As a touring member of Brit Floyd and other bands, Ian has performed in over 1000 shows in over 40 countries around the world. Drawing from a diverse background of classical and jazz training, along with over 30 years of rock, progressive rock, funk, and pop experience, he excels at producing a wide variety of sounds and styles. His vocal range and ability to sing both as Roger Waters and as David Gilmour has been lauded by critics and fans across the globe and is a vital part of the authenticity that Brit Floyd is known for.
From the 90's to today Ian toured extensively with numerous bands locally in Upstate NY and from coast to coast in the US, Canada, and around the world with the following bands:
Wit's End, Union, Stonewall Divide, Seconds Out, Crazy Diamond, P.U.L.S.E, The United Booty Foundation, Childhood's End, Radio Fever, The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Vinyl Albums Live, Brit Floyd - The Pink Floyd Tribute Show
Ian studied bass and trumpet at the Fredonia School of Music. Concert highlights include The Royal Albert Hall in London, Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Fillmore West in San Francisco, and The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall, as well as tagging a featured vocalist gig in a Symphonic Pink Floyd concert with the Virginia Symphony.
News & Updates
I'm currently on a break after Brit Floyd's North American tour that spanned 80 shows, 40 states, and 5 provinces over 13 weeks. I'm using the time to work on my upcoming solo album to be released in 2017. I'll be back on the road in late September with Brit Floyd for the European tour. See the dates below.
The Chapman Stick™
First off, I'd like to introduce you to the Chapman Stick™ by Stick Enterprises. I've been in love with this instrument since I first heard Tony Levin on Peter Gabriel Plays Live and on Discipline by King Crimson. I'm using my Stick with Brit Floyd as Mr. Levin recorded several tracks on A Momentary Lapse of Reason and used the Stick on One Slip and Yet Another Movie which are currently in our repertoire. The Stick is a tapping instrument, and has half of the strings dedicated to the bass range and the other for guitar. It produces a unique percussive sound on the bass side and a sweet ethereal sound on the guitar side. The model I'm using, the Railboard™, is an aluminum 10 string version. It's solid as a rock, keeps its tuning very well, and is stable even going from hot and humid Puerto Rico to Vancouver. Thank you Emmett Chapman for all your help.
It's quite a task reproducing bass tones from the 60's to the 10's. I use vintage style passive and modern active basses both with a pick and with my fingers. My bass rig consists of a Hartke Hydrive 4x10 and a 1x15 powered by a Hartke LH1000 amplifier. I love the Hydrive's ability to reproduce softer vintage tones as well as crisp, full spectrum, active bass sounds with the hybrid paper and aluminum speaker cones. From the Hartke website:
With Hartke's HyDrive series, you get the best of both worlds: the warm tone of traditional paper cones and the clear, punchy attack of aluminum. HyDrive's patented Hybrid Cone Technology produces a speaker that uses an outside paper cone to push a warm, deep low frequency and an inner aluminum cone that produces mids and highs that cut, yet still remain sweet.
If you're ever in NYC, head down to the Bass Lounge in Sam Ash on 34th St. and say hello to Larry Hartke for me. He knows everyone in the business and always has a great story to tell.
For effects I use an FX8 by Fractal Audio. I can't say enough about this unit. I've had gigs where I didn't need much of any effects, others where I've strung together loads of pedals, and others where I used a multi-FX unit. Pedals are great, but not very flexible and require some tap dancing skills without a switching unit. Fractal has made the first muli-FX pedalboard I've ever seen that gives me the clarity and transparency of my favorite pedals while giving me the flexibility to accommodate 3 basses (any one of which I might play with a pick or not) and a Chapman Stick™ (with independent simultaneous guitar and bass effects), all with custom level and EQ settings.
My Sound engineer loves it, I love it, and with the Mac/PC editor, it's a breeze to create sounds. The most FX heavy tune I play with Brit Floyd is One Of These Days. Have a listen on the Media page (coming soon).