Welcome to ChazManda.com/Bio
This page could get very boring very quickly! Here is a quick bio. Ive been playing the guitar from about the age of 12/13 years old. I had guitar lessons for about four years from then whilst at school. I also learn alot from guitar magazines, I sent alot of time working on the lessons. I also spent alot of time playing along to cds at home, mostly Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and Ozzy cds. I managed to go to a fair few local gigs too, in the Britania, before it became a musicless JD weatherspoon! I would try to get a good veiw of what the guitarists were doing, and try to remember as much as I could, then the next mornings thing ringing ears from the night before, Id try to work out what I had seen and heard at the gigs.
I started writing songs and recording on a little 4-track recorder. Just then got upgraded to a computer, and I undertook an A-level in music Technology and an NVQ in sound recording. I used to invite friends from the courses over and record their music for them. I also tended to do alot of drum/synth programing and string arrangements for them too. Over the years my recording setup has grown, shrank and morphed. It keeps changing, but change is good!
Ever since I started playing guitar I was always jamming with other players, watching and listening to them and fitting myself in musically with them. Apart from a few school bands, my first notable band was The Sitting Room Convention. I joined them at 16 after answering an add in a local music paper. They were mostly 20 years my senior but they welcomed me in, and we started gigging in Plymouth pubs shortly after. A few months later I joined Hell Let loose, this lasted a number of years, and did its share of gigs too.
Then came quite a struggle to hold a good band together for one reason or other, during these years I played with: Loaded, MonkFish, and Jerk (playing support for RockBitch was memorable!). Then I co-formed The Southpaw Jinx, we did only a few Plymouth gigs but did do some notable recordings, an album and EP. I also played in dredge the sound in thier early days for a while as a side project, but never got to the gigging stage with them.
I left the Jinx after it started struggling with lineup changes and I thought it was just time to move on. I Co-formed a local covers band called 48K that played a few local Plymouth gigs before coming down with the lineup lurgies, two singers and two bassists later....
I then went on to form Facing Evolution, with the Drummer and first bassist with 48K and the frontman from Dredge the sound. After a long spell of lineup changes FE started gigging as a Three piece, this lasted around eight months before it collapsed. We did some good gigs and some recording, (some still unfinished) worth checking out!
So after trying out with a few bands I settled with Vicious Kitten and that brings us up to date.