All our tutors are experienced musicians and passionate about music, they are performers, recording artists, session musicians and university graduates. With that sort of background they have the knowledge not only to teach music but to get you performing confidently.
Lisa – Guitar, Vocals, Piano, Cornet, – began playing classical piano at the age of 9, as an accomplished pianist the timing was perfect to transition into a rock keyboard player in the 80’s. She was a member of many club bands in the south of England, playing both covers and original material. She played in various gigs from open air festivals for the “British Motorcycle Association” (AKA “The Hells Angels”) to London’s “Epicenter of Rock”, The Marquee Club. Lisa also worked as a session musician in studios such as “The Crypt” used by Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart as well as other London based studios. She is also an accomplished Guitarist, Flugelhorn & Cornet player – having played in regional brass bands.Over the past few years Lisa has been more focused on her Guitar & Vocal technique and working as a sound engineer at some major music & arts festivals. She is also the person that is bringing The Rock Project to Mid Wales, she says “The Rock Project is an exciting and fun way of learning – music has been a constant companion to me through life”
Rob Young – Drums: 14 years professional experience as a recording artist, performing artist, session artist, drum technician and tutor in both the UK and Europe. Former clients and customers include: Chief Superintendent for Swansea and South Wales Police, Sanctuary artist management , Sony Music Group , BBC Maidavale, BBC Radio 6,Manic Street Preachers, Super Furry Animals. Charlie Francis- Music producer for Turin breaks, The Foals and R.E.M. So you could say Rob is all about the drumz with experience in a varied range of music genres and styles he is currently dedicating his life to drum tutoring privately and with us at Rock Project
Mark – Guitar, Bass, Vocals & a bit of Drums but will have a go at anything. Mark originally started on violin gaining a grade 3 before switching to guitar which he has been playing for 37 years. He has 3 guitars and one in pieces, mark loves playing anything but his particular favourite is the Epiphone SG.
Mark was influenced by Rock & Roll & the Beatles as well as quite scarily the Monkees & the Banana Splits, Fortunately he now prefers mostly rock, classic punk not really metal and occasionally has been spotted playing a bit of funk and reggae. listening wise he gets a bit more out there with Dessert Rock & Psychedelia.
Over 37 years theres been quite a few bands, Hectors House, The Ornamental Hermits, Snafu, Talsarn Folk Dancing Club Band, Landsker Line. Currently 3 projects on the go, one of which may or may not be called jelly Copter. Theres also been a few significant moments like managing to pull 50+ people while Nik Turner was on the main stage at one of the Harvest fairs, Playing to 200 at Aber uni. The most exposure was at the 2013 Bandslam at Mid Mad, They didnt win.
In the gig bag: Lots of wires and some pedals, with a big love for fuzz boxes, delays & flangers & of course gaffa tape.
Advise to beginner musicians: Believe in yourself but don’t be delusional, if you want to sing but just can’t, try drums or something else. opinions be dammed. The most original successful musicians out there are grateful for their recognition but the bottom line is that they don’t actually care if anyone else likes what they do.
Quick fire round: Real Ale, Both, Electric, Music is Music, CD, Neither, Digital but I could afford it analogue, 750 kwak.
Alex Keay – Guitar, Alex has been playing guitar for over 29 years and with a masters degree in music as well as many years teaching hes a great addition to the Rock Project line up. A bit of gear freak Alex has over 12 guitars, lots of percussion instruments and keyboards His favourite is a red sunburst esp strat that he bought in 1993 and played at our last showcase concert. His first three albums were 20 greatest hits – The Beatles, Shakin Stevens & Alvin & the Chipmonks all I can say is that thanks goodness he learnt more from the Beatles than the other two and enjoys playing Funk & Rock the most.
He likes all the classic bands but most recently saw one of the great Frank Zappa’s sons live. He himself has played in all sorts of bands from soul to jazz and even classical but one of the biggest was with his creation of Atheric Productions and the development and touring of the multi media theatre show The War Of The Worlds.
In the gig bag: spare strings, tools, music folders, cables for everything plus spares.
Advice for any young musician: “Everything you learn make sure you get enjoyment out of it”
Fun Facts: It takes 10 minutes once a month to do his hair,
Given 2 options he prefers: Savoury, Stnd Tune, Acoustic, Vinyl, Reading, Analogue, Mustang
Patrick Reece – Guitar, Vocals