was strange to have a Star Wars film without an opening credits crawl and you certainly felt the void left in the music with John Williams scoring. It just didn't have the same gravitas the original trilogy scores had and don't get me started on the CGI. 

Aside from that I liked it, a worthy addition to Star Wars cannon, needs another watch though to get all the references and pick up things I missed. 

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