Eye to Eye
Paul Wright. At the age of thirteen I started teaching myself the guitar, on an old plywood Gibson SG copy.I used to fiddle around with lead lines with no real idea of what I was doing, as a child I was into puzzles and taking my toys apart to see how everything worked (don't look under the bed!) So I treated the guitar as just another puzzle, how hard can it be ?! From the age of thirteen to fourteen I used to come home from school and play for eight hours a day, so I got pretty good at something that I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing, I had no chord books or lessons as we didn't really have a lot of money.One day my brother who was singing in a band said learn some chords and you can be in the band. Great! What's a chord? I was given a little book of 101 guitar chords which I learnt and then I was off! One of the workers at the club where me and the band used to rehearse, had a rather large house with an indoor swimming pool where we used to hang out.(the rest of the band were three years older than me) This was where I met Ian Dury, he used to come to swim because of his polio.So for the next two years he took me under his wing, taught me about the music business, we would jam and chill. He was a very cool man. When I was sixteen, he offered my band, ADRENALIN, a UK tour. Playing venues like Hammersmith Odeon, Brighton Dome, Cornwall Collasium at that age is mind blowing. My first gig was a packed Glasgow University, 1500 people VERY scary. Shortly after the tour Adrenalin started to break up and I started playing with other bands and writing songs. I was also teaching the guitar at seventeen.I played in loads of bands until one day I was warming up for a session in a studio when I approached by the studio manager who was putting a funk rock band together and asked me to try out. That all went well and I got the job, the band was called Domino Theory.Amongst the players were Derek Mackenzie on drums (Jameroqui) and Norris Jackson on Keyboards (Eternal, East 17) We toured up and down the UK for a couple of years. We ended up doing some recordings for Rhondor Publishing, we were produced by Nick Tauber (Marillion) He was impressed by the speed at which I could learn songs and nearly always first takes in the studio. Time is money. He offered me lots of session work which was great.Bands like Lindasfarne, Cathedral, Dave Clarke. One of the sessions I did was for Tony Martin ex Black Sabbath. We did an album called Back where I Belong recorded at Revolution Studios in Cheshire. The players included Brian May (QUEEN), Niel Murray (Whitesnake), Cozy Powell, Nigel Glockler. It won best newcomer awards in europe. After this I auditioned for Leo Sayer down the Phone! I had three rehearsals to learn 27 songs and two dress rehearsals before going off to Russia to play some shows at Moscow Olympic stadium, 25,000 people a show. When we came back I did some song writing with Leo and some smaller shows. After this I started playing with a band called The Vanishing, which was Tony Moore keyboards (Cutting Crew) Larry Tolfrey on drums (Joe Jackson) we toured the UK and did some festivals, Ashton court etc We then did an album for JVC Records for a Japenese artist called Mia Yamamoto. The album was called No More Bud recorded at Mayfair studios and Abbey Road in London. I continuied session playing for the next couple of years, and after a bit of a lull I decided to get my own studio and band together. The studio was called The Firestation and the band was called Enzyme. Both went well, but after personel problems with the band, I decided to have a break from it all.I briefly went back into sessioning with some acid jazz sessions for Smiley Culture and the likes. I then decided to move to Spain, and after playing with a few local bands I hooked up with my current writing partner and drummer Nigel Lewis. We now run Amber Studio in Javia Spain, from where we base our band Confucius Said. We have just finished the first album called 'Eye to Eye' and are now writing songs for the next. Nigel lewis. The drumming obsession began many years ago creeping up and developing at a very slow rate, 22 years to be exact. My mother had enough of me using her knitting needles as sticks and tapping on all the furniture in my bedroom to simulate a drum kit, so a phone call was made to an ad in the newspaper and the love for drumming began. Playing purely for fun at the start, practicing along to my favourite songs of the time, eventually forming a band with mates and rehearsing on a weekly basis. Not the best band in the world far from that but it was a start, we eventually split up as people found out that music was not necessarily for them, well playing it anyway. But it had made me even hungrier so I wasted no time and got down to the job of forming another. Still purely for fun. This was a heavy rock band called 'Freek' gigging regularly in the local area, recording demos and trying our upmost to make the big time. Unfortunately we split up before that had the opportunity of happening, but me and the guitarist Steve Smith began another band once again rock and once again gigging around the midlands, but this did'nt last long, as other commitments tore the band apart. But I was not deterred, I continued with our rhythm guitar player, heading, this time in a totally differnt direction, with a female singer. This band was called 'Edwin Avenue' producing funky jazz. We recored demo's and gigged for around 5 years before splitting, due to musical differences. Bands and gigging was something I had had enough of for a time, but not music I decided to start recording and writing my own material, with the help of my old friend Steve Smith, who had taken to playing the guitar again. We would get together on a weekends and write and record material for pure enjoyment until my wife and myself decided to make a big change and move to Spain in 2004. This is where I meet Paul. We decided to work together and write this album using some of the songs I did with Steve and some new material put together by Paul. What you here on the album 'Eye to Eye' is all our hard work and may it continue, especially why I enjoy music more than I have ever enjoyed it...