Paul Geary has worked with Lisa Stansfield, Gabrielle, George Michael, Simply Red, Chris Rea, A1, Nik Kershaw, Donny and Marie Osmond, The Lighthouse Family, Liberty X, Chris Norman, Geri Halliwell, Dane Bowers, Sophie Ellis Bexter, Clarksville, Enrique, Phix, Dside, Blazing Squad, Rachel Stevens, Mary J. Blige and WestLife. He is also an active Musical Director, helping to select, develop and mentor musicians for Sony Universal / Warner Music / Polydor, & EMI Labels. Paul endorses Overwater Bass Guitars, Rotosound Strings, Rock-Wire and tc electronic.
Part of what I do is go on tour and play live gigs - for me it is a really important skill which keeps you "sharp" - lots of material to learn, practice-practice-practice and rehearsals, playing with new musicians and generally "being prepared". Nothing will test your skills more than a first-night on tour, but rewards are immediate - the feedback from the crowd, the energy and adrenalin and sense of achievement. I wrote an article for Bass Guitar magazine which gives a bit more detail - http://www.bassguitarmagazine.com/2013/03/11/bass-techniques-paul-geary/
It's not all expensive destinations, private jets and free bass guitars... Touring and being mentally ready to tour is something that you get used to - it's hard work to be able to deliver, play as a band and be your best every night... I thought I'd share some of the "behind-the-scenes" moments - the reality of being on tour! Sound Check in Germany!
As some of you know I try to balance three parts of my musical-life - teaching, gigging & sessions and also working with the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford - working with the Live Performance group to develop band-skills, playing and especially bass skills. ACM have given us all Video Biographies and Profiles - which is really cool and adds a bit of depth to what we do, how we got here and the skills and musicianship that we can teach - I'd thought I'd share mine...
As some of you might already know - I teach at the University of Surrey and am now listed on the University of Surrey website - Mr Paul Geary The University has some great facilities in their Music Department and it is great to be working-with and helping the next generation of musicians!
[slideshow id=6 w=550 h=413] Everything about the tour was, "just right" - sound, equipment, venues, the band... we were knackered and very happy! The second-half of each gig was a complete live version of Nik's "Human Racing" album, which brought the best-out in the audience - I think some of it happy memories, songs you'd perhaps forgotten and also a chance to sing-along and re-live... Fantastic time, you the audience looked happy too and look forward to seeing you again in the festival season 2013!!
Nothing much to add to this one - I think the video "tells the story"... A great gig!! Nik Kershaw - Recorded on tour in Germany - "The Riddle"
So, for those who don't know "Rock Receiver" - here it is!! Very cool, online and packed with content music magazine. This month's edition has loads - and a feature about me, "Paul Geary - Big Personality, Big Bass". Rock Receiver, August 2012 Edition - inc. Paul Geary Feature Check it out!!
Quite simply, the biggest gig I've ever played! The sun shone, our UK Olympic Heros brought their medals and were interviewed on stage and then to an audience of sixty-thousand, we played!! [slideshow id=5 w=550 h=413]
A couple of months ago it was suggested that I should take a serious look at the new tc electronic Bass Amps and Cabinets - especially the new RH750 Head unit and the matching RS210 Cabinets. Well, one thing has lead to another, and.. I am a tc electronic Endorsee! The support has been awesome (thank you to all the people at tc!) and I have already taken delivery of the full stack, it has been delivered to the production company and I will be gigging with them in the few days! I can't wait!!
Nik Kershaw was interviewed on BBC Radio 2 by Patrick Kielty - talking about "Eight" - the forthcoming album, life, the full-band, PRS and his website. [audio:http://www.paulgeary.com/audio/Nik-Kershaw-Radio-Edit.mp3|titles=Nik Kershaw interview on BBC Radio 2|Artists=Nik Kershaw|initialvolume=100|width=500]
As part of this awesome day, I was fortunate enough to interview Mark and talk about his early days, the band and being in the music industry. The interview lasts about thirty minutes and has been chopped up into six sections - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uqmsc5P1TgU&feature=youtube_gdata_player Interview with Mark King at ACM
Watch, Listen and Learn! We really were very very lucky to have Mark visit and be so generous with his time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3WYKROfkGo&feature=youtube_gdata_player As I mentioned in my previous post, Mark is one of the main reasons I started playing bass and it is so important for new musicians to have something to "aim-for" and work towards - practice, practice & more practice!
It is always good to welcome great musicians to ACM and last month we were especially privileged to welcome the Bass Legend, Mark King of Level 42. The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) offers some amazing, once in a lifetime opportunities to their students and you can checkout the visit on their website - Bass Legend Mark King Visits ACM Mark gave a fantastic talk, session and then answered questions, giving the students a real insight into how he started and how his career has progressed. Mark was the main reason I started playing Bass, so to have him come to ACM and see what we have here & what we have built over the years was a real treat. He has inspired so many of us over the years…
Ohhh Yes!! I'm on the new Overwater Basses Poster!! "There are Overwater Players..." As many of you already know, I was really flattered to be approached by Overwater Basses in 2010 to see if I would be interested in endorsing and playing their bass guitars. The Overwater company is an established British Manufacturer and this combined with the quality of manufacture and total understanding of their product and the players requirements makes my Overwater the best bass I've owned! A big shout to Chris and everyone at Overwater for their attention to detail and patience!