Simon Wright and Andy V – Live on Koh Tao Loop cover EP

Simon Wright and Andy V sweating it up at Choppers 6 June 2014
Simon Wright and Andy V sweating it up at Choppers 6 June 2014

In June 2014 I met up with Andy V on Koh Tao in the Thai Gulf to play a string of shows over 12 days. We played every night except one in two venues. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays we would play at an Aussie Bar named Choppers and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays we would play at a bar on the beach named Fishbowl. Though Andy and I have played a lot of music together in the past it had been almost 3 years since our last jam (With the exception of one hip little gig at a whiskey bar in Byron Bay). In this time both Andy and myself had started playing with the Boss RC loop stations. I am on Beatbox, guitar, vocals and MCing and Andy takes control of bass, keys, sax and vocals. It’s amazing what two guys with loop stations can get cooking.

It was great fun working with Andy, I learnt a lot and played some of the best music of my life in a tropical paradise. Good times.

***All tracks from the EP Simon Wright and Andy V – Live on Koh Tao are available for free download from my soundcloud page****

Loops, the new age one man band

In November last year I bought myself a loop station. I’ve seen them used since I was a kid, but these days they seem to have gone to a whole new level. There is a new genre emerging in the solo scene. Loops. Check out DubFX and Bernhoft.
Basically a loop station is a fancy guitar pedal. It gives you the option of recording yourself on the fly then playing it back in a continuous loop. Meaning one artist can now accompany him/herself. Be it with bass lines, beatbox, vocal harmonies, sound effects, percussion, the possibilities are endless. Making these little tools powerful music makers. The pedal I’m currently trying to get my head around is the Boss RC-300. With so many variables it’s like learning a new instrument. And like learning a new instrument the results are so satisfying.

Here is a video of me performing a Fat Freddy’s track named Wandering Eye.
The track perfectly lends itself to the loops format as overall it is quite repetitive and at the same time it is such a brilliant song.

Over the coming weeks I will be recording more of these videos and posting them to our youtube page. Please subscribe to our channel and we’ll keep you informed as to when the next one is online.

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