I will be at the NAMM event this month in California, come and say hi, I will be at the Warwick, Korg, ESP and Marco bass guitar booths. I will be playing on the Marco bass guitars booth on the Sunday.
Rehearsals are fully underway for the North America tour, as well as squeezing in new songs sets.
I am also in the studio with Armada Of Secrets at the end of January, I am very excited to release it.
Here’s some shots from my work with Tokyo Taboo and Mark Hussey.
Merry Christmas, I am on my last run of British forces shows for a while. Lot’s of exciting things to announce over the coming months.
I will be on Bass for Tokyo Taboo’s UK shows in January, as well as blues singer/songwriter Fabrizio Imbriano AND Solo guitarist, Mark Hussey.
I will be on bass next Feb/March for UK’s Cypher16 touring in the USA and Canada, supporting Amaranthe, both bands promoting a new album.
One of the video shoots from this month for Cypher16, check out their webpage for the release in January.
I also finish the dates this month for The Musical ‘The last Man On Earth’.
Everyone goes on about stoptober and giving something up? How about we just ramp everything up instead?
I think everyone forgot/got bored of Lent….
In addition to my current schedule, I will be performing on Benjamin Bloom’s Musical show ‘Last Man On Earth’. It’s been a few years since doing a musical, I’m looking forward to ticking a few more theatres off the list.
I have a few slots opened for lessons, please use the contact form at the top of the website if you are interested.
It’s been a great summer playing to the British armed forces again, weddings, festivals and studio sessions. I couldn’t fit it all here, but you can keep up with my Facebook page!
I will be on bass duties for Cypher16 supporting Soilwork – This is the last one in the calendar for me with Cypher16, hoping to get some more in, but we will see what happens. After rejoining the band on a session basis last year, and still having some of tracks you wrote with them prominent in the set still, is a great feeling.
Summer in the UK, there is nothing quite like it. I have a lot of Army bases to visit over the next few months, that, and wedding venues… plus a few festivals.
The Amaranthe tour was great , I always like visiting Norway, plus it was my first time to Sweden, such a beautiful country.
I flew to Berlin to see Jai Patel in The Raven Age, they are currently supporting Iron Maiden on their world tour. After working with Jai quite extensively last year before my injury, it was great to see him again. They are smashing it on the Tour!
Cool little fact about the show, the venue was built/used for Hitler to address the masses… to get to the stage we had to walk through the same corridor. Which was designed bendy, so no one could get a straight shot…
I will also be on bass for London alt-Rock Outfit, Tokyo Taboo, as well a few others this month on their UK dates.
I will be in Spain 25-28th visiting Berklee in Valencia. I will be hitting up some jam nights then too, so see you there!
There is currently a stock of Woolly Mammoth nuts and sadles at www.allparts.uk.com – who knows how long they will be there for ?
For those that haven’t seen a post /heard me talk about it. There are so many materials you can have on your bass. One is Woolly mammoth ivory/bone, yes that’s the massive animal which sadly, the last small population was apparently extinct in 1650 BCE. As the Ice melts, and there are excavations all across the arctic and Siberia, they have uncovered more and more Mammoths. As there is an abundance, when some are uncovered and sold, you will find batches at certain dealers.
There is always a debate about which nut to use, and how much difference it really can make. In my experience, it is combination of materials on not just one part, however, you can tell the difference between the note longevity on this nut compared to a plastic/graphite and it isn’t as harsh as having a brass nut (no matter how lovely they are). Camel bone is also a great choice, and is more readily available. I just like the fact there is a piece of bone from an animal that may have fought a dinosaur. Ok maybe that’s not the only reason…
After months of rest and exercises, the playing stamina is stronger than ever. I will be on bass for Cypher16 with their shows in Wales and appearance at Hammerfest.
This means, I will unfortunately not be at the London Bass Show and also will not be at MusikMesse in Frankfurt as planned this year, but there is always next year, as well as the possibility of Palm Expo (India) but I will post any information about that on here and on Facebook.
2016 started with a bang, well, as much as it could have with NAMM! It was a great trip as always, and was great to hang out with so many players from around the world.
As I was following doctor’s orders, I wasn’t able to play this time but it was still a great trip. It was an eye opener to meet other musicians who have suffered the same/similar injuries, and who had their own views and advice about how they got over it. Plenty of food for thought, and the California sun always helps as well.
