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Scambler biography

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As a highly diverse composer and producer Scambler released Bring it like fire (brooding powerful dubstep rocktronica), Old skool, Nu klass (old skool break beats and nu skool electronica) and For Father, For Son (highly poignant piano and orchestral scores) ) on 9th, 10th and 11th of August 2014 through iTunes, Amazon MP3 and numerous other download stores. Too 'king funky (rap, retro break beat, old school big beat and rocktronica) and For every action (acoustic guitar, piano, folk and soft rock) were released on 10th October 2010, and songs from his incredibly varied catalogue are available to license through this website as well as through music libraries in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta. However, it all started with a rather obscure introduction to computers and music.

The first track Scambler laid down was programmed in Basic on a 32K BBC B. He was nine at the time and would probably like to tell everyone that it was something seriously funky. It was however the Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major reproduced as a series of electronic beeps.

During the eighties when Scambler was in his early teens he was primarily influenced by Big Country and Nik Kershaw, but ABBA, Boney M, Status Quo, Glen Campbell, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds were regularly played by his parents. As a result of watching too many Pink Panther cartoons and seventies TV cop shows, the seed for a later interest in jazzy lounge music and up beat funky disco was planted.

After the release of Bon Jovi’s “Living on a prayer”, Europe’s “The final countdown” and Def Leppard’s “Pour some sugar on me” Scambler’s taste in music broadened and went down two quite distinct routes. In time one direction led to the powerful rock sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Faith No More, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine, Senser, Metallica and the more industrial Nine Inch Nails. Over the years the second route led to lighter guitar-based music, such as Runrig, Del Amitri, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Counting Crows, Eagle Eye Cherry, The Four of Us, José González and Bon Ivor.

By the age of fourteen Scambler had acquired an Amiga and started using OctaMED sequencing software to write music. The first version of OctaMED only allowed for four channels worth of music samples, which could total no more than 512K (and that included the operating system and the sequencing software). Friends said the music sounded like "builders working" or “music being dragged through wire” but Scambler could only hear the potential.

After going to university Scambler became involved in the club scene and mid-nineties dance and rap got under his skin. At the age of nineteen Scambler decided to invested in some more serious music hardware, starting off with a couple of Korg keyboards, a Yamaha drum machine and a new version of OctaMED that allowed for a whopping 32 channels of sound. During this period Scambler started to DJ and began mixing vinyl; something which totally altered his perspective on music composition and remixing. Particular influences during this time included the Beastie Boys, Snoop Doggy Dog, Fatboy Slim, Daft Punk, BT, Leftfield, Moby, Winx, the Prodigy and the Chemical Brothers (hearing them live on Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show was a seminal moment).

A period of living, snowboarding and DJing in the French Alps came to a rather abrupt end after a nasty snowboarding accident, at which time Scambler moved back to the UK. Later settling in London he embarked on a serious attempt to write and produce an EP, this time combining his array of musical hardware with a PC and more sophisticated mixing and sequencing software.

The EP, entitled "Event", consisted of a varied range of music (not surprising considering Scambler’s wide spectrum of influences). Despite many positive reviews in music magazines and several number one spots in well regarded download websites, Scambler wasn't happy with some of the technical limitations that had restricted the production of "Event".

Following a break, and after fine tuning hardware, software and the whole production process, Scambler returned to writing with a new creative freedom and far fewer technical limitations. Scambler’s tremendous creativity and ability to write such a profusion of different styles led to a problem – how to output his debut album in a format that the majority of music listeners would like. Whilst considering various options Scambler continued writing and producing and in due course the answer came.

On 10/10/10 Scambler released not one, but two debut albums, both utterly contrasting, yet each featuring the distinct mark of Scambler’s style. Album one, Too ‘ king funky is a wickedly funky breakbeat album featuring old school rap, hip hop, big beat, electronic house and hard rock, all brought together with a distinct retro feel and insatiably funky rhythms and drums. Album two, For every action is a delightfully melodic combination of acoustic guitar and piano, gentle lilting chill out and soft progressive rock, all mixed with a powerful uplifting folk element and electronic overtones (from which two songs were recently used for the music on the Campbell's Nourish video and another was used in the PBS "Ultimate Mars Challenge" TV show on Nova).

On 9th, 10th and 11th of August 2014 Scambler released another three albums, again contrasting yet linked by Scambler's unique style. Bring it like fire is a brooding, building and powerful dubstep rocktronica album that combines powerful dubstep beats and bass lines with distorted rock guitars, synths, electronic elements and rapping, all with the backing of a full orchestra and choir. The album, sometimes dark and brooding, often packed with anger and power, is a truly epic mash up of the genres of dubstep and rocktronica. Old skool, Nu klass combines retro sounding breakbeat drums, keyboards and rapping with more modern new school electronica, dance beats and dubstep rhythms. A positive upbeat album, it has a melodic, catchy pop vibe. In contrast to these two electronic albums, and with an utterly different style and sound, For Father, For Son combines beautifully melodic piano pieces with highly emotive, poignant and uplifting orchestral scores. This contemporary classical album is highly charged and emotional, with sumptuous strings, enchanting choir and beguiling piano melodies.

Songs from all Scambler's albums, as well as instrumentals, remixes and material not available on published CDs are also available to licence directly through this website.

New albums out now:

Bring it like fire Old skool, Nu klass

New albums Bring it like fire, Old skool, Nu klass and For Father, For Son are available to download now.

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