Flipside was formed by the bassist (Keiran) after months of trawling 'find a musician' websites on the internet with varying degrees of success. During this time we found people who couldn't sing and some who wrote the most depressing songs imaginable. Mark (the drummer) was the first member to join and after a few depressing drum & bass practise sessions we stumbled across Gary (guitarist). Finally he 'phoned a friend' called Paul who was happy to join us (or should that be took pity on us?).
All the members of our band have been in other bands that have gigged. Here's a bit more about each of us: -
Keiran (Bassist/Violinist/Lead Vocalist)
Keiran is the bassist for Flipside. He also fills one of the lead vocal slots (yes we have two lead vocalists in our band) and plays violin for songs like Bittersweet Symphony. Born in 1980, he has played musical instruments since he was 5 years old. His first instrument was the violin and at 8 years old he played his first solo at the Aberdeen Cowdrey Music Hall in front of a full audience. He achieved his grade 5 in violin before giving it all up when girls became much more interesting at secondary school! It was only at university in 2001 that he started learning electric guitar. Since then he has become proficient on electric guitar, or so he likes to think. He prefers the loud bass though and for this reason is the bassist in the band. In 2008, he joined a covers band called The Park based in Plymouth. During this time he played at several gigs, most notably a charity gig at the Albion Stadium in front of 1000 people. After his move to Portsmouth he decided to form the band which you're reading about now. Keiran would say that he isn't an 'in your face' performer, preferring to focus on talent rather than image. His voice is softer and less rocky than you might expect but works well on songs like The Scientist.
Mark (Drummer/Backing Vocalist)
Mark is the rhythm power house behind Flipside. He also tries to sing backing vocals but keeps thinking that the rest of the band have turned his mic down (probably for the safety of the general public). Mark started playing guitar at university in 1998 as it seemed to attract women far more than saying he was an engineer. He has had a successful time with two previous bands performing both covers and original material. Since then he has decided that guitar is far too fiddly and has now been beating the skins (his words, not ours) for a whopping 18 months. Mark says that playing drums is, 'the most fun you can have with two sticks and some drums'. We are not quite sure what he means.
Paul is sharing guitar duties in the band with Gary, the two of them having played alongside each other in various bands over the years. Having studied with some of the best teachers and performers in the business, he would describe his style as 'hitting it until it makes a noise and hoping people don't complain too much'. He is a seasoned and well rounded performer and continues to record and perform up and down the country with various producers and artists.
Amongst other things he has been known to disappear out the front door of the venue on his knees and give his guitar to various members of the audience to play mid song!
Gary (Guitarist/Lead Vocalist)
Born in 1984 (the year of the George Orwell novel, one of his favourites) in Portsmouth, Gary spent many years not sure what he wanted to specialise in, playing acoustic guitar on and off from 6 years old, between learning how to program computers and getting good grades in school.
Discovering the joys and aggressive approach of Nirvana and Green Day in his teenage years he decided to switch to electric guitar. He started to sing while fronting a pop-punk band and studying music and drama GCSEs, moving on to AS Level Music Technology and a BTEC National Diploma in Popular Music at college where he discovered he had perfect pitch. During these years he performed at an average of fifty to seventy gigs a year in covers and originals bands. He also studied the first year of an undergraduate Commercial Music course in London but realised his creativity was being limited. He dropped out to focus on live music performance and session work, eventually adding rhythm and lead guitar parts to several rap and R'n'B records that were broadcast on the Kiss 100 radio station, also appearing briefly on an ITV2 show playing segments from those songs.
After adding several instruments to his repertoire (including mandolin, keys and harmonica), he moved back to his native Portsmouth to get away from the jaded London scene and decided to become a full-time frontman. His powerful, searing vocal style, distinctive lead guitar licks and energetic, charismatic stage presence can now be found in Flipside.
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