Bio / CV
Before his career as a session musician took off, Andy was a chorister in the choir of New College, Oxford, was a member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and studied Cello and Double Bass at the Royal Academy of Music in London. After leaving college, he went on to chart success with the song Einsein a go-go and extensive touring as a founder member of the group Landscape.
Notable musicians/bands/shows you have played for/with/in?
Andy has a long and successful career as a session musician. His album credits include Freddie Mercury, Sharleen Spiteri, Jimmy Sommerville, Madonna, The Pet Shop Boys, Shirley Bassey, 5-Star, Gloria Gaynor, Cliff Richard, China Crisis, Tom Jones, Bananarama, Steve Marriot, Dusty Springfield, Ronan Keating, Seal, Hue & Cry, Nana Mouskouri, Debbie Harry, Michael Ball, Elaine Paige, Patricia Kaas, Tracie Bennet, Laura Mvula, Katherine Jenkins, New London Chorale, Mary J Blige and Stevie Wonder. He has also toured extensively with many artists including Glen Campbell, Elaine Paige, Veronique Sanson, Neil Sedaka, Petula Clark and Hans Zimmer. Andy has also worked on countless albums for the Spanish and South American markets and recorded many albums as a rhythm section member for all the main London Orchestras. He has also performed concerts and tours for over thirty years with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
His feature film work includes Narnia – the Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Robin Hood, How to Train your Dragon 1 & 2, The Mummy – Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Leap Year, Nine, 3 Twilight films, Shanghai Noon, Last Orders, Spy Kids, The Guru, Calendar Girls, Gosford Park, The Recruit, Little Shop of Horrors, Hugo, Hotel Transylvania, Paranorman, The Hobbit, Seven Psychopaths, Red 2, World War Z, Mr Peabody and Sherman, The Full Monty, Maleficent, Jupiter Ascending, Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Interstellar and Spectre. He has worked on film and concert projects in Poland with Zbigniew Preisner and at the Ghent film festival with Hans Zimmer. Work for other film composers include: Alan Silvestri, Micheal Giacchino, Howard Shore, Danny Elfman, Randy Edelman and David Arnold.
Which model Overwater bass do you play?
I have 2 Jazz bass models
Why do you choose to play Overwater basses?
I like these basses because they don’t force a characteristic tone on you. They are very versatile and I find I can produce tones from gentle jazz, blending in with a double bass section to metal pick sounds and everything in between, without changing any of the controls. I have many basses that have a specific sound but if I want an instrument that is likely to cover all the tones I might need from one bass, I always take one of my overwaters.
How long have you owned an Overwater bass?