NICK BEGGS | ROTOSOUND

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NICK BEGGS

Multi faceted Bass Guitarist, Chapman Stick player, Singer, Songwriter, Producer and Spaceman…….

I am a team player and I believe one of my key strengths is identifying the abilities of the other person and maximize the end result.

This works very well within a group set up or writing environment.

However I’m usually called upon to bring dynamism to a live performance, which is something I enjoy immensely.

In the studio I have a wide vocabulary of sounds and instruments to draw from, and for me, making the right contribution is paramount.

Career History

1979
Left Barnfield College in Luton after studying graphics and fine art formed “Art Nouveau”

1980
Formed Kajagoogoo and spotted Limahl to front the band. Spent time developing image and songs with a view to signing major deal. Rehearsed and gigged extensively.

1982
Signed with EMI Records. Coordinated with record company over development of the music, art work, images and groups videos for Kajagoogoo.

1983
Promoted first single “Too Shy” with other band members, toured and embarked on major album promo campaign.

1984
Took up roll of lead singer of Kajagoogoo when Limahl departed. Toured and promoted second Kajagoogoo album “Islands” released three singles- ‘Big Apple’, ‘The Lions Mouth’ and ‘Turn Your Back On Me’ which reached number one in 12inch USA Dance Charts

1985
Recorded and released third Kajagoogoo album – Crazy Peoples Right To Speak. Worked for two years on song writing for other artists and solo material.

1987
Formed “Ellis Beggs & Howard” with Simon Ellis and Austin Howard. Co-wrote the “Homelands” LP including the hit single “Big Bubbles, No Troubles”. Worked alongside the other band members on the artwork and presentation e.g. photos, videos, and sleeve design etc. Musically directed the “Homelands” tour, supporting Bo Diddley, Ronnie Wood, Roachford and T’Pau.

1988
Continued touring extensively.

1989
Started study at the Guitar Institute and Bass Tech London. Invited to join progressive folk band Iona as full time member.

1990
Wrote and recorded with Mark Shaw (Solo Album “Almost”), Gary Numan (Outland), Cliff Richard (On Tour) and Iona (Touring and supporting)

1991
Toured with Cliff Richard. Recorded with Steve Howe,(The Grand Scheme Of Things) Niagara and Sally Oldfield.

1992
Joined the Guitar Institute teaching bass guitar and Chapman Stick. Continued to write with Ellis Beggs & Howard and Iona.

1993
Joined Phonogram Records as A&R Manager.
Signed two acts to the label.I worked with the band “Let Loose” and A&R’ed the hit single “17”, which achieved a position of number 11 in the UK Singles Chart.
I left in March 1994 due to a management change, which rendered the entire A&R department redundant.

1994
Continued writing and touring with Iona. Recorded and toured with Warren Cuccurullo (Thanks To Frank) and Vinnie Colaiuta.

1995
Invited to join German Electro band Alphaville as musical director. Worked with the band at their Berlin studio for a number of months.Invited to join Belinda Carlisle’s band” as bass player in preparation for the recording of her LP, A Woman & A Man. Spent three Months in Malibu making the record with producer David Tickle.

1996
Continued to record and play live with Belinda Carlisle acting as Musical Director until October 1996. The band toured supporting Rod Stewart, Mike & The Mechanics, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Paul Young and Zucchero.

During this time I also continued to play various sessions on bass guitar and Chapman Stick for artists as varied as Tina Turner (Something Beautiful Remains), Michael Bolton , D-Ream (Hold Me Now) and Howard Jones.

Approached by Kaz Utsunomiya (Senior Vice President A&R, Epic U.S.) to produce and write for a new Japanese artist known as Cozi. I arranged, co-wrote and produced a mini CD for her titled Naked Sun, which was given heavy rotation on domestic Japanese radio. Worked with a new Irish band called Celtus co-ordinating song ideas and helping with direction. The band went on to be signed by Muff Winwood’s S.2 label.

1997
Continued to write, arrange and produce a further nine tracks for Cozi released on PolyGram Japan. Wrote and presented part of the music business curriculum for The Guitar Institute and Bass Tech (London). Went on to lecture at other music technology colleges.

1998
Recorded new L.P. with Kim Wilde.
Embarked on major tour of the U.S.A. as bass player with Howard Jones along with The Human League and Culture Club.

1999
Guested on Maddie Prior’s LP Ravenchild.
Continued to tour and record with Howard Jones. This included two more American and European trips and the recording of a Live CD titled Perform.00
Appeared live on The Woven Chord LP with Iona at the Royal Festival hall.
Embarked on a major world tour with John Paul Jonesof Led Zeppelin playing Chapman stick.

