Michael Crew

Contributor: Michael Crew

I started to play music aged ten when I initially learned to play classical guitar and piano. The guitar was always the preferred instrument and by the time I was 13, I had passed my Grade 8 classical guitar. It was around 13/14 when I really started to play electric guitar and by about 15 was starting to play in bands with friends.

I have many years’ experience of performing as a professional musician in a number of different roles working throughout the UK. I have worked as a Solo Classical Guitarist in Liverpool, playing evening performances in local restaurants such as Pepperpots in Woolton Village and Crichtons on Allerton Road. I have been performing in professional bands since the age of 17. I have worked in professional covers bands, playing at a range of venues throughout the UK, including a residency at the Hard Rock Cafe, Manchester. As part of Lightcycle, an indie rock band playing and recording original material, I have played both the UK and Europe including supporting Peter Hook of Joy Division/New Order in 2007 and the Wombats in Dublin and Belfast on the Irish leg of their European tour 2008. I have also performed as part of the band in a number of Myriad Theatre Company productions including “The Sound of Music” and “ Honk” in The Hanover Theatre, Liverpool.

In July 2009, I graduated from The University of Liverpool with a BA Honours degree in Music/ Popular Music.

As I continue to write/ record and perform music, I am currently working as an Instrumental Tutor for the Liverpool Music Support Service as well as a new private project in Liverpool called School of Rock & Pop. I am also tutoring guitar to a number of private pupils in the Liverpool area.

Tip1 Try and get as technically proficient as possible at your instrument(s)
Tip2 Get out there and play – take opportunities to perform, in different venues/ arrange your own gigs if necessary
Tip3 Get involved with different music projects, getting experience of playing in different band environments.
Tip4 Try and Listen to/ watch different types of music/ musician/ songwriters. Ranging from the present, going back to the roots of popular music in the early 20th century. And even classical music etc.
Tip5 Utilize new technology/ software - when writing/ recording.
Tip6 Use the internet and websites, such as Myspace/ Facebook, to network your music.
Tip7 Stick to your music principals/ don’t sell out (if possible).
Tip8 Write and play for the enjoyment of it/ Don’t get too bogged down in other industry stuff (if possible).
Tip9 Copyright your material if possible/ Send it to yourself by recorded delivery
Tip10 Get yourself a good lawyer if things start to go well - Don’t sign anything before you do!
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