Bass guitar, vocals
When and where were you born?
July, 1969 in upstate NY.
When did you start to play?
I started the violin and piano at 4, the trumpet at 11, the bass at 18, and began singing outside the shower at 25.
Tell us about some of your previous projects.
As a trumpet player in high school and later at the Fredonia School of Music I played more jazz and classical gigs than I can count. I began gigging around Syracuse NY on bass in the early 90's with various classic rock and original bands. In 1994 I was approached to join a new Genesis tribute and began an 8 year stint with Seconds Out - The Sights and Sounds of Genesis, performing in New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. During that time, I was featured on bass and Chapman Stick on the album "Drowning in Reality" by Robbie Cooper along side many talented musicians including long time Peter Gabriel bassist Tony Levin.
In late 1994 I joined Crazy Diamond - The Real Reflections of Pink Floyd, and spent the next 2 years touring North America coast to coast, followed by another 2 years with P.U.L.S.E - The Pink Floyd Show (co-founded by Tom Chick and myself). In late 1997 I was a featured vocalist along with Tom Chick in an evening of Symphonic Pink Floyd with the Virginia Symphony.
In 2002 I co-founded Childhood's End - a Tribute to Pink Floyd with Steve Schad, Eric Garboushian, and Gregory John. In 2005, I then took the opportunity to tour the world when I was tapped by The Australian Pink Floyd Show. They're still doing shows in New York State and beyond. I usually don't miss a chance to go see them myself.
In January 2010, I took part in a project called Vinyl Albums Live performing Led Zeppelin IV in it's entirety plus another 45 minutes of Zep classics. All proceeds were donated to the Save the Music foundation which is "dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America's public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education". I had a great time playing with my friends back home and look forward to more gigs in the future.
After over 500 shows in over 5 years with TAPFS, I'm excited to be working with Damian, Carl, Bobby, Rob, Arran, Emily, Jacquie, Ola, Gareth, Bryan, our fantastic crew, Chas Cole and all the hard working staff at CMP to bring Brit Floyd to PF fans around the world.
Who are your influences?
Tony Levin, John Paul Jones, Geddy Lee, Chris Squire, John Entwistle, Jaco Pastorious, Victor Wooten, Guy Pratt, Sting, Pino Palladino, Tal Wilkenfeld, John Patitucci, Mark King, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Charles Mingus, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Rush, Yes, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Who, King Crimson, Porcupine Tree, Gentle Giant, Jeff Beck, Cream, Kate Bush, Level 42, The Police, Steely Dan, Talking Heads, Tears for Fears, U2, John Scofield, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Manyard Ferguson, Arturo Sandoval, Maurice Andre, Chuck Mangione, Bach, Beethoven, Hummel, Handel, Mahler, Aaron Copland...
If you had to take one album to your desert island, what would it be and why?
Abbey Road. I never tire of listening to that album.
What gear do you tour with?
I use a Fender Deluxe Precision Special with an active/passive toggle that's usually set to passive, a fretless Precision, and a Lakland 5 String. For effects I use various stomp boxes by Boss, MXR, Mod Tone, Tech 21, Ernie Ball, and Korg, some are modded for me by Mayer Mods out of Syracuse, NY.
These pedals are all routed through an RJM Effect Gizmo switcher and run by an RJM Mastermind foot controller. These all run into my Hartke HyDrive rig consisting of an LH1000 amp, and HX115 and HX410 HyDrive Cabinets. To hear myself and my bandmates I use UE11 in-ear monitors by Ultimate Ears.
One obscure interesting fact about yourself.
As a member of the chorus, I performed Beethoven's 9th symphony in Carnegie Hall in New York City. I take my tea without milk... Sorry, my two interesting facts are: Carnegie Hall gig, tea no milk, and an almost fanatical devotion to Pink Flo... My THREE... no... Amongst... I'll come in again...
Ian Cattell's Website - iancattell.net