I am hoping I will be able to play again next month at the London Bass Show. The last few months have been fun writing and trying to do practice mentally.
So, some really exciting news to finish the year!
Dean Markley strings have made me a custom string! I can’t wait to hear how it sounds/plays… It’s pretty low… any guesses? Answers to my Facebook page. I will be doing a video on it as soon as I am back in UK.
Along with this is the news that I will be heading out to California for the NAMM event in January. I am really excited to catch up with so many people. If you’re there, come say hi.
Due to my injuries, I will not be playing in January – at any point. Rest is what the doctor ordered and I’ve cleared my schedule to allow myself to heal. I am confident and hopeful that I will be back into the full swing of things by the end of February.
I will be doing a few articles on injuries/healing in the New Year. 2015 has been great, except for that!
Merry Christmas to everyone and have a great New Year!
I had the best call this week. It looks as though I will be turning the Christmas lights on in my hometown of Slough at the end of the month. I was A) surprised, B) honoured and C) couldn’t believe Christmas lights get turned on in November! Then again, my first Christmas gig are in November…
A note for teaching – I will not be taking any new pupils on until January 2016. Please feel free to get in contact if you’re interested in starting lessons in the New Year.
Cypher16 have released their Debut Album! I have been seeing my face/picture everywhere with the press for the new Cypher16 album. Although being heavily involved in the last 2 records, I did not have the pleasure of playing or writing on this record, but it has been nice to see me being used for the press and some of the shows. No doubt you will see me at some point with the guys again!
If you haven’t already, check out the new video for Cypher16:
As far as the injury is concerned, there seems to be considerable improvement, however it does limit full practice. The only positive is you always end up practicing in new ways… or killing time with (sometimes) less productive but ultimately hilarious escapades. A steady balance is key I find.
Just coming to end of the madness of depping, weddings, corporate parties, and then remembering that it all starts again soon…. Here’s a very short clip from a show in London.
It’s been a busy summer, some cool festivals and great crowds. Plus, gotta hit up Reading Festival!
Apparently these guys do the lasers/lights for Lady Gaga. Great show @samfestmusicfestival last night. The production/set up for the summer shows has been great. Not to mention a great crew too. That droning sound, is the Angle grinders warming up… They’ve been great! #samfest #gig #festival #lasers #lights #performance #live #deanmarkleystrings #warwickbass #overwater
Summer is back in full swing with Army shows with The Chilli Fighters and The Party Crashers. On top of that, it has most definitely been wedding season! But although it’s been busy, it’s been great to play in so many bands and see so many friends whilst doing so. A very special thanks must go to The Kick Thrills, it’s always a pleasure.
I have always battled injuries, so much so I really should write something about it for Bass Musician Magazine don’t you think? The injury is more annoying rather than limiting, but it looks like Arnica and the Bowen technique for me…
Still more of the summer to complete, here’s a live video we did in The Chilli Fighters:
I have just completed a mammoth tour, spanning 25 cites in China with the UK’s Cypher16. The tour was great, and the country is HUGE. With it being my first time to China, I was loving the chance to taste some proper squid. Fresh. On a stick! Some of you may have seen me on some of the UK tour running up to that. As I’d previously been a part of the band and written for the EPs 2 (The Metaphorical Apocalypse) & 3 (Determine) from the catalogue, it was nice to be back and all the shows were great. I will be playing with the band again at the Camden Rocks Festival at the Underworld on May 30th and their London show in September.
In Zhenjiang, China. Great crowd. Thanks #wackenopenair for having us! #performance #live #Cypher16 #music #bass #overwaterbasses #deanmarkleystrings #headbang #audiotechnica #wireless #instagood #instagram #instrument #warwickbass #china #tour #metal #music #carldawkins #thatswhatimdawkinabout #CarlDawkins #carldawkinsbass #bassplayersunited
The London Bass Show was great, always nice to catch up with bass players from all around the world. It was especially great to meet fellow Warwick artist Divinity Roxx (Beyonce).
Since I’ve been back from LA, I have been inviting different drummers down to the Studio. I basically don’t get to see a lot of guys enough, and thought it might be fun to get them down to the studio, jam, and put a camera on to see how it is.
