Favorite bands :
The Zombies, The Beatles, The Kinks, The Doors, Peter Gabriel, Neil Young, K T Tunstall, John Martyn, Kate Bush, David Sylvian, Colin Blunstone, World Party, The Pretenders, Nick Drake, America, Steely Dan, Robert Plant, The Beach Boys, The Smiths, The Rolling Stones, Talk Talk, Cat Stevens, Blondie, Crowded House, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, James Taylor, Roxy Music, The Moody Blues, Elvis Costello, Bread, Tears for Fears, Neil Finn, The Monkees, Joni Mitchell, Radiohead, Simon & Garfunkel, Squeeze, David Bowie, Donovan, C S & N, Led Zeppelin, REM, U2, The Police, Tom Waits, Talking Heads, Paul Weller, Gentle Giant, Gomez, Gotye, and most classic 60's /70's/80's pop, rock, soul, funk, reggae and singer/songwriters.
Favorite guitarists :
John Martyn, Nick Drake, Neil Young, Boo Hewerdine, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, James Taylor, George Harrison
Favorite bassists :
Paul McCartney, Chris White, Tony Levin, Mick Karn, Danny Thompson, John Entwistle, Sting
I started playing guitar when I was 14, never had a lesson, the internet wasn't around, didn't know any other guitarists, and tutorial books were really next to useless unless your friends and family were impressed by you playing 'The grand old Duke of York'. Songbooks of the time were useless too, so I'd puzzle over such things as Beatles songs in the key of Eb and wonder why it didn't sound like the records, before I discovered capos and alternative tunings, and how to recognise the sheet music wasn't written in the right key and be able to transpose it.
Found a life -long love of 60's and 70's music through listening to my older sisters record collection, and an interest in recording using my fathers old reel-to-reel tape decks.
Eventually played in various duos and bands, almost had a break in the 80's when a guy who produced The Smiths and Bryan Ferry was very interested in an EP of songs I'd written and produced.
I still try and record and produce on a simple home studio, but various house moves have meant it being in storage for months on end, and not being the priority it once was. I have a P.A. and lighting which I've used at many music events that I've promoted, and live mixing is still something I enjoy.
I still sing and play at acoustic and open mic nights when I can.
Here's the link to my YouTube channel, I don't update it very often though: https://www.youtube.com/user/MrDiddyDee/playl