New posts up on Creative Choices…

The Creative Choices blogging job is producing some really excellent articles. Christian Payne and Lloyd Davis both posted things today about the more spiritual/metaphysical side of creativity –

Christian’s post is here and Lloyd’s is here

My own latest couple of posts have been fairly disparate in their inspiration – last week I wrote about Creative Copying – the way that channeling influences creatively can be a vital part in us learning the craft of what we do, and circumventing the ruts we get stuck in.

Then today I added a post about The Joy Of Fragmentation – contrasting old media broadcast models for the arts and media (whether that’s releasing records, writing newspapers or telling a story) and the new model that involves breaking things up into chunks that can be discussed and shared. So for me, whether it’s comments on the blog (every one of which I treasure – it’s always so good to hear from you lovely readers) or people sharing links to my tunes on or reverbnation, I benefit greatly and cherish the discussion around what I put out.

There’s a whole load of great stuff on the Creative Choices blog. Read it all here and if you want to find the archive of my posts on there, click here

More coming soon. (and yes, I still owe y’all a proper round-up of Greenbelt – it’s on the way)

New Creative Choices post – Creative Sharing

My latest post over on the recently re-named Creative Choices Creative Thinking blog was inspired by the kind of skill swapping and idea sharing that goes on at the Tuttle Club on Friday mornings.

I’m so inspired every week by the wealth of freely-shared ideas, information, skills and support. It’s a model that I see repeated in so many of my friendships with Creative types, so I wrote about it…. Enjoy – just click the link below:

Creative Sharing – click here to read it.

friends and inspiration

Stevie Stuffs

BeyondBassCamp – Occasional Bass Masterclasses in Birmingham.
Steve @ – what am I doing right now?
Steve @ – lots of videos!
Steve @ – find me on facebook.

bass inspiration – Michael Manring: my favouritest solo bassist. – Divinity: all round musical genius. – Mike Watt: godfather of punk bass and Coltrane-obsessive. – Julie Slick: my favourite rock bassist I’ve heard in YEARS. – Tony Levin: making singer/songwriters sound great since 1970. – Matt Garrison: fusion-y goodness. – Trip Wamsley, solo bass genius and collaborator of mine. – Bryan Beller: fabulous rock/jazz/awesomeness bassist. – Victor Wooten: solo bass superstar. – John Lester: singer/songwriter/bassist – should be bigger than Sting. – Yolanda Charles: arguably the funkiest, grooviest bassist in the UK. – Claudio Zanghieri: Italian fusionist and great improvisor.
Alex @ Facebook – Alex Webster: amazing bassist with Blotted Science & Cannibal Corpse.

Other Musicians – guitar genius – another guitar genius – and another! – soul inspiration – singer/songwriter, sage & huge inspiration – all kinds of awesome – God’s favourite singer – not goth, just great – loops ‘n’ guitar sonic artisan

recent collaborators – amazing singer/songwriter I’m lucky enough to play bass for and be married to, live album here. – he of the FingerPainting project. One of the greatest musicians I’ve ever heard. – singer/writer/producer who lets me play bass on her astonishing songs. – the double bassist on Diversion. The bassist with Lamb. A bona fide genius. – endlessly creative drummer, one of my most regular collaborators over the last couple of years. – the guitarist on Ley Lines. Brilliant, inspiring collaborator. – crazy-good guitarist. Duo album out ASAP…

Musical Toys – all my looping happens here. – the latest change to my bass set-up. These have blown my mind! – Modulus Basses – basses don’t get better than this. – Elrick Basses – my first new instrument in 13 years is an incredible Elrick Gold Series SLC 6 String (SLC – Steve Lawson Custom). It’s unbelievable. – another recent change – the Dunlop Super Bright strings have rocked my world, and the MXR Bass Innovations pedals are ALL amazing. An essential part of my sound. – Jule Monique Preamp. I HATE playing without it. Has revolutionised my sound. – Evidence Audio Cables – high end instrument cables – sound great, well made, not too expensive! – Slick Bag – I never go anywhere with my basses without them being in a Slickbag! – TC Electronic – their HOF mini reverb and Flashback Delay are works of genius! – Darkglass make the Vintage MicroTubes overdrive that I use ALL the time! – KMI’s Softstep controller is one of the greatest ever additions to my music-life. I’m also using the Quneo for all my drum/keyboard playing. – home of East UK, the finest bass preamps around! – my favourite bit of recording software, by miles. – The E-Bow, an electronic gizmo that gives infinite sustain and bow like effects on electric instruments – I REALLY need to replace mine! – Rick Turner, made my acoustic bass, knows more about basses than just about anyone I’ve ever met. – The Gallery, the bass shop where the Sei basses are made.

Bass related sites – British bass mag, in which I have a monthly pedal column, was on the cover in Oct 2015. – wonderful online tuition community, for whom I do regular masterclasses. – british bass discussion forum. – US bass mag, who seem to really like my albums, judging by the reviews I’ve had…