Here’s a video of myself jamming with UK Drummer Alex Todd. Check out what we got up to. There are a few on youtube already and more being uploaded. The series will be called ‘Leaving the camera on’
I will also be joining Cypher16 on their short run in the UK and also on their tour in China this month. It’s good to be back playing some of the songs that I wrote with the guys, and also the new tunes from their upcoming album. I will also have a clinic out there while on tour with the guys, so check my Facebook for more regular updates.
I will be at the London bass show on the Sunday again this year, I do not have a performance slot this year, but I will be jamming on the Vanderkley Amp’s & Cab’s stand. I will have my Overwater Inspiration bass (with CD logo and woolly mammoth Nut), and my custom Warwick streamer stage 1. Check the pictures section for a closer look.
Below is a little video of one of many Jams I did while I was there, this one is on the Marco Bass stand with UK Bass player Chris Attwell and Italy’s Alberto Villa. Check out Marco bass instruments here.
In full swing with the Xmas shows, who wouldn’t want 25 Christmas dinners as a warm up for Christmas day?
I have some great news, I will be at the NAMM show in January 2015 for Dean Markely & Warwick basses. I am very much looking forward to jamming with some great musos out there.
I have the pleasure of being joined by Chris Attwell out in LA. He is there with Mark Bass and I am sure we will squeeze in a jam or 2 while we are out there. In preparation for NAMM, I will be playing with some different drummers and leaving a camera on to see what comes out, look out on youtube for the videos.
I would also like to extend my thanks to Reuben Bhattacharya for joining me in Dehli, along with drummer Nishant Hagjer.
If you were at the clinics, but do not have Spotify, I have added a list of the songs below that are on the ‘practice’ playlist and their videos on YouTube.
I am currently about to start a run of Army shows over Europe with The Chilli Fighters, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it.
There is some new material from my project Armada of Secrets, click here to have a listen to it. It’s primarily bass driven, with Bass, drums, vocals and some synths. No guitars. There is also a cover of Stevie Wonder’s Superstition up there too. More music from that in 2015!
If you’re looking for a new, fun way to practice, something I like to do is find a good track with a loop, and play along & play over that track. Some rap/hip hop is great for this, especially if the vocal stays around the same note (reducing the amount of potential Harmonic content). With this, you can find the chord progressions, or lock in with the kick drum. You can play a bit of the melody line/s, or simply just play over the top soloing or grooving. With some of the beats/basslines being so low on some of the tracks, there can be room to really open up in places, or sit back with the groove in others.
I will be updating this Spotify Playlist with tunes every so often. I will then do short clips/examples of what you can do which can be found on my Instagram, and subsequently shared on my Facebook and Twitter. No account needed to check out the videos on Instagram.
Let me know how you get on!
See you in India
Little bit of fun in the morning? Add in the m2nd aswell for an extra practice bump Link to the tracks below! If you have spotify, follow this: http://open.spotify.com/user/carldawkins09/playlist/6Qnh2G9YxHjDsJCtUyVy26 #bass #practice #spotify #basspractice
INDIA! Clinic Tour! Let’s go!
I am also very please to announce to have TC Electronic as a sponsor, I will using a few of their pedals for the tour, and sinking my teeth into the Ditto looper X2 and the Toneprints.
As well as TC electronic pedals, at the Clinics I will be mainly showing off the New Overwater Inspiration bass , and will also have details/catalogues in store if anybody is interested in an Overwater bass. I will also have a Warwick streamer stage one for this tour.
For anybody coming to check out the clinics next month, I will be discussing:
- Re-harmonisation, how to, why & when
- I will playing a track or to from the new Armada of Secrets record (first tracks out 29th September)
- Live performance techniques, plus A performance of the new project (released October 6th).
- Clinic using the TC electronic ditto looper 2 and flashback delay, solo performance/Loop
- Backing Tracks, how to, why, and when.
- Professional attitude and approach, furthering your career and making money in an ever-changing music industry.
- Practice techniques and mind set – *for every musician.
I am very honoured to have the Clinics in Delhi joined by Undying Inc’s bass player ‘Reuben Bhattacharya’ and with this, the clinic at Fender Music café on the 26th October, will be different to the others, focusing more on:
- Onstage Choreogrophy, onstage production, performance practice, and hot to prepare/plan for this.
