BIO

I was born in Madrid, Spain. I came in contact with music at an early age in the school choir at Escolania Mater Amabilis. I remember taking my brother’s guitar and trying to learn the tunes he played, songs like Father and son by Cat Stevens or Blackbird by The Beatles.

At the age of 13 I was send to a boarding school in Santiago de Compostela, Colegio Manuel Peleteiro. One day during 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.

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I returned to Madrid when I was 16 years old. My mother bought me a second hand Framus acoustic guitar and I played everyday, everywhere, meeting other musicians and improving my playing. Three friends from my neighborhood who also played guitar, convinced me to buy a 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, and a Montarbo 300watt amplifier, and so we started writing and playing songs: Ya de quince años, El Cid Campeador, Paxton.

In 1985 my parents moved to Alicante. I follow them choosing not to stay in Madrid. It’s something that haunts me sometimes: what would have been my life like otherwise… But I went along finding myself in a new city without friends or a job. A few days after our 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, Costa, and I earned my first money playing bass. I couldn’t believe that someone would pay me for having 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 Limón.

Around 1992 I had my first gig with a Blues band. Rudy Cat King band. I discovered B.B. King, Albert Collins, Two years later I flew to London in order to learn English and to play the Blues.

I struggled during my first year in London. I washed dishes, did gardening, cleaned floors in a hospital, just to get enough 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.

Mike Williams

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 full time a year later. I played in four studio and four live albums from Dana: Back to the blues, Experienced, Staying Power, Mustique Blues 1999/01/02/03.

Dana and the London Blues band played in many Blues festivals and concerts 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.

Dana Gillespie
Members of the London Blues band in 2018 with me at Dana’s gig. From left, Mike Paice, Evan Jenkins, Dino Baptiste

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. We met in London back in 1996 playing in the Blues circuit and later also with Dana Gillespie’s band. Matt also collaborated in the recording of the soundtrack 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 with him.

With Matt in 2010

In 2011 I moved to Bennekom and also 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 for 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 produced two albums as a solo artist:Troubagroove (2011). Tales of a solitary tree (2018) co-produced with Janos Koolen. I also recorded bass in four albums with Back to the Country. One with Bluebird Cafe and another one recorded live with Dick van Altena, both of which I also mastered.

Savannah
Troubagroove Trio

During all these years I combine live performances and studio work with my passion for nature and animals. I’m also working with local musicians and organizations in Wageningen and surroundings: Wageningen University, Cultura in Ede and events in Bennekom.