Mark5aka Mark Larmand
Member Since: 5 Feb 2009
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I`ve been playing a guitar since I was 7yrs old. I also picked up bass & keyboards in my early 20s. My main tool for composition is a keyboard, facilitating samples and sequencing, along with live recording.
My professional experience spans about 25 years. This includes studio and live gigging.
I started out playing good old Rock; like most young guys back in the 70s. I followed that genre for about 5 or 6 years. But after a that I wanted to explore my musicality more in depth, so I studied artists like Earl Klugh, George Benson, Jeff Beck, Spyro Gyra, Stanely Clark, Allan Holdsworth, Chick Corea, John Scofield, and many other top Jazz & Fusion artists of that decade. I`ve always been a predominately self-taught musician.
In the mid 80s I joined a well known Vancouver Funk/R&B band named "H.B. Concept" (short for "Henry Brown"). For the next 15yrs I was immersed in this genre. The keyboard player and I also hired ourselves out as a unit. Aside from duo gigs at Jazz bars, we played for the top solo artists on the circuit at that time like Ron Haywood (formerly lead vocalist for `Stripes`), Joni Bye, Lori Paul, Cathy St.Germaine (also from `Stripes`), and a few other favorites. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about those styles. No matter what I`ve written since those days, those 2 styles specifically have always been in-the-mix for me. Some of my favorite Funk/R&B/Soul artists are Prince, Morris Day, EWF, Sly and the Family Stone, Marvin Gaye, Bobby Caldwell, anything Quincey Jones touched, The Dooby Brothers, and lots of others I can`t recall at the moment.
As to whom I feel I most sound like... I can`t honestly say. I`m not very good at classifying myself like that. I don`t seriously think I sound like any one artist. But I might just be too close to the album to hear the music. ;)
I also have a degree in music. My musical influences range from old spaghetti westerns to Cool Jazz to 70s rock, Fusion & R&B/Soul. My personal preference is jazz fusion/smooth jazz, but I write and play just about any style. I have a collection of movie/tv styled scores also. That`s always been a favorite pastime of mine.
My family (a wife & 2 kids [1.5 & 6yrs old]), golf, snooker, MMA, computers, science, physics, astronomy, crude humor, dry humor. Not WET humor though, wet humor annoys me. :)>