2000
Completed first solo CD titled “Stick Insect” and performed a number of Stick concerts to promote it’s release.
Sessioned for Tom McRae, Produced by Chris Hughes
Played various European festivals with John Paul Jones.
Played various European festivals with Howard Jones.
Embarked on a series of private illustration and painting commissions for clients around the globe.
Recorded with Ikos for the BBC.
Wrote and recorded a piece for Guitarist Magazine, reviewing the new NS Stick.
Played live with Iona.

2001
Recorded with John Paul Jones for his second LP release “The Thunder Thief”.
Recorded for producer Steve Levine.
Performed solo stick show at the Ards Guitar festival N Ireland.
Embarked on a six week tour of the U.S.A. / Canada with John Paul Jones and King Crimson.
Completed a two-week tour of Dutch Cathedrals with an orchestra.

2002
Recorded various sessions with Pop Idol singer Rick Waller produced by Steve Levine.
Embarked on a major Arena tour of the UK as member of the Here & Now band, featuring: China Crisis, Toyah, Go West, Belinda Carlisle and ABC.
Invited to join ABC as Bass player.
Recorded bass for Right Said Fred and was invited to tour with the band in Germany.
Wrote a regular column for Bass Guitar Magazine.

2003
Put together girl band Industrial Salt and began writing and recording with them.
Began second solo stick CD The Maverick Helmsman.
Gigged with ABC, Kim Wilde, Toyah, Howard Jones, Midge Ure and Nena.
Played with Howard Jones and performed with him at The Shepherds Bush Empire as part of his live 20th anniversary DVD presentation.
Recorded various sessions for projects such as Japanese band Polysics and Ryo Matsui.
Reformed Kajagoogoo for one off show for VH-1 Bands Reunited.

2004
Performed live with Ryo Matsui in London.
Recorded with Engelbert Humperdinck for his 75th album. (Let There Be Love)
Performed live Solo Chapman Stick recital in Belfast.
Continued writing and recording with Industrial Salt securing overseas investment for promotions and recording budget.

2005
Toured with ABC around the world.
Appeared on BBC Radio 2 ‘Jamming’ with Roland Rivron.
Appeared live on National British TV with Howard Jones.
Continued to develop Industrial Salt scoring a hit in Japan with Sugar Bomb Baby and Loop & Loop (Under The Thunder) from the album A Pocketful Of Magnetic Letters and played live with the band to promote the album.
Took part in the VH1, Bands Reunited show as a member of ABC. The show aired the same year raising the profile of the band and resulting in live shows across the UK.
In addition to this ABC performed Live at the Produced by Trevor Horn Show, for the Princes Trust, In the presence of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

2006
Re-recorded Too Shy for The Simms computer game.
Played solo stick shows in the UK.
Played live for Midge Ure, China Crisis and Altered Images.
Performed Live with Kim Wilde across Europe.
Recorded Emma Bunton’s album Life in Mono.

2007
Toured extensively with Kim Wilde through out the year.
Played live with Nick Heyward and Kajagoogoo.

2008
Reformed Kajagoogoo to original format and recorded new material for release on EMI.
Made video to promote the track “Space Cadet”.
Lectured at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford with Dr Richard Niles. Toured with Kim Wilde.
Played the Esbjerg Festival with Howard Jones and performed with him at The IndigO2 as part of his live 25th anniversary DVD presentation.
Toured Ireland with Howard in the autumn.
Toured Germany with Kajagoogoo.

2009
Toured Europe with Kim Wilde.
Played live with Nick Heyward.
Joined Steve Hackett’s electric band and toured Italy, UK and the rest of Europe. Recorded new album with Steve Hackett, ‘Out Of The Tunnels Mouth.’
Toured UK for first time in 25 years with Kajagoogoo and promoted EP release.

2010

Toured extensively with Steve Hackett in Finland, Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, USA, Canada, and the UK as part of The Tunnels Mouth album promotion.
Performed live with Rick Wakeman in Salerno Italy.
Toured Italy with Stefano Ianne’s ‘Piano Car’.
Performed on Italian Television with Mario Fasciano.
Wrote for Kim Wilde’s new album ‘Come out and play.’
Embarked on European promo campaign with Kim Wilde performing in Germany, Spain and the UK.
Performed two live shows with Kajagoogoo at the Tamworth Festival and The Rewind festival Henley.
Recorded on various sessions for miscellaneous artists.

2011

Toured Europe in spring with Kim Wilde promoting her Come Out & Play album, and again in December supporting Roy Wood and Status Quo.
Shot 2 promotional videos with Kim Wilde
Recorded Beyond The Shrouded Horiszon with Steve Hackett and played live with him at summer festivals across Europe
Recorded Grace For Drowning with Steven Wilson and toured Europe and North America with him.

2012
Life Signs to be released in the spring
Touring with Kim Wilde for her album Snap Shots
Recording and Touring extensively with Steven Wilson.

Official Website
www.nickbeggs.co.uk

Nick Beggs
Nick on tour with Rick Wakeman
Nick uses
SM66 Swing Bass

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