Nick’s solo album

 

Das Rad Guitarist Nick Robinson has released a solo album “Lost Garden” on Discus Music. Created solely with a guitar, the music has attracted favourable comments from Adrian Belew and Steve Hackett and several other notables. The album is a world away from the typical guitarists cliched “riff with melody” albums and explores the darker, more cinematic aspects of the instrument. His sensitive use of technology sets him apart and he really has a unique voice.

He says;

“As well as publishing my 100th origami book, I’ve released a solo (guitar only) album. Any press much appreciated. This is the most personal and representative collection of music I’ve ever made and I hope you can help me. It’s available in CD and/or digital format. My first aim is to cover the costs of production, anything after that will go towards a nice cottage in the country, or a new set of strings. Your support will be deeply appreciated – please share with any music-lovers.”

Available here: https://discus-music.co.uk/catalogue/dis126-detail
Background & media here: http://looping.me.uk/lost-garden/

If you would like to review this, please get in touch for a link to the complete audio files. Photos available and he’s happy to do interviews etc.

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Nick Robinson

One of England’s only professional origami artists, with over 100 books on the subject to his name. His early musical career included Typhoon Saturday, (who spawned chart-toppers “Living in a Box”)  who had a deal with Polydor and released 3 singles to minimal success.

Another band was Dig Vis Drill. Those that saw them in the early 80’s felt this band were destined for greatness. They had a unique and awesome sound, a live act second to none, they were confrontational, challenging, intelligent and fronted by motor-mouth Ogy McGrath, a cross between Woody Allen and Attila the Hun.

From the mid 80s, Robinson began to explore improvised music (supporting Archer’s band “Bass Tone Trap” at a local gig). His path led to his current main activity performing and recording solo, looped guitar soundscapes. 

You can check out his discography on his site, along with extensive information, audio, video and a blog covering midi, ableton and live looping amongst other topics. You can find more of his music on his Bandcamp page and his solo CD is released by Discus Music in early January, attracting rave (pre)views from Adrian Belew, Steve Hackett and several others .

Robinson and Archer had played a variety of gigs together in different formations so when Martin suggested bringing drummer Steve Dinsdale into the mix, Das Rad was born.

Steve Dinsdale

Drummer/Keyboardist cut his teeth on the Teesside and Sheffield music scenes  before moving to London in the late 80’s. Drummed with Honey Smugglers who recorded indie-classic single `Listen’ in 1990, and who are still asked regularly to appear on period compilations.

Joined T.V. Eye alongside ex-members of Eat and future celebrity-botherer and `Game Of Thrones’ star Paul Kaye. Gave up dreams of stardom after returning from holiday to find that said singer had gone off to live on a Kibbutz, and the guitarist was suddenly number one in the charts with a record he’d arranged for an unknown female singer with an eye patch.

Formed electronic improvising trio Radio Massacre International playing keyboards, electronics and drums with oldest friends and collaborators Duncan Goddard and Gary Houghton, who over a 25-year career have played dozens of concerts in the UK, Europe and USA as well as appearing on an MTV Europe co-host. The discography currently stands at some 60 or more releases including a trio of albums for acclaimed US label Cuneiform, and five solo albums made over the last ten years.

Performed as Drummer and/or Floor Percussionist with the Damo Suzuki Network on some half dozen occasions, one of which has led to a number of collaborations with Martin Archer including Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere which was founded in 2009 and has since made four albums, and Engine Room Favourites the 10-piece Jazz ensemble.

And now…Das Rad.