- We will also have a drummer there (will announce prior, just don’t want to spoil the surprise, but he is from India, and you all know him….), and we will be encouraging some audience participation….as always!
- Plus, performances from Reuben Bhattacharya and myself, plus A performance of the new project (released October 6th).
Details for my Clinic tour in India are as follows:
16th – Mumbai
17th – Pune, Furtado’s
18th – Mumbai (Bombay), Furtados
22nd – Dehli, Onstage music. 7.30-9.30pm
24th – Noida – Meet and greet at ‘Underground Café’ – see venue for time
25th – Dehli – Hard rock Café – Gig, evening.
26th – Dehli – Fender Music Café (With Reuben Bhattacharya + Drummer…. )– Daytime
Since I last updated, I have been in full swing with The Chilli Fighters summer schedule. One of the shows was the to the S.A.S. and as you can imagine the security was ridiculous so had to keep it hush. Along with that, almost every Army barracks in the country….
As with the hight of festival season, it has been a pleasure to play with so many different acts, and get my teeth into some different music. Check out the updated photo section.
For the last month I have also had the pleasure of award winning Indian metalers ‘Demonic Resurrection’ popping in and out of the studio as they toured the UK/Europe. Got a nice little project I have been working on with a couple of the guys from that band and Undying Inc. More on that later, but it’s going to be heavy.
Later this month, I will be announcing the finalised dates/towns for my India Clinic tour in October. I am pleased to announce this will be in conjunction with Overwater basses, and I will be using the Inspiration range. Also happy to announce Warwick basses and amps involvement.
And also later this month, the new Armada of Secrets material will be out, we are going to release two tracks on spotify/fb/soundcloud.
More details to follow, but for now, adeu.
What a great few weeks, The London Bass Show was brilliant. Such an array of talent. It was great to see so many different bass players from a lot of different backgrounds, as well as having the honour of sharing the Elixir string stand with some amazing talent.
For anyone that has Facebook, I also have a page that has just been put up, to keep up to date with latest on what’s going on with me:
I will also be posting updates on there while Caroline Kabera and I continue to work on the new Armada of Secrets material. I am really excited for you all to hear it. No guitars allowed!
Work hard, play hard.
Short month, short update:
Hello everyone, I’d like to start by saying I hope anyone affected by floods are ok and well. February is always full of surprises, and 2014 is no different… I am delighted to announce that on Sunday March 2nd I will be performing at the London Bass Show on the Elixir stand. I will be performing a solo piece using a loop pedal and also doing a piece with London Bass player Chris Attwell. The listings are below, there are some fantastic players attending the Olympia center in London, so if you are in town, pop in.
Happy New Year!
Hello everyone, and happy new year, I hope 2014 has so far brought you nothing but good things. It has been a very busy holiday season, and now its time to gear up for a prosperous 2014.
With the new year brings the completion of the refurbishment in my studio space, (so more writing, teaching, recording and jamming) it has gone into full swing. I have had a lot of good friends/muso’s coming down to jam, and will be uploading some of the footage from these soon.
The photo below is of myself playing a 1956 fender precision, which can be found at Guitar Village music shop in Farnham, its in great condition and plays exactly how you would expect it to. It’s currently up for grabs, so get in touch with the store direct if you’re interested. I recently had some set–ups/fret-stoning done at guitar village, great results, recommended.
Good luck for the new year, check back for updates on articles in bass musician magazine and video updates.
New New New!
Welcome to the new site, big thanks to Mr Design for it. Have a look around, get in touch.
First of all, I am proud to announce I am now an endorsee of Elixir Strings, I’ve used them for years, so its great to be finally be a part of the family.
Check out my contact page for a link to latest article for Bass Musician Magazine. They’re out bi-monthly. Among the usual antics, I have been currently writing with Caroline Kabera for Armada Of Secrets, gearing up for a new record. There are a lot of drummers…
After leaving Cypher16 in May, I have kept in contact with Jack playing with Cypher16 at Bloodstock Festival over the summer and some more bits are on the cards. I am a free and available for any opportunities, please use the contact page to get in touch.
Recently, while playing in Germany, I found this! Basslab…