Nick Smith - Acoustic Guitar
My life’s passion is music, performing writing and producing. It's how I'm wired, my DNA, my life's adrenaline. I'm never happier than when I'm groovin’ out on stage getting high on the buzz of a live audience having a great time! I have worked as a performance musician and composer for film, theatre and television for the last...mmm...years and feel privileged to have shared the stage withsome truly amazing musicians including the CBSO, Jake Thackray, Cosmotheka, Martin Carthy, The New Rope String Band...and I even once pimped the PA for Tony Blair!! I am currently working on a BBC documentary and album of original songs with the spectacular Sam Batey together we are known as Out Of Nowhere. I feel so lucky that this is to be recorded at Rockfield and produced by my good friend Matt Butler whose credits include Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Ralph McTell and John Martyn. My current film composition project is The Escape, written and directed by my other good friend, Tony Chance, whose movie credits include Spectre, 101 Dalmations, Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy and American Beauty (but maybe we shouldn’t mention that one just at the mo!!) As part of my former role as Lecturer in Music Production, I have been incredibly fortunate to have hosted and interviewed a diverse array of music industry guests, notably Oscar- winning sound designer Norman Wanstall (Goldfinger),Steve Harley (Come Up and See Me), John Otway (Really Free) David Lowe (composer BBC News, Countryfile, Grand Designs) Paul Farrer (composer Weakest Link) Gordon Giltrap (Heartsong). A splendid time was had by all with the fab that went before, namely Tom the Frop & their magnificent Magical History Tour...forever in my thoughts & forever thankful for the sides- splitting times we had together, far too numerous to mention, happy times boys, happy times! ...and in other news...conservation has always played a big part in my life and I was lucky enough to work in Uganda for a year as Programme Co-ordinator of the Kibale Forest Eco- tourism project. My brief was to develop an eco-tourism facility allowing visitors to observe the chimpanzees and other native primates. Kibale was subsequently gazetted a National Park, what an honour to have played a small part in this wonderful success story! I now continue my interest by contributing to coral reef conservation in both Mauritiusand Figi...plus, of course, regular rants on social media! In 2009 I made a promotional film for Reef Conservation Mauritius, had a fun time and worked with great bunch of people...long may it continue! Hope to see you at a gig very soon!