ABOUT

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I was born in Madrid, Spain. I came in contact with music at an early age in the school choir. At the age of 13 I remember grabbing my oldest brother’s guitar and trying to learn to play the tunes he was listening and playing too. Father and son by Cat Stevens or Blackbird by The Beatles. But my brother moved out of the house and I didn’t touch a guitar again until two years later, while attending boarding school in Santiago de Compostela. One day during a detention time I started writing a song. Weeks later someone brought a guitar to the dormitory and slowly I taught myself to play and sing my first song.

Puente Segovia.

Back in Madrid at the age of 16 my mother bought me a second hand Framus acoustic guitar and I played everyday, everywhere at anytime. Made some friends in the neighborhood who also played guitar and they convinced me to play bass guitar. Little did I know that it was going to be a life decision. I took a job as a courier in order to pay for the bass,  a Fender Musicmaster bass and a Montarbo 300watt amplifier, and so we started writing songs.

Ya de quince años, El Cid Campeador, Paxton, etc.

In 1985 my parents moved to Alicante. I didn’t stay in Madrid, something that sometimes comes back to me, and went along finding myself in a new city without friends or a job. A few days after my arrival I met by chance the singer of a band who was looking for a bass player and that was it! I joined my first real band and I earned my first money playing bass.

I couldn’t believe that someone would pay me to have so much fun. During this period I kept writing songs and recording them in a four track cassette tape. Mundos en esquinas, Dibujando, Agua de Limon.

Around 1992 I had my first gig with a blues band. Rudy Cat King band. Two years later I flew to London in order to learn English and to play the blues.

I struggled during the first years, having to work as dishwasher, gardener, cleaning floors in a hospital, in order to pay the bills. In the meantime I was attending the Blues jam sessions around town meeting musicians and learning the craft . One day I met french guitarist Fred P.G in the Monday jam at the Ain’t Nothing But. He later took me to the Sunday afternoon concert at the Station Tavern in Ladbroke Grove. I was starting to  meet and play many of the good blues musicians thanks to Fred. He later introduced me to a guitarist that had just moved from Seattle, Stevie Zee, and I joined his trio for a few years.

Fred PG and I wrote a song while waiting outside the Ain’t nothing But, at the Monday Blues.

Kingly Street.

During this time I continue writing songs in Spanish such as Barco y Sal and A Luna but I also wanted to step into other styles and write songs in English. Then after answering an ad in Music maker magazine looking for bass player I met Mike Williams. We started writing songs right away and with his brother Buzz singing we formed a band called Spinney Hill. We only performed original material, two times, that’s all. Regardless the unsuccessful attempt to make a band Mike and I continued writing and recording demos.

Pistolas, Waiting for You, The Ocean, Love and Hate, The fake Duke, Is someone there? January daze, Trance, After the show, etc.

In 1997 I joined the Dana Gillespie London Blues band. First as the back up bass player and later full time. This was the first time I could pack my day job and dedicate to music professionally.

I played in three studio and three live albums from Dana: Back to the blues, Experienced, Staying Power, Mustique Blues 1999/01/02.

Dana and the London Blues band played in many festivals all over the world. My highlights from those days are: the gigs we did opening for Bob Dylan’s UK Tour in 1997; and playing in India, 11 cities in one month, the first ever blues band that have done a tour in India.

Musicians of the Dana Gillespie Blues band during my time with her included guitarrist Ed Deane, Matt Schofield and Fred P.G. Saxofonist Mike Paice, Big Mart Winning. Drummers Chris Hunt, Evan Jenkins, Roger Taylor (for Wembley Arena performance). Pianist Dave Rowberry, Joachim Palden, Dino Baptiste and Julian Brunetaud.

In 1999 I embarked on a sailing trip across the Atlantic Ocean that changed my life. During this trip I wrote the song Spanish Bar. Mike Williams wrote the first draft of the lyrics in London and it was recorded in Madrid at Infinity studios with Mike Williams (keyboards), Matt Schofield (guitar) and Evan Jenkins (drums). The song was released in 2003, as part of the soundtrack of the motion picture The Mix by Pedro Lazaga. For the film I also composed other tracks for incidental music.

Estoy aquí, KTMF, Sherpa’s trail, etc.

In 2004 I moved to Utrecht, The Netherlands. I had decided to work on my own material and tried to play it live. This includes compositions such as Emigrante, Que mas me dá, Esta Noche, Cuanto más te miro, Amistad, Amsterdam in March, etc.

My performances were both for a public audience and intimate private parties. I was also engaged in World Music projects like Moreshinda, Thidrin and Mehrnaz Salehi with whom I produced the album 20 Lullabies from around the world.

During the next years I mostly worked in my home studio. Some of the productions were for the Dutch television (Gezelig naar Marokko, Wij zijn Geschiedenis). Two documentaries (Meat the Truth and Sea the Truth) and some promotional videos (Rosegarden Studios, Zoom-in TV).

In 2009 I joined Matt Schofield band. I met Matt in London back in 1996. We occasionally played together in the Blues circuit and with Dana Gillespie’s band. We enjoyed each other play and he collaborated in the recording of The Mix film in Madrid. When Matt called me after so many years I felt honored and extremely excited to play the Blues again.In 2010 I left the band with a sad feeling but happy to settle down again in my new home in Bennekom.

I started looking for a band based in The Netherlands, so I wouldn’t have to travel too much, and in 2011 I joined Country band Savannah, with whom I am currently still playing. The band has been awarded repeatedly the best Country band from the Benelux and also received many individual awards as best Country singer (Marcel Smulders), best Country guitarist (Joe Brozio, Peter van de Heuvel) and best Country theater show (Back to the Country).

Since 2011 I have released two albums. Troubagroove (2011). Tales of a solitary tree (2018). Both with only original songs, self produced the first one and co-produced the second one.

and collaborated with bands and musicians from different styles and formations.

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