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. Also credited on the same album is long time Peter Gabriel bassist Tony Levin, who incidentally performed on bass and Chapman Stick on Pink Floyd’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason in 1987.
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 took on the vocal parts of both Roger Waters and David Gilmour for the first time when 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 joined The Australian Pink Floyd Show. In 2010, Aussie Floyd members Damian Darlington, Rob Stringer, Rick Benbow, Bobby Harrison, Arran Ahmun, Carl Brunsdon, Ola Bienkowska, Jacquie Williams, Emily Gervers, Amy Newhouse-Smith and myself formed Brit Floyd
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 have a Precision bass custom modified with a Jazz neck and EMG pickups, a fretless Precision, and a Lakland 5 String. For several of the songs we play from A Momentary Lapse of Reason, I use a Railboard which is an aluminum Chapman Stick designed and built by Emmet Chapman at Stick enterprises. For effects I use an FX8 multi-effects processor by Fractal Audio and various other effect pedals. These run into a Hartke LH1000 amp and Hartke Hydrive 1x15 and 4x10 cabinets.
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.
Ian Cattell's Website - iancattell.com