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Kevin Aylward

Lead Guitarist

Overview

This site forms a summary of Kevin's musical background and various er.. um.. aspirations....

I am currently looking to join or form a standard rock covers or possible glam rock. Past projects have been a Blondie tribute project, and a 5 piece covers band, Curious Charm, but alas, those are no more. My current project is Rosie Rox. I am based in Stevenage.

My fundamental goal is to actually get out gigging, as such I am highly focused and specific as to the type of music I am seeking to engage in. I have actively and specifically researched what gives the highest probability of obtaining gigs, and no surprise to those actually gigging in the mainstream markets, http://www.livebandphotos.co.uk/ its rock and 12 bar-rock-blues. However, this convenient fact appears to be ignored by the extensive numbers of "I am going truly make it" brigade, attempting to play something that "makes us different". Unfortunately, the reason bands play what they do is... err...for a reason...In fact, its actually Darwinian Evolution at work. What we generally observe the most, is what has been selected over time and generations, to be the most successful.

Forming a band is a difficult task. Every bugger wants to join a band with a diary full of gigs booked through to 2020. Unfortunately, it usually takes a bit more work then this. All the best slots are already taken, obviously...However... 

General

I have a full PA with lights, and Zafira MPV large car and currently reside in Stevenage. I have full midi sequencing hardware for duo/trio engagements, and I am a reasonable competent midi file backing track programmer. 

I also have a Tascam 2488MK11 24 track digital recorder. Very useful for making band demo CDs to pass on to venues.

 

Auditions

I don't do auditions, well, not unless your name is Simon Cowell or Louie Walsh, and I would never expect someone to do an audition for me. So if you are one of those very common or garden pretentious dudes with such delusions of grandeur, are you not embarrassed? I see this all the time, "hey we are auditioning for players"...Like dudes, there are 1000's of bands, what makes yours so wonderful, seriously? Are you paying a wage to actually justify this approach?  Its quite likely that the person is only coming to check out the band only to see if its worth joining. Secondly, an "audition" puts someone in the implied position of begging for job, this is not a good way to start a friendship.

Joining a band should be a matter of equal respect to all parties. Both parties are going to decide whether or not going forward after a 1st meeting  is worthwhile.

Indeed, this is a general life philosophy of mine. When I go to job interviews I don't go cap in hand, "give us a job mate, I can do that". I don't even wear a tie.

 

Guitar Deputy

I am available to dep for another band's unavailable guitarist. Obviously, for those few Blondie bands out there...I know the material...

I know one or two other songs as well, so feel free to contact me as to the specifics. 

 

Standard Rock/Pop/Classic Rock Covers Band and/or Vocalist Required

I am very interested in either a standard tuneful Rock/Classic Rock/Pop covers only band.. e.g. songs  like:

Run - Snow Patrol, Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol, Dakota – Stereophonics, Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin, Final Countdown – Europe, You Give Love A Band Name – Bon Jovi, Sweet Child Of Mine – G&R, Brick In the Wall – Pink Floyd, Don't Stop Believing - Journey, Message In A Bottle – Police, Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis, Because The Night – Patti Smith, If Looks Could Kill – Heart, etc. i.e. tuneful Rock. i.e. Ace of Spades – Motorhead is not on the cards for me.

I currently have access to an excellent keyboard player and drummer and possibly a bass player. If a vocalist turns up then things could look pretty niffty. They are in the same boat as me, i.e. happy to form a band if other musicians become available (i.e. a singer) but also looking to be part of an established band if one becomes available. See above on "All the best slots are already taken" bit.

Alternatively, working as Duo with a good vocalist is also an option.

Female Vocalist - Rock/Pop Duo

I would be open to working as duo with a female singer. The style is open, but ideally would be on the lines of songs/artists such as:

Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, Pretenders, ABBA, Pat Benatar, "If Looks Could Kill - Heart", "Don't Speak No Doubt" etc... 

Glam Rock Band or Glam Rock Duo

I also have an interest in working with an existing Glam Rock band or forming a Glam Rock Band, or maybe doing some duo work with a vocalist.

A full set of Glam Rock, live feel, Midi  sequenced files are already available.

For those young pups, Glam Rock are those songs from the 70's by bands such as  The Sweet, T. Rex, Gary Glitter, Suzi Quatro, Slade, Mud, David Bowie, Alvin Stardust, Roxy Music, that ware those daft clothes

Alternatively, specific Glam Tributes such as Slade or The Sweet are an option.

Midi Sequencing

The following 35 sequenced parts are already fully available for Glam Rock Duo gigging:

All The Young Dudes, Ballroom Blitz, Block Buster, Can The Can, Children Of the Revolution, Co Cacho, Crazy, Crocodile Rock, Cum On Feel The Noise, Devil Gate Drive, Do You Want to Touch, Dynamite, End Of The World, Everyday, Far Far Away, Good To Be Back, Get It On Bang A Gong, Gudbuy T' Jane, Hell Raiser, Hot Love, Jean Genie, Jeepster, Juke Box Jive, Leader Of The Gang, Lonely This X-mas,  Maggie May, Make Me Smile, Man Who Sold The World, Schools Out, Shang A Lang, Starman, Suger Baby, Squeeze Me Pleeze Me, Telegram Sam, Tiger Feet, Wig Wam Bam, Ziggy Stardust.

Other Tributes Act Interests

Blondie, ABBA, Status Quo, Thin Lizzy, Mid 70's Disco, Bob Marley.

Steely Dan Tribute

This is an option, but realistically, a slim one.

Steely Dan is my favorite band. From a listening point of view, I know all of the Steely Dan album tracks inside out, although playing wise, have only bothered learning a few to date. However, despite my capability of, at times, speedy fret work, the highly technical nature of some of the specific solos will mandate some flexibility in the accuracy of these renditions-:)

Excluded Projects

These types of projects will not be considered, so don't ask!

1 Punk, Heavy Metal and any similar thrash non music nonsense.

2 Rap, House, Indie, Bass and Drums, Soul, R&B, etc.

3 MOR, Elvis, 50's, 60's

"'12 bar blues', just another excuse to play the same song 12 times in a bar" - Kevin Aylward

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